La Liberté Nord-Sud is a mountain school recognized by the Fédération Québécoise de la Montagne et de l’Escalade and Rando Québec. We specialize in teaching the following disciplines:
Camping and preparation for expeditions
Since 2011, we have trained hundreds of people to climb safely and responsibly. We also had the chance to guide many of our clients on large expeditions all over the world.
Obviously, we do this job out of passion, for the love of discovery, for adventure and for the pleasure of spending quality time with our clients. We are aware that we are privileged and we work very hard to remain so by offering you the best of ourselves so that your experience with us is truly unforgettable.
Being a proud member of Aventure Écotourisme Québec, we are committed to representing them through our adventures.
Safety being always a priority, we make our activities always safer by training our employees and by using the best possible technology and adequate safety equipment.
Our products are always developed taking into account the environment visited, with the aim of creating sustainable and responsible tourism.
We strive to know our customers as well as possible in order to adapt and offer quality services that meet their expectations.
Great lesson (Transition moulinette extérieure) by our teacher Simon. He even rescued another climber who got stuck on the wall. I highly recommend following this course to learn all there is to safely top rope outdoors. Merci Simon et l’équipe Liberté Nord-Sud!
Très bon cours. Le moniteur prend le temps d'expliquer les étapes de relais, d'ancrage et de rappel. Quand j'avais des questions, il était toujours là pour y répondre. La taille du groupe était parfaite. Assez grande pour pouvoir s'entraider, mais assez petite pour que le moniteur ait le temps de répondre à nos questions individuellement. Je recommande aux futurs grimpeurs de s'inscrire avec un.e ami.e. Beaucoup plus de plaisir, à mon avis, qu'avec un inconnu.
Excellente premiere experience d'escalade de glace, avec une equipe competence et super agreable. Par le froid glacial qu'il faisait, les petits cafes offerts ont ete super apprecies! Merci a votre equipe!
J’ai passée un Super Beau fds avec La Formation Transition Moulinette notre Instructeur Marie est excellente elle nous a rendu le compliqué beaucoup plus facile à apprendre elle est calme et ricaneuse ses explications sont clair elle nous a transmis sa passion aux travers de notre apprentissage j’ai été choyée d’être placée dans un Super Groupe qui m’ont fait sentir très à l’aise j’apprécie énormément vous allez me revoir très bientôt à La Montagne D’Argent qu’elle belle découverte merci encore à tous
Took the two day top rope course in Montreal. Could not be happier with my new skills! The instructor was very willing to discuss and answer questions on climbing theory as it pertains to safety. Had a ton of fun!
Excellent experience all around. Leo and Antoine were extremely responsive and accommodating in organizing a guided climbing day for me. Antoine got me on some beautiful routes, both single and multi-pitch, at two different walls. SO much more there to explore, excited to go back and climb more. Definitely recommend.
I took my daughter for our first outdoor climbing experience. what a great setting, cool vibes and our lead instructor Antoine was so helpful, positive and made us have such an amazing day! Can't wait to go back!
Super Journée avec Justin et le reste de l’équipe ! Formation complète et très belle expertise des moniteurs. Je recommande très fortement pour tout les grimpeurs qui veulent débuter à l’extérieur. Très belles journées!
Un formateur d'expérience plus que compétent, à l'écoute des besoins et des inquiétudes de ses client·e·s et qui les poussent toujours à devenir plus autonomes, à se faire confiance et à foncer pour atteindre leurs objectifs personnels. Il sait et n'hésite pas à adapter et à varier ses techniques de transfert de connaissances selon les difficultés de chacun·e et accorder plus de temps aux notions moins bien comprises ou jugées importantes. Sa grande disponibilité, générosité et patience sont toujours au rendez-vous. L'ambiance est toujours à la convivialité et exempte de jugements. On se sent toujours entre bonnes mains lorsqu'on décide de suivre une formation auprès de La Liberté Nord-Sud.
Vraiment une belle expérience avec Simon au site du parc Jean Drapeau pour le cours d'autonomie en moulinette. Il y a un bon rapport entre les aspects théoriques et la pratique sur une falaise école.Merci pour ta patience et ton côté sécurisant durant mes premiers rappels !Julie
Nous avons été encadrés à la montagne d’argent par Marie F pour le suivi du cours de transition en lead extérieur.Ces 2 jours ont été extrêmement bien rentabilisés par un accompagnement et une pédagogie tout simplement remarquables.Si vous aimez l’escalade et que vous souhaitez aller encore plus loin dans votre apprentissage, foncez, c’est l’adresse qu’il vous faut!Bien hâte d’y retourner cet hiver!— comprendre l’essence du multi pitch a été la cerise sur le Sunday 😊👏🏻
Was an amazing weekend. Did the top rope course, learned to setup top rope anchors and to rappel safely. There were many things to learn but the instructor was very clear and patient. Can't wait to go back to climb on my own 🧗
Le Club d'escalade La Liberté Nord-Sud a élu domicile à la montagne d'argent, trésor méconnu des Laurentides constituant un atout au regard des services offerts par l'organisme. La location d'équipement, de même que la possibilité de camper sur le site contribuent à rendre accessible les formations de plusieurs jours qui sont offertes par le Club. Non seulement vous pourrez faire affaire avec des moniteurs hors pairs et brevetés par la FQME, mais également, vous pourrez jouir des aménagements chaleureux de la Montagne d'argent. La qualité du service ne s'arrête toutefois point à cela. Le personnel de la Liberté Nord-Sud demeure sa plus grande richesse composé d'avides grimpeurs dont l'expérience ne cessera de vous émerveiller. Ces derniers sauront vous enseigner avec rigueur et minutie afin de faire la promotion des techniques de sécurités en parois de manière efficace et sécuritaire. À la suite de votre expérience, vous ne pourrez que désirer intégrer une si belle communauté de grimpeurs.
Being an avid hiker with a love for scrambling, my lack of knowledge and confidence to climb where protection was needed limited my exploration potential Having climbed indoors for about a year I was looking to expand my skill set.A day of private lessons with Leo was the best investment into the world of outdoor climbing I possibly could have made. He started with basic questions to get a feel of what I knew and where to start. After explaining gear and procedures, a short walk from the company headquarters the day began, And what a day it was! I learned tips and tricks that only come from the 25+ years of experience Leo has being a passionate climber and natural leader.From the basics of belaying, to rigging a top rope anchor system, multi-pitch climbing, crack climbing techniques and more Leo and his team at the beautiful Montagne D'argent offer it all.I signed up for the group to also discover ice climbing and to be surrounded by like minded people.Can't recommend these people and place enough.Thank you Leo for the amazing experience. Looking forward to climbing with you again!
This was worth every penny spent! Two days of jammed pack content. I felt leaving confident and well-informed on how to lead outdoors. It was a small group so it was really great to have enough time to practice manoeuvres ourselves. Gab was amazing and such a great teacher! Camping and facilities were also awesome and the climbing there was fantastic. I will definitely be coming back one day for a multi-pitch course!
En groupe de 4, nous avons eu droit a une expérience de formation hors du commun avec 6 guides formateurs pour nous encadrés dont 4 d’entre eux qui terminait leur certification avec notre groupe. On peut dire qu’on en a vraiment eu pour notre argent avec cette formation privilégiée. Ce fût très dynamique comme fin de semaine. Pas beaucoup de temps morts, énormément d’informations et de partage d’expérience, de technique et d’opinion diverses. Tous des personnes polies, respectueuses et plaisantes à côtoyer. Les installations sont super. Beau sites de camping aussi. Je recommande fortement et je vous remercie encore.
Instructor was Bilingual and fun person to learn from.(Max - top rope anchor course)Instructor had over 11 years of experience.Instruction medium was both, verbal instructions and training.Instructor explained us the safety first mindset.Instructor explained the exceptions to different instructions, different scenarios, made us repeatedly practice knots.Instructor put us on the wall and made us train and checked all our steps and gave us feedback.Location was clean, with toilets, sufficient benches, camping location for tents, fireplace for cold evenings, water connection.Free parking.If you bring your family then you can do a local hike and dip in the pond or even do an introductory climbing course.Easy access to Brebeouf and Mt. Tremblant for all restaurants and tourist activities.
