Most Albertans know Mt. Norquay as a convenient place to go out for a day of winter skiing. Located just outside of Banff, the mountain is a short drive from Calgary and a favourite for many families looking to hit the slopes. But while Mt. Norquay’s key season will always be the wintertime when the snow is plentiful, the mountain is also becoming a go-to destination during the summer months. Here’s what Mt. Norquay has in store for summer visitors:Explore Norquay CaféMt. Norquay offers spectacular views of Banff from the top of the summer sightseeing chairlift [Handout photo/Mt. Norquay]New for the 2019 season, Norquay has opened a café in the Banff Train Station, just on the way into Banff from the Norquay exit. The café sells tickets to all of the summer experiences at Norquay, so it’s a good first stop before setting out on your day.Sightseeing ChairliftThe summer sightseeing chairlift takes you right up into the clouds [Handout photo/Mt. Norquay]It may feel odd to ride a chairlift without your skis on, but the ride up Norquay’s summertime chairlift offers a soft landing at the top. As you ride up, you’ll get great views of the surrounding landscape (this is the Rocky Mountains, so it’s a great view from every direction) and will likely see some wildlife — mountain sheep are common and bears are definitely not unheard of. At the top there’s a great viewing platform where you can gaze out at Banff from an elevation of nearly 7,000 feet.HikingHitting the hiking trails is the very best way to explore Banff during the summer months. You get a lot of bang for your buck in the Rockies — a couple hours walk can land you at some of the best scenery you’ve ever seen in your life. Norquay has some great trails, which are generally less crowded than Banff hotspots like Moraine Lake or Johnston Canyon. There are a couple of trailheads right at Norquay’s main parking lot, which will take you along moderate hikes. Cascade Amphitheatre is a real standout. At 15.4 km, it will take you four to six hours to hike (round trip) and you get to come upon a beautiful natural amphitheatre.Via FerrataWhile it looks tricky, you don’t have to be an expert climber to try Mt. Norquay’s Via Ferrata [Handout photo/Mt. Norquay/Dan Evans]More adventurous souls can tackle Norquay’s impressive Via Ferrata set-up, which starts at the top of the sightseeing chair. Italian for “iron road,” this European-style assisted climbing course takes you right up the mountain, with the aid of cables, ladders and suspension bridges. While it looks pretty hard-core, there are four routes available for different levels of climbers and you don’t need any mountaineering experience to participate. Climbers are all outfitted with safety gear and Norquay employs experienced guides to lead the adventure.Cliffhouse BistroRelax in the Cliffhouse Bistro with a signature tea-infused cocktail [Handout photo/Whitney Arnott/Mt. Norquay]After all that adventuring, you’re going to need a refreshment. The Cliffhouse Bistro is a refurbished 1950s bistro at the top of the sightseeing chair that now serves as a retro-chic, seasonal restaurant. Enjoy boards of locally cured meat with artisanal cheeses and jam, seasonal salads, sandwiches or, keeping with tradition, a cup of tea. The Cliffhouse also stocks local beers and has an alpine-themed tea-infused cocktail list.