Metro Vancouver is home to a number of indoor climbing wall venues including Clip ‘n Climb, the Hive, Climb Base5 and Cliffhanger Climbing Gym.
There are climbing centres in Vancouver, Richmond, Surrey, North Vancouver, Coquitlam, Maple Ridge and Abbotsford, as well as climbing walls at numerous swimming pools and recreation centres throughout the region.
CLIMBING WALLS AND COVID-19
Due to the outbreak of the coronavirus in the spring of 2020, Lower Mainland climbing centres closed temporarily. Some reopened but then had to close again as COVID cases spiked in the province over the winter and into the spring.
As of June 2021, Clip ‘n Climb in Richmond has stayed open since May of last year, but at a significantly reduced capacity. The Hive also reopened last summer. Vancouver’s Cliffhanger Gym, Surrey’s Coastal Climbing Centre, Maple Ridge’s Rock Wall and Richmond’s Olympic Oval have all reopened as well, some of which only did so recently after temporarily closing a second time.
With the new BC reopening plan put in place in the summer of 2021, nearly all climbing centres should be running smoothly enough soon (though likely with still limited capacity). The Project Climbing Centres in Abbotsford and Cloverdale, along with Climbbase5 locations in North Vancouver and Coquitlam both reopened somewhat recently.
For exact details about the status of venues, see each climbing centre’s official website.
For a list of businesses that are operating, see our article about Vancouver Open and Reopening Places.
Lower Mainland Climbing Gyms
This article showcases some of the best climbing facilities in the Greater Vancouver area. All are fun, exceptional places for exercise and different in their own ways. All offer indoor climbing walls and other cliff-like structures to play on, but some are more traditional and others more unique.
Some facilities offer rock climbing (with ropes and belay devices). Others offer bouldering (on lower structures typically and without ropes), and some offer a mix of both.
Below is a list of the climbing centres featured in this article. Click the facility’s name to jump to its information, or continue reading to learn about every place.
- The Hive – facilities in Vancouver and North Vancouver. A serious and fairly traditional rock climbing venue that doesn’t use ropes or belay systems.
- Cliffhanger Vancouver – a serious and fairly traditional rock climbing facility that uses ropes.
- Clip ‘n Climb – a unique and colourful climbing facility in Richmond with multiple different elements that use an automated belay system and are especially fun for children and youth.
- Richmond Oval – a traditional climbing structure that’s fairly large, but both smaller and less expensive (depending on your age) than most other places.
- Coastal Climbing Centre – a facility with both bouldering and rock climbing structures in Surrey.
- Project Climbing – a climbing company with facilities in both Cloverdale (Surrey) and Abbotsford.
- Climb Base5 (North Vancouver) – a large and traditional-style rock climbing facility in North Vancouver.
- Climb Base5 (Coquitlam) – located in Coquitlam, it claims to be the largest climbing centre in the Lower Mainland.
- The Rock Wall – a climbing gym in Maple Ridge.
Note: Rates and details described below are subject to change. See each facility’s website for exact details.
Vancouver Climbing Centres
There are several wall-climbing venues in the City of Vancouver including the Hive Bouldering Gym and Cliffhanger Climbing.
Hive Bouldering Gym
The Hive has a facility in Vancouver as well as a second in North Vancouver. The Vancouver location is at 520 Industrial Avenue which is a 10-minute or 1-km walk from the Main Street SkyTrain Station near Science World.
Vancouver’s Hive location is a gym and, as the name suggests, it’s all about “bouldering” and climbing on rocks. It’s in a large 10,000-square-foot facility and features showers, weights and other general fitness equipment. It hosts competitions and special events, and offers climbing courses and even yoga. The place is for both youth and adults, and is popular with serious climbers.
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What makes both the Vancouver and North Shore locations of the Hive unique is that climbing at the Hive doesn’t involve ropes, harnesses, belay systems or even a partner. It’s all about bouldering. The Hive is also one of the few places that offers both rock climbing and yoga.
The Hive offers drop-in climbing opportunities and both monthly and annual memberships. Drop-in sessions cost about $25 per visit for adults, which is about average compared to other places. A month costs around $150 and an annual membership is around $1000.
Click Hive Bouldering Gym for more information about the Vancouver location. For details about the Hive in North Vancouver, see further below.
Cliffhanger is a climbing centre located at 670 Industrial Avenue, so just down the street from the Hive in East Vancouver.
Operating since 1993, Cliffhanger is a fairly serious rock climbing gym run by certified and professional climbers. It features more than 15,000 square feet of climbing terrain, over 50 top ropes, crack climbing elements, professional route setting and a bouldering area. It’s big!
At Cliffhanger people wear harnesses, use belay systems and have partners holding their ropes. The walls look like cliffs and they go up high.
Cliffhanger offers climbing opportunities for all levels. There are courses on offer for children, beginners, experienced climbers and for people wanting to climb real rocks outdoors in nature.
