Canmore

A home base for all climbing, hiking, mountain biking and adventuring for the greater Canmore area owned and run by the Canadian Alpine Club. There are three main buildings you can reserve based on your group size.

getting there

To get to the Canbmore Clubhouse: Take Exit 81 off of Trans-Canada Hwy 1 to Bow Valley Trail. Follow it as turns into Railway Ave and then turn left on 8th St.

Canmore Clubhouse

A home base for all climbing, hiking, mountain biking and adventuring for the greater Canmore area owned and run by the Alpine Club of Canada. There are three main buildings you can reserve based on your group size.

CLIMBING AREAS & ROUTES

  • There are many climbing areas ranging from trailheads that start in Canmore to up to 3 hours drive.
  • Many climbs have approaches from 20 minutes to 2+ hours.
  • Consult local weather and Canadian avalanche forecasts.
  • Some climbs are safe in low avalanche conditions based on the Avalanche Terrain Exposure Scale (ATES)
  • Climbing grades range from WI2 to WI6.

Ice CRAG Options (ATES 1 - Simple Terrain)

  • King Creek
  • Wedge Smear
  • Junkyards
  • Johnston Canyon
  • Haffner
  • Balfour Wall
  • Waterworks
  • Grotto Canyon
  • Bear Spirit
  • 2 O'clock Falls

ATES 1  (SIMPLE TERRAIN) Options

  • Grotto Falls
  • Ghoster Coaster
  • Chantilly Falls
  • 2 O'clock Falls
  • Snivelling Gully
  • Moonlight
  • Louise Falls
  • Wicked Wanda
  • Malignant M
  • Sunshine
  • Valley of the Birds
  • Beowulf
  • Joker
  • Hidden Dragon
  • Sars on Ice
  • Five Seven Zero
  • Nothing But the Breast
  • Weeping Wall

ATES 2  (Challenging Terrain) Options

  • Professors
  • Roguns Gully
  • Murchison Falls
  • Whimper Wall
  • Guiness Gully
  • Coire Dubh
  • A Bridge Too Fall
  • This House of Sky
  • Riverview
  • Essondale
  • Pretty Nuts
  • Finishing Hammer
  • End of the Line

information for Leaders

Scheduling & Permits

  • If you are scheduling this as a non-course related activity, please limit your group size to the default party size. The maximum party size is for use by course field trips only, and includes both students and instructors. Group size maximums do not reflect how course field trips are run (in smaller groups of students and instructors), but allow for course leaders to register the course in our system.
  • This route allows multiple bookings. Please check scheduled trips listed below in the "Activities" tab to see if there is another group already booked on the same day. If so, please coordinate with them to ensure you are carpooling and teaching at different areas.
  • If you are scheduling a course field trip, please contact our Member Services Team to confirm the field trip and any permitting regulations.

Considerations for international travel

  • Start by reviewing the latest regulations.
  • Everyone will need a passport or other valid ID such as a NEXUS card.
  • NEXUS cards can save a lot of time but only work if everyone in the car has one.
  • Make sure your vehicle insurance is valid for Canada.
  • Make sure your health insurance is valid for Canada.
  • Border crossing regulations are strict in both directions. Know what you’re allowed to take and declare everything to avoid problems.
  • You may be able to save time by checking alternate border crossings. Find apps that show updated times and other good tips.

Notes

  • Guidebook: Waterfall Ice Climbing in the Canadian Rockies, 4th ed. by Joe Josephson (Rocky Mountain Books 2002).
  • Land Manager: Canadian Alpine Club
  • Parking Permit Required: None
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 40
Map
201 Indian Flats Rd, Canmore, AB T1W 2T8, Canada
Activities

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