TABVAR - The Association of Bow Valley Rock Climbers


News & Updates


Feb 20, 2020, MEC again supports TABVAR.

Once again MEC is supporting TABVAR and local route development by offering a 30% discount on route-building hardware/anchors for our annual bulk purchase.

Feb 1, 2020, Jon Jones Retires.

After a long career that included developing hundreds of routes in the Bow Valley and paving the path for generations of climbers to follow, Jon Jones has retired as President of TABVAR. Ian Greant, who has helped with communications and the website for over a decade will take over the role of President.

Jan 22, 2020, The 2019 annual report is now available.

Check the annual report section

November 18, 2019 - 2019 Claim forms available

The 2019 New Route and Retrofit claim forms are now available. See the Routebuilders section.

June 24, 2018 - Matt Snell Memorial
Friends and supporters of Matt Snell; Matt's family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to TABVAR in Matt's name
Matt Snell Memorial
Donations will be used to further our work in making the Bow Valley a safer place to climb

March 24, 2018 - MEC makes major donation
Since TABVAR's inception in 1994, MEC has continuously and generously supported TABVAR through cash donations and fixed hardware discounts.
This year in addition to the hardware discount they also made a very generous donation of $10,000. Big thanks MEC!

September 2, 2016 - New mailing address:
Box 8768 Stn Main, Canmore, AB T1W 0C1

Sept 15, 2013 - Want to help with route repairs and refurbishments?
We've got a drill to loan out. Contact Greg for details by selecting "route work" on our contact form.

June 2, 2013 Have you seen our Facebook page?

March 31, 2013 - TABVAR is now accepting donations online via PayPal
Any amount helps in funding route repairs, refurbishing old hardward and new route development.

Feb 12, 2013 - Jane Vuong Memorial Page
Our sincere condolences to her loved ones and deep thanks for the generous donations in Jane's memory.

Jan 7, 2013 - Updated Retrofit Progress Report

Nov 23, 2012 - Bradley Joyce Memorial Page
Our sincere condolences to his loved ones and deep thanks for the generous donations in his memory.


The Association of Bow Valley Rock Climbers (TABVAR) is a-not-for profit organization, funded by donations, whose purpose is to promote the responsible development of safe rock climbing areas serving the Calgary, Canmore, Banff and Lake Louise climbing communities.

TABVAR provides funds for:

  • Environmental projects such as erosion protection measures at the base of cliffs and trails.
  • Repair and refurbishment of existing routes.
  • Fixed anchors on routes.

Since its inception in 1993, TABVAR has raised and disbursed more than $85,000 plus over $15,000 in contributed materials.

Thank you to all our supporters and a special thanks to our corporate sponsors:


Mountain Equipment Co-op