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Climbing & Mountaineering Summer Outdoor Activities

The Canadian Rockies have long been a dream destination for climbers and mountaineers. You’ll find great spots throughout Alberta’s mountain parks. Everyone can experience this exhilarating sport – there are climbing adventures for all ages and skill levels, even if you’ve never done it before. Feel the thrill of conquering your first rock wall or Via Ferrata. Learn the skills to climb over glaciers and scramble up a mountainside. With the expert instruction of professional guides, you’ll be scampering along rock walls with the mountain goats in no time. And if rock climbing is your passion, you’ve come to the right place.
Norquay suspension bridge in Banff National Park
Norquay suspension bridge in Banff National Park

Heights, Camera, Action

Haley Shapely

A spring weekend is the perfect excuse for a family snowshoeing excursion to the Icefields Parkway, writes Tanya Koob.

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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 a an anchoring system of cables and ladders you’ll conquer the pitches and cross a suspension bridge to be literally on top of the world.

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Bonnyville and District Centennial Centre

Bonnyville, Alberta

The Bonnyville and District Centennial Centre (known locally as 'The C2') is a multi-purpose sports, recreation, and entertainment complex in the heart of the Lakeland region. We endeavor to enhance the quality of life of all visitors through recreation, fitness, culture, education, and entertainment. We offer something for everyone. We promote healthy living with our fully equipped Wellness Centre, and fitness programs. We encourage social gathering by hosting a variety of events. We provide a convenient location for meetings and conferences. We support a variety of recreational and educational activities. We have solid relationships with local service and sports organizations

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Mt Norquay, Banff

Banff, Alberta
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Family-friendly Mt. Norquay offers outstanding conditions for beginner, intermediate and advanced skiers and riders. Since its opening in 1926, Mt. Norquay continues to be a local favorite. Famous as the training ground of Olympic and World Cup athletes, the resort offers the only night skiing in Banff-Lake Louise including a fully lit terrain park. Après ski, dine at the base of the mountain in the Cascade Lodge or at the top in the Cliffhouse Bistro.

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Summer Solstice Alpine Weekend Mt Athabasca

A great opportunity to climb one of Alberta's highest peaks during the 2017 summer solstice. Saturday will be a skills day which to prepare for Athabasca. Beginner to advanced climbing experience and good fitness required. Valid June 17-18 only. Must mention Travel Alberta to secure this exclusive discount.

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Bow-Yoho Traverse April Powder

Five days of skiing on the famous and remote Wapta and Yoho glaciers. From Lake Louise at the Alpine Centre we will head to Bow Lake where the adventure begins. We will conquer peaks glaciers and ice fields. Hut to Hut to Hut! Mention Travel Alberta to secure this discount.

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Abbott Pass Classic Alpine

This trip is perfect for intermediate alpine climbers looking for some of the most classic alpine climbs in the Canadian Rockies. Over two nights and three days starting from Lake O’Hara we will make our way up to the National Historic Site of the Abbott Pass Hut. Valid select weekends.

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Tours

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Discover Banff Tours

Banff, Alberta
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Discover Banff Tours provides small sightseeing tours and activities in both summer and winter for individuals and groups. Using mini-buses and vans personalizes our tours of Banff National Park and the surrounding Canadian Rocky Mountains. Our small group sizes give you plenty of time to chat with our friendly, local and professionally trained guides.

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Peter Amann Mountain Guiding

Jasper, Alberta

With more than 40 years of climbing and guiding experience, Peter Amman specializes in instructional courses, mountaineering and guided rock climbs in the Canadian Rockies near Jasper.

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Alpine Air Adventures

Banff, Alberta

Alpine Air Adventures specializes in rock climbing, ice climbing, alpine climbing, backcountry skiing and snowboarding, avalanche courses and improvised rope rescue courses. Fully certified IFMGA Mountain Guide and ACMG Guides.

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Events

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Plaid Goat Mountain Bike Festival

Canmore, Alberta
2017-06-23 to 2017-06-25 MST

The Plaid Goat MTB Festival is 3-day cultural celebration revelling in the mountain bike stoke of the Canadian Rockies. The weekend will include a main expo/festival, bike demos for Demo-licious Days wristband holders, group rides, a craft beer tent, km's on end of great Canadian Rockies singletrack, a bike rodeo and a few surprises! The aim of the Plaid Goat MTB Festival is to support an annual regional reinvestment program that will give back to groups dedicated to enhancing mountain bike trails across the province via the creation of a Ride the Rockies Regional Trails Fund.

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114th Anniversary of the Frank Slide

Crowsnest Pass, Alberta
2017-04-29 to 2017-04-29 MST

Special presentations will take place throughout the day highlighting the amazing story of the 1903 Frank Slide. While here enjoy our two award winning audio-visual presentations. The Frank Slide Interpretive Centre highlights the rich heritage of the Crowsnest Pass amid the breathtaking beauty of the Canadian Rockies. The Centre is open all year and visitors will be greeted by friendly, knowledgeable staff who will share the fascinating stories of the Frank Slide through dynamic interpretive programs and presentations. State-of-the-art interactive displays and exhibits throughout the Centre focus on the infamous Frank Slide of 1903 - Canada’s deadliest rockslide.

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