Meet the Guides

Climb with the experts

Unforgettable adventures rely on outstanding people. Our ACMG-certified guides are highly experienced local experts – and they dedicate their lives to their love for the mountains.

Watch their eyes light up as they share their stories and know-how of the region, answer your questions, and guide you throughout your Via Ferrata experience. This place is their home and their passion, and they can’t wait to share it with you.

  • John Thornton
    John Thornton VIA FERRATA MANAGER

    John has been involved with our Via Ferrata program from the beginning, working with the teams that brought it to Banff, and designing and installing the various routes at Norquay. When he’s not working, you’ll find him with friends and family on hiking local trails, canoeing, kayaking, climbing – wherever the mountains call him.

    • Marc Ledwidge
      Marc Ledwidge VIA FERRARA GUIDE

      With 33 years of experience in Parks Canada’s specialised mountain rescue and avalanche programs, Marc also acts as the current President of the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG). In addition to holding his AMCG certification, Marc is also an active member of the International Federation of Mountain Guides (IFMGA).

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