Climb The Iron Way

10 Ways to Play - Climb The Iron Way

Clip in and climb Squamish’s legendary Stawamus Chief – no experience necessary!

Via Ferrata or ‘Iron Way’ is a popular vertical adventure where you clip in and ascend Squamish’s most famous granite rockface with the help of metal rungs and a specialized fixed cable system. After donning your climbing harness and helmet, you’ll hike old growth forest, traverse a catwalk, cross suspended bridges and ascend glacier-worn granite slabs all with the company of a knowledgeable guide from Mountain Skills Academy & Adventures.

Along the way you’ll be treated to jaw dropping views of Howe Sound and the beautiful snow-capped peaks of Ski Pilot Mountain above you. The Via Ferrata experience truly takes your Sea to Sky experience to new heights! This adventure is for just about anyone and it’s as easy as climbing a ladder but as exhilarating as summiting a mountain like a true mountaineer. Rated a top activity by Explore Magazine, this is an experience you and your family will talk about for years to come.

Advance bookings are highly recommended. Lift pass for the Sea to Sky Gondola is required and may be purchased in advance.

Local’s Tip: Head up the Gondola early so you have some time to walk around explore the wonders of the summit. Grab a coffee, snack or lunch at the mountaintop café or restaurant before you head out on your Via Ferrata adventure.

Accommodation Match

Glamp it up at the Cheekye Ranch with their special Glamping Yurts. Staying at the ranch gives you further opportunity to immerse yourself in nature, as it’s beautifully tucked away deep in the forest just steps away from the Cheakamus River.

Tucked away in some of Squamish's most beautiful parkland, the Executive Suites Hotel and Resort provides a comfortable, mountain-influenced, condo-style getaway with the comforts of home and more. Larger suites feature in-suite laundry facilities and a cozy fireplace, some scenic views. Book this offer and you get your 3rd night FREE!

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Dining Suggestions

If you’re staying in the Squamish Valley be sure to hit up The Crabapple Café for breakfast or lunch. This local hot spot focuses on traditional foods that will make families, vegans and gluten-free eaters very happy.

Known for their flavourful contemporary middle easter cuisine, Saha Eatery located in Downtown Squamish prepares their food fresh daily with ethically sourced meats, fresh herbs and spices from the silk road. Check out their daily lunch specials or visit them for dinner.

Check out our comprehensive guide to Squamish restaurants here.