A day pass at Cliffhanger costs about $22, or $18 for just the bouldering area (in off-peak hours), or auto belaying including gear for $26. A 1-month pass is about $120 and an annual pass around $750. All prices are plus GST, and equipment like shoes, chalk, harnesses and belay devices can be rented for between $1 and $5 each.
For more information click Cliffhanger Vancouver.
Richmond Climbing Centres
Richmond has a number of climbing facilities. There is Clip ‘n Climb, which is the newest and exceptional for children, located just south of Vancouver. There is also a large climbing wall at the Richmond Oval.
Clip ‘n Climb Vancouver
Clip ‘n Climb Vancouver is the region’s newest climbing facility and it’s located in Richmond at 1751 Savage Road near the Fraser River just across the water from South Vancouver.
Clip ‘n Climb is an exceptional place for fun. Instead of having a giant grey cliff-like structure to climb on, the place features over 20 different multi-colored elements. There are ladders to scale, steps to climb, walls to race up, a slide to go down, a high-up place you can jump from and even a climbing tunnel in the dark.
If you’re looking for variety or an exceptionally fun and diverse climbing experience, this is a fantastic place to go. It’s arguably the Lower Mainland’s best place for kids (but still great for adults too).
At Clip ‘n Climb you wear a harness but don’t need a partner to hold your ropes. You climb independently and the belay system is completely automated. When you’re ready to come back down, you just lean back and hang on!
Climbing sessions at the facility are at set times for 60 minutes, plus a 15-minute safety orientation and set-up period. The cost for this is around $24 plus taxes for anyone ages 6 and older, or $20 for younger children.
For more information click Clip ‘n Climb Vancouver.
The Richmond Oval is a massive recreation complex and legacy from the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games. It has gyms with volleyball and basketball courts, ice rinks and all kinds of other sports and recreational facilities.
New at the Richmond Oval is a massive cliff-like climbing structure. This new setup has a 22-foot beginner area, 33-foot intermediate portion and 44-foot overhanging corner section for advanced climbers.
Similar to traditional climbing facilities like the Hive and Cliffhanger in Vancouver, the structure at the Richmond Oval is designed to resemble a cliff surface and real rock climbing. It offers rope climbing (requiring belay devices like at Cliffhanger) and bouldering (without ropes like at the Hive).
The Richmond facility offers formal programs and drop-in single day passes are also available. Drop-in prices for adults range from about $16 to $20, depending on your age category, $13 for youth (ages 13 to 18), and $5 for children (ages 6 to 12). Admission is free for Olympic Oval members.
Climbing equipment can be rented at around $5 for shoes, $1 for chalk, $3 for a harness and $2 for a belay device, or $10 per adult or $7 per child or youth for everything.
Click Olympic Oval Climbing Wall for more information.
Surrey Climbing Facilities
Climbing places in Surrey include the Coastal Climbing Centre and Project Climbing Centre Cloverdale.
Coastal Climbing Centre
Coastal Climbing is a rock-climbing facility located at 7728-128th Street in Central Surrey. It features over 100 full-length climbing routes, close to 100 boulder problems, 7500 square-feet of wall space, a couple of caves, an extensive bouldering area, and a 2-inch padded floor and crash mats. The facility also offers complimentary coffee and tea and sometimes even hot chocolate.
Drop-in rates are about $20 including taxes for 2-hour sessions, or $25 including climbing shoes. The facility also offers day passes for climbing ($20) and bouldering ($17), and various kinds of courses and lessons. A 1-month membership costs about $85 and an annual membership is around $550.
Click Coastal Climbing Centre for more information.
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Project Climbing Centre Cloverdale
The Project Climbing Centre in Surrey is located at 17828-65A Avenue close to the Cloverdale Fairgrounds. The original and slightly larger Project Climbing Centre is located in Abbotsford, and it still exists (see below for details).
Project Climbing Centres offer bouldering on structures up to 13-feet high. From there, climbers can jump or fall onto mats on the floor. This costs about $18, plus an extra $5 or so if you want to rent shoes (which are recommended). The Abbotsford facility also offers belaying sessions and courses which require 2 people working together.
The Cloverdale facility is 8,000 square feet in size and monthly memberships range between around $80 and $90, and annual passes are about $600 to $700.
Click Project Climbing Centre Coverdale for more information.
North Vancouver Climbing Facilities
The North Shore has a couple of climbing centres including the Hive and the Climb Base5 (North Vancouver).
The Hive North Shore
The Hive North Shore is located in North Vancouver at 2270 Dollarton Highway, so not far from the Second Narrows Bridge and North Burnaby.
Similar to its sister location in the City of Vancouver (listed above), the Hive on the North Shore is a serious climbing facility that’s owned and operated by climbers. Its focus is on bouldering, so there’s no need for ropes, harnesses or climbing in partners.
The modern 20,000-square-foot facility is massive and features a number of climbing areas on its ground level at heights of between 3 and 5.5 meters for classes, youth climbing sessions and public drop-ins. The North Van Hive also features great natural lighting, climbing classes, yoga and fitness training.
