Wilson Climbing Centre

COVID-19 Update June 10, 2021

→ Read the full update on our Frequently Asked Questions page.


Wilson Climbing Centre

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

The Climbing Centre consists of:
  • Bouldering Lounge: over 2700 square feet of bouldering to a maximum height of 15 feet and up to 19 feet of linear climbing with 40+ boulder problems ranging from v0- to v10
  • High Wall Loft: over 7000 square feet of high wall climbing to a maximum height of 48 feet and up to 60 feet of linear climbing with 50+ high wall routes graded 5.6 to 5.14
  • Top Roping: 19 anchors
  • Lead Climbing: 16 anchors

Summer Youth Climbing Programs — Start in July!

Browse our online Recreation Guide for the full list of available programs and development teams for youth climbing.

Recreation Guide

Schedule a drop-in time (Starting June 28)

Drop-in use will require a scheduled appointment slot. OneCard (or proof of facility fee payment and registration) will be required. You can cancel your appointment online through www.activityreg.ualberta.ca.

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

  • Remember to stay home if you answer yes to any of these SCREENING QUESTIONS
  • Please try to stay only in the reserved time. This ensures everyone gets a chance to climb and boulder
  • Throughout your appointment please be courteous to other users and maintain proper physical distancing at all times.

WHERE A MASK IN ALL PUBLIC SPACES and masks are required to be worn at all times when in the facility.

Please come prepared with your own mask, or you can purchase one from Facility Services for $1.

Arrival & Check-in

Please arrive a maximum of 5 min prior to your appointment to avoid large gatherings outside of the facility. Be on time, because we can't let you in earlier or later.

Upon arrival please check in with staff at the climbing centre desk to confirm the appointment and completion of screening.

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.

  1. Programs/bookings: timing would specifically be determined at an interval between the length of a program or booking (1.5 hours or 2 hours).
  2. Registered drop-in climbing: cleaning and disinfection would be performed every 2 hours.
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.

Before & During Your Appointment
  • Come dressed to climb
  • Climbers must supply their own water and bottles
  • Climbers must keep water bottles in their own bags and stow them away immediately after drinking
  • Food that climbers bring must be kept in their own backpacks or bags and stowed away again immediately after eating
  • Leave valuables at home
  • Limit socializing
  • Climb in small groups of friends
  • Do not move between groups
  • Mandatory 2-metre physical distancing for all occupants
  • Route-climbing partners may not be changed at any time during the session
  • Regardless of membership status, healthcare and frontline workers will have the same convenience and booking privileges as members.
  • Follow the general recommendations of the health authorities regarding minimizing the spread of infection

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

Campus Map

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 (Starting June 28)

Wilson Climbing Centre Hours
Monday to Friday: 4:00 to 10:00 PM
Saturday & Sunday: 12:00 to 6:00 PM


Climbing News

  • Climbing Programs Fall 2019

    At the Wilson Climbing Center, we pride ourselves on providing quality climbing instruction to our patrons. Our mandate (as a member of the University of Alberta community) is to teach people how to climb safely, proficiently, and technically correct, thereby developing excellent climbers within the Edmonton area.

  • Whats a Wall Brawl?

    If you've spent any time in the Wilson Climbing Center over the past few weeks, you may have noticed an abundance of signs advertising something known as the "Wall Brawl". This post is designed to enlighten our patrons about the details of our Wall Brawls. Enjoy.

  • Upcoming Events and Associated Closures Fall 2019

    The Wilson Climbing Center is lucky to host an abundance of both local and provincial climbing competitions for all ages this term. As climbing competitions require the creation of new climbing routes, the removal of old routes, and the cleaning of climbing holds, a number of partial and full climbing center closures will occur during the Fall 2019 term.

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