Indoor gyms with climbing walls offer year-round practice grounds, but in summer, it’s nice to get outdoors if you can. Here are some spots where you can give climbing a try. All prices include gear rental, and were current at the time of publishing.
Whistler Alpine Guides
Whistler and Squamish, B.C.
$185 for a half-day of climbing ($359 for a family of four)
Skaha Rock Adventures
$135 for a one-day beginner’s course ($395 for a family of four)
Yamnuska Mountain Adventures
$299 for a two-day beginner’s course; half-days starting at $115
On the Rocks
Beaver Valley, Ont.
$160 for a half-day beginner’s course
$190 for a two-day beginner’s course
From $275 for a rock-climbing weekend in New Brunswick or Nova Scotia
Waterside, N.B. (on the Bay of Fundy’the walls are inaccessible for a few hours during high tide)
$80 for a two-hour guided climbing session
Vancouver, Coquitlam and Richmond, B.C.
$69 for a two-hour intro to climbing course
$59 for a three-hour intro to climbing course
$180 for an eight-week intro course
$60 for a three-hour intro course
$39 for a 90-minute learn-to-belay course
This article was originally titled "Where to climb and what it costs" in the Summer 2013 issue of Best Health. Subscribe today to get the full Best Health experience’and never miss an issue!