Spring is Here as Skaha Opens Gate
Climbers can now access some of B.C.'s most legendary crag climbs
Skaha Bluffs Provincial Park is one of Canada’s most popular climbing areas, thanks to the excellent rock, long seasons, well-protected climbs, easy access and scenic views. There are two parking lots for climbers to use, with the main one now open for the year.
In 2007, the climber’s parking area, which was on private property, was closed. MEC stepped up and contributed $250,000 to help purchase land where a new parking area was built. That parking lot is located at the south end of Skaha and is closed in winter because the access road is steep and narrow.
The south end of Skaha was the main focus for route development during the 1980s, 1990s and early 2000s. However, over the past decade, hundreds of new sport and trad routes have been added to bluffs at the north end of the park. That area is accessed by parking on Evergreen Drive, of which you can find info about here.
The Skaha guidebook has most routes in the south and several in the north. Many climbers start their rock climbing season every year with a trip to Skaha thanks to the nice weather in the Okanagan Valley. With warm temps in the forecast, people will surely be heading to Skaha in droves soon. Follow the Skaha Climbers Festival below for updates on this year’s event.