Rock climbing

The Eardley Escarpment in Gatineau Park offers 64 climbing routes on five rock faces that are accessible year-round. You can climb to a height of 300 metres, and enjoy a view overlooking the Ottawa Valley.​

Rock climbing in Gatineau Park

The five rock faces open where climbing is permitted are the following:

  • Home Cliff — Centre
  • Three faces at the Twin Ribs site: Down Under, Eastern Block and Left Rib
  • Western Cwm — West

In the winter, ice climbing is permitted when there is enough snow covering the ground and when there is ice on the climbing surfaces. This way, climbers will not damage the vegetation on the ground, on the climbing surfaces and on the rock itself.

Climbers must use only official climbing routes and those trails that are open, and must respect sector closures.

Protect the Eardley Escarpment

The geology and location of the Eardley Escarpment make it an exceptional ecosystem. More than 70 plant and animal species at risk can be found there, including the peregrine falcon, which nests on the Eardley Escarpment and is very sensitive to the presence of humans.

The NCC is working with the Alpine Club of Canada and the Ottawa–Gatineau Climbers’ Access Coalition to limit the impact of rock climbing on this unique ecosystem. Users are asked to observe the rules in order to ensure that rock climbing continues to be permitted on the Eardley Escarpment. Offenders will be subject to a fine (or other penalty).

Your Safety, Your Responsibility!

If you engage in rock climbing, you must recognize the following.  

  • Rock climbing involves risks (e.g. risk of falling) which can cause serious injury and even death.  
  • The anchors in the rock face were not installed by the NCC, nor are they inspected by the NCC.
  •  Because of the remoteness of climbing locations, it is possible that you may experience difficulty communicating with emergency services and that these services may take more time to locate and help you if you need assistance.

Only you can assess the risks to which you are exposed. You are responsible for your own safety, as well as for the decisions you make and the actions you take. Read the rock climbing code of conduct.