With flat landings, reasonably sized boulders, good rock and a beautiful setting, Calabogie is a small, but quality bouldering area. There are over 150 established problems, mostly in the easy to moderate range, and a handful of projects.
The boulders are located on crown land, and there are no known access issues. Please respect the area and other people you encounter to ensure this remains the case. Leave no trace!
The proximity of the marsh means a lot of bugs in the spring and summer. The best conditions can be had in early spring and fall.
The boulders are located just outside of the small town of Calabogie, an hour west of Ottawa. From Ottawa, take the 417/17 west through Arnprior. Take the well marked left turn onto County Road 508 (Calabogie Road) and drive through the town of Calabogie. The parking pullout is located at the bottom of a hill on the right, just across from the well signed Manitou Mountain Trail, which is 2.5 km (1.6 mi) past Barrett Chute Rd (the turn off for the ski hill).
The easiest way to the main areas is to park across from the Manitou Mountain Trailhead and walk down the road 100m to some logs across the ditch. Cross the ditch, hike up the hill, and the trail will take you to the Gateway boulder in about 15 minutes. For the cliffline boulders, follow the Manitou Mountain Trail along the base of the cliff, as per the climbing.
The rock is good quality granite. The boulders are talus from the Cliff above. Many have thankfully fallen far enough to the escape the main talus field, and have come to rest on the relatively flat ground beside the pond.
The cliff above the boulders host a number of sport and trad climbs. The Eagles Nest lookout is a popular hiking destination and Calabogie Lake offers swimming, fishing, and picnic tables for your post-climbing cookout.