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The Best Rock Climbing in Canada

Looking for the best rock climbing in Canada? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Canada. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top rock climbing spots in and near Canada

  • Lake Louise, Alberta

    Hike the Plain of Six Glaciers

    4.7
    4.2 mi / 1263.1 ft gain
    Starting from the parking lot on the east end of Lake Louise, there are a few options you can take to get to the Plain of Six Glaciers. One is to head directly along the lakeshore trail, and in about 7 km (4.2 miles) you will be at the lookout offering the best vantage point of the glacier field....
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  • Britannia Beach, British Columbia

    Hike and Climb the Chief

    4.4
    6.8 mi / 1968.5 ft gain
    If you are hiking this spot, you can do so even as a beginner so long as you have a good fitness level. I’ve seen people do this in jeans and dress shoes, although they are crazy. Wear some hikers and prepare to get your sweat on. There are three peaks, first is the most popular, second has the b...
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  • Whistler, British Columbia

    Summit Black Tusk in Garabaldi Provincial Park

    5.0
    19 mi / 5708.7 ft gain
    If you are going to carry in a backpack for an overnight hike, you should have a good level of fitness. For a day hike, the trail is nearly 30km long, so still a good level of fitness is required. The trail isn’t technically challenging, but it is up in the alpine and has some serious altitude ga...
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  • Improvement District No. 9, Alberta

    Hike to Consolation Lakes

    4.0
    3.7 mi / 196.9 ft gain
    Once at Moraine Lake, the directions to Consolation Lakes are quite clear. From the parking lot, head northeast past the rockpile, which provides fantastic views of Moraine, then follow the Consolation Lakes Trail for another 2.9 km (1.8 miles) past Taylor Lake until you reach the lake. Depending...
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  • Central Kootenay H, British Columbia

    Hike to Gimli Ridge

    The hike to Gimli Ridge is one of only two hikes in the Valhallas that reach up to the alpine area. It provides stunning scenery of the surrounding range, and an intimate experience with the huge monolith that is Gimli Peak.The trail steadily climbs elevation. From the trailhead, Gimli seems dece...
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  • Lyndhurst, Ontario

    Rock Dunder Trail

    4.3
    3.1 mi / 305 ft gain
    NOTE: Starting September 18, 2020, visitation to Rock Dunder hiking trails will be limited to 30 groups per hour to manage the number of people onsite at any one time and allow for social distancing protocols to be followed. This will allow everyone to better enjoy their visit in a safe manner.  ...
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  • Kananaskis, Alberta

    Backpack the Fortress Cirque

    5.0
    12 mi
    No better way to watch the stars with friends than huddled up in your sleeping bag on top of a 3000m summit. This describes the bivy at The Fortress.Starting at the Chester Lake Trailhead, take the unmarked trail on the right side of the parking lot. These winter cross-country ski trails take you...
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  • Britannia Beach, British Columbia

    Rock Climb at Seal Cove

    From the Britannia Beach parking lot walk north. There is a well established trail along the West side of the highway. Walk roughly 400 metres North and you will find a steep trail leading towards the ocean. You'll quickly come to a small boulder field, cross cautiously and follow the cairns. Fr...
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  • Alberni-Clayoquot C, British Columbia

    Climb Mackenzie Peak

    6.2 mi / 4101.1 ft gain
    The mountains of the South Central Range of Vancouver Island that skirt Highway 4 leading to Tofino are often overlooked as in that region surfing is the big draw, while the larger peaks of Strathcona Peak call to others. I feel this spot is a true gem of the island, with unparalleled biodiversit...
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  • Kananaskis, Alberta

    Scramble up Mount Sparrowhawk for Sunrise

    7.5 mi / 4527.6 ft gain
    Mount Sparrowhawk was the first mountain I ever fell in love with -- I knew it well, and I knew that the summit would still be accessible with a bit of snow on it in October. With waning daylight hours, it was a perfect option - albeit intense - for a sunrise hike.The trailhead is located on the ...
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  • Yale, British Columbia

    Summit Needle Peak

    5.0
    8.1 mi / 2893.7 ft gain
    Make your way to the Zopkios exit (#217) on the Coquihalla Highway (Hwy 5), which is almost exactly halfway between the Lower Mainland and the Okanagan of BC. The trailhead is off the pipeline service road on the opposite side of the highway as the rest stop. The hike can be done in one day, but ...
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  • Comox-Strathcona D, British Columbia

    Summit The Golden Hinde

    5.0
    40.4 mi / 5987.5 ft gain
    As Vancouver Island's highest peak, the Golden Hinde is an obvious draw for coastal climbers. Its gravitational pull, however, requires a commitment, given this crown jewel of the Island Alpine is also one of its most remote, and gains more elevation than from Base Camp to Everest's summit.Winter...
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  • Yale, British Columbia

    Hike to Tasty Lake

    8.1 mi / 2894 ft gain
    To Needle PeakTotal Distance: 13.0 km (return)Estimated Time: 4 - 7 hoursAverage Grade: 13.6%Structure: Linear - ReturnElevation Gain: 882 mStart Elevation: 1210 mMax Elevation: 2092 mTo Small LakeTotal Distance: 13.0 km (return)Estimated Time: 4 - 6 hoursAverage Grade: ...
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  • Yale, British Columbia

    Hike Yak Peak

    5.0
    3.4 mi / 2755.9 ft gain
    The granite slab of Yak Peak is easily identified by those passing by on the Coquihalla Highway. What most don't know is there is a hiking trail and climbing opportunities, both offering amazing 360 degree views of the Zopkios range and beyond.This hike starts at the Zopkios rest area (across the...
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  • Alberni-Clayoquot D, British Columbia

    Climb Triple Peak

    5.6 mi / 3149.6 ft gain
    Access to Triple Peak mountain is found via the Marion Creek Main logging road approximately 48km west of Port Alberni on your left hand side along highway #4 headed towards Tofino. The road can present seasonal challenges and is rough so best to have a high clearance and 4x4 capable vehicle if p...
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  • Improvement District No. 9, Alberta

    Scramble the Ten Peaks via the Perren Route

    A true adventure with lots of route finding, glacier travel, loose rock and high altitude views. This is not for the faint hearted or first timers.From the Moraine Lake parking lot walk down the east side of the lake along the well maintained trail. Towards the end of the lake you will cross the ...
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