The five rock faces open where climbing is permitted are the following:
In the winter, ice climbing is permitted when there is enough snow covering the ground and when there is ice on the climbing surfaces. This way, climbers will not damage the vegetation on the ground, on the climbing surfaces and on the rock itself.
Climbers must use only official climbing routes and those trails that are open, and must respect sector closures.
The geology and location of the Eardley Escarpment make it an exceptional ecosystem. More than 70 plant and animal species at risk can be found there, including the peregrine falcon, which nests on the Eardley Escarpment and is very sensitive to the presence of humans.
The NCC is working with the Alpine Club of Canada and the Ottawa–Gatineau Climbers’ Access Coalition to limit the impact of rock climbing on this unique ecosystem. Users are asked to observe the rules in order to ensure that rock climbing continues to be permitted on the Eardley Escarpment. Offenders will be subject to a fine (or other penalty).