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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.
Climbers walking across Norquay's suspension bridge
Norquay suspension bridge in Banff National Park
Climbers walking across Norquay's suspension bridge
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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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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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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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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March Madness Ski Touring Lake Louise

Based out of the Lake Louise Alpine Center, the long weekend will be spent climbing and skiing some of the Rockies greatest peaks. The end of March is an excellent time of year to climb and ski the high peaks in and around Lake Louise and north towards Jasper.

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Wapta Icefields Traverse

Guided by highly experienced local mountain guides, trek the Wapta Icefields in Banff National Park over three days. Learn basic skills involved in travelling over snow and ice. Hut-to-hut hiking across striking Canadian glaciers. For more information, see the itinerary, inclusions and available 2017 dates. Includes accommodation and most meals.

Expires: 2017-03-21
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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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Alpinism.com

Banff, Alberta

Have an adventure in the Canadian Rockies with a guided skiing, mountaineering, or rock climbing tour with an experienced and certified guide from this Banff company.

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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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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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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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