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Climbing to be Banned on Niagara Escarpment?

Access bombshell hits Southern Ontario climbing community.
Climbing to be banned on Niagara Escarpment

Lion's Head is one of the many cliffs that will be closed to climbing under the new Niagara Escarpment Plan. Photo: Mike Penney

The Ontario Access Coalition (OAC) is warning climbers that elements in the new Niagara Escarpment Plan include recommendations to ban climbing at many Escarpment crags including Lion's Head.

Climbing has been a previously supported or tolerated activity in the Plan for many escarpment lands including conservation areas and Ontario parks (Mt Nemo, Metcalfe, etc). The new Plan indicates that climbing should be banned.

The OAC needs your help to convince the ministry to include climbing as an approved activity and to revert to the Plan's original text which was more supportive of climbing.

Please visit the OAC's page for more information and use this OAC PDF generator to create a form to submit on the Ministry page.
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Gus Alexandropoulos is a freelance writer who has been involved in the outdoor industry for over 35 years. During his career he has been the editor at Canada’s national climbing magazine, as well as the gear editor for a national cycling magazine, triathlon magazine and running magazine. His work has been published in Canada’s national newspaper, The Globe and Mail, and he has been a guest on television and radio broadcasts. His passion for climbing began in Ontario in the mid-80s and he continues to travel extensively in search of crisp conditions and steep rock.