Where to go climbing in the Outaouais

Published on April 4 2024

Get ready to look up and push your limits by going climbing in the Outaouais. Whether you want to scale a tower, tackle impressive rock faces, try your hand at bouldering or take private lessons, the region has plenty of opportunities for a vertical getaway. 

Rock climbing: Conquering the landscape


Base de plein air Air-Eau-Bois

Located on the shore of the Poisson Blanc Reservoir, the Base de plein air Air-Eau-Bois is a real natural sanctuary. Adults and children alike can try their hand at climbing. Tackle the climbing wall that matches your level of experience: theres one equipped with artificial holds, one combining artificial and natural holds, and a completely natural route for those looking for a challenge! 

Where

32 Chemin de la Base de Plein Air, Denholm

Cost

$25 per person

Good to know

Closed-toe shoes must be worn. | In case of rain or thunder, the activity may be cancelled or postponed.

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Gatineau Park

Gatineau Park is ideal for experienced climbers! Bring your own equipment and immerse yourself in the heart of the forest as you climb one of the eight accessible rock faces. Consult the map of official rock climbing sectors to plan your expedition in the Home Cliff, Twin Ribs or Western Cwm sector. Hours of fun in the great outdoors! 

Where

33 Scott Road, Chelsea

Cost

Free

Good to know

Ensure your safety at all times and respect the code of conduct. | To avoid damaging the rock face, mixed climbing is not allowed.

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Outdoor climbing tower: Adventure all the way


Kenauk Nature

Six storeys high and with a breathtaking view of Lac du Poisson Blanc, Kenauk Natures outdoor climbing tower is definitely worth the effort. Purposebuilt, it has 210 square metres (2,250 squarefeet) of climbing surface. With friends or family, challenge yourself on the 9routes, ranging from 5.6 to 5.11 and including 3 automatic belays. 

Where

1000 Kenauk Road, Montebello

Good to know

Reservations are required at all times. | Groups can book exclusive use of the site.

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Indoor climbing: Top-roping, bouldering and lead climbing


Klimat Fitness & Bouldering

On rainy days or when youre up for a challenge, join a community of climbing enthusiasts at Klimat! Discover state-of-the-art facilities and solve over 80 problems on 300 square metres (3,200 square feet) of bouldering walls. On the second floor, theres a specialized training centre with a Kilter Board, Campus Board, climbing beam, rings, bars, and much more. 

Where

911-A Riverside Road, Wakefield

Cost

Day pass: Age 14+ – $18; Age 8–13 – $15; Age 5–7 – $12 | One- and three-month memberships are available.

Good to know

There are climbing programs for children age 5 to 12 and 13 to 17. | Personal climbing coaches are also available.

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Centre d’escalade - Bloc 9.81

Bloc9.81 climbing gym in Gatineau features high quality boulders that are constantly being updated and changed to keep things interesting. In a dynamic, relaxed atmosphere, you can perfect your climbing techniques from visit to visit. For true enthusiasts, theres a monthly Full Moon Night friendly climbing competition. After your climb, you can chat over a beer or a hearty meal in the on-site bistro. 

Where

79 De la Gappe Blvd., Gatineau

Cost

Day pass: Adult – $20.50; Student/Child: $18.50 | Shoe rental: $5.50 | Prepaid memberships, recurring monthly memberships, and 10-entry punch cards are available.

Good to know

Routesetting is done on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, giving a complete gym rotation every 2 to 3 weeks. | Workshops and group lessons are available.

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Altitude Gym

Discover Altitude Gym, a unique climbing centre offering over 100 top roping and/or lead climbing routes, plus a 600squaremetre bouldering area. You can also enjoy the outdoor bouldering park in warm weather. Whether youre a novice or an expert, youll enjoy the gyms diverse climbing challenges. 

Where

35 Saint-Raymond Blvd., Gatineau

Cost

Day pass: Regular – $21.50; Student/Senior (65+) – $18.50; Age 12 and under – $15.50; Accompanying parent (compulsory for children 12 and under) – $9.00 | Memberships (1, 3 and 12 months) are available.

Good to know

A new block space will be available by mid-June. | Climbing shoes must be worn and are available for rent. | Group rates, training programs and day camps are available.

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Guided climbing trips


École d’escalade de l’Outaouais

Test your limits with experienced instructors at the École descalade de lOutaouais. Sign up for guided outings to several exceptional sites: Panorama (Bowman Forest Regional Park), Gatineau Park (Eardley Escarpment sector), and Lonestar (Montebello). Whatever your training needs, youll be well supported! 

Where

Chemin du Lac du Brochet, Val-des-Bois

Good to know

Email the guides (EscaladeOutaouais@gmail.com) for rates and reservations.

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Have we inspired you to start climbing or perfect your technique? Share your knowledge and connect with fellow climbing enthusiasts on the Club alpin Outaouais Facebook page (affiliated with the Alpine Club of Canada). 

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