Group Bookings

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Group Booking Fees

We cater to a wide variety of group requirements including birthday parties, community groups, team building, custom bookings, and rappelling experiences.

Booking, Admission & Event fees (PDF)


Climbing Wall Group Booking Fees (price per 2 hours)

BOOKING / GROUP SIZE PRICE (Public)
Experience - Base Rate (1-6 Participants) $120.00
Skill - Base Rate (1-6 Participants) $135.00
Skill/Experience - Extra (7+) Participant Fee $22.50
School Group - Base Rate $120.00
School Group - Per Person Fee $10.00

Facility Rental Fees (price per hour)

AREA PRICE (Public)
Bouldering Lounge Rental $300.00
High Wall Loft Rental $300.00
Rappel Tower Rental $200.00
Tower / Discovery Wall Rental $100.00
Whole Facility Rental $500.00

Private Lesson Fees (price per hour)

LESSON PRICE (Public)
Private - Base Rate $40.00
Private - Extra (2+) Participant Fee $30.00

 

Booking Times, Duration & Forms

Bookable Times and Days
  • A minimum of 2 weeks’ notice is required when requesting a booking.
    • We normally book experiential/skill-based groups in the morning (i.e. before 2:00 PM) on weekdays, before we open to the public.
  • If you choose to book during our public drop-in hours, we will have no control over the number of patrons that will be present at the gym during your booking.
    • In the past, groups that have booked skill/experiential sessions during our busy times have had compromised climbing experiences, simply due to the large and unpredictable volume of patrons in our facility.
  • Alternatively, if you would like to rent out part (or all) of the facility, you would have exclusive use of the space (with no instruction).
Participant Numbers and Booking Duration
  • A minimum of 6 participants is required to make a group booking.
  • Group bookings are a minimum of 2 hours in duration.
  • We can only accommodate up to 24 participants per booking
    • This maximum is subject to existing bookings, academic classes, internal programming, and subsequent instructor availability
Facility Logistics and Liability Release Forms
  • There are locker rooms available on-site, but no party/meeting rooms.
  • Participants under the age of 18 need a parent or guardian to print and sign an Informed Consent form 
    • This must be brought to the booking; participants who show up to the booking without completed Informed Consent forms will not be allowed to participate.
  • Participants over the age of 18 must fill out and sign a waiver form 
    • This must be brought to the booking.

Group booking options

School groups (2 hours - maximum 24 participants)
  • $120.00 - Booking fee
  • $10.00 - Per-student fee
  • Wilson Climbing Center staff supervision/highwall belays included
  • Equipment included
  • Potential activities:
    • Facility orientation, rules, and safety precautions
    • Climbing movement fundamental lesson
    • Introduction to boulder problems
    • Climbing games/free bouldering
    • Staff belays in the highwall loft (pending adequate instructor availability)
    • Lead climbing demo
Experiential climbing (2 hours - maximum 32 participants)
  • $120.00 - Base rate (1-6 Participants)
  • $22.50 - Extra (7+) participant fee
  • Wilson Climbing Center staff supervision/highwall belays included
  • Equipment included
  • Potential activities:
    • Facility orientation, rules, and safety precautions
    • Climbing movement fundamental lesson
    • Introduction to boulder problems
    • Climbing games/free bouldering
    • Staff belays in the highwall loft (pending adequate instructor availability)
    • Lead climbing demo
Skill based climbing (2 hours - maximum 24 participants)
  • $135.00 - Base rate (1-6 Participants)
  • $22.50 - Extra (7+) participant fee
  • Wilson Climbing Center staff supervision/instruction included
  • Equipment included
  • Potential activities:
    • Facility orientation, rules, and safety precautions
    • Novice to advanced technique/skill lesson
    • Top rope or lead belay school
Facility rental (priced per hour - maximum 100 participants)
  • $300.00 - boulder area (entire 1st floor)
  • $300.00 - Highwall loft (entire 2nd floor)
  • $200.00 - Rappel Tower only
  • $100.00 - High wall (2nd floor) West Tower / Discovery Wall only
  • $500.00 - Entire facility
  • Details:
    • Exclusive facility usage - your booked space will be closed to public use during the booking
    • Equipment included
    • No instruction, orientation, or supervision - groups are responsible for supervising
    • participants/ensuring participant safety
    • Highwall/rappel tower rentals are only permitted for groups with previous high wall climbing/rappelling experience
    • All participants must have previously passed the Wilson Climbing Center belay test in order to use the highwall
    • Teaching of climbing skills (such as top rope or lead belaying) is NOT permitted during facility rentals
Private lessons (priced per hour)
  • $40.00 - Base rate (1st participant)
  • $30.00 - Extra (2+) participant fee
  • Climbing Gym Instructor instruction included
  • Equipment included
  • Potential activities:
    • Facility orientation, rules, and safety precautions
    • Novice to advanced technique/skill lesson
    • Top rope belay school

Payment/Cancelation Timelines

  • All bookings require prepayment (in full) at least 7 business days prior to the group’s arrival at the Wilson Climbing Center; participant numbers must also be finalized at this time.
  • No refunds will be issued if there are fewer than the confirmed number of participants on the day of the booking.
    • If a group shows up with greater than the confirmed number of participants on the day of the booking, surplus participants (selected at random) will not be allowed to participate/use the facility
  • No refunds will be issued if a cancellation is requested within 7 business days of the booking date
  • Failure to pay for the booking in full (at least 7 business days in advance of the booking date) will result in automatic cancellation of the booking.
    • Refund(s)/re-booking(s) will be offered 7 days prior to the booking (if cancelled due to insufficient instructor availability)

Contact Us

General inquiries, tests, and bookings

Wilson Climbing Centre, Van Vliet Complex
8707 Ave and 114 Street, University of Alberta

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Phone 780-492-2767
Email: climbing@ualberta.ca

Lloyd King - Supervisor
Ph: 780.492.2746
E: lloydk@ualberta.ca

David McWeeny - Assistant Supervisor
Ph: 780.492.4815
E: dmcweeny@ualberta.ca

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Hours (Adjusted)

Variable drop-in hours and rental use available.

  • Monday to Friday: 2:00 PM - 9:45 PM
  • Saturday & Sunday: 12:15 PM - 5:45 PM

*Please note the Wilson Climbing Centre is closed all statutory holidays and that certain portions of the wall may be closed off in preparation for events once a month.