Wilson Climbing Centre

a female climber bouldering

making a vertical impression

The Wilson Climbing Centre is designed as an iconic purpose-built building creating a new gateway to the University of Alberta's North Campus. The centre is driven by a passion for climbing and are committed to promoting physical activity as a healthy lifetime pursuit.

The Climbing Centre consists of:

  • Bouldering: 650 square meters at a maximum height of 4.5 meters and up to 5.25 meters of linear climbing
  • High Wall Climbing 2100 square meters
  • Top-roping: ropes on four separate climbing walls to a maximum height of 15.75 meters and up to 16 meters of linear climbing
  • Lead climbing: ropes on two of our main climbing walls to a maximum height of 14.5 meters and up to 15.25 meters of linear climbing
  • 54 High Wall Routes
  • 58 Boulder Problems
  • 12,000 hand holds

MANDATORY Release of Liability (FORMS)

Waiver of Liability

For patrons 18 years or older at the time of entry

Waiver of Liability (PDF)

Informed Consent
  • For patrons younger than 18 years at the time of entry
    • This form can ONLY be signed by a legal parent/guardian (>18 years in age) of the patron
      • Forms signed by care-workers, baby-sitters, the parents of a friend, other relatives, etc. WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED (and admission will not be granted).

Informed Consent Form (PDF)

Access Agreement
  • For all patrons
    • Can be signed by the patron (regardless of age) or legal parent/guardian

Access Agreement (PDF)

Guidelines and information for accessing and using the Wilson Climbing Centre

Equipment and Facility Cleaning

Hard high-touch surfaces in the Climbing Centre (except for climbing walls and holds) will be cleaned and disinfected regularly by climbing gym staff with hard-surface disinfectants that meet Health Canada’s requirements.

Hand Washing & Liquid Chalk

Customers encouraged to wash hands (using the WHO recommended method):

  • Immediately after entering the gym
  • During a climbing/bouldering session
  • Before and after climbing begins

Customers should also regularly disinfect their hands:

  • During climbing breaks
  • Before they resume climbing a route or boulder problem after a break

We encourage the use of liquid chalk with a high isopropyl alcohol content.

Please refer to our FAQ page for more information on our facility re-opening plans.

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

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Wilson Climbing Centre Hours
Monday to Friday: 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Saturday & Sunday: 12:00 to 6:00 PM
Statutory Holidays: 12:00 to 6:00 PM

April 1 & 2

Closed for competition

April 7 & 10

Statutory Holiday Hours

April 14

Closed at 5:30 p.m.