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Climb Nova Scotia. CNS Primary Mandate. To promote climbing in all its forms throughout Nova Scotia. Duck Head coastal bouldering *this boulder has since been swept into the sea. Photo by Ben Blakney. Sport Climbing at Chebucto Head. Photo by Aidas Rygelis. NS Ice Climbing Festival.

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climb nova scotia
Climb Nova Scotia

CNS Primary Mandate

  • To promote climbing in all its forms throughout Nova Scotia

Duck Head coastal bouldering*this boulder has since been swept into the sea

Photo by Ben Blakney


Sport Climbing at Chebucto Head

Photo by Aidas Rygelis


NS Ice Climbing Festival

Photo by Aidas Rygelis

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Climb Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia Climbing

  • Climb Nova Scotia was founded in 1991
  • Non-profit, entirely volunteer-based organization
  • Grown from a handful of initial developers to over 130 members
  • Activities and members across Nova Scotia
  • +335 roped climbs at 27 crags cross 6 counties
  • +880 boulder problems in Nova Scotia
  • Dozens of ice climbs along the Bay of Fundy
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Climb Nova Scotia

Community Partnerships

  • Partnerships with local businesses
  • Ground Zero Climbing Gym, Dal Rock Court, Navy Dockyards ROCC Climbing Club
  • Mountain Equipment Co-op, The Trail Shop, The Yoga Loft
  • Partnerships with recreation groups and youth facilitators
  • Capital District Health Authority
  • Black Rock Adventures

Duke of Edinburgh Young Leaders learn rappelling and teamwork skills on Dover Island with CNS and Black Rock

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Climb Nova Scotia

Climb Nova Scotia

Key Initiatives

  • Promote and facilitate climbing in Nova Scotia
  • Support rock climbing, ice climbing, and indoor gyms
  • Work to establish and keep access to climbing areas
  • Help maintain trails and hold crag-cleaning days
  • Host the annual Boulderfest on Dover Island

Breakfast at Boulderfest 2009

Photo by Conan Baker

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Climb Nova Scotia

Climb Nova Scotia

Key Initiatives

  • Sponsor climbing competitions and athletes
  • Conduct Ice Daze intro-to-ice-climbing outings
  • Make gear and equipment available for members
  • Publish a regular newsletter
  • Serve beginner and experienced climbers alike

Photo by Aidas Rygelis


CNS Monday Night Bouldering

Photo by Craig Stamp

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Climb Nova Scotia

Climb Nova Scotia

Service Delivery

  • Focusing on getting people outside!
  • Sharing of knowledge
  • Passion for climbing safely

CNS events are free or pay-what-you-can for members

  • Rope skills class
  • Movie nights
  • Monday Night Bouldering

Cooperation with schools

  • West Kings District High School
  • Annapolis West Education Centre
  • TAPHE Conference

CNS at TAPHE 2009

Photo by Aidas Rygelis

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Climb Nova Scotia

Climb Nova Scotia

Provincial Scope

  • CNS is the provincial authority on:

Access to climbing areas

  • Landowner negotiations
  • Ethical development practices
  • Ecological considerations

Climbing certification and safety

  • Establishment of stringent knowledge and experience criteria
  • Training and evaluation of instructors
  • Logistical support for wall construction
  • Route-setting workshops
  • Athlete and competition sponsorship
  • Community and school events

Photo by Ghislain Losier

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Climb Nova Scotia

Climb Nova Scotia

Organizational Structure

CNS Executive

President, Treasurer, Access Chair,

Membership Coordinator, Communications Representative

Executive Support

Webmaster, Members at Large, Photographer, Boulderfest Committee, Certification Subcommittee

Climb Nova Scotia members and all Nova Scotians

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Climb Nova Scotia

Climb Nova Scotia

Learn more about us!