The drop-in rates at the Hive North Shore are around $25 (plus GST) for adults and $17 for youth any time as well as late-night adult sessions. The cost is slightly more for first-time Hivers who require an introduction to safety including tips on how to fall.
A monthly pass for adults is $149, which includes access to yoga, and around $1000 for the year. Memberships offering access to both the Vancouver and North Shore locations are also available.
For more information click The Hive North Shore.
Climb Base5 (North Vancouver)
Climb Base5 (North Vancouver) (formerly the Edge Climbing Centre) is located at 1485 Welch Street, so in North Vancouver not far from the Lions Gate Bridge. With over 15,000 square feet of climbing area, it claims to be the country’s “most comprehensive climbing gym.” It’s huge!
Climb Base5 offers drop-in day pass climbing opportunities as well as kids’ climbing courses, courses for adults in different age categories and specialty courses like personal training and “Coffee, Climbing and Conditioning” which is sponsored by the Bean Around the World Coffee company.
Day passes range from between about $15 and $22 depending on your age, the season and type of climbing you want to do. A 1-month pass with unlimited access is $120 for adults, and an annual membership, as of the writing of this article, costs around $650. Family passes are also available, and shoes, harnesses and chalk bags can be rented.
Click Climb Base5 (North Vancouver) for more information.
Coquitlam Climbing Facilities
Climb Base5 (Coquitlam)
Located at 98 Brigantine Drive in Coquitlam, Climb Base5 promotes itself as the largest climbing gym in Metro Vancouver and having the most auto belay options in the Lower Mainland.
The place offers more than 16,000 square feet of climbing area, a 1000-square-foot bouldering “Tsunami Wall,” and both climbing and bouldering options.
The rates at the Coquitlam location should be the same (or just about the same) as the North Vancouver location. Of course, it could vary a little bit.
For further details click Climb Base5.
Maple Ridge Climbing Facilities
The Rock Wall
The Rock Wall is a family owned climbing gym at 11455 201A Street in Maple Ridge that’s been running since 2003. It features bouldering and rock climbing facilities, so activities both with and without belay-system ropes and harness equipment.
At the Rock Wall experienced belayers ages 14 and older can pay for full-access day passes (at $17 or so per adult) and memberships (at between around $56 and $85 per month). Non-experienced belayers, however, are restricted to limited-access day passes, limited-access membership plans and public drop-in times, but can upgrade when becoming certified or when accompanied by a certified belayer.
Limited-access day passes for bouldering cost around $15 for adults or $17 for bouldering and auto-belaying (which includes the harness rental).
For more information see the Rock Wall‘s website.
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Also, it isn’t a climbing centre and it doesn’t have a climbing wall, but WildPlay Element Park is another great place in Maple Ridge. It has ropes course elements and ziplines between the trees in the forest. It’s also all outdoors and highly recommended.
Abbotsford Climbing Facilities
Project Climbing Centre Abbotsford
With over 9,000 square feet of climbing area, the Project Climbing Centre in Abbotsford is the Fraser Valley’s largest climbing gym. It’s the Lower Mainland’s original Project Climbing Centre, with a second and slightly smaller sister facility in Surrey.
Located at 34100 South Fraser Way, not far from where Highway 11 meets the Trans-Canada Highway, Project Climbing Abbotsford offers both bouldering (without the need for special equipment) and belay courses. At the facility you can climb up walls, under overhangs and even along the ceiling. Like most similar kinds-of-places, they offer drop-in opportunities, climbing courses, day-pass rates and both monthly and annual memberships.
The day rate for adults is $16 for bouldering and $18 for ropes climbing. A one-year membership costs around $625 and the monthly rate is $84. Harnesses, climbing shoes, chalk and belay devices can be rented separately, or altogether for around $10.
Note: To qualify for a ropes day pass you first need to do sufficiently well on a belay test, have taken the facility’s introductory course, or be accompanied by an experienced belayer.
For further details, click Project Climbing Abbotsford.
To jump back to information about a particular climbing venue, click any of the following:
Vancouver Hive | Cliffhanger Vancouver | Clip ‘n Climb Vancouver (in Richmond) | Richmond Oval | Coastal Climbing Centre (in Surrey) | Project Climbing Cloverdale | The Hive North Vancouver | Climb Base5 (in North Vancouver) | Climb Base5 (in Coquitlam) | The Rock Wall (in Maple Ridge) | Project Climbing Abbotsford
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- Best Places for a Walk, Jog or Cycle
- Best Places in Parks & Nature
- Vancouver’s Top Attractions
- Metro Vancouver’s 100 Best Places
- Vancouver’s Festivals & Events Calendar
- Vancouver’s Monthly Calendar of Events
- Best Places for Children
- Best Rainy Day Activities
- Vancouver Paint Ball Facilities
Also, for something similar yet very different, check out any of the following Lower Mainland indoor trampolining facilities: