Montreal climbing gyms that will rock your world

The health benefits of climbing are many. It’s great for your cardiovascular health, tones your muscles and burns plenty of calories to help you lose weight, not to mention that it is super fun and challenging. Lucky for Montrealers, the city is full of facilities with indoor walls to keep us reaching for the top.

Allez Up

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1555 Rue St-Patrick, Montréal, QC H3K 3G9

Located just outside Montreal’s city centre, Allez Up is a popular gathering spot for passionate climbers and beginners alike. The space is inside a large converted industrial silo, so the sky is literally the limit. They offer introductory classes to beginners, after which attendees can climb freely to their heart’s content. One the biggest climbing centres in Montreal, Allez Up also offers yoga classes to loosen your muscles, post-workout.

Shakti Rock Gym

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175, rue Saint-Viateur E, Montréal, QC H2T 1B4

Shakti Rock Gym is the “it spot” if you love bouldering, or if you’re looking for a new challenge in the city. Located in the Mile End, it’s a no-fuss facility that allows climbers to get on the wall right away. Unlike traditional rock climbing, there is no equipment necessary (harness, chalk), and there is no need to be belayed. The gym also offers introductory courses and special physical training sessions for those interested in perfecting their skills.

CEPSUM

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2100 boul Édouard-Montpetit, Montréal, QC H3T 1J4

Part of the University of Montreal and open to the public, the CEPSUM is one of the largest sports facilities in Quebec. One of their facilities includes a very tall climbing wall, suitable for beginners and seasoned climbers alike. One of the perks of the CEPSUM is that once you’ve paid your entry fee you have access to all of the facilities, including the pool and the fitness rooms. They offer classes and equipment rental if you’re just learning the ropes.

Horizon Roc Centre D'Escalade

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2350, rue Dickson, Montréal, QC H1N 3T1

Horizon Roc Climbing Centre is one of Montreal’s largest climbing gyms. They offer over 300 routes for the seasoned climber, and easier ones for beginners. In addition to the large climbing surfaces, they also have a large indoor high ropes course and a 25-metre zip line. The gym also offers many introductory classes and clinics, and it’s possible to book parties and corporate or team-building events.

Zéro Gravité

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4519, av Papineau, Montréal, QC H2H 1V4

Zéro Gravité is a combined rock-climbing gym and yoga studio. Their rock walls are 37 feet high and offer 120 routes for climbing. The gym also has a bouldering wall, where no equipment is needed. Introductory classes are available, and an accreditation test is necessary in order to free climb. The yoga studio is spacious and the large windows allow for lots of natural light. Classes are offered to beginner and advanced yogis alike.

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