North Campus

Access, Hours and Rates

Forms, Waivers, and Belay Tests

  • All users must complete a waiver form before entering the facility. Users under the age of 18 must have a parent or legal guardian sign an Informed Consent Form. Waivers and Consent Forms are valid for 1 year.
  • To access the High Wall Loft, users must complete a Top Rope or Lead belay test. This applies to all climbers and belayers. Tests are subject to a non-refundable test fee:
    • Top Rope: $5
    • Lead: $8
  • Top Rope and Lead access are valid for 1 year after passing the test.

U of A Student Access

  • Students are required to check in at the front desk each time they visit the Wilson Climbing Center.
  • Students who are taking classes on-campus (and enrolled in either a full or part-time course load) will be automatically assessed for Athletics and Recreation Fees (see table below) - these fees cover access to the Climbing Centre during drop-in hours. Rental equipment is not included.
  • Students scheduled for off-campus study/academic practicum placements (e.g. work experience students) need to “opt in” for Athletics and Recreation fees through the office of the registrar – more information can be found here: 
  • Drop-in prices will apply to students who have not paid Athletics & Recreation Fees at the time of check in."***

Non-Instructional Fee Rates (2019 – 20)

   On-Campus  Off-Campus

 Full-time  Part-Time  Full-time  Part-Time
 Athletics and Recreation  $82.00  $41.00  Optional  Optional
 Total  $967.25  $744.34  $576.49  $509.81

Children at the Wilson Climbing Centre

  • Anyone under the age of 13 must be supervised by an adult at all times.
  • Adults who have passed a belay test can belay children under 13, but must get a partner check from someone else with Top Rope access or one of our Climbing Gym Instructors.
  • Minimum age for belay checks:
    • Top Rope: 13 years*
    • Lead: 14 years*

*Exceptions may apply

Cost of Admission & Rentals

All prices include GST. Prices are subject to change without notice.

Type of Pass *** Student Spring/Summer Rate  Under 13  Staff/Alumni ACC/CGI Public
Drop In  $10 $8 $10 $12 $14
One Month  $80 $70  $80 $90 $100
Four Month   $240 $200 $240 $280
One Year   N/A $400 $450 $475 $500

Rental Equipment for On-Site Use

Climbing Shoes
$3 - 13 and under
Harness $3
$1.50 - 13 and under
Chalk Bag $3
Belay Device


Drop-in Hours:

Monday: 2:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Tuesday: 2:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Wednesday: 2:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Thursday: 2:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Friday: 2:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Saturday: noon – 6:00 pm
Sunday: noon – 6:00 pm

*Please note that the Wilson Climbing Centre is closed all statutory holidays and that certain portions of the facility may be closed for route setting, maintenance or events. Closures will be posted to this page.