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.

A party up on the hill!

Each year The ACC and the ACMG come together to celebrate another year of mountain culture and adventure, and to gather our community to celebrate the work we do. 

The event will be held at the Cascade Lodge at Mt. Norquay – a party up on the hill. It’s a great place to celebrate mountain culture where folks can mingle inside and out, chat by the fire and have a good time celebrating our special community.

Dress code: Mountain Smart (aka business casual, gowns not required 😉)

We are grateful to be able to gather together this fall at Mt Norquay. Mt Norquay is located in the traditional lands of Treaty 7, which is comprised of the Stoney Nakoda Nations of Wesley, Chiniki, and Bearspaw; three Nations of the Blackfoot Confederacy: the Piikani, Kainai, and Siksika; the Mountain Cree; and the Tsuu T’ina of the Dene people. This territory is also shared with the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III. Before the signing of Treaty 7, and prior to the establishment of provincial boundaries, this region was also used by the Ktunaxa and the Maskwacis people. We acknowledge the past, present, and future generations of these Nations who continue to lead us in stewarding this land, as well as honour their knowledge and cultural ties to this place.

Saturday, Oct 26, 2024!

$65 per ticket

Essentials         Details         Patron         Last Step

The essentials...

Tentative schedule

  • 4:00pm – Doors open for the Patron Presentation and Mountain Guides Pinning Ceremony 
  • 4:30pm – Patron Presentation 
  • 5:00pm – Guides Pinning Ceremony 
  • 6:00pm
    • Doors and Cash Bar open for main event
    • Exclusive in-person auction opens  
    • Games and partner exhibitions begin
  • 6:30pm
    • Food stations open
    • Mini presentations and fireside chats begin
  • 9:00pm – Game prizes drawn 
  • 9:30pm – Live band and dancing 
  • 12:00am – Event concludes and last shuttle departs

Ticket includes

  • Entrance fee to an awesome community event.
  • Belly-filling dinner.
  • A drink ticket for a tasty bevy.
  • A free shuttle to and from the event. (Be responsible!)
  • Access to a night of games, presentations, and fireside chats.
  • Awesome draw and auction prizes.
  • A live band.
  • A chance to hang out with all your mountain pals and community.


Pay-It-Foward (PIF) Ticket: In addition to your own ticket, we’ve provided an option for our guests to buy an additional ticket for one of the ACC’s or ACMG’s awesome volunteers. If you have the means to do so, your PIF ticket will go to a deserving person who has given exceptional time to one of our organizations this past year. Thanks! 

The details...

We’ve partnered with Banff Lodging Co. to offer discounted rates for Summit Shaker attendees. Guests will receive a 10% discount on a 1- or 2-night stay, or a 15% discount on 3 nights or more. 

View the Banff Lodging Co. flyer for instructions on how to book.

There will be a shuttle to and from Norquay. It will be between the train station in Banff (Roam Bus stop) to Norquay and back. When the Roam Bus stops running for the day we will have a shuttle going to Canmore as well.

You can park at the Norquay lot and leave the vehicle overnight, but sleeping in vehicles is prohibited as it’s in the National Park and you need an overnight pass.

*Shuttle schedule will be announced before the event.

There will be an exclusive, smaller Summit Bid Silent Auction for folks attending the Summit Shaker. Proceeds from this year’s Summit Bid go to support the Simon Parboosingh Assistance Fund and ACC Sustainable Energy Projects at huts. 

Stay tuned for more information on the online portion of the Summit Bid Auction.

Get ready for a casual evening of hanging out, having fun, and playing games!

Patron Presentation & Mountain Guides Pinning Ceremony

Let Sylvia Forest take you through her wild mountain journey and see how she got to where she is today! Additionally, come celebrate and support our newest mountain guides for 2024!



Games and Connecting with Community Partners

This is a free-roaming affair! Connect with our community partners, learn more about them, and play a few games that’ll help you win some prizes later!


Mini-presentations & Fireside Chats

Key members of our community will be sharing their stories in a more informal fashion, inviting you to to ask those burning questions you’ve always wanted to or to have a casual beer and learn from the experts.


Food & Drink

This isn’t really categorized as “entertainment,” but it can be! You won’t go hungry or thirsty at the event – your ticket includes includes dinner and one drink ticket. You can always grab more while you’re there!


Live Band

Spotify’s no replacement for the full auditory in-person experience, so we’re bringing in a live band to make the night a special one to be with your mountain companions.

ACC - Sustainable Energy Systems at Huts

The ACC has a multi-year, multi-project plan to update power sources at ACC huts to renewable energy systems

The systems built will vary by location but will include solar with battery banks, wind and micro-hydro.

ACMG - Simon Parboosingh Assistance Fund

This fund serves as a vital resource for ACMG members, staff, and volunteers, offering financial assistance during personal crisis. It was established in memory of Simon Parboosingh, an aspiring alpine guide who tragically lost his life in 1994. The fund aims to continue Simon’s legacy by supporting our community during challenging times.

This year's patron is...

Sylvia Forest

Sylvia Forest, this year’s celebrated Patron, was born to become one of a rare breed. Part of a family of wilderness adventurers, she began her career as a backcountry explorer at a young age, and by her early twenties had gained experience on many big mountains, including Mt. Aoraki (Cook), Mt. Robson, Mt. Kenya, and Mt. Denali (McKinley). Sylvia has climbed a number of major peaks in Canada, including the first female ascent of the East Ridge of Mt. Logan, as well as in Africa and South America (including Aconcagua, the highest peak in the Western Hemisphere). 

Her skills, knowledge, and natural aptitude led her into a career in the warden service at a time when women were only beginning to make in-roads into this demanding profession.  

Her real passion was for guiding and rescue, and in 2001 she became the fifth woman in Canada to achieve her full Mountain Guide Certification. In this capacity, she worked extensively in the heli-ski industry, guide certification, teaching avalanche courses both locally and internationally, and running leadership courses—especially courses for women. She served for eight years on the ACMG Board of Directors: two as Interior Director; two as Vice-President; and four years as the ACMG’s second woman President. In her career, Sylvia has guided in Antarctica, Mexico, and Svalbard, taught industry-level avalanche courses in Japan and Sweden, and been instrumental in many rescues, often in hazardous conditions. 

Sylvia has been a member of both The Alpine Club of Canada and the Calgary Mountain Club since 1976 — 48 years! — and was the first President of the CMC, back in (about) 1980. In addition to guiding many camps for the ACC, this summer will see her 25th year serving as a guide for the ACC‘s General Mountaineering Camp. 

Sylvia’s love for the mountains did not restrict her to just mountaineering. She has broad interests, and has enjoyed rock climbing, caving, and canoeing, and has spent many years exploring the mountains and eastern slopes on horseback. She makes her home on a small hobby farm near Golden, B.C., where she and her husband keep dogs, horses, and bees! 

Throughout her life, Sylvia has been a strong contributor to both the ACC and the ACMG, and for this and her many accomplishments, we are proud to honour her as patron of the 2024 Summit Shaker. 

Only one thing left to do...

… can’t make the event, but you’d still like you support it? You can donate directly to the Summit Shaker! <3

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