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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.

Highlights

  • 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

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What You Can Expect

Banff Via Ferrata Climbing Adventure

Via Ferrata

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.

Customer Reviews

Angelique C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

The best experience. Our guide was wonderful, knowledgeable and fun. The climb was exciting with some of the most incredible views Ive seen. Can wait to try more Via Ferrata and to go back to Banff. This is a must do.

Richard D H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

We loved this experience and the guide was exceptional. He ensured our safety and told great stories to keep us laughing. We found it challenging and for sure this isn't for everyone. I recommend people that are in good physical health.

iCloud

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

If you are an experienced climber, this may not impress you but for someone who never did anything like this before, it was amazing! I would highly recommend for anyone visiting Banff although it is not for the faint of heart and you should be in fairly good shape.

Jeanne S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This was an outstanding adventure and our guide Kim was exceptional! While challenging at times our group ascended Mt Norquay with lots of laughs and great stories. A definite repeat trip with friends and family.

Amanda G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

So amazing! Worth every dollar.

Amanda G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

So amazing! Worth every dollar.

Qing G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Great experience

Thomas W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

My wife and I have done rock and ice climbing for many years in Colorado and Wyoming, and really enjoyed this 4 hour climb. The scenery was outstanding, the via Ferrata extremely well-marked. You can also do this route mostly rock climbing if you want to. Eric was an excellent leader who instilled confidence in several people in our group who have never done rock climbing. Well worth the time and money spent. I would do this adventure again it was that much fun!!

maila p

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

our guide, Kim, awesome. she took a lot of pictures .. we loved that :-

lory s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Awesome time for my teenage sons and myself. We did the intermediate trip and Chris was our guide. A must do for the outdoor climbing types and anyone wanting a thrill and beautiful views.

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