December to March
With its park of ice waterfalls a stone's throw from downtown, Rivière-du-Loup have a unique winter attraction in the world. The waterfalls with a height of around 50 meters are artificially frozen. Grimpe en Ville is a group of local ice climbers whose mission is to water the rock face over about 200 meters long to practice their sport. To do this, water is pumped from the river and then channeled up the tracks through a specially designed pipe system. With the help of Mother Nature, the volunteers of Grimpe en Ville thus manage to freeze the cliff to the great pleasure of climbers and visitors to Parc des Chutes.
Every winter, the site is accessible to intermediate to advanced climbers and autonomous climbers from December to March. The place, which is known for its ease of access, the wide variety of possible routes and the multitude of services available nearby attracts climbers from all over Quebec every year.
The volunteers of Grimpe en Ville organize an annual ice climbing festival in February. Whether from the powerhouse on the east side or from the footbridge overlooking the river, it is possible to observe the ice cascades and climbers all winter long. Access is free and the site is accessible every day from sunrise until late evening. For more information visit www.grimpeenville.org or the Grimpe en Ville Facebook page.