© Horizon Roc
With more than 140 routes and 70 boulder routes, Horizon Roc is one of Montréal’s biggest and most beloved climbing gyms. And it’s a space for more than simply climbing. Visitors can do yoga, use the training facilities, receive sports treatment, and more. Speed demons take note: Horizon Roc has a 15 meters speed wall approved by the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC). Additionally, it’s a great option for corporate team building.
Want to climb outside but still stay on the island of Montréal? Nomad Bloc is a perfect option. Located on the grounds of Parc Olympique, the portable climbing gym offers a breezy space where both beginners and experts can improve their climbing while relaxing in the outdoor air. Not only is it Canada’s first portable outdoor climbing structure, but it was also entirely designed and manufactured right here in Québec! Save time by filling out the waiver online.
Allez Up centre d'escalade
Another mainstay in the Montréal climbing community, Allez Up is an eco-conscious gym in the Pointe St. Charles neighbourhood. Open since 1996, the 20,000 square foot space is home to some of the greatest indoor rope climbing in Canada. And if you want to climb outside, you’re in luck — the gym features nine routes up the vertical side of two historic concrete silos. They also offer courses to learn how to climb and a training room (weights, cardio, etc.) to optimize those climbing muscles.
If bouldering (no ropes) is your jam, Bloc Shop offers two of the city’s premiere bouldering spaces: one in the Hochelaga neighbourhood and one in the Chabanel commercial district. Both locations offer big garage doors (often open in the summer months), chill music, foosball, and well-stocked cafés. Consult with an onsite massage therapist or a physiotherapist to address any climbing-related aches or pains. New routes are reset each week — so it’s rarely the same gym twice. Also: they win the prize for best social feeds.
© Parc Jean-Drapeau - Gilles Proulx
Parc Jean Drapeau
The site of Expo 67, Parc Jean-Drapeau is one of Montréal’s most adored green spaces. The rock-climbing wall is a lesser-known location in Montréal to ascend. Climbers can boulder or top-rope climb, as well practice movements and techniques. To enhance safety, bring a friend and a crash pad. In other words, this is a DIY space!
Shakti Rock Gym
This small but mighty Mile End has been — in their words — “catering to dirt bags since 2012.” Visitors to Montréal can drop in for an afternoon climb. Or, if you have more time, take a course or hire a personal coach. Note: non-dirt bags also welcome.
Zéro Gravité escalade & yoga
In the heart of the Plateau Mont-Royal neighbourhood, Zéro Gravité is a unique indoor climbing and yoga centre set in a safe, friendly, and relaxed atmosphere. Divided into three climbing zones, the gym offers climbing routes for all skill levels and new routes are added each week. Want to improve your climbing? Increase your flexibility by taking one of the Zéro Gravité yoga classes.
A new climbing space located along Montréal’s most storied street: Saint Laurent Boulevard (also known as “The Main”). The gym offers nearly 100 climbing problems for climbers of all levels — beginners to experts — and the opportunity to drink a variety of espresso-based drinks. Climbing and coffe? Yes, please. Also available: a training area, coaching, physical therapy, and a sauna.
Daniel Baylis is a writer and adventurer. Born in British Columbia, Daniel came to Montréal with the kooky bohemian notion that he would write poetry, learn to speak French and fall in love. Having achieved various levels of success in said domains, he now focuses his energy on a new hobby: artisanal pickling.
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