Take your Banff trip to new heights with this 2.5- or 4-hour 'Via Ferrata' adventure, an alpine climbing activity with fixed iron ropes that's perfect for those of all experience levels. Choose from one of two protected climbing routes you'll ascend using a fixed steel cable (Via Ferrata means 'iron road' in Italian), offering a safe and scenic way to explore the gorgeous scenery of the Canadian Rockies. Your Via Ferrata excursion includes an experienced guide and all necessary equipment.
The exciting Via Ferrata experience in Banff National Park
Ascend the Canadian Rockies safely with this proven technique
Admire the stunning views of Banff National Park
Great for climbers of all levels, even novices
Inclusions & Exclusions
Necessary equipment - harnesses, helmets, Via Ferrata leashes
Chairlift ride to access the Via Ferrata
Access to free rental equipment including backpacks, hiking boots, rain jackets and pants
Free shuttle bus from Banff
Food and drink
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Departure & Return
North American Lodge at Banff Mount Norquay
Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your tour time to sign waivers and get outfitted.
Returns to original departure point
What To Expect
Whether you're new to the climbing world or an experienced pro, this Via Ferrata tour is a great way to get a bird's eye view of the wonderful scenery of Banff National Park. It's all made possible by climbing a series of iron cables and ladders, each of which provide a safe, protected, way to challenge yourself and gain a unique viewpoint above this amazing natural area.Travel to Mount Norquay to meet your certified guide, who will teach you the ins and outs of Via Ferrata and explain how to use your equipment, ensuring a safe and fun ascent.Then it's time to begin your climbing challenge above the Mount Norquay ski area. As you make your way up, guided by a series of fixed cables and ladders, stop to admire views of majestic mountains and blue skies, a sight experienced by only a handful of Banff visitors. Then finish your climb. Choose from one of two routes for your Via Ferrata excursion:The Explorer RouteThis 2.5-hour introduction to Via Ferrata is a great way to test out this adrenaline-packed alpine activity. Get an introduction to the proper equipment, then try your hand on some of the site's lower climbing pitches, crossing the course's picturesque suspension bridge.The Ridgewalker RouteThis longer 4-hour Via Ferrata tour provides a more immersive climbing experience. Challenge yourself with more time to tackle the route's vertical drops, incredible overlooks and the iconic suspension bridge.Please note that while no prior climbing experience is necessary, guests should be fit enough to climb a ladder.
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Participants need to be at least 12 years old
Minimum weight is 35 kg (77 lbs)
Maximum weight is 140 kg (308 lbs)
Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities
Not wheelchair accessible
Not recommended for participants with back problems, heart complaints or other serious medical conditions
Not recommended for pregnant women
Participants should bring all weather outerwear suitable for outdoor activity involving moderate physical exertion including: Weatherproof shell pant or soft shell pant, warm layer(s), sunglasses, sunscreen, water, snack, small backpack, hiking boots. If you don't have these items, you can access the extensive range of free rental equipment if needed, including backpacks, hiking boots, rain jackets and pants. Available on a first come first serve basis; can't guarantee availability or sizes.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is 100 percent cancellation fee