Why isn’t rock or ice climbing allowed at Algonquin Provincial Park (Rock Lake) or Killarney Provincial Park (OSA Lake)?
Good question. Ontario has an unusual set of rules with regards to rock and ice climbing at Provincial Parks.
Pursuant to Section 11 of Ontario Regulation 347/07: “No person shall rappel or climb rock faces in a provincial park with or without the aid of ropes, anchors or similar equipment except in an area designated by the superintendent for that purpose.”
Currently, the only Provincial Park where rock or ice climbing has been designated as a permitted activity is at Bon Echo Provincial Park.
But you can help change that. From now until November 25, 2019, the Province of Ontario is collecting public feedback on how they can improve access to and raise awareness of nature’s health benefits.
As someone who visits our provincial parks, the province wants your feedback:
Please go and fill out the survey. Let them know what rock and ice climbing means to you. Use your own words. Let them know if you’d like to see more Ontario Parks opened up for climbing activities.
The Alpine Club of Canada, Toronto Section working together with our partners at the Ontario Alliance of Climbers has a strong history of working directly with land managers, including National Park staff, Provincial Park staff and Conservation Authorities, to ensure access is managed in a respectful and environmentally appropriate way. We remove graffiti from rock faces. We spread the word about closures to protect peregrine falcon nesting grounds. We protect old growth cedars. We build and manage trails to minimize the impacts of climbers. We educate. We inform. And we work closely with our land manager partners.
We would be pleased to work together with Ontario Parks to open up climbing access at more of our Provincial Parks.