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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.
Rock Climbing near Banff
Norquay suspension bridge in Banff National Park

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

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Climbing & Mountaineering Spots

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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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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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Travel Offers

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Learn to Rock Climb - Outdoor Rock Intro Course

The Outdoor Rock Intro course is designed for those who have never climbed before or who have done some basic climbing either in the gym or outdoors. In this course you will learn basic climbing movement skills and top rope techniques for rock climbing outdoors.

Expires: 2017-09-30
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Great Divide Panorama

Join the Alpine Air guides for this classic alpine trekking traverse through the heart of the Canadian Rockies. Moraine Lake to Wenkchemna Pass onto Opabin Pass and Opabin Glacier lead to Lake O'Hara. Day 2 up to Abbott Pass; day 3 traverse down the Fuhrman ledges to Lake Louise.

Expires: 2017-09-06
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Intro to Mountaineering

This is Canada's premier beginner mountaineering course. Based from the Wapta Icefields this program is for outdoor enthusiasts wanting a solid grounding in mountaineering. The glacier and surrounding peaks will be our classroom. We provide food, hut accommodations, transport and group/technical gear - all you need is an adventurous attitude!

Expires: 2017-09-30
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Tours

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Skadi Wilderness Adventures

Nordegg, Alberta

Professional and interpretive guiding trips in the Nordegg area of the Canadian Rockies; facilities experience and expertise for you to comfortably and safely build new knowledge and skills. Corporate team-building wilderness first aid and survival hostile environment training all with experienced experts.

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Canadian Rockies Mountain Guides

Canmore, Alberta

Canadian Rockies Mountain Guides is a group of fully certified ACMG/IFMGA Mountain Guides who live, work and play in the mountain corridors of Banff and Canmore. We are local mountain professionals/risk managers who are passionate about the mountains and we take pride in giving our guests the safest and most unforgettable experiences of their lives. We specialize in custom tailored summer and winter mountain adventures around the Canadian Rockies. If you are a beginner, we have rock climbing courses to introduce you to the sport.

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Aster Mountain Adventures

Canmore, Alberta

We are a small tour company offering guided hiking, backpacking, climbing and backcountry skiing adventures in the Canadian Rockies. Contact us to arrange a tour customized to your preferences. We also offer scheduled interpretive hikes on 'Glaciers and Climate Change'. These hikes are offered at two locations - Wilcox Pass, near the Columbia Icefields and the Iceline Trail. Learn all about how glaciers have shaped our landscape in the past and at present, and what the future holds for glaciers in the Canadian Rockies.

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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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