9:30am
Departure Time
8 Hours
Duration
14+
Age
Physical
Activity
Jul-Sep
Season

Including all of the via ferrata routes in one day, Mountaineers spend up to 8 hours covering over 3kms of distance and nearly 500m of vertical gain.

COVID-19 Update: For the health and safety of staff and guests, the following measures are in place:

  • Face masks are mandatory in all indoor public areas including the shuttle and Cliffhouse Bistro.
  • Dining at the Cliffhouse Bistro requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 PCR or rapid test result within 72 hours.
  • Enhanced cleaning and sanitation of safety and rental equipment will take place between every use.

The pinnacle via ferrata route, Mountaineers spend up to 8 hours on the via ferrata covering over 3km’s of distance and nearly 500m of vertical gain, exploring the entire length of the mountain crest between the SE and NE summits.

The longest tour, it includes all of Norquay’s via ferrata routes into one big day! Be prepared for moderate exertion all day with picturesque rest stops and an included lunch up on the mountain. Finish your tour with a well-deserved (included) beverage and après at the Cliffhouse Bistro.

This 8 hour loop takes you up to 2,450 metres above sea level and is great for those seeking the ultimate via ferrata challenge. The Norquay Via Ferrata is conveniently located a ten minute drive from the Banff townsite on the cliffs above the Mt Norquay Ski Resort.

Included
  • Free rental equipment including backpacks, hiking boots, rain jackets and pants
  • Professional certified guide
  • Orientation session
  • Banff Mt Norquay Sightseeing Chairlift
  • All climbing equipment
DISTANCE
  • 3.7km (2.3 miles)
Elevation Gain
  • 465m (1526 feet)
Meal
  • Lunch on the mountain, apres climbing platter and beverage at Cliffhouse Bistro
Transport Options
  • Meet at Banff Mt Norquay (North America Lodge)

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

1

8 hour round trip

The Mountaineer is the pinnacle of Norquay’s Via Ferrata adventures, including all of the routes in one day, Mountaineers spend up to 8 hours covering over 3kms of distance and nearly 500m of vertical gain.
2

Mountain dining

Experience mind-melting 360-degree views of the Canadian Rocky Mountains as you enjoy lunch on the mountain and an apres-climbing platter at Cliffhouse Bistro.
3

Everything is provided

This guided high-alpine climbing experience includes your chairlift ride, safety equipment, helmet and an equipment orientation. There’s even free rental equipment including backpacks, hiking boots, rain jackets and pants.
Included
  • Free rental equipment including backpacks, hiking boots, rain jackets and pants
  • Professional certified guide
  • Orientation session
  • Banff Mt Norquay Sightseeing Chairlift
  • All climbing equipment
DISTANCE
  • 3.7km (2.3 miles)
Elevation Gain
  • 465m (1526 feet)
Meal
  • Lunch on the mountain, apres climbing platter and beverage at Cliffhouse Bistro
Transport Options
  • Meet at Banff Mt Norquay (North America Lodge)

Via Ferrata Banff Reviews


This is a 8 hour round trip tour on the Via Ferrata.
This high-alpine climbing experience includes lunch on the mountain, an ACMG-certified guide, an apres climbing platter and beverage at Cliffhouse Bistro, an equipment orientation, harnesses, helmets, Via Ferrata leashes and rental equipment such as backpacks, hiking boots and rain jackets (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 8 minute open-air chairlift to access the Via Ferrata.
The meeting point is at the North American Lodge at Mount Norquay at the end of Mt Norquay Road in Banff, located approximately ten minutes from downtown Banff. Full driving instructions will be provided in your booking confirmation. Guests can also take advantage of the free shuttle bus that runs hourly from Banff.
The free shuttle bus runs throughout the day from Banff with several pick-up locations.

