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Climbing Wall


Climbing Wall


The climbing wall is currently closed until further notice as the City prepares for the potential impacts of COVID-19. For the latest information and to find out what the City is doing in preparation of COVID-19, visit

The City of Yellowknife and the Yellowknife Climbing club are pleased to offer the climbing wall to the public. This wall is located in the main foyer of the Yellowknife Fieldhouse.




Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

9:00 am – 9:00 pm Wall


4:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Wall closed at 7pm on March 10, April 14, May 12, 2020 due to classes. 


1:00 pm – 9:00 pm



1:00 pm – 9:00 pm


Top Roping


Monday to Friday

5:00 pm – 9:00 pm


1:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Instructional Programs



9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Rental Hours



9:00 am – 1:00 pm

 NOTE: There is no access to the Climbing Wall during scheduled instructional periods.



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


Chalk Ball (for personal Bag)





*Climbing Wall Rental Fee


Fee Effective September 1, 2020


$66.00 per hour



$99.00 per hour



$131.75 per hour


*Does not include equipment rentals




Climbing Wall Risks and Waiver
By entering the climbing wall area you are acknowledging and accepting that participating in the activities of climbing, rappelling, belaying, spotting, rescue systems, bouldering, and any other related activity has many inherent risks, dangers, and hazards, including but not limited to:
  • injury resulting from slips or falls on footholds, handholds, uneven floors, decks, floor padding, or mats;
  • injury resulting from collision with climbing wall features such as protruding rocks, ledges, edges, railings, outcroppings, or access ladders;
  • injury resulting from the use, misuse, non-use or failure of any of the equipment used in the climbing wall area, including but not limited to ropes, slings, harnesses, climbing hardware, automatic belay devices, anchor points, and any other part of the climbing structure (the “Equipment”);
  • rope abrasion, entanglement and other injury which results from the use of ropes;
  • injury resulting from collisions with other users of the climbing wall area;
  • injury resulting from the actions of other users of the climbing wall area;
  • injury resulting from falling climbers, dropped items, or falling Equipment;
  • cuts and abrasions resulting from skin contact with the climbing wall; and
  • theft, vandalism or loss of personal property.

Please sign a waiver before arriving at the climbing wall. Click here for Adult Waiver Form and Youth Waiver Form.

General Guidelines


  • 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

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

Maximum Capacity: 30         Maximum Number of Climbers on Wall: 10

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

 Activity Guidelines
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.

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