Jun-Oct
Season
9:00am, 10:00am, 3:00pm, 3:30pm
Departure Time
2.5 Hours
Duration
12+
Age
Physical
Activity

Step out of your comfort zone and join your guide up on the mountain on the Explorer Route up to 2,235 metres at the Banff Mt Norquay Via Ferrata.

On this guided high-alpine climbing experience you’ll be introduced to the equipment, ascend a few pitches, and cross the suspension bridge.

Rest assured, no experience is required as this is a guided experience and the Norquay Via Ferrata is designed to accommodate both beginners seeking a taste of the alpine and those who already have a little alpine experience.

This 2.5 hour loop takes you up to 2,235 metres above sea level and is great for those who are slightly limited on time, or are looking for an introduction to Via Ferrata. The Norquay Via Ferrata is conveniently located a five minute drive from the Banff townsite on the cliffs above the Mt Norquay Ski Resort.

Included
  • Professional certified guide
  • Orientation session
  • Banff Mt Norquay Sightseeing Chairlift
  • All climbing equipment
DISTANCE
  • 1km (0.6 miles)
Elevation Gain
  • 235m (771 feet)
Transport Options
  • Meet at Banff Mt Norquay (North America Lodge)
  • Free Banff Mt Norquay Shuttle Bus

The best parts of the tour for most people include the following:

1

2.5 hour round trip

You’ll spend some time with your guide, get introduced to the equipment, head up a few pitches and cross the suspension bridge.
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Everything is provided

This guided high-alpine climbing experience includes your chairlift, safety equipment, helmet and an equipment orientation.
Included
  • Professional certified guide
  • Orientation session
  • Banff Mt Norquay Sightseeing Chairlift
  • All climbing equipment
DISTANCE
  • 1km (0.6 miles)
Elevation Gain
  • 235m (771 feet)
Transport Options
  • Meet at Banff Mt Norquay (North America Lodge)
  • Free Banff Mt Norquay Shuttle Bus
This is a 2.5 hour round trip tour on the Via Ferrata.
This guided high-alpine climbing experience includes an equipment orientation, harnesses, helmets, Via Ferrata leashes and hiking boots (if necessary). The Norquay Via Ferrata is located on the cliffs above the Mt Norquay Ski Resort at the top of North American Chair, and so the tour also includes the 15 minute open-air chairlift to access the Via Ferrata.
The meeting point is at Banff Mount Norquay at the end of Mt Norquay Road in Banff, located approximately five minutes from downtown Banff. Full driving instructions will be provided in your booking confirmation.

Guests can also catch the free bus that runs from Banff with pick ups at major hotels.

Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your tour.
Via Ferrata is a trail or route‐making method used in the mountains to make passage easier and more secure. It’s done by a installing steel steps, handles, ladder rungs, and a steel cable in places where the trail steepens. Travellers are secured to the rock by wearing a harness that is always attached to the steel cable.
No experience is required, the Via Ferrata is designed to accommodate beginners seeking a taste of the alpine and those who live for the mountains alike. You can do it, no experience needed. It’s just like climbing a series of ladders, all of which are located on the side of a mountain. Guests should be aware that the routes are exposed.
Dress for the outdoors with a long sleeve shirt, jacket and a closed toe, outdoor athletic shoe that is suitable for all terrain. You’ll be on a mountain, so be sure to put some sunscreen, water and a snack in your backpack. Some items will be available to rent, and full details will be provided in your booking confirmation.
Yes, you can fall. Your fall will be arrested by your leashes, which are attached to the steel cable. The whole point of the Via Ferrata is to reduce the probability of falling, and minimize the consequences should a fall occur.
There is a 48 hour cancellation policy, which allows you to change/cancel or refund your booking up to 48 hours outside your booked tour (up to 7 days for group bookings).
Tips are not expected, but are certainly appreciated. If you think your guide did a wonderful job and would like to indicate that with a tip, it will be graciously accepted.
Included
  • Professional certified guide
  • Orientation session
  • Banff Mt Norquay Sightseeing Chairlift
  • All climbing equipment
DISTANCE
  • 1km (0.6 miles)
Elevation Gain
  • 235m (771 feet)
Transport Options
  • Meet at Banff Mt Norquay (North America Lodge)
  • Free Banff Mt Norquay Shuttle Bus
  • The minimum age is 12 years old, and a minimum weight of 35kgs (77lbs).
  • The maximum weight is 140kgs (308lbs).
  • Please note that this tour requires a minimum of 2 participants, please call the day prior to confirm the tour.
Included
  • Professional certified guide
  • Orientation session
  • Banff Mt Norquay Sightseeing Chairlift
  • All climbing equipment
DISTANCE
  • 1km (0.6 miles)
Elevation Gain
  • 235m (771 feet)
Transport Options
  • Meet at Banff Mt Norquay (North America Lodge)
  • Free Banff Mt Norquay Shuttle Bus

Banff Via Ferrata Explorer Route

Included
  • Professional certified guide
  • Orientation session
  • Banff Mt Norquay Sightseeing Chairlift
  • All climbing equipment
DISTANCE
  • 1km (0.6 miles)
Elevation Gain
  • 235m (771 feet)
Transport Options
  • Meet at Banff Mt Norquay (North America Lodge)
  • Free Banff Mt Norquay Shuttle Bus
Banff Climbing
Banff Rock Climbing
Banff Chairlift
Banff Mt Norquay
Banff Sightseeing Chairlift