Adventures & Courses

– Ice Climbing & Snowshoeing –

Since the mid 1980’s, Northwestern Ontario has become known as one of Canada’s premier ice climbing venues and is visited every year by climbers from all over the world! Our focus is to help you accomplish the goals of your outing safely while learning any skills required to confidently experience the magic of ice climbing. Is climbing not your thing? No problem, we also offer private and public snowshoeing adventures to epic destinations as well throughout the season!

We’ll show you exactly why people come from around the world to climb the ice in Northwestern Ontario!

Climb in Thunder Bay – Neebing – Dorion – Red Rock – Nipigon – Orient Bay – Kama Bay – and more


Adventures & Courses

Winter Programs 

(December – March)

Our ice climbing adventures and courses are designed to suit all ability levels and interests. We work closely with you to determine the dates that best meets your needs and experience level! Our focus is to help you accomplish the goals of your outing safely while learning and experiencing the magic of Northwestern Ontario ice climbing. You may want to just try ice climbing for the first time, or perhaps you have some experience but want to get out and learn more? Feel like going out for a day and really pushing your limits? Or maybe you’d like to make it an event with friends, co-workers, or loved ones? Whatever it may be, we’ll help make that a reality!



First time climbing? Don’t have any gear? A bit nervous? No need to worry, We’ve got you covered!

As a beginner to ice climbing, we’ll start you off with the basics and work your way up from there. The full day experience is a really fun and exciting adventure where you get to learn how to use your crampons  and ice axes to effectively climb ice. You’ll also learn a variety  of ice climbing techniques in detail, making sure that you’re confident and comfortable on your very first ice adventure! All the technical equipment like a harness, boots, crampons, helmet, and ice axes are included.


It’s Time to Climb!


Owner and Lead Guide Aric Fishman has been instructing and guiding professionally in Canada for well over 20 years and is a very experienced, highly skilled Climbing guide and Wilderness Survival instructor. He founded Outdoor Skills and Thrills in Thunder Bay, Ontario as a way to provide adventure seekers with professional courses that teach safe climbing practices while provide exciting adventures in a thrilling and breathtaking environment. Not only an accomplished climber and guide, Aric is also the author of ‘Thunder Bay Climbing: A Guide to Northwest Ontario’s Best Kept Secret‘- the latest comprehensive rock climbing guidebook for the region. & President of the Nipigon Ice Fest committee – Canada’s longest running premiere ice climbing festival.


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