Which Climbing and Cave Attractions are Near Calgary?

Posted by Justin Havre on Tuesday, June 9th, 2015 at 11:20am.

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There are so many great climbing and cave attractions near Calgary that it’s a shame if you don’t try one! There are so many great ways to get outdoors, get active and enjoy a bonding experience with family or friends.

Whether you’re seeking rock climbing, caving or a ropes course, you can enjoy these things at locations like Mt. Norquay and Mt. Yamnuska or take lessons with Nakoda Lodge and Yamnuska Mountain Adventures in Canmore. Here is a look at these and more offering ropes courses, climbing and cave attractions near you.


Have you ever wanted to check out some of the unbelievable cave experiences in the area? Check out Canmore Caverns Ltd, a company that is offering a great cave experience. They’ll take you to Rat’s Nest Cave located under Grotto Mountain. Don’t worry; there are not rats there anymore. Pack was the meaning behind the name.

There is a “laundry chute” that you have to check out and even if you’re feeling claustrophobic, your guides will coach you through it. You’ll be wearing hard hats and climbing gear as you explore this cave excursion.

Climbing Lessons

You can learn rock climbing before tackling a real adventure by working with an experienced guide at Yamnuska Mountain Adventures in Canmore. They’ll offer you lessons to prepare for your rock climbing excursion. Learn the ropes and then work your way to multi-pitch climbs on Cascade or Mt. Yamnusaka while learning at the Banff, Canmore and Lake Louise. It’ll be exhilarating and beneficial for future trips.

Climbing at Mount Norquay

With the new mountaineering phenomenon, “via ferrata,” you can now use the lines and fastened bolts found here featuring a cross between climbing and scrambling while in a harness on the mountain. A guide takes a small group to Banff National Park and you’ll work your way up the rocky cliffs and outcrops.

The harness is clipped into an anchoring system of ladders, cables and a suspension bridge. When you reach the top, unclip and enjoy the view. Kicking Horse Mountain Resort will be opening a via ferrata this summer as well.

Lastly, check out the Nakoda Ropes Course offered at the Nakoda Lodge of Highway 1A where you’ll try challenging obstacles 10 metres above ground.

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