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Climbing & Mountaineering Summer Outdoor Activities

If the thought of becoming a human mountain goat hanging off the side of a cliff terrifies you – don’t worry. There’s a starting point for everything, even conquering mountains. • First time: Via ferrata is a type of mountaineering up slopes equipped with steel ladders, steps and cables. It makes scaling a mountain way more accessible. Get the same views of Mt. Norquay as a peregrine falcon does – no experience required. • Rock star: The canyons and cliffs in the Canadian Rockies are what rock climbers’ dreams are made of. Breathtaking views meet heart-stopping multi-pitch routes up limestone and quartzite. Fledgling climber? Sign up for a climbing class. You’ve got to start somewhere. 
Banff National Park

Rock climbing Via Ferrata Banff National Park

Rock Climbing near Banff

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Via Ferrata

Banff, Alberta
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In Banff National Park, a unique climbing experience awaits on Mount Norquay’s Via Ferrata. Italian for Iron Road, it takes hiking to a new level – and if you can climb a ladder you can climb the Via Ferrata. Ride up to the site on an open chairlift and watch for wildlife. Experienced guides at the top will provide an in-depth safety orientation and all the gear you need. Using an anchoring system of cables and ladders, you’ll conquer the pitches and cross a suspension bridge to be on top of the world.

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Mt Norquay, Banff

Banff, Alberta
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From the legendary ski racers that have claimed their glory on Norquay’s slopes since the 1930s, to beginners clipping on skis or a board for the very first time, Norquay is for everyone with over 60 runs to choose from. The fun does not stop when the sun goes down. Norquay offers the only night skiing in the Alberta Rockies. On Friday and Saturday nights the Cascade chair is fully lit, including the entire terrain and tube parks. Banff National Park’s deep-rooted ski culture started at Mt Norquay. Norquay is also home to Alberta’s largest tube park. Just take a seat on a purpose designed inflatable tube, hold onto the handles and get sliding! Summer months offer opportunities to climb, explore and relax. Norquay has maintained its place as the locals’ hill for over nine decades, it’s Banff’s backyard – all while hosting skiers, riders and sightseers from all corners of the globe. Norquay is a Banff classic!

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Mt Norquay Via Ferrata

Banff, Alberta
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Feel on top the world. Exhilarate your senses. From Mt Norquay's Via Ferrata you will experience views of Banff rarely seen. A climbing experience along four breathtaking routes on the cliffs above Mt Norquay. Climb ladders, cross suspension bridges, and marvel at the grandeur of the mountain vistas that surround you. Each of the tours starts at 7,000 feet above sea level at the top of Norquay's sightseeing chairlift. After your tour, unwind at the the Cliff house Bistro with a beverage and appetizers – also included in the 6 hour tour. The views are wild, and tours are led by a highly experienced, ACMG-certified guide, you wear a harness that is always attached to the mountain’s steel cable pathway, securing you to the rock at all times.So leave your worries behind, live in the moment and get set to explore! Norquay’s Via Ferrata is designed to accommodate beginners seeking a taste of the alpine, as well as folks who already have alpine experience. No climbing knowledge is needed – just a basic level of physical fitness, and a big sense of adventure!

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Rocky Mountain Canyoning

Jasper, Alberta

Have you ever wanted to explore areas that you thought were simply inaccessible. Did you ever wonder if descending a waterfall in a canyon was even possible. Imagine yourself a feather floating along a stream that descends into a deep cleft in the mountain, following the watercourse as it carves out the rock through centuries of dedicated action. Now envision yourself attached to a rope moving along that waterfall in a controlled descent taking in the stunning beauty that the water has carved from the rock. Canyoning is the art of descending steep walled gorges and deep mountain valleys using ropes to control your movements. Canyoning includes jumping, walking, scrambling, sliding, wading and many other means to travel through this unique and spectacular part of our world.

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Canadian Wilderness School & Expeditions

Canmore, Alberta
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As a small adventure company based out of Canmore Alberta our focus at the C.W.S.X is on creating incredible experiences through small group adventures. With group sizes of 2 - 14 participants we specialize not only in unique adventure trips but also in outdoor educational programs and extended expeditions.

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Ridgeline Guiding Services

Canmore, Alberta
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Based in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, Ridgeline's professionally certified ACMG guides are happy to provide you with enjoyable mountain guided experiences for all skill levels. We offer private guided trips and training courses in the areas of: Rock, Ice, & Alpine Climbing, Mountaineering, Hiking, Scrambling, Via Ferrata Tours, Rescue, Navigation, & more. Contact us today and lets start making memories tomorrow that last a lifetime!!

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Rockies Rock

Canmore, Alberta
2018-06-17 To 2018-06-24 MST

Rockies Rock focuses on the awesome climbing in the heart of the Canadian Rockies! You’ll experience the high quality sport climbing that surrounds the charming town of Canmore and also climb classics on outstanding quartzite in the spectacular setting of Lake Louise. Experience the majesty of the Rockies with 6 eligible climbing days!

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