Why be limited by four walls at a climbing gym when you can take in views perched atop the Niagara Escarpment? The great news is outdoor climbing adventures are no longer only reserved for experienced climbers. A number of outfitters provide rock climbing and rappelling lessons along the limestone cliffs of Halton’s Rattlesnake Point. Helmets, harnesses and other required gear are provided, so all you need to supply is your sense of adventure.
Experienced enough to venture out to climb on your own? Mount Nemo is a great choice and features a number of bolted sport lines.
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Toll Free: 1.877.7.ONE.AXE
City: Ancaster, Milton
One Axe Pursuits is a local outdoor adventure company specializing in rock climbing, ice climbing, rappelling, caving and ziplining around the Niagara Escarpment, specializing in helping the beginner start their journey towards extreme sports and extreme fun.
Phone: 905-525-2181 or 905-648-4427
Life is better outdoors. Whether you’re interested in camping, hiking, swimming, cross country skiing or just getting a little closer to nature, Hamilton Conservation Authority has it all. Hamilton Conservation Authority owns and manages about 4400 hectares (10,900 acres) of environmentally significant land. Its recreational lands range from long distance trails and conservation areas that include the Dundas Valley, Eramosa Karst, Spencer Gorge/Webster’s Falls, Christie Lake, Valens Lake, Confederation Park, Fifty Point Conservation Area and Marina.
City: Halton Region
Halton Conservation Authority is the community based environmental agency that protects, restores and manages the natural resources in its watershed. We are recognized for our stewardship of creeks, forests and Niagara Escarpment lands through science based services and sustainable recreation programs. Conservation Halton owns and operates six conservation areas, including Crawford Lake, Mountsberg, Rattlesnake Point, Hilton Falls, Kelso and Mount Nemo. We also operate the Glen Eden Ski and Snowboard Centre.
Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area has some of the most inspiring scenic viewing found anywhere. Five breathtaking lookouts dot the edge of towering cliffs of Ontario's striking Niagara Escarpment. Visitor’s can enjoy hiking trails, picnicking areas and overnight stays at one of the group campsites. Rattlesnake Point has three designated sites where experienced rock climbers can scale challenging cliffs under a canopy of rich woods and hiking enthusiasts can trek the Bruce Trail through the Nassagaweya Canyon complete with trail connections to Crawford Lake.
Kelso Conservation Area is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts. Indulge in a swim at a sandy beach, fish for trout in the glistening lake or get energized with some great downhill skiing at Glen Eden. Mountain bikers can test their skills on marked trails on the majestic Niagara Escarpment or hikers can trek the rugged Bruce Trail. You can also rent kayaks, paddle boats and canoes. Hundreds of picnic tables dot the rolling landscape and shelters are available for company and family picnics.
If Mount Nemo sounds inviting and worth discovering, its because this conservation area has one of the best cliff ecosystems on the Niagara Escarpment. Rich green ferns blanket limestone boulders scattered among old growth forests that are alive with jewels like birds. Crevice caves and ancient cedars, a thousand years old, can be seen all along the meandering cliff edge trail.
Zen Climb teaches rock climbing risk management skills certified by the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) and the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG) -- both belong to the International Federation of Mountain Guide Associations (IFMGA) which set the highest standards in guiding. Our certified instructors teach beginners, intermediate and advanced climbers. We also encourage you to learn a life lesson through your climbing experience.
One Axe PursuitsReal rocks. Climbing indoors was intended as a training ground for the real rocks outside. Get outside and breathe the fresh air while the sun warms your cheeks. Climb up to 80 feet and enjoy the texture of the limestone on your fingertips. It is such a primal feeling, being outdoors scaling the rock with turkey vultures soaring the sky high above you. At the top, take a deep breath and enjoy the view. You did it. This program is perfect for the complete beginner and indoor gym climbers.