Rock Climbing in Gatineau Park
Gatineau Park offers local rock climbers all routes and rock faces they could wish for. The Eardley Escarpment, the 500-million-year-old toe of the Canadian Shield, provides 64 climbing routes on 5 seperate rock faces.
Where Is Rock Climbing Permitted?
The NCC has opened five rock faces, for a total of 64 climbing routes.
- Home Cliff: Centre Wall
- The three rock faces at the Twin Ribs site: Down Under, Eastern Block and The Left Twin
- Western Cwm — West.
Gatineau Park Rock Climbing Maps
The NCC provides these rock climbing route maps for climbers to use:
|Official Rock Climbing Sites|
|Twin Ribs and Eastern Block|
Gatineau Park Rock Climbing Code of Conduct
Rock climbing in the Park is a priviledge for which climbers have fought and continue to battle hard. Please make every effort to minimize your impact on your environment:
- Ensure that you have the necessary training, knowledge and experience
- to climb safely.
- Use the appropriate equipment, including protective gear (e.g. helmet),
- and ensure that it is in good condition.
- Do not use any anchors in the rock unless you have the knowledge and
- experience to assess whether or not they are safe (i.e. in good condition,
- appropriately placed and well anchored).
- Choose a route that is within your technical ability.
- Ensure that you are in good health and proper physical condition, and
- that your mental faculties are not impaired (e.g. by fatigue, medication,
- alcohol or drugs).
- Check to ensure that weather conditions are
- favourable for climbing.