Free Shuttle Bus Schedule (Valid from June 30 to October 11 2021)

Location Times
Train Station Info Centre 07:55 08:50 09:50 10:50 11:50 12:50 13:50 14:50 15:50 16:50 17:50 18:35
Mt Royal Parking Lot 07:57 08:52 09:52 10:52 11:52 12:52 13:52 14:52 15:52 16:52 17:52
Banff Park Lodge (Opposite) 08:00 08:55 09:55 10:55 11:55 12:55 13:55 14:55 15:55 16:55 17:55
ARRIVES AT NORQUAY 08:10 09:10 10:10 11:10 12:10 13:10 14:10 15:10 16:10 17:10 18:10
RETURN TO BANFF 09:35 10:35 11:35 12:35 13:35 14:35 15:35 16:35 17:20 18:20 19:10
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 an all-weather/waterproof outerwear (e.g. rain jacket and soft-shell pants suitable for outdoor activity involving moderate physical exertion), warm layers, sunglasses, and sturdy hiking footwear. You’ll be on a mountain, so be sure to pack some sunscreen, water and a snack in your small backpack. If you don’t have these items, you can access the extensive range of free rental equipment before your tour if needed, including backpacks, hiking boots, rain jackets and pants. Available on a first come first serve basis; can’t guarantee availability or sizes.
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
  • Free rental equipment including backpacks, hiking boots, rain jackets and pants
  • Professional certified guide
  • Orientation session
  • Banff Mt Norquay Sightseeing Chairlift
  • All climbing equipment
DISTANCE
  • 3.7km (2.3 miles)
Elevation Gain
  • 465m (1526 feet)
Meal
  • Lunch on the mountain, apres climbing platter and beverage at Cliffhouse Bistro
Transport Options
  • Meet at Banff Mt Norquay (North America Lodge)

Via Ferrata Banff Reviews


Via Ferrata Mountaineer Route Map

Included
  • Free rental equipment including backpacks, hiking boots, rain jackets and pants
  • Professional certified guide
  • Orientation session
  • Banff Mt Norquay Sightseeing Chairlift
  • All climbing equipment
DISTANCE
  • 3.7km (2.3 miles)
Elevation Gain
  • 465m (1526 feet)
Meal
  • Lunch on the mountain, apres climbing platter and beverage at Cliffhouse Bistro
Transport Options
  • Meet at Banff Mt Norquay (North America Lodge)

Via Ferrata Banff Reviews


  • The minimum age is 14 years old, and a minimum weight of 40kgs (88lbs).
  • The maximum weight is 140kgs (308lbs).
  • The guide to guest ratio is 1:8 for each group. Groups larger than 8 will be split between two guides.
  • All adult participants are required to sign a waiver prior to the tour. A waiver must also be completed and signed by a legal guardian for any participant under the age of 18 years.
  • Photo ID may be required for identity verification.
  • Please note that this tour requires a minimum of 2 participants, please call the day prior to confirm the tour.
Included
  • Free rental equipment including backpacks, hiking boots, rain jackets and pants
  • Professional certified guide
  • Orientation session
  • Banff Mt Norquay Sightseeing Chairlift
  • All climbing equipment
DISTANCE
  • 3.7km (2.3 miles)
Elevation Gain
  • 465m (1526 feet)
Meal
  • Lunch on the mountain, apres climbing platter and beverage at Cliffhouse Bistro
Transport Options
  • Meet at Banff Mt Norquay (North America Lodge)

Via Ferrata Banff Reviews


Via Ferrata three wire bridge on the Mountaineer Route in Banff
Get fitted with equipment for the Mount Norquay Via Ferrata in Banff in the Canadian Rockies
Take a ride up the open-air chairlift at Mount Norquay to the Via Ferrata in Banff in the Canadian Rockies
Cross a suspension bridge on the Mount Norquay Via Ferrata Explorer Route
Climb Mt Norquay's via ferrata in Banff National Park
Climb a mountain on the Via Ferrata at Mt Norquay
Via Ferrata Summit View in Banff
Via Ferrata ladder climb at Mt Norquay in Banff