Beginner Experiential Ice Climbing - Half Day


Yamnuska Mountain Adventures

The best ice climbing in the World is in the Banff National Park area. Waterfall ice climbing is an unbelievably exhilarating sport and perfect for beginners, experts, families and individuals alike. Experience this fun and active sport under the guidance and instruction of professionally certified guides.

What you can expect

Unless otherwise specified you will meet at the Yamnuska office at 200, 50 Lincoln Park, Canmore. The meeting time will be set when you make your booking. Generally half day programs begin at 7:30am and 12:00pm.

Transportation is not included but may be available on certain days. Clients generally provide transportation for the guide. If there is a vehicle available, Yamnuska can provide transportation for a pick-up in Banff ($75) or Canmore ($50) with additional fuel surcharges being added on for climbing locations anywhere other than the “Junkyards” in Canmore.
For insurance reasons guides cannot transport clients. It is recommended you rent a car while in the area. If a guide has to drive beyond Canmore to meet you for the climb additional fuel charges apply.

There are several great ice climbing locations that can be readily accessed for daily lessons or trips from our office in Canmore, Alberta Canada. They include:
Grassi Lakes: "The Junkyards" 10 minutes drive from Canmore followed by a 20 minute walk. A great spot for first time ice climbers and those wishing to brush up on skills.

King Creek: 40 minute drive from Canmore in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park. Good beginner location for a full-day of climbing with some challenging short climbs to finish on.

Johnston Canyon: 20 minutes drive west of Banff. Good for steep climbing practice.

Haffner Creek: 40 minutes drive west of Banff. Excellent variety of steeper climbs and mixed climbs.


3 Hours


  • Lunch & Snacks
  • Thermos with a Hot Drink
  • Long underwear (top & bottom), synthetic or wool.
  • Warm pants (pref. insulated or fleece)
  • Warm shirt (not cotton)
  • Fleece Jacket (heavyweight)
  • Insulated Jacket or Vest
  • Waterproof Jacket with Hood (Gore-Tex or nylon)
  • Waterproof Pants (Gore-Tex or nylon)
  • Socks (wool outer & polypro liner)
  • Wool or Fleece Hat (that will cover ears & fit under helmet)
  • Waterproof Climbing Gloves (plus spares)
  • Knee-Length Gaiters
  • Neck Warmer
  • Daypack (large enough for spare clothing, your lunch & climbing gear e.g. rope & crampons)
  • Sunglasses
  • Water bottle (full!)
  • Sun Screen


  • 3 Hours of Guided Climbing
  • Equipment Included (boots, crampons, ice tools, harness & helmet)
  • Certified ACMG Guide
  • Park Entry Fees Included (where applicable)


  • Transportation and food is not included
  • Maximum 6 people per Guide
  • Guests should be prepared for winter weather
  • Recommended that you bring along energy snacks and perhaps a thermos of hot chocolate or tea to keep warm

Meet location

200-50 Lincoln Park, Canmore, AB T1W 3E9



  • Minimum guest age is 15 years
  • Minimum shoe size is US 4 (men's)

Cancellation / Refund

  • 48-hour cancellation notice required for all full and half day rock climbing programs, after the trip has been confirmed
  • Mountain weather is unpredictable in all seasons and is a constant factor that shapes the decisions made before and during the programs. It would not be practical to refund or credit situations where guests do not get the weather conditions they hope for but every effort is made to develop alternative plans. If you have a single objective in mind (such as a peak or route) it is not guaranteed that the conditions or weather will allow an attempt of that objective. Guides will work diligently to give you the best experience with the given conditions at the time of your tour

When can I book this activity?

Available dates

Available days and times

You can book this activity at the following times:


Number of guests allowed

No limit on guests number


  • Prices are quoted in Canadian funds and do not include taxes.
  • All prices quoted are based on current 2016 rates and may be subject to change for the 2017 season.

Regular rate

Adult (aged 10 – 85) $420.00 CAD

2 People

When 2 guests book together.

Adult (aged 10 – 85) $210.00 CAD

3 People

When 3 guests book together.

Adult (aged 10 – 85) $165.00 CAD

4+ People

When 4 or more guests book together.

Adult (aged 10 – 85) $145.00 CAD

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