Lakeshore Helicopters continued success relies on our commitment to maintain the highest level of safety, quality control and performance. 

Our commitment generates long-term repeat business which is the mainstay of our operation. The Management has extensive experience in the region and we understand that safety and performance are key in providing exceptional service.

Mike Cardinal, Owner and Operator

Who we are as a company has everything to do with the determination and vision of the person with the dream.

Mike Cardinal has been a driving force in the aboriginal community of this area for over 40 years. He was born in Fort Chipewyan and raised on a trap line by his great grand parents. He learned the meaning of the aboriginal ways and the meaning of working hard and never giving up at an early age.
He worked with forestry in his youth, he trapped for many years, spent a period of time at Syncrude Canada and then pursued a dream of owning his own business. He opened a tiny small engine repair shop in Fort Chipewyan and through sheer determination and hard work he built it into a skidoo and marine dealership which evolved into a successful contracting business here in Fort Mcmurray.
In 1986, with his unending determination he pursued building a winter road from Fort Chipewyan to Fort Mcmurray with just a cat and a pick up truck. He and an employee left Fort Mcmurray and pushed the winter road through. It took them 4 days and at the very end Mike, Roy Flett, Emile Girard and Stanley Wylie were literally shoveling the snow to the ground by hand, to ensure the truck made it up the hill to Fort Chipewyan. Thanks to this type of determination Fort Chipewyan has had a winter road each year since.
During the course of the last 30 years in business he fulfilled another lifelong dream of owning a helicopter. This dream became a reality that evolved into Lakeshore Helicopters.

Throughout the years he has never forgotten his roots. He believes in the youth of the area and their education by contributing to their causes and celebrations. Mike respects the elders of the area and their care and celebrations are important to him. His love of traditional music has led him to support aboriginal musical events throughout western Canada.
Mike was one of the founding fathers of NAABA.. They came up with the idea of an association to represent all aboriginal companies in Northern Alberta. This grass roots idea has become one of the strongest organizations of its kind in Canada.

His message to the aboriginal people is to believe in yourself, believe in your family and your aboriginal roots, work hard, stay in school for it is an opportunity to go further, and most importantly, to never ever give up on your dreams.
​​We operate a fleet of high performance AS350 B3’s and B3e’s to service the Northern region of Alberta. 
And NEW to our fleet is the EC120B, designed to operate some of the lighter jobs for our Clients


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AS350 B3e

This family of intermediate lift helicopters provides the fastest and quietest ride for the highest level of passenger comfort in its class.

  • Has a maximum capacity of five or six passengers
  • It is 42.34 feet long and 10.63 feet high
  • Sports a 35.07 foot rotor diameter
  • It weighs 2,825 pounds empty
  • The maximum takeoff weight is over 5000 pounds
  • Maximum speed is 178 mph
  • Cruise speed is 138 mph
  • Maximum range is 408 miles
  • Maximum service ceiling is 16,550 feet
  • Maximum rate of climb is 1,959 feet per minute
  • External Load capability of over 2500 pounds

EC120 B

EC120 B is the smartest and most versatile very light turbine helicopter on the market. It is designed to be environmental friendly, with an optimal external noise abatement.

  • Pilot plus 4 passengers
  • Empty weight of standard aircraft: 2,207 lbs.
  • Maximum takeoff weight: 3,781 lbs.
  • Useful load: 1,574 lbs.
  • Maximum takeoff weight (with external load): 3,968 lbs.
  • Usable fuel capacity (standard tank): 107 gal.
  • Cabin volume: 75.6 cu. ft.
  • Baggage compartment volume: 28.2 cu.
  • Never exceed speed: 150 kts.
  • Fast cruise speed: 120 kts.
  • Maximum range (with no reserves): 383 nm.
  • Maximum endurance (with no reserves): 4.3 hrs.
  • Hover in ground effect ceiling (5 ft. skid height): 9,250 ft.
  • Hover out of ground effect ceiling: 7,600 ft.
  • Helicopter Services

    Experienced Pilots / Impeccable Maintenance

    Lakeshore Helicopters has a roster of Experienced Pilots. Our average total time is 9,500 Flight Hours~
    Oil and Gas & Construction
    Moving out crews, setting up rigs and monitoring pipelines. We can customize a plan to complete your job requirements.

    We can move construction materials and supply lifts for installations on buildings or oil rigs. Contact us below to see if our fleet can supply you with the tools to complete your job.
    We are also able to assist with Aerial Pipeline Inspections that are of the highest quality, with experienced crews and reporting up to Government Standards.

    Forestry and Environmental Services
    Charter and Tourism/Photography
    We actively assist forestry with preventing, extinguishing and monitoring forest fires throughout Alberta.
    From general photo flights to aerial seeding, we have the equipment and crews to meet our clients needs.

    In addition to fire fighting we also assist with environmental surveys. Some common types of surveys we facilitate are soil, wildlife, vegetation, and water. We have proven to be an extremely cost effective and efficient way for our clients to move throughout the region.

    We have pilots very experienced in the film industry on staff along with all the equipment to make your project a safe and cost effective endeavour.
    We perform VIP tours and crew transport throughout the region. Our helicopters have fantastic visibility​ and our pilots are very experienced​ with the area.

    Lakeshore Helicopters main goal is to provide safe, efficient helicopter solutions to its current and future customers utilizing new generation aircraft. Having available aircraft, Lakeshore Helicopters can guarantee your bookings on the dates or alternates needed to complete your mission.

    Base Locations

    Fort McMurray, AB

    Fort Chipewyan, AB

    Whitecourt, AB



    Hangar 26, 370 Snow Eagle Drive,

    Fort McMurray, AB, T9H 5B4



    780-714-3665  Ext. 1