Town of Canmore

Climbing Gym

As directed by Alberta Health Services and the Alberta Climbing Industry group, we have made changes to manage the risk of COVID-19 transmission in the climbing gym. We still offer a great climbing experience, but it will be different. Our staff care about your safety and want to ensure that our facility remains open. Your understanding and cooperation is greatly appreciated.

Some changes:

  1. Our capacity is limited so that you will have room to climb and not be crowded. 
  2. You can make a booking so that you know with confidence when you will be able to climb. To ensure others have time to climb, please work with our staff and respect your two-hour climbing limit.
  3. We are reducing capacity even further on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. so that our more vulnerable patrons, such as seniors, those with disabilities, and persons with compromised immune systems can access our spaces with ease and certainty. If you are not a vulnerable patron, please consider booking the Climbing Area outside of this time. 
  4. Please arrive dressed to climb. There is no access to change rooms and there is limited space for your personal items.
  5. Please follow the building flow patterns to ensure you are not passing through narrow spaces with people in the opposite direction.
  6. To keep our air respiratory-friendly, please consider leaving your powdered chalk at home and using the liquid chalk we provide (which is also an effective hand sanitizer).

About climbing holds:

We will be cleaning the ground level surfaces frequently, but we are not able to clean the climbing holds on the wall between climbs. Please adhere to the following safe climb procedure:

  1. Complete your safety checks as usual, but with more physical distance. Gravity isn’t self-isolating.
  2. Please sanitize your hands with liquid chalk or hand sanitizer before climbing.
  3. Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth during the climb. 
  4. Do not bite the rope during lead climbing.
  5. Sanitize your hands immediately upon returning to the ground, especially in the event that you touch your eyes, nose or mouth in the downtime between climbs.


Mandatory Mask Bylaw

Canmore's Mandatory Mask Bylaw (2020-20) is now in effect.

The following Climbing patrons will wear masks, according to the Canmore Mandatory Mask Bylaw (2020-20):

  • Supervising adults
  • Belayers
  • Patrons waiting for their turn in a belay team or on Automatic Belay Systems
  • Patrons on a rest break
  • Patrons on orientations or belay tests

The bylaw does not require masks during physical exertion. Patrons may still choose to wear masks when:

  • Climbing on ropes, Automatic Belay Systems, or while bouldering
  • Taking brief rests between boulder routes, Automatic Belay System routes (still connected), or in the training area.

There are some exceptions to this bylaw, including persons with underlying medical conditions and children participating in Big Fun day camps. For more information on the mask bylaw and its exceptions, please click here.

A limited number of masks are available for purchase for $1 at the Customer Experience Desk.


FORGET YOU’RE INDOORS

Our climbing gym is like no other. Designed by the world renowned climbing company Walltopia, our interior will make you forget you’re indoors due to the natural light and open spaces. Our training area has been designed so you can make the most of your climbing experience. Whether you are a beginner or training for international competition, you will love our wall!

If you have never climbed before, our staff will show you where and how to start your vertical adventures – It’s great family fun for ages 4 years and older! Climbers under 13 years old require adult supervision (one adult to a maximum of 3 climbers under 13) at all times in the climbing wall. 

First time at the wall?  pdf Click here! (5.11 MB)

For the online calendar showing what’s happening in recreation click here!

Waivers and Acknowledgement of Risk form

Please sign a waiver (climbers over age 18) or Acknowledgement of Risk form (climbers under age 18) before arriving at the climbing gym. Adults must provide photo ID for their first visit.

Click here for waivers and acknowledgements of risk

Note: Youth groups (school groups, sports teams, youth organizations, clubs, and birthday parties) require a booking with an instructor to use the wall to provide group risk management, ensure adequate staffing and to reserve wall space in our instructional/experiential climbing area. To ensure access to the wall for our members and other drop-ins, we minimize the number of groups in a period of time. Our programs provide the best group climbing experience! Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Our amenities:

  • 1,000 square meters (11,000 sqr ft) of climbing surface as high as 15 m (45′) at its peak
  • Varied terrain with over 100 colour-coded climbs for climbers of all abilities
  • Over 40 climbing lines for top roping or lead climbing
  • Seven automatic belay systems that require minimal training or experience
  • Extensive bouldering terrain
  • Equipment rentals for indoor climbing

Equipment Rentals:

Climbing Shoes $6 + GST

Harness $5 + GST

Belay Device $2 + GST

Package (Shoes, Harness, Belay Device) $10 +GST

Member/Youth Package Deal $8 + GST

Chalk Bag $2 + GST (not included in packages)

pdf Elevation Place Climbing Gym Map (80 KB)

Climbing Gym Grade Chart

V-Grade YDS/Route EP Bouldering
V0- 5.8  Smiley
V0 5.9
V0+ 5.10a/b  1
V1 5.10c/d
V2 5.11a/b  2
V3 5.11c/d
V4 5.12a  3
V5 5.12b
V6 5.12c/d  4
V7 5.13a
V8 5.13b  5
V9 5.13c/d
V10 5.14a  Skull
V11 5.14b
V12 5.14c
V13 5.14d
V14 5.15a


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