We have two climbing walls:

  • A 35-foot tall roped-climbing wall with seven top ropes, four auto-belays, and the ability to lead climb any of our routes
  • A bouldering room featuring 12' high walls, a 12'x12' adjustable angle Kilter Board, and other training equipment.

Climbing is an excellent way to challenge yourself both mentally and physically, develop flexibility, and discover a fantastic community of people.

Our two climbing walls are welcoming for climbers of all difficulty levels, from those looking to try out a new activity to those wanting to train hard for their next big outdoor project.

For additional information, please contact our Climbing Coordinator.

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Your first visit

  • On your first visit to our facility, you will need to complete a short climbing orientation during our open climb hours. This orientation covers everything you need to know to use our climbing walls safely. Our staff member will cover basic climbing wall rules and safety and provide instructions on properly using the auto-belay systems. Orientation is automatically included in your first visit.

    For your first visit, climbing shoes and a harness are available at no additional cost.

    Already know how to belay? After your orientation, you can pay for and complete a quick belay test (top-rope or lead). Don't have a belay device with you? No worries, we have GriGri's available for use.

Open climb time schedule

Please call 204-474-6100 or visit the Active Living Centre and speak with a customer service representative to book a climb.

Climbing fees

All passes are available for purchase at the Active Living Center customer service desk or can be purchased online.

  • Purchase a pass

    Belay test $5.50
    Equipment rental (harness and shoes) $6.50 per visit
    Drop-in rate (includes equipment) $21 per visit
    10-visit pass* $150
    4-month climbing pass $260
    4-month climbing pass (includes equipment) $285

    *Expires one year from the date of purchase.

Birthday parties

Make your child's next birthday party one to remember!

ALC wall birthday party booking price – $200.00

  • Includes one hour of supervised climb time, games, and challenges on our 35-foot climbing wall
  • Instruction and supervision from trained climbing experts
  • One hour in our party room for food and presents

Capacity and availability

  • Maximum of 15 youth at the party
  • Please provide two weeks’ notice for booking

How do I book?

Simple! Click the button below to view available times and request your next party. Once you've requested a time, we will follow up with more details.

If you have any questions or would like more information on wall bookings and availability, please email the Climbing Coordinator.


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Wall Bookings

Our climbing walls are available for private bookings! Rent a wall for a school group, a corporate group, or team building event.

Active Living Centre wall booking - $200.00

  • One hour climb with access to the main wall with auto belays and a small bouldering section
  • Climbing orientation
  • Basic instruction
  • All necessary equipment
  • One hour in a private room for food and refreshments

How do I book?

Please email the Climbing Coordinator, for more information on wall bookings and availability.


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Instruction and courses

We offer a variety of courses for climbers of a range of skill levels. For details about times and dates offered and to register for courses, visit the UM Sport and Recreation Registration Portal.

Note: Many of the courses can be offered upon request if there is not a scheduled time available that works for you. For more details, don't hesitate to contact the Climbing Coordinator.

Climbing club

This non-instructional social club at our Fort Garry campus allows you to share your passion for climbing with others. The club is primarily bouldering-focused and does not do much rope climbing.

The club meets at the Bouldering Wall in the Frank Kennedy Centre. The club has periodic access to the Climbing Wall in the Active Living Centre.

As with all UM Rec Clubs, UM students must make up 65% of the club's membership to promote strong student participation and leadership. 

Climbing Club schedule

Find the Climbing Club schedule on the REC Clubs Schedule and the UM Recreation Services mobile app.

Want to join? Contact the UM Climbing Club:

U of Them climbing

Climbing continues to be an inclusive community for everyone with this new bouldering group!

The climbing wall, specifically the bouldering room, continues to create a welcoming space for the 2SLBTQ2+ community. 

In 2023, three climbing members, Jocelyn Plouffe, Noelle Wood, and Katrina Wilcox, created the U of Them climbing group.

Learn more about the group here!

When does this group climb? 

Join them every Monday at the bouldering room between 6:00 pm and 10:00 pm.

Contact the U of Them Climbing Group: 


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Climbing community

We have one of the top climbing walls in Canada, but what makes climbing at UM the best is the people!

I started climbing just because my friend invited me to the club and I love it! Unlike other individual sports with repetitive activities, climbing is similar to problem-solving, there are new routes to try every day.
Minh Phan
I started climbing because not only it's a sport but it's also a social hub.
Lang Duy Anh Do
I stay a member of the club for the amazing community that the club creates which I could not find at other climbing gyms.
Sangeev Selvaratnam
As a method of cross-training, I started climbing to build my strength for pole dancing! I also wanted to try some pole dance moves with the holds on the bouldering wall.
Brynne Blaikie
I got addicted to the feeling of being high up on a cliffside, and also the feeling of being spiderman.
Mike Chew

Youth policy

All children under the age of 15 require direct adult supervision while accessing the climbing wall during open climb time. A parent or guardian must be at the climbing wall for the entire duration of the child's visit. For children under the age of 12, the parent or guardian must actively assist the child with connecting to the auto-belay systems and ensure the child is behaving in line with the rules and general etiquette of the climbing wall. If the child wishes to climb routes that require a top rope belay, the parent or guardian is responsible for belaying the child and must have passed a belay test to do so (top rope belay courses are available).

UM Recreation Services mobile app

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