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Ice Climbing in Banff: Top Outdoor Adventures Awaiting You


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Banff is one of Canada's prettiest spots, full of magical forests, lakes, waterways and mountains, and ice climbing is one of the funnest ways to see them!

Banff has long been one of Canada’s most popular tourist desintations, and is especially known for its range of outdoor Winter activities. The near-perfect conditions and idyllic, tranquil and peaceful nature of the place makes it an excellent place to indulge in ice climbing. The raw, natural beauty on offer truly is like something from a postcard, and when one is not indulging in ice climbing they can sample the delights of the town itself, including some of the many festivals that set up shop throughout the year. Take a pick from our selection of ice climbing trips and discover what gems Banff can offer!

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FAQs: Ice Climbing in Banff

What should I know about Ice Climbing Banff?

Banff is a natural place to experience ice climbing, as the vast nature of the countryside and cold and mountainous landscape offers a large number of ice climbing locales.

Some of the ice climbing can be quite tough, so being fit and in good shape before arriving is recommended, as it will ensure you enjoy everything more.

The town itself is a great place to relax when not ice climbing, with many restaurants and bars around.

In winter the temperatures can get extremely cold, so pack appropriately so as not to get caught out, and to maximise your comfort and enjoyment.

Why should I choose Banff for my Ice Climbing adventure?

The conditions

Banff is the near-perfect location for ice climbing, as the sheer number of ice walls and waterfalls on offer is astounding, and most provide ideal conditions for people of all levels of ability, from beginners to experts. Add in the fact that Winters provide the optimum level of cold for these to form, and it is hard to beat as the ultimate ice climbing destination.

The scenery

The scenery around Banff is truly breath-taking and awe-inspiring, as acres upon acres of spectacular and pretty forests give way to the most gorgeous lakes imaginable, all while the majestic and snow-capped Canadian Rockies loom large over it all. Some of the ice climbing locations will provide dramatic and sweeping panoramic views over this scenery, ensuring an unforgettable experience.

The town

The town of Banff itself attracts visitors from far and wide, not just for its outdoor sports. A wide array of festivals call Banff home throughout the year, including the world famous Banff Mountain Film Festival, which originally started in 1976 and now goes around the world on tour. The town is quaint and peaceful, and a perfect place to unplug and get away from everything.

What can I expect from the weather during my Ice Climbing trip in Banff?

Fairly mild summers and extremely cold Winters, with temperatures often going below -10 degrees celsius

Which language is predominantly spoken in the Banff region?


What currency is accepted around Banff?

Canadian dollar

How can I get to Banff?

Calgary is 140kms away, so flying in to Calgary International Airport and then driving or taking the bus is easiest.

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When is the best time to travel to Banff for Ice Climbing?

Winter, when it is coldest and ice climbing conditions are at their best

What people are saying about Ice Climbing | Banff


Absolutely exceeded expectations! Everyone had a great time with more than enough variety to satisfy everyone’s skill level. Would definitely recommend to anyone with an interest in getting started or progressing their ice climbing.



Ben guided us to Marble Canyon and it was a really awesome and rewarding experience! Ben was really cool and relaxed about everything, the whole process was made extremely simple, and he went so far as to teach us a little more than we had originally expected to learn. We got extremely lucky with the weather and hiked back with blue skies and the sun shining! Thank you very much!!



Patrick was a great guide! We thoroughly enjoyed the half day ice climbing - I would fully recommend to anyone!



Patrick was extremely helpful and patient as I was a beginner. My safety was his priority which was great. Would definitely recommend him.



What a thrilling experience! My husband has been wanting to Ice Climb for some time, so I arranged this during our ski trip to Banff. Needless to say the process was easy, all gear, lunch and transportation was arranged for us. Being on vacation you dont always have everything you need for a trip like this, our guide Patrick thought of everything, he even brought extra clothing for us in case we needed more warmth!! The whole adventure was more than we hoped for, thank you so much to Patrick and the team for making this memorable!!

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