Via Ferrata, or Iron Path, Banff National Park
Via Ferrata

Via Ferrata in the Canadian Rockies
Climbing a mountain using cables and rungs - Via Ferrata
...all whist keeping to social distancing regulations!

Via Ferrata shock-absorbing lanyards
The shock-absorbing lanyards used in Via Ferrata.


It is easy to follow socal distancing regulations and extra precautions are taken with Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) and sanitizing of the equipment. Maximum group size is 4 so it is a great thing to do with family and friends.

A Via Ferrata (Italian for Iron Way) is a climbing route that employs steel cables, rungs or ladders, fixed to the rock to which the climbers affix a harness with two shock-absorbing leashes, which allows the climbers to secure themselves to the metal fixture and limit any fall. The cable and other fixtures, such as iron rungs (stemples), pegs, carved steps, and ladders and bridges, provide both footings and handholds, as well. This allows for climbing on routes without the risks of unprotected scrambling/climbing or the need for technical climbing equipment.

The origins of the Via Ferrata date back to the nineteenth century, but they are often associated with the First World War, when several were built in the Dolomite mountain region of Italy to aid the movement of troops.

Mount Stelfox Via Ferrata
Sitting above Abraham Lake on the David Thompson Highway, Mount Stelfox Via Ferrata was the first Via Ferrata to be built in the Canadian Rockies. The approach to the base of the Via Ferrata is about 30 mins of walking uphill, the climb itself 180m (2.5hrs) and the decent about 30 mins downhill hiking. A great day out in the mountains!
No prior experience is required.
Total cost including guide and equipment:
$400 for 2p, $450 for 3p, $500 for 4p.

Mount Ernest Ross Via Ferrata
For those with some experience climbing, Canada's newest Via Ferrata is steep and challenging. The climb itself is approx 250m long with overhanging sections. Maximum group size 2 for this one.
Some prior climbing experience is required.
Total cost including guide and equipment:
$400 for 2p.

Erica Roles was one of the first ACMG guides to work at the Mount Norquay Via Ferrata when it opened in 2014. Read about it here in an article by the Globe and Mail.

Contact me to arrange a day out.
Erica Roles
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