Via Ferrata in the David Thompson Corridor

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Located on a 600 foot cliff halfway between Nordegg and the Icefield's Parkway, this "vertical trail" brings the popular European sport of Via Ferrata to the Rockies!
The ferrata was build by a small group of dedicated climbers based out of the Nordegg area with the help of the local climbers. This was one of the first Ferrata's in North America, and the very first in Alberta's Rocky Mountains!

What is Via Ferrata?

Via Ferrata translates to "Iron Way" and was originally developed as a way to move troops through the Alps during wartime. Since then, it has grown into a very popular sport in Europe with hundreds of Ferrata's throughout the Alps.
Basically, the ferrata consists of over 300 iron rungs fastened to the rock, allowing non rock climbers to experience the trill of climbing up a cliff face. Beside the rungs is steel cable, which you stay attached to with a special shock absorbing device throughout the climb. The trip takes about 3 hours total: 25 minutes to hike to the base, 2 hours to climb the ferrata, and another half hour to hike back down to the road. The views from the top are spectacular!
Via Ferrata Alberta

Who Can Climb the Ferrata?

Via Ferrata is for everyone!

With the help of COE guides, the Ferrata has been climbed by kids as young as 10 and as old as 55. All that is required is moderate walking fitness and a sense of adventure. You don't have to be a rock climber or extreme adventurer to enjoy this excellent outing.


Guides for this program are expert climbers and ACMG guides who have vast experience and knowledge in the mountain environment.
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Give us a call (403-721-2208) or E-Mail to book your trip.

Trips can be booked year round, with April through November providing the most enjoyable conditions. During winter months, it is very weather dependant.

Be prepared to fill out a Waiver Form and short medical questionnaire when you arrive.


$125/person, minimum 4 people


  • Guided trip up Ferrata (about 3 hours).
  • All necessary technical equipment
  • Small snack.
  • Good times!

Can be combined with a half day of rock climbing for a full days adventure! Inquire for prices and details.

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