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Location: Calabogie, Ontario

Approach: 15-20 minutes, Easy

Problems: 100+

Rating: **

Rock: Granite

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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).


Do NOT take either of the signed trails! The Eagles Nest Lookout trail at the top of the hill will take you to, you guessed it, the Eagles Nest lookout. The Manitou Mountain Trail at the bottom of the hill will take you to the route climbing and the upper boulders (Cliffline and New Squamish). The easiest way to the main boulders is to walk another 100m down the road from the lower parking pullout to an unsigned, but well worn, trail that starts at a small bridge that spans the ditch. This trail will take you to the Gateway boulder in about 15 minutes.


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.


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