It would be as difficult to sum up the climbing potential in Canada just as it would be to sum up that in the United States, unless you wanted to use broad terms like LOTS. From sea cliffs to urban crags, high altitude to bouldering, almost every type of climbing is available (except desert sandstone perhaps).
Rather than trying to describe it in this overview, let's describe it area by area and route by route, right here.
3,110 Total Routes
['4 Stars',433],['3 Stars',1139],['2 Stars',992],['1 Star',331],['Bomb',25]
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WI3-4 North America
: ... : Orient Bay (Ice)
This climb is an Orient Bay classic. Enormously fat ice with huge variation in steepness. There are so many variations to choose from, but farthest to the left tends to be more stepy and it gets more difficult and steep the further right you go. This route is perfect height for a 60m toprope and is a great place to bring beginners. You can set up at least 4 different TRs. This climb is also the site of clinics during the annual Nipigon Ice Fest.References: "Ice Climbs of the Lake Superior Re...[more] Browse More Classics in International
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|By Joe M|
From: Rapid City, SD
Sep 13, 2007
Anybody have any info on New Brunswick climbing and/or ice climbing?
From: Calgary, AB
Dec 15, 2007
In western Canada, (British Columbia & Alberta) Squamish and the Bugaboos are exceptional- world class destinations. However.. if you are able to get your head around the chossy limestone the makes up the majority of peaks, the infinite number of previously unclimbed lines could keep you occupied for several lifetimes.
|By cliff thomas|
Apr 15, 2009
I am planning a climbing trip to Banff. Am interested in beta about time of year to go, places to stay on the cheap, moderate climbing and perhaps an opportunity to find partners or good roped solo routes in that area. Thank you
|By Peter Spindloe|
From: North Vancouver, BC
Apr 16, 2009
The time of year depends on what you want to do. The summer alpine season (all the classic north face ice routes) are best in August and September. Nice low altitude rock, mostly sport, can be found in the canyons around Canmore: Heart Creek, Cougar Canyon, Grassi Lakes, etc. The season for these is probably May to October. There are many moderate scrambles (Table Mtn., Cascade, Lady MacDonald) and climbs (Ha Ling, Yamnuska, etc.).
There are campgrounds in Banff and Lake Louise, and probably in Canmore. The Alpine Club of Canada's clubhouse is in Canmore and is a great place to stay. I think there are reciprocal agreements with other alpine clubs, or you can buy a membership, which can be worth it if you're staying a while. It's also a good place to meet people.
Hopefully you'll get some more detailed information from others. It has been a while since I've road-tripped there. You might also want to post in the forums.
From: New Brunswick Canada
Apr 17, 2009
Joe M sorry I'm a year and a half later but there is actually excellent rock and ice climbing in N-B.
The rock climbing is mostly trad in a wonderful granite setting called Cochrane Lane and the ice is just everywhere!
check out climbeasterncanada.com or www.beta-source.com/ for pics, info etc.
|By curt hegel|
Mar 21, 2010
good place for info/beta finding partners, etc. is Gravsports-ice.com run by Will Gadd. Ice season is running out, but the alpine/rock is starting soon.
|By Matt Allshouse|
Sep 13, 2010
I just won two free passes on Canada North Airlines...Anyone know good ice routes around Yellowkife,Norman Wells, or Iqaluit?