Ile Ste-Helene Mostly Bouldering34 routes in crag
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Bouldering within metro Montreal.
This site is in an area the is the remains of some blasting that was done to build the botanical garden of Montreal for the 1967 World Expo. It is about 10 minutes from down-town Montreal on Ile Ste-Helene (St. Helen's Island) in the St. Lawrence river between Montreal and Longueuil.
The climbs are generally in the 3m-8m range, and it is mostly bouldering, though with a couple top-rope routes.
A full topo is (currently as of spring 2011) available from: http://www.drtopo.com/helene.pdf
The site is on private land owned by the owners of La Ronde, and climbing is tolerated. Please keep the site clean, and if you drive, park across the street in the parking lot there.
Take the Jacques Cartier bridge, and exit on Ile Ste-Helene. Circle so you are just south of the bridge, and park. The crag should be visible from there.
The "cliff" should be visible in this google map: http://maps.google.ca/maps?q=45.520035,-73.535529&num=1&t=h&hl=en&ie=UTF8&ll=45.520526,-73.535464&spn=0.002537,0.004823&z=18
Other approaches include a bus from Papineau station, the metro and get off at Jean-Drapeau (yellow) line, or bicycle over the bridge. (If it will get you to La Ronde, it will get you to this bouldering.)
Where to stay
Anywhere in Montreal -- but, really, you wouldn't travel for this bouldering.
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