Ice Climbing: Winter’s Most Gripping Adventure

A man ice climbing a tall frozen waterfall

Ice climbing in Ontario is a bucket list item, so set the bar high this year on a tower of ice. After that, well, you’ve got the rest of the year to brag about it. 

You’ve probably rock climbed at an indoor facility or perhaps you’ve ventured out one summer to climb in nature’s gym. But you haven’t really hit your peak until you’ve scaled a frozen waterfall and posted the feat on Instagram to prove it. 

Where to Ice Climb in Ontario 

Join Outdoor Skills and Thrills for fully-outfitted and guided ice climbing excursions just outside Thunder Bay to cliffs, rock faces and icefalls in Orient Bay, Kama Bay, Dorion, Red Rock or Nipigon. Founder Aric Fishman is certified by the Professional Climbing Guides Institute, and his passion and joy of the sport is infectious. Outings are between 6 and 8 hours, and you don’t have to be a pro – one of their most popular winter programs is the Beginners Ice Climbing Adventure. 

More Ice Climbing Opportunities

There are a few exciting Ontario destinations for ice climbing along with professional outfitters who’ll guide you to adventure.

Sault Ste. Marie's Superior Exploration can guide you to the best spots to climb in the Algoma region. 

One Axe Pursuits offers great guided ice climbing adventures just outside of Toronto in Elora Gorge. 

Climb the best vertical ice challenges up granite cliffs in the hardwood forests of Muskoka with Liv Outside.

Learn to ice climb then do a full day climb with Yours Outdoors in Haliburton.

Meet like minded adventurers at the Southern Ontario Ice Festival in Maynooth.

Photo Credit: Paul Desaulniers, Outdoor Skills and Thrills

Some things to do may not be available due to COVID-19.

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