You don’t have to have carabeners hanging off your belt to summit Mount Norquay; you can do an assisted climb on the Via Ferrata. Climbers get strapped into a safety harness and head up the mountain on a system of cables, fixed anchors and ladders. There are four different routes to choose from; the newest and most challenging is the six-hour Summiteer Route, which includes a traverse of an alpine ridge and a three-wire suspension bridge over a chasm. Your reward? An alpine picnic lunch at the summit.
If you’d rather explore deep beneath a mountain than on top of it, head to the Cave & Basin National Historic Site, a series of underground caves and hot springs located at the foot of Sulphur Mountain. Like the Via Ferrata, all you need is a sense of adventure and some sensible shoes.
If you like the water, rent a canoe or kayak and cruise the placid waters of Lake Minnewanka, ending with a picnic by the lake and a stroll around the abandoned mining town of Bankhead. Or, get the adrenaline going with a guided rafting trip on the Bow River.