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Climbing Wall and Play Area

 Covid-19 at City Facilities

The climbing wall and indoor play area has reopened under specific guidelines and with additional public safety measures in place as approved by the Chief Public Health Officer (CPHO).

To prevent the spread of Covid-19, residents must be either a facility rental user group, using the walking track, or attending a scheduled/drop-in program or service to use the facility. You can book drop-in programs up to seven (7) days in advance online using our online services: 


Upon arrival at the facility, please check-in with the front desk for payment. All individuals who enter the facility must fill out a COVID Contact Tracing form (facility rental users are exempt and track independently). 

Spectators and use of the lobby are not permitted at this time.

For more information on procedures for drop-in programing, visit our Drop-in Programs page.



Climbing Wall Hours



Bouldering only:  Monday - Friday

9:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Top Roping/Bouldering: Monday to Friday

5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Top Roping/Bouldering: Weekends

9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Climbing Wall will be unavailable:

  • Morning of Sunday, May 16th, opening 12:45pm

Indoor Play Area Hours

Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday to Sunday 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Please note: The above hours do not reflect 1-hour sessions that must be booked in advance. The last available time is 1 hour before the time listed. To view hours and book your spot, use our online services

Updated May 14, 2021

Indoor Play Area Guidelines and Covid-19 Limitations

Covid-19 Guidelines (updated May 2021)

  • The indoor play area is limited to 15 people per session
  • Each session is 1-hour
  • As all persons in the room will count toward capacity, you must pre-register yourself and your child(ren) using our online services 
  • No outside food is permitted in the play area.  Bottled refreshments will be permitted in designated area only.  

Climbing Wall Activity Guidelines and Covid-19 Limitations

Covid-19 Guidelines (updated May 2021)

  • Climbing Wall is limited to 5 people per session
  • Each session is 1-hour
  • You must pre-register your spot using our online services
  • No equipment rentals permitted.  Climbers can climb in stocking feet or in their own indoor shoes
  • There will be no auto-belaying

  • Those who wish to use the top rope must provide their own equipment. 


  • Bouldering is permitted on the bouldering wall and on the main climbing wall in the red and orange areas (not grey)
  • Boulders must yield to top rope climbers and cannot climb below other climbers
  • Spotters are recommended for all bouldering activities

Top Rope Climbing (Must provide your own equipment under Covid-19 restrictions)

  • Top rope climbers must successfully complete a top rope belay test prior to use
  • Belayers must remain standing, and attentive to the climber
  • Equipment (figure eight knot, harness straps, locking carabiner, belay device) must be checked prior to climbing every time

Auto Belay Use (Currently unavailable under Covid-19 re-opening restrictions)

  • Climbers using the auto belays must have completed an auto belay orientation
  • Always clip the double-action carabiner back into the loop on the yellow triangle after removing from the climber’s harness
  • Do not let go of the carabiner when it is not connected to either the harness, or yellow triangle loop
  • Climber’s weight must be a minimum of 28 lbs up to a maximum of 300 lbs

Lead Climbing, Rapelling, Rope Ascending, Rescue Systems, and Anchor Cleaning

  • These advanced activities are only permitted under the direct supervision of a Climbing Gym Instructor. Do not attempt.

Climbing Wall Use Guidelines


These guidelines are for the safety and enjoyment of all patrons and staff.  Please:

  • Check in with the Reception Desk
  • Complete waiver form before accessing the climbing wall
  • Complete a belay test prior to top rope belaying or leading
  • Ensure all personal climbing equipment is commercially manufactured for climbing and in good repair
  • Only use either a belay tube or mechanically assisted belay device (Petzl GriGri)
  • Tie in with a figure eight follow through knot and leave a 10cm tail
  • Store personal items in designated storage areas
  • Wear shirts and clean indoor footwear at all times
  • Use a chalk ball with a chalk bag, or liquid chalk
  • Tie back long hair and remove jewelry before climbing or belaying
  • Enjoy food in the common area outside of the climbing gym
  • Report any injuries, incidents, or near misses to the staff immediately
  • This is a respectful workplace and a shared space.  Abusive language or treatment of others will not be tolerated
  • Maximum Capacity: 5

Age Guidelines

  • 4-8 years: May top rope climb and boulder with adult supervision. If top roping, the adult supervisor must have successfully completed a belay test. If the climber is over 28 lbs, they may use the auto belay with adult supervision, provided both have completed an auto belay orientation.
  • 9-12 years: May top rope climb, top rope belay, and boulder with adult supervision. Both the youth and supervising adult must have successfully completed the top rope belay test in order for the youth to top rope belay. If the climber meets the weight limits, they may use the auto belay with adult supervision, provided both have completed an auto belay orientation.
  • 13-18 years: May top rope climb, top rope belay, and boulder without adult supervision. In order to top rope belay, the youth must have successfully completed the top rope belay test. If the climber meets the weight limits, they may use the auto belay after completing the auto belay orientation.

Climber’s Weight for Auto-Belay: 28 lbs minimum, 300 lbs maximum

By entering the climbing wall area you are acknowledging and accepting that participating in the activities outlined in our climbing wall waiver form. This must be signed by all users.  Please review and sign before arriving at the climbing wall: Adult Waiver Form and Youth Waiver Form.

Climbing Wall Fees

 Climbing Equipment Rental Fees

Climbing Equipment Rental Fees


Climbing Shoes




Chalk Bags


Belay Devise


All In Climbing Package – Adults (18 yrs +)


All in Climbing Package – Youth (17 yrs & under)


Belay Testing


 Climbing Items for Resale

Climbing Items for Resale


Chalk Ball (for personal Bag)




 Climbing Wall Rental Fee

*Climbing Wall Rental Fee

Fee Effective September 1, 2020







*Does not include equipment rentals

Please note: Rental equipment is currently unavailable as we re-open under specific guidelines and additional public safety measures.

Man smiling while on Climbing Wall


Hours of Operation

Winter Hours effective following the Labour Day Weekend
until prior to the Victoria Day Weekend (September to May)
Monday to Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: Closed

Summer Hours effective following the Victoria Day Weekend
until prior to the Labour Day Weekend (May to September)
Monday to Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: Closed

Mailing Address & Phone Numbers

Yellowknife City Hall
4807 - 52 Street, P.O. Box 580, Yellowknife, NT X1A 2N4

Switchboard - (867) 920-5600
Mayor/City Administrator - (867) 920-5634
Booking Clerk - (867) 669-3457
Municipal Enforcement (MED) - (867) 920-5630
After Hours (MED) - (867) 920-2737
After Hours (Public Works) - (867) 920-5699