Get Hooked on Climbing The 40 ft. wall features varied terrain for top rope and lead climbing that will challenge both novice and experienced climbers. Just starting out? The auto-belay units are perfect to try on your own or check out the bouldering cave. Our staff are here to answer any questions you may have, so be sure to stop by anytime we are open.
|Monday – Friday||11:00 am – 9:00 pm|
|Saturday & Sunday||12:00 pm – 7:00 pm|
|Holidays||12:00 pm – 5:00 pm|
NOTE: The Climbing Centre will open on Thursdays at 12:30 pm until February 15 due to HPED classes and may vary due to academic or external bookings. For facility closures and notices visit the facility closures page.
Spring & Summer Activity Registration
Want to check out the Climbing Centre? Not sure where to start?
If you're feeling a little more adventurous and would like to gain the technical expertise required to use the ropes, then our weekly "Top Rope Climbing" course is your best bet. This short two hour lesson covers all the basics to get you climbing safely.
If it's been a while since you last climbed, but you're still confident with the technical skills required to climb safely, drop by during regular facility hours to sign a facility waiver and complete a belay test and Climbing Centre orientation – you'll be back on the wall in no time.
If your skills are a little rusty then sign up for one of the weekly "Top Rope Climbing" courses as a refresher before completing the belay test.
There's also the option to boulder if you'd prefer to stay off the ropes and avoid the belay test. In order to boulder, a quick orientation and completion of a facility waiver is all that's required.
Easy as 1, 2, 3! Getting started at the Climbing Centre is as simple as 1, 2, 3. If you're ready to get elevated here's what you need to do:
- Undergo a brief Base Camp Orientation.
- Sign an adult liability waiver.
- Successfully complete a belay test prior to top rope or lead climbing.
Base Camp Orientation and belay tests are offered anytime during open climbing hours on a first-come, first-served basis and typically take 15 to 20 minutes to complete.
|4 – 8 years: May top rope climb and boulder with adult supervision. In order to belay, supervising adult must have successfully completed a Recreation belay test.|
|9 – 12 years: May top rope climb, top rope belay and boulder with adult supervision. Both the youth and the supervising adult must have successfully completed a Recreation belay test. Rappelling and advanced techniques require direct adult and Climbing Centre instructor supervision.|
|13 – 16 years: May top rope climb, top rope belay and boulder without adult supervision. In order to belay, the participant must have successfully completed a Recreation belay test. Rappelling and advanced techniques require Climbing Centre instructor supervision.|
|17+ years: Unrestricted access. May top rope climb, top rope belay, lead climb, lead belay and boulder. In order to belay, the participant must have successfully completed either the Recreation top rope or lead climbing test. Rappelling and advanced techniques require Climbing Centre instructor supervision.|
All participants under the age of 18 must have a parent or legal guardian present for the orientation and signing of the Recreation Youth Climbing Centre waiver.
A maximum of two children or youths under the age of 13 per supervising adult.
In order to successfully complete the top rope belay test, the participant must demonstrate the ability to:
- put on an approved climbing harness and attach the rope to the harness using a figure eight follow-through knot
- properly set up a belay device on the rope
- move rope through the belay device safely and efficiently
- perform self and partner checks prior to leaving the ground
- use appropriate belayer/climber communication as required
- clip quickdraws safely and efficiently with both hands
- belay a lead climber safely and efficiently
- spot the climber to the first quickdraw
- maintain an appropriate body position in relation to the rope
General inquiries (including programs, birthdays and bookings):
Program Coordinator - Climbing & Outdoors
- Jesse Sheets