New Canada Gym Expands Bouldering in Greater Toronto

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“The three of us [owners] wanted to do something of our own and opening a rock climbing gym aligned with our passion,” said Aspire Climbing Vaughan’s co-owner Michelle Vanderheide.
Ninja area at Aspire Climbing Vaughan
Artistic renderings of the new Aspire Climbing gym coming to Vaughan show the Ninja space, one of the many features of the forthcoming Ontario gym. (All images courtesy of Aspire Climbing)

Aspire Climbing Vaughan
Vaughan, Ontario

Specs: 20,000-square-foot facility will include bouldering and five auto belay stations. Specifically, the bouldering walls will reach up to 16-feet (with 70-degree overhangs, slabs, and various other angles). The “biggest boulder” in the facility will entail a 27-foot ascent from start to finish. The auto belays will be 23-feet tall.

 

The gym will also feature a Ninja course and a space for birthday parties. The facility will offer a wide range of programming, from corporate team-building events to summer camps and instructional classes. As the gym expands, a training area will be added, which will include a campus board, a Tension Board, weights, and other fitness equipment. A cafe is also planned to be opened when government COVID regulations allow.

Aspire Vaughan bouldering walls
“The three of us [owners] wanted to do something of our own and opening a rock climbing gym aligned with our passion,” said Aspire Climbing Vaughan’s co-owner Michelle Vanderheide.
Walls & Flooring: Impact Climbing (Impact’s Head Designer, Rebecca Machan, designed the facility and worked with the owners of Aspire Climbing Vaughan to finalize the gym’s layout.)
CRM Software:
Rock Gym Pro
Website: www.aspireclimbing.com/vaughan
Instagram: @aspireclimbingvaughan


In Their Words:
“When we began, we set out to create a gym that would grow the climbing community and so we wanted to be as accessible as possible for new climbers. We chose Vaughan, Ontario, because Vaughan is an underserved community for rock climbing—currently people of Vaughan have to travel to other areas such as Brampton, Markham, and Toronto to access a rock climbing gym. Our 20,000-square-foot facility will create a space for friends and families to spend time together while promoting physical activity.”
—Michelle Vanderheide, co-owner