The Canadian province of Saskatchewan will soon get their second commercial climbing facility when the Regina Climbing Centre opens early next year. Owner Jordan Mackay told the CBC he wanted to create a family friendly place for people to learn rock climbing indoors. “Not every kid is a hockey player. It’s one of those alternative sports for a lot of kids,” he said.
Regina is the capital city of Saskatchewan and has 215,000 people. The facility will feature 25 foot tall walls and “24 lanes of top rope including a few lead and two speed” Mackay said.
Rock climbing has been a hobby for Mackay since he was a kid. When Mackay moved to Regina from Calgary 16 years ago, he realized there was no place to keep up with it. Eventually, he built a bouldering gym in his basement.
Having left his career in insurance two years ago, Mackay said he decided to open his own public gym. The grand opening will be held at the end of February 2018 but Mackay said he is hoping to give people a sneak peak in January.