Rock Climbing in Gatineau Park

Climb the Eardley Escarpment at Gatineau Park where there are 64 climbing routes. These routes are divided on five rock faces. Stay on those routes to protect the Escarpment ecosystem and species at risk.

Rock Climbing Locations

You can rock climb in the following locations:

  • Home Cliff — Centre Wall
  • Twin Ribs — Down Under, Eastern Block and The Left Twin
  • Western Cwm — West.

Climbers must stick to the official climbing locations and open trails. See the map section for more information on the climbing locations and routes.

Be safe and have fun! See the Rock Climbing in Gatineau Park guide for safety tips.

Respect the Park’s Conservation Mandate

The NCC strives to balance ecosystem conservation and recreational activities in Gatineau Park. 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, representing the highest concentration of species at risk in Quebec.

To limit the impact of rock climbing on this unique ecosystem, the NCC is working with the Alpine Club of Canada and the Ottawa–Gatineau Climbers’ Access Coalition. To ensure that rock climbing continues to be permitted on the Eardley Escarpment, please observe the following rules.

  • Use only official trails, and climb only on permitted routes.
  • Creating new routes is not permitted, and climbers must remain on the rock face (i.e. they may not access the top of the escarpment).

Those found breaking these rules will be subject to a fine (or other penalty).

Dogs and pets are not permitted at the Eardley Escarpment.

Facilities
Washrooms There are dry toilets in the Luskville Falls parking lot, which serves the Western Cwm rock face.
Parking

Free parking is available at each site.

  • ​Western Cwm: park at the Luskville Falls parking lot.
  • Home Cliff: park on Crégheur road.
  • Twin Ribs: park at the end of Hôtel-de-Ville road.

For more information see Gatineau Park’s visitor information.