The Bucket List: Via Ferrata in Banff

Knees weak, arms are heavy, there’s vomit on his sweater already
— Eminem - 'Lose Yourself'


The above video is epic, and is something we will do on our upcoming Banff tours, but we will get into that in just a moment. Part of the reason why we started a blog section called, 'The Bucket List' is simply to detail some of the most adventurous things to do around the planet. Some of them will be on our trips, some of them won't be, but either way, they are items you should know about and probably add to your bucket list. 

If you have a bucket list, great! If not, start one, right fucking now. You're either livin', or you're dying. And it's probably time to get livin'. Anyways, let's hop to it, because the above video is absolutely insane. 

the via ferrata at Mount Norquay in Banff, Alberta


The term, "Via Ferrata" means 'Iron Path' in Italian. The actual definition of a Via Ferrata is: A via ferrata is a protected climbing route found in the Alps and certain other locations....such as Banff, in the Andes and other big climbing locations. Using a via ferrata kit, climbers can secure themselves to the cable, limiting any fall.

Now, if you watched the video above, like me, your palms are probably sweating and you might have a bit of the chills. This climb looks INSANE.  Regardless of whether or not you are tied to cables, those steps look absolutely exhilarating and damn near death-defying. You are literally climbing straight up a very serious mountain in the Canadian Rockies, and that is most definitely a bucket list activity. Not to mention, Mount Norquay is 6,998 ft, that is one epic hike. 

As an FYI, the Via Ferrata hike in Banff is rated as the #1 tourist activity to do and for good reason. The views, the workout, the epic feeling once you get to the top...just looking at some of the photos make my heart race. 

Don't worry, can select between a 2-hour and 6-hour adventure. Plus, it's guided and you need NO experience to sign-up. 

For more on the tour itself, check out our friends at who will be running this activity for us next summer. 

Photo Credit: Trip Advisor &

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