The Guelph Grotto was founded on the idea that everyone can climb. We are a family run, community oriented gym, and we strive to create an accessible and inclusive space where everyone can get on the wall.
A lot has changed since our gym was first opened by Dave Perozzo back in 1994, but our commitment to climbers of all abilities remains constant. We offer a variety of programs and classes for climbers of all ages to explore climbing, develop their strength and technique, and set and achieve personal goals.
“We strive to create a positive environment where everyone can have fun and crush climbs! We have an amazing community of climbers that have shaped the Grotto into the supportive and welcoming gym we love."
– Dave Perozzo, Owner
THE GROTTO HAS everything you need
SQUARE FEET OF CLIMBING
14 lead climbing compatible walls
Member training room with workout equipment
Lockers with complimentary locks
A variety of snacks and drinks to keep your energy up
Weekly route resets, & bi-weekly boulder resets
Indoor bike storage
Change rooms with showers
Water bottle fill-up station
A small retail selection (including Tembo bulk chalk, Grotto merch, and more!)
finding the grotto
The Grotto is located at 199 Victoria Road South, but finding our building within the shopping strip can be a bit tricky if it's your first time.
If you're on Victoria and looking at the parking lot / line of stores behind it, we are located just around the corner to the left of the Royal City Brewery and VTR Uniforms store. Our entrance is still on the Victoria side, just set ~25 feet back from the rest of the businesses within the strip.
Parking: Some parking is available in the front strip, but it can get busy. Additional parking is available around back, accessed via York Road.
The Guelph Grotto is situated on the territories of the Haudenosaunee, Anishinabewaki ᐊᓂᔑᓈᐯᐗᑭ, Attiwonderonk (Neutral), Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, and Mississauga. Guelph’s colonial borders also hold history of the Haldimand Treaty of 1784, Treaty 3 of 1792, and Anishinaabe language. The Guelph Grotto profits and operates on land that we acknowledge and respect as Indigenous to what is currently Canada.