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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

Climbers walking across Norquay's suspension bridge

Norquay suspension bridge in Banff National Park

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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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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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Bolder Climbing Community

Calgary, Alberta

Bolder Climbing Community is Calgary's first bouldering specific, indoor climbing centre. Focusing on community, atmosphere and developing the sport of rock climbing. Featuring 5300sqft of bouldering terrain, training area, weights, cafe and multi purpose mezzanine. Bolder Climbing Community is perfect for climbers of all abilities!

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Float + Via Ferrata Package

Experience two popular summer activities on this package deal with Discover Banff Tours. Climb the 2.5 hour Explorer Route at Mt Norquay's Via Ferrata on a small-group guided alpine experience up to 2,235 metres above sea level, then take a gentle one-hour float trip along the Bow River in Canmore.

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Via Ferrata Skyline Route

The five hour Skyline Route at Mount Norquay's Via Ferrata includes an exciting high traverse on a sheer rock wall and crosses an “airy” 55 metre suspension bridge, with panoramic views at the top. Save 10% by using coupon code ONLINE2SAVE and booking online seven days or more in advance.

Expires: 2018-10-08
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Summer Solstice Alpine Weekend Mt Athabasca

A great opportunity to climb one of Alberta's highest peaks during the 2018 summer solstice. Saturday will be a skills day which to prepare for Athabasca. Beginner to advanced climbing experience and good fitness required. Must mention Travel Alberta to secure this exclusive discount.

Expires: 2018-06-15
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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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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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Rockaboo Mountain Adventures

Jasper, Alberta
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We are a small guiding company based in Jasper, Alberta. We specialize in high quality mountain skills training and guided climbing, from the Icefields Parkway in Jasper National Park to the rugged frontier of beautiful McBride, British Columbia. This diverse area is home to world class ice climbing, stellar rock climbing, and inspiring alpine climbing on the biggest peaks in the Rockies, as well as fantastic ski touring opportunities.

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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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