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Mont Tremblant

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Beginner-friendly

Half day

Located in the heart of the Laurentians, Mont Tremblant is just two hours from both Montreal and Ottawa. If you’ve always wanted to try rock climbing, it’s a great place to start. You can begin at the Mont Tremblant Resort, move on to tougher sections if you’re up for it, or try the via ferrata at Mont Tremblant park.

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Start with the basics

If you’ve never set foot in a climbing gym before, you might want to take baby steps into the world of rock climbing – and Mont Tremblant Resort has a climbing tower right in the village. This helps you handle the heights in a controlled environment before you tackle the real thing.

Rock climbing 101

Once you’ve got the climbing bug, it’s time to hit some real cracks. Along with the tower, Tremblant also offers an initiation course that will teach you the basics right at the base of the mountain. If you’re going to get a handle on ascending rock faces, you need to learn how to build an anchor and do a safe rappel – and this is a great place to do it. The rock faces are single pitch, so not too high, and you’ll have an experienced guide on hand at all times.

Kick it up a notch

Montagne d’Argent is about 10 minutes outside Mont Tremblant in La Conception. It’s not commercially operated, so you’re going to need your own gear and skills, and make sure that you’ve got an experienced climber alongside to help guide you. But if you’re up for the challenge, this area has more than 200 ascents anywhere from 25m to 100m in height to choose from. Along with providing an intense physical workout, the south-facing rocks offer views of the nearby river, mountain peaks and rural landscape.

Try the via ferrata

Want to feel like a real-life mountaineer even if you’re new to the mountains? Via ferrata is for you. Italian for “iron road,” a via ferrata is a series of steel cables, steps, handles, beams and ladder rungs built into a rock face, allowing for a safe ascent at hair-raising heights. The Mont Tremblant via ferrata runs the length of the Vache Noire cliff and ends with a beautiful Laurentian vista.

Essential gear

Once you’re hooked on climbing, you’ll need a few supplies.

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