Mount Norquay

Mount Norquay: Our most recommended tours and activities

Banff: Mount Norquay 2.5 or 4-Hour Guided Via Ferrata Climb

1. Banff: Mount Norquay 2.5 or 4-Hour Guided Via Ferrata Climb

Join this fun alpine climbing tour that's perfect for all abilities, including those with no previous experience. Experience the thrill of climbing a via ferrata with an expert guide and delight in bird’s-eye views of Banff National Park.  Choose between a 2.5-hour Explorer Route or a 4-hour Ridgewalker Route. Upon arrival to Mount Norquay, located just 10 minutes from Banff, check in and meet your guide. Get equipped with a harness, lanyards, and helmet, then ride the sightseeing chairlift to where your adventure begins.  After an equipment check and training is complete, take a short 5-minute walk to your first via ferrata buttress to climb. The 2.5-hour Explorer Route is a great choice for those who are slightly limited on time or looking for an introduction to via ferrata. Spend some time with your guide and get introduced to the equipment before heading up a few pitches and crossing the suspension bridge.  You will reach 2,235 meters (7,332 feet) above sea level. The tour lasts 2-2.5 hours, covers 1 kilometer (3,280 feet), and involves an elevation gain of 145 meters (475 feet). Select the 4-hour Ridgewalker Route to get a greater feel for heights and experience the via ferrata in full.  Get comfortable with the equipment on a practice wall, then continue on the Norquay cliffs, climbing the memorial, sunrise and vista buttresses — and, of course, traversing the suspension bridge. The route heads up to the Ridgewalker Summit, 2,300 meters (7,545 feet) above sea level. At the top, enjoy incredible views and snap some photos before descending back to the starting point.  The tour lasts 3.5-4 hours, covers 1.4 kilometers (4,593 feet), and involves an elevation gain of 260 meters (853 feet).

Banff: Sightseeing Chairlift Ride High Above Banff

2. Banff: Sightseeing Chairlift Ride High Above Banff

Treat yourself to the best seat in Banff National Park and possibly the whole of Canada. More than just a chairlift ride, this famous scenic journey is your ticket to an unforgettable, open-air experience.  Take in legendary, panoramic views as you glide above the clouds. Cruise over wilderness which teams with life and natural splendor. Revel in the endless, picture-perfect scenery stretching out over the horizon.  Soar to nearly 7,000 feet and then settle in for a high-alpine dining experience at the Cliffhouse Bistro. Keep an eye out for some of the more wild neighbors, among them black and grizzly bears, as well as bighorn sheep, elk, and deer.

Calgary & Lake Louise: Smartphone Audio Driving Tour

3. Calgary & Lake Louise: Smartphone Audio Driving Tour

Follow your audio tour guide along the Trans-Canada Highway 1, one of the most exciting drives in Alberta. Start anywhere along the route between Calgary and Lake Louise. The tour experience is the same in any direction. Learn about the discovery of the Banff Hot Springs and admire the beauty of Banff National Park. Hear about Kananaskis Country and other sights at your own pace. With no time constraints, enjoy the freedom to stop anywhere and take your time exploring. Entertaining audio clips will play automatically as you drive using a live GPS map, and no data is used during the tour. Enjoy a fun audio tour with information and trivia to keep the whole family laughing and engaged along the way. Each point of interest along the way has a multiple-choice trivia question about the sights. Keep score and learn plenty of interesting facts along the route.

Other Sightseeing Options in Mount Norquay

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What people are saying about Mount Norquay

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 48 reviews

Our guide Eli was fantastic, took great photos of us and was super friendly & kind. A quick safety run through and practice wall then off we went. The views are spectacular! If I had realized prior to booking that there were two other more advanced options I would have booked one of those as the group we were paired with were a bit on the timid/novel side and I would have preferred a more difficult course. But regardless of this it was an amazing experience and I’ll be booking this again during our next visit to Banff.

Experience of a lifetime!! I’ve never climbed before and this was a perfect introduction. Kevin was an amazing guide! Good instruction and he did an excellent job communicating and including the entire group. I felt completely safe and smiled pretty much the whole time. Stunning views and a great workout. I definitely recommend.

Excellent adventure and experience. Ryan is an excellent hiking guide and instructor. He motivates you and kept us in good pace. Beautiful scenery . Highly recommend the tour and highly recommend Ryan as guide.

First time doing a Via Ferrata and absolutely loved it! The guide was very knowledgable of the history of Via Ferrata's and of the scenery. Would recommend 100%.

Our guide Ryan was fantastic. We had a great time and would recommend this adventure to all of our friends. Ask for Ryan! He was the best.