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Women’s Winter Climbing Program

The VIMFF – in partnership with The Hive and with the participation of Government of Canada – presents the 2021 Women’s Winter Climbing Program.

This program will take place from November 6 to December 11, 2021 (every Saturday for 6 weeks). Its purpose is to introduce new women to indoor rock climbing, provide a safe and supportive space to learn foundational climbing skills and to build community and partnerships.

This program was funded in part by Sport Canada, a department of Canadian Heritage and the Government of Canada, to address constraints in participation within the sport for women, gender minorities and racialized communities. We encourage and welcome people with added intersecting identity factors (Indigenous, LGBTQ2+, official language minorities, newcomers, persons with disabilities) to apply.

This program is designed for individuals with limited or no experience climbing, or for climbers who have some experience and are looking to improve their skills within an inclusive and positive environment.

There is no cost to apply and selected participants will receive access to the program free of charge.

The 15-20 selected participants will each receive:

  • 6 introductory indoor climbing classes at The Hive North Shore – each Saturday from November 6 – December 11 (12pm-2pm).
  • 2 month all access membership to use at any Hive bouldering facility for the duration of the program.
  • Free equipment rentals at all the Hive bouldering locations for the duration of the program.
  • Free online Festival pass for the VIMFF Fall Series November 12 – 21, 2021.

Note: We are looking for participants to commit to the entire program. Please make sure you can attend each session before applying.

Apply to be part of the VIMFF Women’s Winter Climbing Program

Applications close on October 15, 2021 and we will be in touch with all accepted applicants individually by October 22, 2021.

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EARLY BIRD: Oct 18 – 24

Youth (16 and under): $17
Senior (65+): $17
Adult: $20

REGULAR: Oct 25 – Nov 11

Youth (16 and under): $20
Senior (65+): $20
Adult: $23

DOOR: Nov 12 – 20

Youth (16 and under): $22
Senior (65+): $22
Adult: $25

  • Regular ticket sales close at 3:00pm on the day of the show.
  • Door tickets are first come, first serve and guest may have to wait until 10 min prior to show start to see if a seat becomes available.
  • Please read our In-Person FAQs or contact [email protected] if you have any questions.


EARLY BIRD: Oct 18 – 24

Online show: $15
Online Fall Series Pass: $45

REGULAR: Oct 25 – Nov 21

Online show: $17
Online Fall Series Pass: $50

  • The Online Fall Series Pass gives you access to watch all 24 films that will be screened as part of the 6 shows during the VIMFF Fall Series.
  • Tickets sales close on Nov 21 at 11:59pm (PST) and you will have until Dec 12 at 11:59pm (PST) to view the shows.
  • For those experiencing hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have created a discount code to reduce the price of a single show ticket to $13. Apply the coupon code, COVID at checkout to receive this discount.
  • Please read our Online Screening FAQs or contact [email protected] if you have any questions.