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Areas in Canada

Alberta 127 / 742 / 8 / 44 / 110 / 7 / 49 / 61 / 1008
British Columbia 1224 / 1364 / 192 / 1178 / 55 / 28 / 13 / 372 / 3766
Manitoba 3 / 1 / 18 / 10 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 30
New Brunswick 172 / 135 / 17 / 64 / 55 / 4 / 5 / 44 / 419
Newfoundland and Labrador 108 / 87 / 71 / 182 / 31 / 2 / 0 / 2 / 424
Northwest Territories 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 4 / 5
Nova Scotia 29 / 34 / 7 / 8 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 74
Nunavut 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 1
Ontario 387 / 654 / 105 / 104 / 114 / 4 / 31 / 3 / 1257
Quebec 555 / 660 / 441 / 23 / 110 / 7 / 32 / 16 / 1487
Saskatchewan 0 / 0 / 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Yukon Territory 48 / 77 / 41 / 24 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 5 / 166
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O Canada! [Suggest Change]

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.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Canada

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
 176
West Ridge
Trad, Alpine
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 311
Klahanie Crack
Trad
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
 157
North East Ridge
Trad, Alpine 10 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 375
Diedre
Trad 6 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 320
Skywalker
Trad 5 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 329
Penny Lane
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 237
Rock On
Trad 5 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 106
The Zip
Trad
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 116
McTech Arete
Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 250
Angel's Crest
Trad 13 pitches
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 103
Beckey-Chouinard
Trad, Alpine 15 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 332
Exasperator
Trad 2 pitches
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 81
The Great Game
Trad 4 pitches
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c A0
 235
The Grand Wall
Trad, Aid 9 pitches
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 169
Crime of the Century
Trad
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
West Ridge British Columbia > … > Bugaboos > Pigeon Spire
 176
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c Trad, Alpine
Klahanie Crack British Columbia > … > Shannon Falls > Shannon Falls Wall
 311
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
North East Ridge British Columbia > … > Bugaboos > Bugaboo Spire
 157
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c Trad, Alpine 10 pitches
Diedre British Columbia > … > Chief > Apron
 375
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 6 pitches
Skywalker British Columbia > … > Shannon Falls > Shannon Falls Wall
 320
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 5 pitches
Penny Lane British Columbia > … > Smoke Bluffs > Penny Lane
 329
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Rock On British Columbia > … > Chief > Apron
 237
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 5 pitches
The Zip British Columbia > … > Smoke Bluffs > Zip
 106
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
McTech Arete British Columbia > … > Bugaboos > Crescent Spire
 116
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
Angel's Crest British Columbia > … > Chief > Sheriff's Badge
 250
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 13 pitches
Beckey-Chouinard British Columbia > … > Howser Towers > S Howser Tower
 103
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, Alpine 15 pitches
Exasperator British Columbia > … > Chief > Grand Wall Base Area
 332
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad 2 pitches
The Great Game British Columbia > Squamish > Slhanay (The Squaw)
 81
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad 4 pitches
The Grand Wall British Columbia > … > Chief > Grand Wall Area
 235
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c A0 Trad, Aid 9 pitches
Crime of the Century British Columbia > … > Smoke Bluffs > Penny Lane
 169
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad
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Joe M
Beckley, wv
Joe M   Beckley, wv
Anybody have any info on New Brunswick climbing and/or ice climbing? Sep 13, 2007
skinner
Calgary, AB
skinner   Calgary, AB
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. Dec 15, 2007
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
thomasci@msn.com Apr 15, 2009
Peter Spindloe
North Vancouver, BC
Peter Spindloe   North Vancouver, BC
Cliff,

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. Apr 16, 2009
Dom
New Brunswick Canada
Dom   New Brunswick Canada  
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 beta-source.com/ for pics, info etc. Apr 17, 2009
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. Mar 21, 2010
Matt Allshouse
Laramie, WY
Matt Allshouse   Laramie, WY
I just won two free passes on Canada North Airlines...Anyone know good ice routes around Yellowkife,Norman Wells, or Iqaluit? Sep 13, 2010

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