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O Canada! 

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.

Climbing Season

Weather station 33.1 miles from here

5,477 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',685],['3 Stars',1880],['2 Stars',1745],['1 Star',602],['Bomb',51]

Classic Climbing Routes in Canada

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Canada:
West Ridge   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c     Trad, Alpine, 1500'   The Bugaboos : Pigeon Spire
Northwest Ridge   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c X     Trad, Alpine, 2400'   Selkirk Mountains : Mount Sir Donald
Klahanie Crack   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   Squamish : Shannon Falls
North East Ridge   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, Alpine, 10 pitches, 1500'   The Bugaboos : Bugaboo Spire
Skywalker   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 5 pitches, 300'   Squamish : Shannon Falls
Diedre   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 6 pitches   The Chief : The Apron
Northeast Buttress   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Alpine, 25 pitches   Western Chilliwack Range : Mt. Slesse
Penny Lane   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   The Smoke Bluffs : Penny Lane
Flying Circus   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   The Smoke Bluffs : Neat and Cool
Rock On   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 5 pitches, 400'   The Chief : The Apron
McTech Arete   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, Alpine, 6 pitches, 500'   The Bugaboos : Crescent Spire
Angel's Crest   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 13 pitches   The Chief : The Sheriff's Badge
Beckey-Chouinard   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, Alpine, 15 pitches, 2000'   Howser Towers : South Howser Tower
Exasperator   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 2 pitches, 150'   The Chief : Grand Wall Base Area
Sunset Strip   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 12 pitches   The Chief : The Dihedrals
The Grand Wall   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c A0     Trad, Aid, 9 pitches, 1000'   The Chief : Grand Wall Area
Southeast Face   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, Alpine, 18 pitches, 2000'   The Cirque of the Unclimbab... : Lotus Flower Tower
Sunshine Crack   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, Alpine, 11 pitches, 900'   The Bugaboos : Snowpatch Spire
Freeway   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 11 pitches   The Chief : The Dihedrals
Crime Of The Century   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   The Smoke Bluffs : Penny Lane
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Featured Route For Canada
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Eye Catcher 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b  North America : Canada : ... : Top Shelf
Stem, jam, and layback your way up the beautiful open book with two small roofs. Starts out thin and gradually widens to thin hands at the top. Good one for the small handed folks. Might feel harder if you've got big mitts....[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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Mother of Pearl
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Agawa Canyon
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Mother of Pearl
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Kokanee Beer.
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Profile in the Rockies!

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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?
By skinner
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
Cliff Thomas
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.
By Dom
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 or for pics, info etc.
By curt hegel
Mar 21, 2010
good place for info/beta finding partners, etc. is run by Will Gadd. Ice season is running out, but the alpine/rock is starting soon.
By Matt Allshouse
From: Laramie, WY
Sep 13, 2010
I just won two free passes on Canada North Airlines...Anyone know good ice routes around Yellowkife,Norman Wells, or Iqaluit?

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