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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

7,139 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',894],['3 Stars',2466],['2 Stars',2264],['1 Star',751],['Bomb',53]

Classic Climbing Routes in Canada

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Canada:
Guinness Gully   WI4     Ice, 3 pitches, 850'   Yoho National Park : Mount Dennis
Beowulf   WI4     Ice, 6 pitches, 2200'   Alberta : North Ghost
Left Rib   V2 5+     Boulder   The Chief : Grand Wall Boulders old
Paperboy   V2 5+     Boulder   The Chief : Grand Wall Boulders old
Crackhead   V3 6A     Boulder   The Chief : Grand Wall Boulders old
Old and Serious   V3 6A     Boulder   The Chief : Grand Wall Boulders old
Trad Killer   V4 6B     Boulder   The Chief : Grand Wall Boulders old
Timeless   V5 6C     Boulder   The Chief : Grand Wall Boulders old
South East Face of Eisenhower Tower   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, Alpine   Banff National Park : Castle Mountain
The Kain Route   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine   Banff National Park : Mount Louis
Homage to the Spider   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, Alpine   Banff National Park : Mount Louis
Miss Baldy   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Baldy : B. Secteur oublié
Beckey-Chouinard   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, Alpine, 15 pitches, 2000'   Howser Towers : South Howser Tower
Served By Destiny   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Swift Current : Tiger Slabs
Eye Catcher   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Squamish : Top Shelf
The Wonderful Thing about Tiggers   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 7 pitches, 600'   Squamish : Fluffy Kitten Wall
Dancing in the Light   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c PG13     Trad, 7 pitches, 500'   The Chief : The Apron
Hand Slotter   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Squamish : Top Shelf
Flight Simulator   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, 4 pitches, 400'   Squamish : Slhanay (The Squaw)
Made From Fire   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Squamish : Top Shelf
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By Joe M
From: Beckley, wv
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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