THE BEST WAY
From LAX, nonstop service to Calgary International Airport is offered on Air Canada, and connecting service (change of planes) is offered on Central Mountain Air. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $410. From Calgary International Airport, the Banff Airporter ( 449-2901, www.banff airporter.com) offers frequent daily bus service to Banff for $53, plus tax, one way. A Canadian Mountain Holidays shuttle returns you to Calgary International at the end of your trip.
WHAT TO DO
The via ferrata is offered to those who sign up for a heli-hiking package at Canadian Mountain Holidays' Bobbie Burns Lodge, provided they are judged fit enough; (800) 661-0252, www.canadianmountain holidays.com/adventure. The season runs from early July to early September. The price for a three-night package with 2 1/2 days of guided heli-hiking and all meals is $2,342 for adults, $2,059 for youths ages 15 to 17, and $1,758 for children ages 5 to 14. (Kids' participation in the via ferrata is at the discretion of the guides.)
TO LEARN MORE Canadian Tourism Commission, (604) 638-8300, www.travelcanada.ca.