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covid update centre

After a slow test of our new Covid-19 policies, the Grotto has start to expand its climbing offerings. Please visit our latest blog post for our updated hours and the full list of policies and procedures related to Covid-19. If you have specific questions you can visit our Covid-19 FAQ page, or give us a call (519-767-0838).

Our regular youth programming will be starting up on September 14th (operating at reduced capacity). For more information on those programs, and to book, please visit our programs page.

NEW: Get your kids unplugged, let them connect with nature, and learn about our environment through experience and play!

The Guelph Grotto is excited to introduce a new program to complement online, in-class, and homeschool learning: Our Guelph Grotto Forest School runs Tuesdays and/or Thursdays from 9am-4pm. The program immerses children in nature, focuses on experiential learning, social development, and staying physically and emotionally fit. For more information, click here.

anyone can climb, so everyone is welcome

Whether you've never climbed before or you're training to be the next Alex Honnold, whether you are young in body or young in spirit, you belong here. The Grotto is a community dedicated to welcoming current & future climbers of every age, regardless of experience or physical ability. 

 

We want the Grotto to offer you a comfortable home for all things climbing - everything from your hopes, goals, and aspirations, to your worries, anxieties, and insecurities. 

why rock climb?

If you've never climbed before you may be wondering what all the fuss is about. We may be biased, but we think it's pretty great.

 

Here are just a few reasons why:

brain

Each climb is like a puzzle, and unlike some more traditional fitness activities, your mind is heavily engaged as you figure out how to move your body from point A to point B. 

Climbers have been known to enter a 'flow' mind state on the wall, which can relieve stress and even block pain.

body

Climbing is a great full body workout, that engages diverse muscle groups to build strength and stability in everything from fingers, to core, and legs. 

Route finding teaches your mind and body to work together, and helps develop a deeper understanding of how your body moves in space.

community

Climbing is an inherently social activity, whether you're partnering with an old friend for roped climbs, or bonding with strangers over a tough problem on the boulder mats. 

 

The sport offers plenty of opportunities to both build and deepen relationships among a friendly, welcoming, and encouraging community. 

why climb at the grotto?

7500

SQUARE FEET OF CLIMBING

45

TOP ROPE

ROUTES

2

LARGE BOULDERING

AREAS

50

fT

LEAD

ROOF

5

AUTO

BELAYS

15000

+

MOONBOARD

PROBLEMS

See what else we have in store for your visit!

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Monday  3:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Tuesday  3:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Wednesday  3:00 PM - 10:00 PM  

Thursday  3:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Friday  3:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Saturday  10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Sunday  10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

- Members only hours -

Monday - Friday  6:00 AM - 9:00 AM 

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Additional parking available around back, accessed via York Road.