Hankering for a little more adventure? Climb Banff’s ONLY Via Ferrata (Italian for the Iron Path)
Our “Via Ferrata” is the first new experience in the National Park in recent history and a must add to your bucket list. It’s a different kind of climbing – lead by a certified guide, you’ll make your way up the cliffs above the ski area assisted by a fixed anchoring system of cables, ladders and a suspension bridge. The exposure is real, but so is the safety. No climbing experience necessary for your time on the Norquay rocks. All you need to have is the physical ability to climb a ladder, an appreciation for the outdoors and a spirit for adventure. An exhilarating experience, Norquay’s Via Ferrata comes complete with jaw dropping views, a unique perspective on the environment and a memory of Banff that will last a lifetime.
We’re launching with two options to suit your time and tastes. Step out of your comfort zone and try our Explorer Route where you’ll spend a few hours with your guide, get introduced to the equipment and head up a few pitches and cross the suspension bridge. To get a greater feel for heights, exposure and the full Via Ferrata experience, become a Ridgewalker! This route is a half day excursion that takes you high up on the Norquay cliffs, climbing Memorial, Sunrise and Vista buttresses and of course traversing the suspension bridge.
Both routes include your safety equipment and helmet. Please plan on wearing light hiking shoes for the route and bring a small day pack. Climbing group size per guide is 8, maximum group size per time slot is 24 people.
Transport from the Town of Banff, a sightseeing chairlift ticket & all gear included in the following prices:
- Explorer Route (2hr) tours go at 8:30am | 10:30am | 12:30pm | 2:30pm: Costs $139
- Ridgewalker Route (4hr) tours go at 8:30am | 10:30am | 12:30pm: Costs $169
Non-climbers can also take the same chairlift for sightseeing only
Open: 9:00am – 6:00pm daily June 15 to October 15
Costs Adult (18+) $29.95 | Youth (13-17) $14.95| Child (5 -12) $9.95 | Child (5 & under) FREE
Minimum age 12 years AND must weigh 90lbs (40kgs)