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Ice Climbing

Rock climbers, don’t hang up your ropes just yet. In BC, you can try the winter version of the sport. Many of the cascades tumbling down BC mountain slopes freeze solid in the winter, creating challenging climbing routes. The Kootenay Rockies region and the deep canyons near Lillooet in the Coast Mountains have an abundance of climbable waterfalls, thanks to the consistently cold winters that keep the ice solid.


Visit the ice-filled canyons and walls around Whistler, Squamish, Pemberton and Lillooet. First-timers and seasoned veterans can test their skills, all under the supervision of a professional certified guide.

At Big White, be sure to check out the Ice Climbing Tower, located in the Happy Valley Adventure Park. This 18-metre (60-foot), four-sided tower of ice provides beginner and advanced routes and offers an easy and fun introduction to the sport. All gear is provided on site, and trained staff are on hand to ensure a safe, enjoyable, and memorable climbing adventure.

Some of BC’s best ice climbing and mountaineering can be found in the Rocky Mountains; Yoho and Kooteny national parks, Cranbrook, Invermere, and Golden are some top spots to homebase for ice-climbing trips.

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