The new Niagara Escarpment plan includes access to Niagara Glen, Rattlesnake Point/Buffalo Crag/Bottleglass, Mount Nemo, Kolapore Swamp Kelso and Old Baldy.

In 2016, there were rumours the new plan would ban climbing from a number of popular areas. But thanks to the hard work by the Ontario Access Coalition (OAC) and Ontario climbers, the Niagara Escarpment Commission gave access to to the historic limestone walls between Niagara Falls and Georgian Bay.

The OAC announced here, “The Ontario Access Coalition does not expect immediate changes to climbing access as a result of the new Plan. As always, climbing access is tenuous and may be threatened by impacts by climbers and other visitors.

“Demonstrating stewardship and following Leave No Trace principles can help position climbers as a net positive for our open spaces.” To see the full plan visit here.

Part of the OAC’s 2017 strategic plan includes, “Climbers, landowners, land managers, and stakeholders working together with respect and appreciation to enable access to climbing areas for current and future generations to cherish and enjoy.” Find the plan here.

Ontario has some of the oldest rock climbs in Canada and it’s important for new climbers to respect the history of the area and the importance of practicing good crag ethics to ensure future access. Be sure to follow the OAC on Facebook here.

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