Mission Statement:

“Arq is the foundation for opportunity in movement; creating a social and connecting environment that’s safe and inviting.  Through climbing, our desire is to engage with everyone in our community, as well as inspiring growth that extends far beyond our walls.”


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Introducing the fundamentals of fitness: flexibility, agility, balance, co-ordination, strength, endurance and fun, developing social, listening, and directional skills.  

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Starting at kindergarten, we have programs to suit all ages! Base Camp and High Altitude are perfectly suited for your bravest climbers from grades K-6, and Summit and Arq Angels are perfect for those wanting to develop more technique and start training/moving with more intent (for grades 7+).  Plus we also now offer two teams for our youth (Progressive & Competitive Team).

Our dedicated youth zone was created for movement oriented fun.  Filled with climbing walls, a playground, jungle gym, and soft play area, we’ve covered the basis for what every child needs…a space get all their energy out…in a safe, controlled environment.  Although open to the public, we use the space for programming, birthday parties,  and special groups.  It’s bright, exciting, and never gets old.


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“We built a climbing gym because we have a firm desire to make a positive difference in the lives that people lead.”

Climbing and community go hand in hand

A climbing gym is the perfect place to build a community. As the ARQ community has grown, we’ve been able to bring the mountains to more people and have a bigger impact on Cranbrook, and the Kootenays.

A facility for alternative fitness. Featuring state of the art climbing walls, for all ages, fitness, yoga, and a dedicated kids area.  It’s built for community, for the social aspect, and most importantly…it’s built for your entire family.  The goal at ARQ is to provide you with the best customer service possible, so that you have a great experience…every time.


The Climbing

We spent a lot of time figuring out the best angles throughout our gym. Whether on ropes or bouldering, or even in the kids area, we’re sure that you’ll have a great experience, as well as opportunity to grow in your climbing.

Training and the Moonboard

We have a dedicated training area to pursue fitness in climbing (featuring weights, etc, as well hangboards and campus board). As well, we have a moonboard; designed to build dynamic (finger) power, all the while bettering your technique on steeper terrain.


Arq has many instructional programs to offer, whether for youth (afterschool), or specific training, we cater to all demographics; growth in climbing, in a safe and controlled environment.

Route Setting

Our dedicated Head Setter, Eric, portrays an array of creativity through his routes. With roped climbing and bouldering, you’ll have every opportunity to practice the various skills to make you a well rounded climber.

For the Kids

Our dedicated kids area is just that…for the kids. There’s a huge playground/jungle gym, a softy play area for the youngest of kids, themed climbing walls, and of course a comfy spot for parents to sit back and relax.

Coffee Bar

We want to make your time at Arq comfortable. So, we put in tables, couches, and of course a much needed coffee bar. Supplied by Hot Shots Cafe, we offer fine coffee and tasty baked goods. Enjoy.


We built the Arq to form a community. It’s a social environment that allows for the likeminded to enjoy a fun style of movement. Whether on the walls or off, our theatre seating allows for good conversation and great company. It’s for you, and the entire family.

Public Transit

Did you know there’s a bus stop right outside the gym? Access Arq from anywhere in town. Whether from the college, downtown, or most of the schools, just find a bus stop, and you’ll end up at Arq.


Arq is about community and creating a space for everyone to come together. Use our facebook page to stay up to date with what’s happening (events, competitions, promotions, etc).

Inspire movement. 


This project has been in motion for approx. 8 years. The idea was thought up one night over dinner, between two friends. Since then, it’s been driven by a commitment to see it through. And now, many years later, Gord McArthur and Fraser Bowden are at the helm of the ship, driving this project over the finish line. With so much enthusiasm from key people in the Cranbrook community, ARQ is on its way to becoming a real thing.

The word “ARQ” (pronounced ‘ark’), came from the french word “Arqué”, which means “arch”, or “overhanging”. We liked this, but wanted to make it a bit more original, so we dropped the ué and kept “Arq”. (Giving credit to High Country Sports for the idea.) Along with many people over the years, we, Gord McArthur and Fraser Bowden, bring you this facility, this dream, with passion, excitement, and a lot of enthusiasm built up from years of planning.

ARQ Mountain Centre will act as a hub for people passionate about mountain life in a venue that captures and reflects the surrounding beauty and recreational inspiration that is so abundant in our region. Dedicated to providing a fun, safe and socially interactive form of alternative exercise, its emphasis will be on a state of the art climbing facility that will include the areas’ most knowledgeable, experienced and friendly staff to create a welcoming and enthusiastic environment for new and adept climbers alike.

The cost of memberships will vary depending on what you’d like to do. We’ll have memberships set out for families, single person, corporate, educational institutes, and youth. Beyond that they’ll be broken down into whether you want a “full membership”, which entitles you to all areas of the facility, or if you’d like to purchase a specific membership to say “just climbing”, or “just the kids area”. Check out our pricing page for further details.
Our goal is to provide the public with a wide array of classes and programs, teaching just about every aspect of climbing, so that you, the climber, will have the confidence needed to explore the sport further. Everything from entry level “how to belay” through to the finer skills of technique, and into specific programs that address your progression in the sport. Whether male, female, youth, corporate, as well as birthday parties, we’ll ensure that you’re fully equipped with what you need to have an awesome time at ARQ.
The kids area is something we’re really really excited about. Our goal with this part of ARQ is to provide a space for kids to learn about movement, to play, to enjoy, and to give parents the opportunity to sit back and relax while their child/children have an awesome time. The “Fun zone” will be broken up into two areas, one being specific to climbing, with beautiful, fun, climbing walls, and the other being the jungle gym play zone. The jungle gym play zone will be developed for younger children (approx. 12 months & older), still providing a space for movement, while the parent can watch with a coffee and/something to eat.
Beyond the two focal points (climbing gym and kids zone), ARQ will have a studio for various classes (ie. yoga, etc.), a fitness area for general conditioning or sport specific training, a retail area with climbing equipment, apparel, footwear, and accessories. We’ll also be offering food and beverage, so that when you arrive at ARQ, you can stay fueled for the duration of your time there.

ARQ will also offer a space for social interaction, dedicating itself to educational commitments, for groups to meet, or simply just to “hang out and chill”. Filled with reading material (guide books, maps, magazines), visuals for motivation (tv for playing movies ie. climbing movies), couches, and of course free wifi, this area will be the connection for community.

If you have any other questions, feel free to contact us, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible!

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