Me and my partner did the transition top rope anchor course in Montreal. It was raining the first day but Simon our instructor found ways for us to practice everything in creative ways to minimize the time we spent in the rain. Also the other 4 climbers were more experienced and did things a bit faster, but Simon found ways of teaching them more things and entertain them with more climbs whilst patiently double checking all our knots and making sure that we were always safe. All in all it was a lot of fun and we learned a lot in these 2 days. Would definitely recommend.
What an amazing morning learning to climb! We were a group of four guys who had never climbed before. Marie our guide was fantastic. She got us all fitted up with gear in no time and gave us all a thorough safety and equipment brief before we headed to the rock face. Marie was incredibly encouraging and knowledgeable and I truly believe it was her guidance that made it such a great experience. I can’t wait to return with my young daughter to climb with La Liberte and Marie again. I think we found a new family activity!Very well organizedFelt SAFE the entire timeMarie was a great guide!Awesome experience for all!
Journée d'initiation à l'escalade sur roche AU TOP grâce aux précieux conseils et à l'encadrement de Leo et d'Anouk, dans une ambiance conviviale, avec une bonne diversité de voies adaptées à chaque niveau et un paysage magnifique. Ca donne envie de revenir faire les formations en autonomie ! Je recommande à fond !
Un énorme merci aux instructeurs (léo,oli et max) pour leur patience envers des néophites comme moi, qui m’ont permit d’apprécier grandement ma première expérience de l’escalade sur glace!
About The Team
La Liberté Nord-Sud employs more than a dozen passionate instructors with certifications from the FQME, AGMA, ACMG and Rando QC.
In addition, we frequently organize in-house training which serves to maintain our quality standard as well as to review our emergency measures. Here are some photos taken during one of these training sessions.
Learn about some members of the team
Léopold Laliberté-Guy – Guide, trainer and owner
Léopold is the founder of LA LIBERTÉ NORD-SUD. He is a trainer certified by the Fédération Québécoise de la montagne et de l’escalade (FQME) in rock and ice climbing. Léopold has guided more than 50 expeditions on the planet: Alaska, Yukon, Baffin, Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Patagonia, Morocco, Russia, Kyrgyzstan and Nepal. He has over 20 years of experience teaching rock climbing and mountain sports.
Léopold is also First Responder in the communities of Montcalm / Arundel / Barkmere / Huberdeau and is very proud of the communities of his beautiful region of the Red River Valley (Laurentians) which he’s called home for more than 10 years.
Antoine Bonicalzi – Instructor and co-owner
Antoine is co-owner of La Liberté Nord-Sud. He holds FQME certifications for teaching rock and ice climbing. Antoine is passionate about the outdoors and travel. Backpack-type trips, camping, kayaking and anything mountain-related are part of its DNA.
Climbing occupies an important place in his life, because this sport is the central point around which all his passions revolve. According to Antoine, passions are made to be shared. So there is nothing better for him than to spend a beautiful day in the outdoors to introduce others to his favorite sport.
Marie Fraisse – Instructor
As far back as she can remember, the mountain has been a part of her life. From a family of mountaineers, she took her first steps in the high alpine pastures of the Chamonix valley. A lifelong globetrotter, Marie thrives on discoveries and encounters. The profession of guide that she has been exercising for several years allows her to combine her passions: to explore the world, to travel its summits and to meet its different cultures. Bursting with energy and projects, today she dreams of traveling the planet discovering – and making people discover – the most beautiful climbing sites and their communities. And to continue to pass on his love of mountains, adventure and climbing.
Training: Rock and ice climbing instructor (FQME), Assistant Hiking Guide (ACMG), First responder in remote wilderness, Orientation training – maps and compass, dive master (PADI).
Anouk Leblanc – Instructor
Anouk holds of instructor and animator certificates in rock and ice climbing. A lifelong enthusiast of the outdoors and travel, she loves to share her passion for climbing with people because for her, it is much more than a job.
