Indoor Walls for T.O.’s East End Climbers
The Toronto Climbing Academy opened its doors in 1993, a few years after Joe Rockhead’s started up. For 16 years they were at the same location at Queen and Broadview and served as a basecamp for Toronto east-end climbers. In 2010, they had to move locations and start fresh and things have been going great ever since.
The new gym features walls by Rockwerx, new holds and plenty of climbing space. Skeptics were quickly convinced that the fresh paint, new texture and clever angles were a fine replacement for an aging building.
There are chimneys, overhangs, vertical walls, slabs and some walls simulate real rock. There is plenty of natural light, which is a change from some gyms that are in old boxy warehouses. The bouldering is spread over a large area with room to fall and problems set from easy to hard.
The gym is close to the Don Valley Parkway and a regular stop for many commuting north to south. If you find yourself in Toronto’s east end and looking for a pump, look no farther.—