About Mt. Norquay – Via Ferrata & Chairlift, Banff, Alberta, Canada
Mt Norquay, one of the three famous Ski Resorts in Banff National Park, has reopened the North American Chairlift, 1950’s Tea house, along with a new mountaineering/ hiking activity – Via Ferrata from June 19, 2014. Via Ferrata is Italian for ‘Iron Path’. The Via Ferrata at Mt. Norquay is Banff National Park’s first and only Via Ferrata. The North American chairlift takes one, 8040 ft above sea level.
Want to experience winter at Mt. Norquay – Check Mt. Norquay Ski Resort
What to do at Mt Norquay in Summer?
Summer Attractions & Activities at Mt. Norquay
1. Chairlift & Sightseeing
Ride up the North American chairlift: 2 person open air chair lift, to enjoy the stunning scenery and view of the mountain vistas. Once on top, stroll the viewing pathway to the lookout point, and take in the amazing view of Bow Valley, Sundance Range, Mount Rundle, Tunnel Mountain, and Banff.
Watch wildlife like Mule deer, bighorn sheep, elk and grizzly bears. Mt. Norquay is along an important part of the Yellow Stone – Yukon wildlife corridor.
2. Via Ferrata
Lead by a certified guide, make your way up the cliffs above the ski area assisted by a fixed anchoring system of cables, ladders and a suspension bridge. Enjoy the spectacular views and Big Horn Sheep grazing the sweet greenery enroute!
There are 4 options available
1. Explorer route : Cross the suspension bridge,and enjoy Via Ferrata activity for 2.5 hours.
2. Ridgewalker route: Enjoy the complete Via Ferrata including the suspension bridge, Sunrise and Vista buttresses. Duration 4 hours,
3. Summiteer Route:6 hour routes.
4. Skyline Route: 5 hours
Dine at the historic 1950’s Teahouse or at the North American view taking in the magnificent Canadian Rockies.
4. Venue Rentals & Weddings
Who all can enjoy the magnificent views?
Chairlift & Sightseeing- Everybody above the age of 2 years can have a wonderful time riding the Mt. Norquay Chairlift.
Via Ferrata – Anybody above the age of 12 with the physical ability to climb a ladder. Minimum weight – 35 kgs & Maximum weight – 110Kgs
When to do Via Ferratta & Other Summer Activities at Mt. Norquay?
Operating Season: June 10th – October 9th, 2017 (Canadian Thanksgiving in October)
1. Chairlift & Sightseeing
Mid June to Canadian Thanksgiving.
First Chairlift for sightseeing : 09:00 AM
The last chairlift down will be at 5.30 PM
2. Via Ferratta
June 10 to September 10 | 7 Days a Week @ 9:00am, 12:00pm, 3:30pm
September 11 to October 9 | 7 Days a Week @ 10:00am
June 10 to September 10 – Departs 4 times daily @ 8:30am, 10:00am, 1:00pm, 2:30pm
September 11 to October 9 – 7 Days a Week @ 10:00am, 1:00pm, 2:30pm
June 30 to September 10 – Daily @ 8:30am, 9:30am, 12:00pm
September 11 to October 9 – Saturday & Sunday @ 12:00pm
June 30 to September 10- Daily @ 9:00am
September 11 to October 1 – Saturday & Sunday @ 9:00am
3. Cliff House Bistro & North American Lodge
Open Daily: 09:00 AM – 06:00 PM
How long will it take to enjoy Via Ferrata & Chairlift?
One hour to a whole Day.
Chairlift takes about 14 minutes one way.
The via ferrata’s : 2 hrs to 6 hrs return from The Cliffhouse Bistro.
How much will it cost to enjoy Mt Norquay Summer Activities?
1. Chairlift & Sightseeing Admission Rates / Tickets
Adult (16+) $29.95
Child (6-15) $19.95
5 and under free (minimum age 2 years)
Buy tickets in person at the location & Online
2. Via Ferrata Admission Rates / Tickets
Includes – Chairlift, Equipment, orientation & excursion.
Explorer $149; Ridgewalker $199
Skyline $249; Summiteer $299
Book tickets – Online
Rates do not include GST.
How to get to Mt Norquay?
Via Ferrata / Chairlift Location & Directions
Head west on AB-1W and take Banff exit. Then turn to Mt Norquay road onto Mt. Norquay Scenic drive to reach the resort.
From Banff town,
Travel on Mt Norquay road onto Mt. Norquay Scenic drive to reach the chairlift.
Free shuttle – Free shuttle is available from select Banff hotels. Return to Banff from Norquay hourly starting at 9:35am. Last bus at 6:05pm.
What about amenities and accessibility?
Dining at Cliff House Bistro & North American Lodge.
Accessibility: Unfortunately the North American Chair is not wheelchair accessible due to it’s design and conception hailing from the 1950’s.
Parking available on site.
For other FAQ’s, see here.
All images © Mt. Norquay.