The Alpine Club of Canada

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A party on the hill! Join the ACC & ACMG on October 26, 2024, as we celebrate another year of mountain culture and adventure. Let’s gather our community to honour the work we do.

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The Alpine Club of Canada

The Alpine Club of Canada (ACC) is a renowned non-profit organization with a rich heritage deeply rooted in the exploration and preservation of Canada’s mountainous regions. Established in 1906, the ACC has been at the forefront of promoting mountaineering, fostering a sense of adventure, and advocating for the protection of the alpine environment for over a century.

The club’s founders envisioned an organization that would provide a welcoming space for like-minded individuals to come together, share their love for the mountains, and push the boundaries of mountain exploration. Over the years, the ACC has grown to become a vibrant community of passionate climbers, hikers, and outdoor enthusiasts with hubs of local community in our sections across the country. Through its dedication to the pursuit of knowledge and adventure, the ACC has expanded our understanding of Canada’s mountains and the outdoors and their significance to our national identity.

The Alpine Club of Canada has 25 local sections across the country from Newfoundland and Labrador to Vancouver Island and the Yukon. We’ve been passionate about climbing, hiking and skiing in alpine environments for over 100 years. Everyone is welcome.

The ACC Huts

The ACC offers a variety of mountain accommodation experiences. These include hostels in Canmore and Lake Louise, North America’s largest network of backcountry huts and a full-service backcountry lodge in Banff National Park.

Our network of backcountry huts is an integral part of the ACC experience. Nestled in breathtaking settings, these huts offer a warm and comfortable refuge for mountaineers and hikers exploring the Canadian wilderness. These rustic yet well-maintained facilities provide a base for overnight trips, allowing members to venture deeper into the mountains and experience the serenity of the backcountry.

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ACC members gain access to a wide range of benefits and resources. We organize guided expeditions, instructional courses, and workshops led by experienced professionals, providing opportunities to learn essential mountain skills and develop confidence in the backcountry and the alpine environment. Additionally, our network of local sections across Canada offers a platform for members to connect, share knowledge, and plan trips with fellow adventurers in their area.

Adventures open for registration!

Whether you want to learn something new, upgrade your skills or summit mountains, we have something for you.

Support The Alpine Club of Canada

Our club delivers great value and fellowship, enriches lives, promotes and protects our natural spaces. But our community’s needs and interests are changing and we need to keep pace. You are helping provide alpine explorers with affordable, responsible and thrilling wilderness adventures. You are caring for and growing North America’s largest system of back-country huts. You are fostering a network of talented volunteers and leaders. You are celebrating our mountain story and advocating for the protection of our environment.

Donate to the Environment Fund

Mountain Conservation

Canada’s wilderness is a diminishing and irreplaceable resource of great intrinsic value, not only to those who recreate in its spaces, but to everyone on our planet. The Environment Fund is a permanent fund to be used to create a legacy of environmental improvement.

The Environment Fund provides financial support each year to projects related to the preservation of alpine and Arctic environments, and climbing areas in Canada. Your donation goes directly to these projects.