Local Climbing

Leslie Timms navigates through the perfect rock that is Legends of the Fall 5.13 at Devil's Glen. 

Our rock climbing courses and guided adventures are generally held at Metcalfe Rock and Rattlesnake Point, but we are also surrounded by many other great climbing area's along the Niagara Escarpment. The escarpment is a limestone cliff band that runs from Niagara Falls to Tobermory, over 700kms! Below we have listed a few of our favourite local cliffs to climb at in the Beaver Valley and beautiful Bruce Peninsula area. There is much more than this to discover also.

Ontario, yours to discover.

Metcalfe Rock
Metcalfe Rock, our "Head Office", has a little something for everyone: top roping, sport climbing, traditional and mixed. It also has a wide variety of graded routes, ranging from 5.4 to 5.14, within a 5 minute walk. Pictured: Trevor Macdonald bears down on 'Bob and Briams Bogus Adventure' 5.11b.

Devil's Glen

Devils Glen is perhaps the most stellar crag in the Beaver Valley, especially if you want to climb 5.13, though it is hard to pick as they all have something great to offer. At DG, there is something for everyone, from old school moderate trad and mixed routes, to new school sport clip ups. Pictured here: Jany Mitges stares down the crux of 'Jet' 5.12d.

Old Baldy
The best views in the Beaver Valley, Old Baldy is a must see. It has really cool fossilized limestone with a pluthera of sport routes mostly in the 5.10-5.12 range, with a handful of others between 5.6 and 5.13d. There are also a few classic traditional lines like 'The Anniversary' , a spicy 5.11 (Pictured here).

Lions Head
Lion's Head is the gem of the Niagara Escarpment. Beautiful limestone climbing, right on Georgian Bay.

A wide variety of climbing skills are needed to safely climb at Lions Head, but it makes for amazing adventures and memorable positions. A classic example of the Lion's Head style, Dave Zieleniewsi and Leslie Timms on 'Global Warming' a traditional 5.10d.

For more Ontario rock climbing info...

Ontario Guidebook
Discover these crags and more with the new local guide book.
The select guide is what you need to hit the best spots on the escarpment, with detailed approach and route descriptions to all the best crags. Plus lots of photos to get you psyched.

Info on Local Climbing, Access & Ethics
Follow the Ontario Access Coalition for information about upcoming Ontario events and access initiatives or area closures.