Climbing centre to open in spring 2016

McArthur and a business partner renovating a building to open up Arq Mountain Centre in Cranbrook, will open by June 2016.

The Arq Mountain Centre in Cranbrook is becoming a reality and will open in the spring of 2016.

The Arq Mountain Centre in Cranbrook is becoming a reality and will open in the spring of 2016.

On Thursday, McArthur made it official.

Arq Mountain Centre has become a reality and will likely be opening between April and June in 2016 next year.

The Arq Mountain Centre, a longtime vision of McArthur and business partner Fraser Bowden, is currently under renovation inside a building in Cranbrook’s industrial park.

“This has been on the go for quite a long time and we’ve finally come to a place where we’re ready to move forward. We have a building that we’re working with and we’re working with the architects right now to finalize the renovations inside,” McArthur said.

“We have wall designs already done up, so we have 3D renderings of the building, which is great.”

Though the vision is to have a climbing gym, McArthur says the centre will be so much more.

“It’s multi-faceted. Obviously, the main aspect of the building is going to be the climbing—the gym—but we’re also going to have a huge emphasis on youth. By that I mean kids from two years old up to 10 years old,” he said. “So we’re going to have a huge dedicated area for that age range.

“Beyond that, we’re going to have a fitness area, we’re going to have a studio for yoga or spin class or cross-fit stuff. We’re going to have a really focused social area, and of course, some retail space and food and beverage.”

For more information on the facility, search for the Arq Mountain Centre on Facebook.