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Canadian Waterfall Ice 2022
Ice climbing steep waterfall ice
Course overview Course dates & availability
Canada is famous for every type of waterfall ice, from the mighty Grade VI/ VII climbs of the Terminator Wall, to the impressive curtain of the Weeping Wall of Icefields Parkway, to the huge 300m long multi pitch Louise Falls, to the remote, exciting climbs of Ghost River with Hydrophobia and the Sorcerer.
This course is aimed at quite strong ice climbers, who want to push their grade and climb as much waterfall ice as possible during a week. You should be happy seconding Grade IV or V ice, leading experience is not necessary, but there will be opportunities to try leading during the week if you wish.
Whatever your previous ice experience, the aim of this course is also to teach you more skills and style points useful in your own climbing. You are also taught ropework techniques, crevasse rescue & avalanche prediction.
Canada offers huge impressive ice falls with little or no walk-ins. You are led by an experienced and talented IFMGA Canadian Mountain Guide, who drives you to all of the best sites for the best conditions.
The icefalls of Canada keep their condition longer in the year than the Alpine waterfalls, giving a longer season.
On demand: if no scheduled course dates are showing in the column on the right, we can still operate a course on demand for two people booking together, on any dates that suit from January through until the end of April, arriving Sunday and departing Saturday.
Dates: these are listed in the column on the right, and they show the live availability from our secure online booking system. When you book online, you receive immediate confirmation, your Alpine Information Booklet, course specific kit list and invoice.
Course Dates
Canadian Ice
  • No Dates Available
NOTE: This trip has scheduled
dates, but if there are two who
are booking together, it can be
operated on any date you wish
Price: £1599 Book online now
Alternative courses
Winter Alpine Intro course
Chamonix Ice & Alpine Gullies
Two person winter week
Client feedback
Everyone in Canada seems so enthusiastic about the ice! The Guides were friendly and knew exactly where the ice falls were in the best condition
William Burton , Canadian Ice

Brief Course Itinerary
Sun Travel to Calgary, where your Guide will meet you at the airport. You are driven to Canmore where you stay for the night. There will be an evening briefing on the latest conditions, and time to check and prepare your equipment. Night in a local hotel / lodge in Canmore on a B&B basis.
- Fri
The Guiding ratio is at one Guide to each two clients for the five climbing days so that you can achieve the most during your week of Canadian ice climbing. Each night is spent in local comfy hotels or lodges on a B&B basis, and your Guide wil advise on the best places to eat out and get provisions.
The conditions for the last few years have been brilliant at this time of year, and there are literally hundreds of climbs to choose from. You are either driven each day to the area with the best conditions, or, if you fins an area you enjoy, you can be bases for a couple of days in one area to get the most climbing done.
Some famous regions and routes include the sunny Cascade Falls below Banff, the long 200m or 300m Grade IV / V multi-pitch climbs in Lake Louise or the 200km long curtain of the Weeping Wall in Icefields Parkway with the infamous Polar Circus climb. If you run out of climbs in these areas there is also the more remote area of Ghost River, accessed by 4x4, with the easy but incredible House of Sky, and the wild, remote climbing of Hydrophobia or the Sorcerer. And if you want the ultimate challenge there is the huge, imposing Terminator Wall above Canmore with its range of Grade VI or Grade VII offerrings.
After you finish climbing on the Friday evening, you return to Calgary for the Friday night and a celebratory end of course meal. Night
a local hotel / lodge on a B&B basis.
Sat You have time for some sightseeing around Canmore or Calgary for the day, before leaving to return to the airport for your return flight. You can schedule your return flight for any time you wish on the Saturday.
ITINERARY NOTES: Where possible we follow itineraries. Mountain adventures are weather and conditions dependant, so occasionaly we are forced to alter the plans. If this is the case, suitable alternatives are offered. Please use this outline itinerary as a guide to the types of route / activity that you will attempt.

Course Prices
Standard course
5 full days IFMGA guiding, 1:2 max ratio
7 days holiday in total, Sunday-Saturday
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Standard Course Inclusions: 1) Five days guiding by IFMGA Mountain Guide, 2) Six nights B&B accommodation in Canada (including bedding and towels), 3) Pre course information booklet, 4) Equipment discount voucher for UK kit shops, 5) Free 36 page technical Course Instruction Booklet, 7) Road transport in Canada to / from the Calgary airport and around the region to access the ice falls in best condition.
Exclusions: 1) Travel to and from Calgary (Canada), 2) Transport outside Canada, 3) Equipment hire, 4) Personal laundry, telephone calls, lunches, evening meals, & any purchases in mountain huts / hotels / restaurants, 5) Activities insurance, & excess baggage charges.
Notes: This course assumes 1:2 guiding throughout. Note that is there is just one person on a course, less 1:1 guiding days can be offered, however accommodation will be provided for the whole week, and guiding options and locations will be discussed with you within the budget paid.
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