Ice Climbing In Banff

Ice Climbing In Banff

Experience the excitement of ice climbing in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. While It may seem daunting at first, with the expert guidance of Yamnuska Mountain Adventures (the premier Canadian Rockies ice climbing guide company and ice climbing school) you’ll be comfortably scaling frozen waterfalls in no time. Enjoy the highest quality ice climbing around with guides that climb every day, with unmatched skill, who practically live on the face. They have up-to-date ice route and avalanche conditions and will ensure your trip is both safe and fun. With industry-leading safety systems, if you and your guide climb in or pass through avalanche terrain, they’ll give you a transceiver and teach you how to use it. The Yam Ice Exchange, a network of information sharing between the guides, promotes route and condition discussions so everyone remains in the loop and fully aware.Prices include guide fees, transportation, park entry fees (when applicable), instruction and all cutting-edge and up-to-date equipment.

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Day or half-day lessons are available for individuals or groups in Banff, Canmore and Lake Louise and cater to all abilities, from beginner to advanced.


There are several great ice climbing locations including Grassi Lakes, King Creek, Haffner creek and Johnston Canyon. Location will be based on ability level.

Grassi Lakes: “The Junkyards” 10 minutes drive from Canmore followed by a 20 minute walk. A great spot for first time ice climbers and those wishing to brush up on skills.
King Creek: 40 minute drive from Canmore in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park. Good beginner location for a full-day of climbing with some challenging short climbs to finish on.
Johnston Canyon: 20 minutes drive west of Banff. Good for steep climbing practice.
Haffner Creek: 40 minutes drive west of Banff. Excellent variety of steeper climbs and mixed climbs.

boots, crampons, ice tools, harness & helmet

Banff Ice Climbing Tour Prices:

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Yamnuska Mountain Adventures is the premier Canadian Rockies ice-climbing guide company and ice climbing school, hosting thousands of climbers from around the world for more than 30 years. The experience of the guides is unmatched and they are all fully ACMG & IFMGA certified.

*All rates, availability and tours are subject to change without notice and cannot be guaranteed until fully confirmed.