MountainLIFE

Via Ferrata at Mt Norquay

Connect, explore and play in Banff’s MountainLIFE programs. MountainLIFE is designed for adults aged 31 and up that want to connect with their peers, get outdoors and enjoy mountain life to the fullest. 

Note: Banff residents may only register for one course of each type per year (i.e. one ice climbing and one Avalanche Safety Training). 

To register for a program or class:

Upcoming Programs

C-Level Cirque Hike
On this 8-kilometer guided hike you will travel past an historic mine site in Old Bankhead. Hiking out of the forest you and other Banffites will enjoy views of the large basin on the side of Cascade Mountain and get wonderful views of Lake Minnewanka. This program is being generously supported by the Wim and Nancy Pauw Foundation.
June 14: https://app.bookking.ca/banffpub/courses/index.asp?CRS=2704

Glacier Travel Skills
On this two-day guided course you will experience and learn how to travel safely on glaciers. Topics will include roping up for glacier travel, route finding, leadership in the mountains and crevasse rescue techniques. On the first day you will meet your guide at the Wilcox Campground near the Columbia Icefields. You will need to check in and setup at your campsite (campsite not included in the trip and are first come first serve), complete a gear check and then head out to a crevasse rescue practice site. On day two you will travel up and onto the North Glacier of Mt Athabasca.  Equipment is provided. This program is being generously supported by the Wim and Nancy Pauw Foundation.
June 25-26: https://app.bookking.ca/banffpub/courses/index.asp?CRS=2684

Healy Pass Hike
On this day trip you and other Banff locals will join a certified guide and steadily climb through a forest of larches full of wildflowers.  As you approach the pass the trail's landscape opens up to reveal views of beautiful mountain lakes and surrounding peaks.  The hike is 18.3 km and has an elevation of 355 m. This program is being generously supported by the Wim and Nancy Pauw Foundation.
August 16: https://app.bookking.ca/banffpub/courses/index.asp?CRS=2706

Learn to Lead Rock Climbing
In this two-day course you will gain the knowledge, experience, and confidence to head out and lead climb your favorite routes. Some of the topics you will cover are route selection, route-finding and planning, building anchors, cleaning anchors and routes, lead climbing techniques and more.  This program is being generously supported by the Wim and Nancy Pauw Foundation.
July 23-24: https://app.bookking.ca/banffpub/courses/index.asp?CRS=2702

Mount Temple Scramble
Heading out early for this day trip you, other locals and a certified guide will summit one of the highest peaks in our area. The day starts with a walk along Moraine Lake followed by some inclines up and into the Larch Valley, then up again to Sentinel Pass. From there you will make you way to the summit of Mount Temple where your efforts will be rewarded with breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains, valleys and lakes far below. This program is being generously supported by the Wim and Nancy Pauw Foundation.
July 19: https://app.bookking.ca/banffpub/courses/index.asp?CRS=2687
August 23: https://app.bookking.ca/banffpub/courses/index.asp?CRS=2688

Rock Climbing
In this one-day course you will learn the basics of outdoor rock climbing with the help of an ACMG certified guide in a small group setting. In the hands-on course you will learn how to use various rock climbing gear, ropes and belay systems. With the help of your guide you will try various beginner level top rope rock climbs at the day's destination. You will experience an amazing day full of learning, fun and adventure! Technical equipment provided. This program is being generously supported by the Wim and Nancy Pauw Foundation.
May 22: https://app.bookking.ca/banffpub/courses/index.asp?CRS=2675
June 18: https://app.bookking.ca/banffpub/courses/index.asp?CRS=2676
July 3: https://app.bookking.ca/banffpub/courses/index.asp?CRS=2677
August 10: https://app.bookking.ca/banffpub/courses/index.asp?CRS=2678

Rock Rescue for Climbing
In this two-day course you will develop the essential skills required to carry out simply rock rescues on climbs.  You will learn how to deal with the many hazards and problems that can arise when out climbing in the mountains.  You will get the skills needed to help yourself, your partner or another climbing party on a route. Technical equipment provided. This program is being generously supported by the Wim and Nancy Pauw Foundation.
June 11-12: https://app.bookking.ca/banffpub/courses/index.asp?CRS=2683

Rockbound Lake Hike
On this guided day hike you will follow a beautiful and well maintained trail that climbs steadily and opens up to stunning views of Castle Mountain and Rockbound Lake.  In the fall this trail is home to the infamous golden larches. This hike is 16.8 km and has an elevation of 760 m. This program is being generously supported by the Wim and Nancy Pauw Foundation.
September 20: https://app.bookking.ca/banffpub/courses/index.asp?CRS=2707

Scrambling Skills
On this two-day course you will gain the skills you need to safely climb mountains. You will learn route finding, group management, hazard assessment, movement on step, loose terrain, and rope skills for peak scrambles. On the second day you will climb a peak using your new skills. Technical equipment is provided. This program is being generously supported by the Wim and Nancy Pauw Foundation.
June 3-4: https://app.bookking.ca/banffpub/courses/index.asp?CRS=2682

Stanley Glacier Hike
On this guided day trip you will travel through a landscape that is in transition from glaciers and wildfire and uncovered the iconic 508 million year Old Burgess Shale animals that once lived in a shallow sea! You will hike over little bridges, up though the trees and have amazing view of the mountains and an expansive view of the glacier in the distance.  The hike is 10 km and has an elevation of 400 m. This program is being generously supported by the Wim and Nancy Pauw Foundation.
July 12: https://app.bookking.ca/banffpub/courses/index.asp?CRS=2705

Via Ferrata
With a guide, you and other Banffites will harness up and climb the 180 m Via Ferrata on Mt. Stelfox in the David Thompson Corridor. As you climb you will be safely attached to the iron cable and rock bolts on this beautiful route! This trip is a fun way to safely explore the mountains and it has spectacular views of Abraham Lake. Technical equipment provided. This program is being generously supported by the Wim and Nancy Pauw Foundation.
June 22: https://app.bookking.ca/banffpub/courses/index.asp?CRS=2679
July 30: https://app.bookking.ca/banffpub/courses/index.asp?CRS=2680
August 13: https://app.bookking.ca/banffpub/courses/index.asp?CRS=2681