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Mt Norquay's Via Ferrata

Hankering for a little more adventure? Climb Banff'?s ONLY Via Ferrata (Italian for the Iron Path)
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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 have three different tour options to suit your time and tastes. Step out of your comfort zone and try our Explorer Route where you'?ll spend some time with your guide and get introduced to the equipment, 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. Longest of all three routes, the "Mountaineer" is the pinnacle of Norquay's Via Ferrata adventure. Traverse the alpine ridge crossing an additional 3-wire suspension bridge over an impressive chasm. Experience mind-melting 360-degree views of the Canadian Rocky Mountains as you enjoy lunch on the East Summit of Mt Norquay (2450m). The Mountaineer tour includes a alpinist lunch on the summit ridge and a beverage and charcuterie platter at the Cliffhouse bistro on return.

All routes include your safety equipment and helmet. Please plan on wearing hiking shoes for and bring a small day pack. Day packs, Hiking boots and rain wear are available at no charge at Mt Norquay if required.

Transport from the Town of Banff, a sightseeing chairlift ticket & all gear included in the following prices:

Explorer Route (2.5hr) tours go at 9:00| 12:00pm | 3:00pm: Costs $139
Ridgewalker Route (4hr) tours go at 8:30am | 10:30am | 12:30pm: Costs $169
Mountaineer Route (6hr) Tours go at 8:30 / 11:30 Cost $299
Minimum age 12 years AND must weigh 90lbs (40kgs)

Non-climbers can also take the same chairlift for sightseeing only
Open: 9:00am – 6:00pm daily June 10 to October 10
Costs Adult (18+) $19.95 | Youth (13-17) /Senior $14.95| Child (4 -12) $9.95

  • Phone:(403) 762-4421
  • Address: Mt. Norquay, Norquay Road, PO Box 1520, Banff, AB, T1L 1B4
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