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When we began True North Climbing, in 2010, our vision was to create a fun place where the whole family could feel at home – especially kids. With our experienced and dedicated instructors, our Youth Recreational Program is one of the best in the city for kids to jump into the world of climbing.

Youth Recreational climbers will focus on learning the fundamentals of climbing: body positioning, footwork, and movement. In addition, they will understand the variety of climbing holds, what climbing grades mean, and all the terminology to turn them into proper climbers.

The program runs for three sessions a year with three age groups:

Fall, Winter, and Spring

Ages 7-9, 10-12, and 13-17 

Each session is 8-10 classes long.  For kids in the 7-9 year old groups, each class is 90 minutes long; for those in the 10-12 & 13-17 year old groups, each class is 2 hours long. Each lesson typically begins with a warm-up followed by a mix of challenges, exercises/drills, bouldering and top rope time.

The younger age groups typically play more games and activities to teach terms and techniques, to keep it fun and engaging.

Prices & Program Dates

Fall 2018 (10 classes) – $361.60
Price includes HST
First week: Sep 14-20, 2018
No classes: Oct 5-11, Nov 2-8, 2018
Last week: Nov 30-Dec 6, 2018
Winter 2019 (8 classes) – $289.28
Price includes HST
First week: Jan 4-10, 2019
No classes: Feb 15-21, 2019
Last week: Mar 1-7, 2019
Spring 2019 (9 classes) – $325.44
Price includes HST
First week: April 5-11, 2019
No classes: April 19-25, May 17-23, 2019
Last week: June 14-20, 2019

2018 – 2019 Schedule

Registration for Winter 2019 session opens Nov 27 at 12 pm.

Please register in person or by phone.

Registration is not confirmed until payment has been received.

We do not hold spots without payment.

If you have any questions about the programs please call us at (416) 398-7625, or email youth@truenorthclimbing.com

For 2018 – 2019, the program will be running by a tiered system for each age group. This allows us to have more spaces for kids, more schedule options for parents to choose from, and more specific classes based on skill level.

  • Level 1: New to climbing, first time to True North Rec Program, limited exposure to climbing. Focus on top rope climbing and learning basic technique and terminology (1 class/week).
  • Level 2: Some experience with the Rec Program, demonstrates fundamental climbing techniques and know general climbing terminology. Focus on proper technique, and learning the sport (1 class/week).
  • Level 3: Extensive experience with Rec Program, demonstrates advanced climbing techniques and know most climbing terminology. Focus on good technique, lessons and some training (1 class/week).

  • Advanced: Pre-approval and prior True North Rec Program experience required. Serious about climbing and has given thought to competitive climbing. Focus on great technique, training, and preparation for competitive climbing. Cost will be 2x the price of one session, as there will be 2 classes per week. Please contact youth@truenorthclimbing.com for consideration.

The climbing equipment – shoes, harness and chalk, is included during the sessions. One T-shirt included with each session.

Kids must be the age of the group they are registering for at the start of the program – no exceptions.

Programs may be subject to change. 

August 21, 2018 Gerald Situ