Rock climbing provides a rush of adrenaline that has lured adventurous souls to the Niagara Escarpment for years.
Some of the best climbing cliffs in Ontario are located at Conservation Halton parks that are known in climbing circles for terrific views and a wide variety of climbing levels.
Where can I rock climb?
There’s a reason Rattlesnake Point is one of the most popular rock climbing spots in Ontario. There are three designated sites with more than 235 routes where experienced rock climbers can scale challenging cliffs under a canopy of rich woods.
Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area:
Buffalo Crag at Rattlesnake Point:
Nothing is better than conquering a difficult climb and being rewarded by the fantastic views Mount Nemo offers. There are more than 200 routes for you to scale the escarpment.
Environmental Ethics and Rock Climbing Etiquette
The escarpment habitat at Rattlesnake Point and Mount Nemo is unique and fragile. The crevices and fissures have numerous ferns and mosses while ancient cedars cling to edges and walls of cliffs. Climbers should recognize this and use environmentally conscious climbing practices such as using designated routes and tiedowns and not removing or damaging vegetation.
Rock Climbing Safety
Rock climbing is a high risk sport that requires special equipment and training. Rock climbers need helmets, harnesses, climbing shoes, and a variety of ropes and protection devices to ensure safe climbing. For beginner rock climbers, it is highly recommended that lessons be taken from a certified professional. Conservation Halton encourages safe and environmentally conscious rock climbing. All climbing groups, both instructional and recreational, must obtain a permit prior to an outing. Waiver forms warning individuals that rock climbing can be dangerous and is done at the climber’s own risk must also be signed by all instructional groups and submitted to Conservation Halton prior to climbing.
External Rock Climbing Links
- Adventureworks! Associates Inc. - www.adventureworks.org
- The Alpine Club of Canada - www.alpineclubofcanada.ca
- Equinox Adventures - www.equinoxadventures.com
- Escarpment Outdoor Adventures - www.escarpmentclimbing.com
- One Axe Pursuits - www.oneaxepursuits.com
- Ontario Access Coalition - www.ontarioaccesscoalition.com
- Zen Climb - www.zenclimb.com