Top 3 Indoor Rock-Climbing Gyms in Toronto

on July 22, 2013

indoor rock climbing

Do you want to scale Mount Kilimanjaro? Want to take a pic at the top of Mount Everest? Did you pick up gear that you just don’t know what to do with?

Little did you know that there are many options in Toronto for both the top-heavy climbing enthusiast and the wannabe athlete alike and indoor rock-climbing is the perfect way to make an ordinary weekend much more fun while preparing for a more-intense outdoor adventure if you are so inclined.

The Rock Oasis

Located at 388 Carlaw Ave., Rock Oasis is open until 11 p.m. every night and offers a $35 introductory package where new climbers can learn how to put on a harness, tie their own safety rope, and learn how to belay. For the studs, The Rock Oasis offers 15,000 square feet of climbing surface, walls with a variety of angles and lots of bouldering. Lead climbers must take a test with a refundable $25 charge when you pass. Find out more at

Boulderz Climbing Centre

It’s a similar story for Boulderz Climbing Centre (1444 Dupont St., Unit #16). The facility is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays and features topout, match hold and rail finish bouldering, a climbing treadmill, mini-bouldering for children (with a slide!) and even a foot washing basin. New routes are offered weekly and classes are also available for kids. Find out more at

Joe Rockhead’s Indoor Climbing

Joe Rockhead’s Indoor Climbing (25 Fraser Ave.) says it is the first indoor rock climbing gym in the GTA and first opened its doors in June 1990. It is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Find out more at

  • Andy

    Having climbed at all three of these gyms i would agree with Oasis and Boulderz, but not Rockheads. For me personally True North is a much better lead climbing venue, more routes and much better bouldering.

    • weekendtrips

      What do you think isn’t up to snuff with Rockheads?

  • Sharma

    Agreed, True North is much better than Rockheads! The only thing Rockheads has going for it, is that it’s got no ventilation. There’s enough chalk in the air that you do not need to bring your own chalk! Also, the snobby staff are more than willing to tell you that they won’t turn on any ventilation because the boss is not around. Now that’s top notch!

  • Sasha

    True North Climbing – ROCKS!!!! If you’re looking for great bouldering, top rope and lead climbing by some of the best setters in Canada – in a clean, bright and extremely friendly atmosphere, TNC is the place to go.