Halifax Gets New Gym in Former Theater

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East Peak is one of the new gyms in 2020 that had to weather COVID-19 at the outset. The former theatre is open for climbing again, with some added precautions for maintaining social distancing and sanitization.
Logo of East Peak Climbing.
The East Peak Climbing logo. All images courtesy of East Peak Climbing

East Peak Climbing
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Specs: East Peak Climbing is a unique climbing destination in the commercial Quinpool District of Halifax. The gym resides in an 83-year-old building that formerly housed the Oxford Theatre. First opened on February 29th, East Peak had to quickly close on March 16th due to COVID-19. The new gym is back up and running though as of June 12th.

The facility features 6,059 square feet of roped climbing (auto belay, toprope, lead), as well as a designated bouldering area that measures approximately 600 square feet. A mezzanine includes a full workout area with cardio equipment, weights, and hangboards from Trango, Metolius and Beastmaker. Speed climbing holds will eventually be added to one of the climbing walls at a later date, and clinics will be led from time to time by the head coach of the Canadian Youth National Team, Chris Neve.

 

Halifax gets new gym, pictured here, in former Oxford Theatre.
East Peak is one of the new gyms in 2020 that had to weather COVID-19 at the outset. Located in a former theater, the facility is now open for climbing again, with some added precautions for social distancing and sanitization.

Walls: Montreal-based OnSite
Flooring:
Built in-house, with carpet-bonded foam from Spieth
CRM Software: Rock Gym Pro
Website: eastpeakclimbing.ca
Instagram: @eastpeakhfx

In Their Words: “As the building we are in is pretty old, we did run into some challenges during construction and renovation. However, we did work hard to preserve some of the aesthetics of the theatre, including keeping our entry area as close to original as possible, and incorporating some of the original brickwork as part of our design.”
—Ben Winstanley, Head Routesetter