A specialized educator by trade, she takes the time it takes to give clients the confidence to make the most of their day.
Éric Kirouac – Guide and instructor
Eric holds a certification as a hiking guide from the Association of Canadian Mountain Guide (ACMG) as well as a level 3 training in alpine technique. His vast experience in the mountains allows him to teach mountaineering techniques with a master’s hand.
“It was in 1980 at the Paul Comptois school in Laval and I was in 3rd year. The teacher asks us “OK friends, I would like you to draw me what you want to do in life.”After a few minutes , the teacher goes from student to student, mentioning what the drawing represents, “you want to be a veterinarian, OK I think you want to become a nurse, here we have a future firefighter. Eric, I don’t understand your drawing. “I, who had nevertheless applied myself to making a beautiful stick figure drawing to reply,” That madam are mountains and that is me, later I want to play in the mountains “.
Thankfully, Eric is much better at being a mountaineer than an artist!
François-Xavier Bleau – Guide and instructor
François-Xavier has been an adventure guide since the early 2000s. He has accompanied hundreds of travellers on all continents and has managed to make a living from his passion ever since. He is the founder of the Terra Ultima trekking travel agency which he managed for 10 years. Now a freelance guide, he focuses on initiating and teaching rock climbing. Efix (FX) is a Certified Hiking / winter hiking Guide and Top Rope Climbing Instructor (TRCI) certified by the ACMG. He pushes for the professional recognition of adventure guides in Quebec in order to achieve the most demanding standards at the pan-Canadian level. A seasoned mountaineer, mountaineering and rock climbing are a personal passion that has taken him to some of the highest peaks on the planet, such as Manaslu, Aconcagua, Elbrus, Denali and Lenin Peak.
How did you start at LLNS? Friend and colleague of Léopold Laliberté for a long time, I have shared several big expeditions with him as guides for years. Our common passion has led us to work together for his mountain and climbing school.
My recent favorite is Les Dames de Coeur section in Val-David. Less known compared to others, it offers several beautiful options accessible in trad, sport route and top rope. Plus, it’s a few minutes from my house by bike!
Next Project: Raise my level in traditional rock climbing to someday aim for the ACMG Assistant Rock Guide level. I will do this for purely personal reasons and to prove to myself that I can have this expertise and this rigour.
Your philosophy as a climber? To make this sport as accessible as possible while making people autonomous and responsible for the safety and the spirit of the sport. To have fun, to want to discover new places, and to be in fusion with nature and the friends who share this passion.
Certifications: Hiking Guide, Winter Hiking guide and TRCI ACMG. First responder Sirius (80h), CSA 1 and 2 Avalanche Canada.
Éric Poulin – Animator
From man of the woods to man of the world: this is Eric’s journey!
Initially a leisure technician in the field of the outdoors and animation, he took advantage of his experience to open his door wide to the planet.
He has guided many groups across Canada, in addition to
discovering the diversity of peoples and their cultures across the world; Vietnam, Madagascar, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Germany, Thailand and Japan!
Curiosity, a sense of organization and the pleasure of sharing characterize Eric, both serious in his work and a poet in the definition of his profession, which is according to him that of a “creator of memory”.
Simon Lavoie – Instructor
Simon has accreditations from the FQME in rock and ice climbing. He really enjoys sharing his experience to help novice climbers develop their self-confidence.
A member of the team who constantly wants to help others to exceed their limits, he also wants to develop his skills and become “the best second in the world ?”!
Gabriel Frappier – Instructor
Gabriel is a teacher, guide and instructor. He holds a rock climbing instructor’s license, an activity he has practiced with passion for fifteen years. The exploration of numerous climbing sites, both in Quebec and internationally, have led him to build up a solid experience in rock climbing.
“I am constantly climbing: at the gym, on the rock or in my heart. Otherwise, I’m planning my next outing. Being part of the La Liberté Nord-Sud team is a privilege, because nothing is more motivating than to share your passions, a double fisherman’s knot at a time. I look forward to seeing you on a cliff! “