Climbing – Places Kids can go Climbing in Calgary (and area)

There are a surprising number of places you can take the kids for drop-in climbing in Calgary. Kids usually have to be at least 4 years old. Waivers are usually required – sometimes you can save yourself some time by filling them out online before you go.

Remember to wear comfortable clothing and shoes such as runners.

Calgary Climbing Centre

Location: multiple Calgary locations, two with ClimbParks
Minimum age: 6 for Drop-in climbing, 6 recommended for ClimbPark (some exceptions for 5 year olds), 4 for Kids Climb.
Style: climbing, ropeless bouldering, auto-belays, climbpark funzones
Equipment: rentals available. May be included depending on activity.


Location: 11950 Country Village Link NE
Minimum age: not stated. Children under 14 must be accompanied.
Style: 30 ft tall climbing wall, auto-belay and 9 ft bouldering area
Equipment: Provided
Worth noting: climbing is included with facility admission.

YMCA – Calgary

Locations: Shawnessy, Saddletowne and South Health Campus
Minimum age: 4+
Style: auto-belay available at all locations
Equipment: Provided

Southland Leisure Centre

Location: 2000 Southland Dr. S.W.
Minimum age: 4+
Style: Climbing wall, sport wall with overhang, bouldering. no auto-belay.
Equipment: provided

Beltline Aquatic & Fitness Centre

Location: 221 12 Ave. S.W. h
Minimum age: 4+
Style: auto-belay and top rope available
Equipment: provided

Mount Royal University

Location: 4825 Mt Royal Gate SW
Minimum age: 4+
Style: auto-belay, bouldering, lead climbing and top rope available
Equipment: rentals available, may be included depending on activity

University of Calgary

2500 University Dr NW
Minimum age: 4+
Style: climbing and bouldering walls
Equipment: rentals available
Worth noting: An orientation and belay test are required on your first visit

Spray Lakes Sawmills Family Sports Centre

Location: 800 Griffin Rd E, Cochrane, AB
Minimum age: 4+
Style: auto-belay climbing only
Equipment: included
Worth noting: Climbing is included in your day pass or you can purchase a single activity admission.
See our review of Spray Lakes Sawmills Family Sports Centre

Big Rock Bouldering

Location: 64062 393 Ave E Unit 28, Okotoks
Minimum age: 3+
Style: bouldering only – no ropes
Equipment: chalk bag and shoe rentals available.

Other Centres with Climbing Walls

Flying Squirrel

Location: North and South Calgary locations
Minimum age: 2+
Style: bouldering wall that drops into foam pit
Equipment: none
Worth noting: Climbing is included with regular admission to Flying Squirrel

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