About Île Ste-Hélene:
Interesting bouldering at 10 min from downtown Montréal.
Nice for week evenings after work. There are about 33 boulder routes with protections on some of them. Full topo information here: http://www.drtopo.com/helene.pdf.
NOTE: All the information on sections and routes, including topo images, comes from the above-mentioned topo guide. All credit and thanks goes to Pawel Krol and Oly Parent for this information. However, they decline all responsibility for the accuracy of this information and for the safety of the site.
|Nearest town or city:||Montréal|
|Directions:||The site is situated in part under the exit ramp used to get off the Jacques-Cartier Bridge onto Île Sainte-Hélène (coming from Montreal). Check the Road map.
During the summer, a bus leaving from Papineau metro station can get you to the island. You can also take the metro and get off at Jean-Drapeau station (yellow line). Walking or biking over the bridge is also an option.
|Latitude, Longitude:||45.52016, -73.53520|
|Access Issues:||The site is presently situated in a parking lot. This is an FQME (Federation Quebecoise de la montagne et de l'escalade) site so you supposedly need a day pass or a membership to climb here. It's unknown if this rule is enforced or not. Day camps are sometimes organised here.
Despite constant efforts on the part of climbers to keep the site clean, accessible and safe, other people sometimes leave it dirty and badly-maintained. Also, keep an eye out for broken glass bottles.
Here's an overview of the site.
|When to Climb:||Autumn Summer|
|Quantity of Climbs:||Day|