Guided tour

Banff: Mount Norquay 2.5 or 4-Hour Guided Via Ferrata Climb

Banff: Mount Norquay 2.5 or 4-Hour Guided Via Ferrata Climb

From $143.31 per person

Experience panoramic mountain views of Banff and beyond on this guided climb of the area's only via ferrata. Cross suspension bridges and climb buttresses, all while being safely harnessed to a steel cable. Benefit from no more than 8 people per guide.

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Duration 2.5 - 4 hours
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  • Get a taste for via ferrata climbing on an activity that requires no previous experience
  • Reach new heights and experience the thrill usually reserved for experienced mountain climbers
  • Cross a 30-meter suspension bridge and climb buttresses on strategically placed steel ladder holds
  • Soak in panoramic mountain views from the Mt. Norquay summit ridge when you conquer the 4-hour Ridgewalker Route
  • Stay safe while being harnessed to a steel cable and climbing with a professional guide
Full description
Join this fun alpine climbing tour that's perfect for all abilities, including those with no previous experience. Experience the thrill of climbing a via ferrata with an expert guide and delight in bird’s-eye views of Banff National Park. Choose between a 2.5-hour Explorer Route or a 4-hour Ridgewalker Route. Upon arrival to Mount Norquay, located just 10 minutes from Banff, check in and meet your guide. Get equipped with a harness, lanyards, and helmet, then ride the sightseeing chairlift to where your adventure begins. After an equipment check and training is complete, a short 5-minute walk takes you to your first via ferrata buttress to climb. The 2.5-hour Explorer Route is a great choice for those who are slightly limited on time or looking for an introduction to via ferrata. Spend some time with your guide and get introduced to the equipment before heading up a few pitches and crossing the suspension bridge. You will reach 2,235 meters (7,332 feet) above sea level. The tour lasts 2-2.5 hours, covers 1 kilometer (3,280 feet), and involves an elevation gain of 145 meters (475 feet). Select the 4-hour Ridgewalker Route to get a greater feel for heights and experience the via ferrata in full. Get comfortable with the equipment on a practice wall, then continue on the Norquay cliffs, climbing the memorial, sunrise and vista buttresses — and, of course, traversing the suspension bridge. The route heads up to the Ridgewalker Summit, 2,300 meters (7,545 feet) above sea level. At the top, enjoy incredible views and snap some photos before descending back to the starting point. The tour lasts 3.5-4 hours, covers 1.4 kilometers (4,593 feet), and involves an elevation gain of 260 meters (853 feet).
  • Free shuttle bus transportation from Downtown Banff
  • Expert guide
  • Complimentary hiking boot and rainwear rental available
  • All safety equipment including harness, helmet, and lanyards
  • Sightseeing chairlift to reach the via ferrata tour starting point
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • Children under 12 years
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People over 309 lbs (140 kg)
  • People under 88 lbs (40 kg)

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What to bring

  • Snacks
  • Hiking shoes
  • Water
  • Rain gear

Know before you go

  • The minimum age for the activity is 12
  • The minimum weight limit is 40 kilograms (88 pounds) and the maximum weight limit is 140 kilograms (308 pounds)
  • No previous experience is needed
  • There will be 1 guide to every 8 participants
  • Snacks and drinks available at the Cliffhouse Bistro for purchase after your tour
  • Suitable hiking footwear must be worn and approved by staff
  • Complimentary hiking boots are available, however, available sizing cannot be guaranteed
  • Please arrive no less than 30 minutes prior to your tour departure time
  • A liability waiver must be signed upon check-in prior to departure
Customer reviews

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based on 18 reviews

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Sara was my guide. She was calm and clear with her directions. We had a good but chilly weather day. Climbing was moderately hard but I’m 70 and found it fun! I took the 2 1/2 hour climb which was perfect for me because I had done a 6 mile hike the day before. The views and the exercise were outstanding. I highly recommend this climb for anyone that enjoys a slight challenge and a great time!!

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September 15, 2021

Neither of us had climbed before so we didn't really know what to expect. Our guide was so patient and took amazing photos. It took us a bit longer but our guide made us feel so comfortable we still talk about it. Amazing experience. Oh and the view of the mountains of course are breathtaking

October 2, 2020

Jazz is the best guide i ever had and we had too much fun together!! Hope to see her again next summer!

September 9, 2021

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