Via Ferrata Ridgewalker Route

Climbing

Banff Mt Norquay Via Ferrata

To get a greater feel for heights, exposure and the full Via Ferrata experience, become a Ridgewalker! This route is an awesome half day excursion that takes you high up on the Norquay cliffs.

What you can expect

This full Via Ferrata experience takes you high up on the Norquay cliffs, climbing Memorial, Sunrise and Vista buttresses and of course, traversing the suspension bridge.

WHAT IS VIA FERRATA?
Via Ferrata is a trail or route‐making method used in the mountains to make passage easier and more secure. It’s done by installing steel steps, handles, ladder rungs, and a steel cable in places where the trail steepens. Travellers are secured to the rock by wearing a harness that is always attached to the steel cable.

The Norquay Via Ferrata is designed to accommodate beginners seeking a taste of the alpine, and to accommodate folks who already have a little alpine experience.

Duration

4 Hours

To-bring

  • Weatherproof shell pant or soft shell pant
  • Warm layer(s)
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
  • Snack
  • Camera
  • Small Backpack
  • It’s a real mountain adventure so we recommend sturdy hiking and trail footwear (please refer to diagram below)

Weather requirements

  • Via Ferrata tours will be conducted in most weather. Routes may be shortened, delayed or cancelled due to Icy, snowy, or very wet conditions, and lightning.
  • The Via Ferrata starts at 2000m elevation and ascends to 2450m. On average it’s at
  • least 4 degrees cooler than it is in Banff and there’s almost always a fresh breeze on the summit ridge.

Highlights

  • Experience mountain climbing in a new form
  • Full Via Ferrata experience
  • Stunning scenery

Notes

  • 1.4km distance
  • 2300m ASL

Meet location

Mt Norquay Ski Hill. Guest services Cabin. Follow signs for Chair lift

Pick-up location

Pick-up from hotel can be arranged

Driving directions

  • Mt Norquay shuttle service - Free and runs hourly from a variety of convenient pick-up and drop-off points along Banff Avenue and town center. The shuttle will drive you and your party up the beautiful switchbacks to Mt Norquay, dropping off directly outside North American Lodge and guest services. No need to book a seat, just hop on at one of the designated pick-up locations.
  • Driving from Banff (approx 5 min) - Leave Banff via Lynx Street, connecting onto Mt Norquay Road. Cross over the TransCanada, Highway 1, continuing up the road for 5 minutes along the switchbacks. Pass the main car park on your right, making your way up the road another 300 meters before arriving at North American Lodge.
  • Driving from Canmore (approx 30 min) - Leave Canmore driving West on the Trans Canada, Highway 1. Upon reaching Banff, take the second exit and turn right heading up and towards Mt Norquay. Continue up Norquay road along the switchbacks for 5 minutes. Pass the main car park on your right, making your way up the road another 300 meters before arriving at North American Lodge.
  • Driving from Calgary (approx 1hr20min) - Drive West out of Calgary and onto the Trans Canada, Highway 1. Follow Highway 1 for one hour to Banff. Upon reaching Banff, take the second exit and turn right heading up and towards Mt Norquay. Continue up Norquay road along the switchbacks for 5 minutes. Pass the main car park on your right, making your way up the road another 300 meters before arriving at North American Lodge.
  • Driving from Lake Louise (approx 45min) - Leave Lake Louise traveling eastbound on the Trans-Canada, Highway 1. Upon reaching Banff, take the first exit before turning left, crossing back over the Highway heading up Mt Norquay Road. Continue up the road for 5 minutes along the switchbacks. Pass the main car park on your right making your way to the parking lot marked P2, 100 meters up the road on your left-hand side.

Location

Restrictions

  • Children 11 and under are not permitted on Via Ferrata tours
  • Minimum weight is 35kg (77lbs)
  • Maximum weight is 140kg (308lbs)

Cancellation / Refund

  • 100% Refundable 48 hours prior to activity date
  • 100% Non Refundable within 48 hours
  • NO SHOW’S are 100% Non Refundable

When can I book this activity?

Available dates

Available days and times

You can book this activity at the following times:

Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday

Number of guests allowed

2 – 8 guests

Comments

  • Prices include harness, helmet, Via Ferrata Leashes and hiking boots (if necessary)
  • All prices quoted are based on current 2017 rates and may be subject to change for the 2018 season.

Regular rate

Adult (aged 12 – 80) $199.00 CAD

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