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Banff’s Mt Norquay Launches Via Ferrata For Summer Thrills

July 5, 2014 Destination North America No Comments Email Email

Famous for its outstanding winter ski terrain, the mighty Mt Norquay in the Canadian rocky mountain province of Alberta is now welcoming summer thrill-seekers for the first time in 23 years.

mt norquay via ferrata verticalThe North American Chair is now open for summer sightseeing and climbers may now ascend the much-anticipated Via Ferrata, reportedly not for the faint-hearted.

‘Via what?’ you say? Italian for Iron Path, the Via Ferrata is a cable-assisted hiking/rock climbing experience open to anyone over the age of 12 who has a stomach for heights and an appreciation for the outdoors. Participants are led by a certified guide as they climb ladders, cross a 30 metre suspension bridge and take in breathtaking views of Banff from the cliffs above the ski area.

Protected by a system of cables and fixed anchors, the exposure is real but so is the safety. If you can climb a ladder, you can climb the Via Ferrata.

“This is a huge milestone for Mt. Norquay,” says Mt. Norquay’s general manager, Andre Quenneville. “Not only does it represent the culmination of many years of collaboration and partnership with Parks Canada, it demonstrates the commitment and effort of all our stakeholders to ensure our business remains viable for years to come.

Mt Norquay via ferrata“We’re thrilled to be introducing new summer activities to Banff National Park, providing local and international visitors alike the opportunity to take in a new view and summer experience at Mt. Norquay.”

The 15 minute open-air ride up the Northern American Chair offers legendary views of Banff and the Bow Valley and, from July, visitors may relax on the mountain at the historic Cliffhouse Bistro, savouring the flavours of new executive chef, Morne Burger, bringing his passion for ‘good, simple food’ to this 1950s refurbished teahouse.

FOR MORE INFORMATION on the North American Chair and Via Ferrata click here: http://summer.banffnorquay.com/plan-your-visit/

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