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Whether you’re new to the climbing world or an experienced pro, this Via Ferrata tour is a great way to get a bird’s eye view of the wonderful scenery of Banff National Park. It’s all made possible by climbing a series of iron cables and ladders, each of which provide a safe, protected, way to challenge yourself and gain a unique viewpoint above this amazing natural area.

Travel to Mount Norquay to meet your certified guide, who will teach you the ins and outs of Via Ferrata and explain how to use your equipment, ensuring a safe and fun ascent.

Then it’s time to begin your climbing challenge above the Mount Norquay ski area. As you make your way up, guided by a series of fixed cables and ladders, stop to admire views of majestic mountains and blue skies, a sight experienced by only a handful of Banff visitors. Then finish your climb. Choose from one of two routes for your Via Ferrata excursion:

The Explorer RouteThis 2.5-hour introduction to Via Ferrata is a great way to test out this adrenaline-packed alpine activity. Get an introduction to the proper equipment, then try your hand on some of the site’s lower climbing pitches, crossing the course’s picturesque suspension bridge.

The Ridgewalker RouteThis longer 4-hour Via Ferrata tour provides a more immersive climbing experience. Challenge yourself with more time to tackle the route’s vertical drops, incredible overlooks and the iconic suspension bridge.

Please note that while no prior climbing experience is necessary, guests should be fit enough to climb a ladder.
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Take your Banff trip to new heights with this 2.5- or 4-hour 'Via Ferrata' adventure, an alpine climbing activity with fixed iron ropes that’s perfect for those of all experience levels. Choose from one of two protected climbing routes you’ll ascend using a fixed steel cable (Via Ferrata means ‘iron road’ in Italian), offering a safe and scenic way to explore the gorgeous scenery of the Canadian Rockies. Your Via Ferrata excursion includes an experienced guide and all necessary equipment.
  • The exciting Via Ferrata experience in Banff National Park
  • Ascend the Canadian Rockies safely with this proven technique
  • Admire the stunning views of Banff National Park
  • Great for climbers of all levels, even novices
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Reviewed 1 week ago
Exciting and Beautiful

We took the 6-hour Summiteer climb. The views were stunning. But even better was the climbing itself. It only takes a minute or so to get a hang of the clipping and unclipping and then it's smooth sailing. Some people were a little freaked out...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago
Excellent Mental and Physical Challenge and lots of fun!!!!

What a great experience - climbing up to the top of Mount Norquay. We did the 4 hour Ridgewalker tour and thought it was perfect, as you get to climb to the top and that was extremely satisfying. We can't say enough great things about...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago
Excellent time

The Via Ferrata was a test of my anxiety - I nearly cancelled after I first registered, but passed my test with flying colours. It was fun and the views were exceptional! I love the mountains and was thrilled to be able to experience some...More

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DiscoverBanffTours, Manager at Discover Banff Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hi Sara, Thank you for joining us on for a guided tour on Mt Norquay's Via Ferrata, and for celebrating your birthday with us! Congratulations on overcoming your nerves and completing the climb. We're thrilled to hear you had a wonderful birthday and hope to...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
So much fun, the highlight of the trip!

We did the Via Ferrata Explorer and had a blast. The guide was great and very accommodating allowing us time for many photo ops. The climbing stages were actually tougher than expected but doable for our party age range of 16 to 60. The first...More

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DiscoverBanffTours, Manager at Discover Banff Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hi Jeff, Thank you for sharing your experience on the Mt Norquay Via Ferrata (and on Google as well). We're glad to hear that everyone enjoyed the tour, and that this was the highlight of your trip to Canada - high praise indeed! We hope...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
6 Hour Summiteer Route

Beyond amazing experience, and one of the coolest things we've ever done! In June 2018 my husband and I went on the Summiteer 6-hour route with guide Robbie. There were 8 of us climbing with our guide, and by the end we were all good...More

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DiscoverBanffTours, Manager at Discover Banff Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hi Robin, Wow - you may be our new record holder for the longest review! Thank you for taking the time to share such a detailed overview of your experience on the Summiteer Route of Mt Norquay's Via Ferrata with Robbie, and congratulations on completing...More

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