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You can go ice climbing at a frozen gorge near Toronto this winter

Ainsley Smith Jan 16, 2018 2:18 pm 507

From dog sledding and snowshoe trails to adrenalin rushing zip lining excursions, Toronto is surprisingly close to a number of incredible places to embark on your next winter adventure.

And it just so happens that Toronto is a quick drive away from one of the most unique winter experiences that Canada has to offer.

Once January rolls around, waterfalls in Ontario generally begin to freeze over, which results in a majestic frozen gorge that’s perfect for ice climbing.

Under two hours west of the city is Tiffany Falls, Hamilton’s very own waterfall that’s perfect for ice climbing during the winter months.

Ice climbing is ideal for those interested in strengthening their climbing skills, or for those looking for a fun winter workout.

According to the Hamilton Conservation Authority, the only downside is that the general public can’t just sign up and climb up the gorge.

Only climbers that are members of the Alpine Club of Canada (ACC), or enrolled in an ice climbing class with OneAxe Pursuits are able to climb at Tiffany Falls.

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But seeing the frozen waterfall in person and snapping shots of your heroic ice climbing friends makes a trip to Tiffany Falls definitely worth it.

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For those interested in signing up for an ice climbing class with OneAxe Pursuits, the cost to enroll is $200 and includes all the required equipment including a helmet, harness, boots, crampons, and axes.

Classes take place in either Elora or Ancaster, depending on the weather. You can check the class schedule to see what location is offering classes next.

Those 13 and under can still participate, they just need to be accompanied by an adult.

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Ainsley Smith
Ainsley is a Staff Writer at Daily Hive. She's a former Vancouverite turned Torontonian who is passionate about avocado toast, aesthetics, and avocado toast aesthetics. Story idea? E-mail me at [email protected]

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