Regional Sections

Regional sections of The Alpine Club of Canada are its strength. The vast majority of club members belong to a regional club section. Membership in a section enables members to participate in numerous summer and winter mountaineering, rock climbing, and skiing activities, coordinated by experienced amateur leaders in their local area. The majority of activities offered by sections are either free or are offered on a break-even basis to their members. Through section trips you’ll learn all the basics you need to travel safely in the mountains, while meeting new friends to enjoy your experiences with.

There are also many social functions and volunteering opportunities in a wide variety of areas ranging from environmental advocacy to section management. Many sections have regular evenings at local climbing gyms for meeting up and getting in shape.

Opportunities to learn the crafts of mountaineering and climbing through local sections abound. Most sections provide basic training courses provided by professional guides or experienced mountaineers. Many sections also provide mountain leadership training for their section members with the aim of continuously improving mountain leadership and safety within the club.

For information on a section near you click on the links below, or contact the national office at (403) 678-3200, ext 0.

National Section Map


Yukon

Yukon Section

About the Section

The Yukon Section was established in 2011, the 20th section of the ACC. Based in Whitehorse, the section brings together outdoor-minded people under a common banner to share experiences and enthusiasm, and to explore the natural beauty the Yukon has to offer.

As members of a local section of The Alpine Club of Canada, Yukoners will be able to participate in free local activities, pursue skills development, and help preserve access to the territory's unique recreational resources, which include Mount Logan, the highest peak in Canada and second highest in North America.

The Yukon Section communicates with its members through www.accyukon.ca and a monthly e-newsletter.

Huts and Other Activities

The Yukon Section makes regular use of the Stellar Hut, located in Haines Junction, as a base for hiking and skiing outings. The section does not operate the hut, but members get a reduced rate. Members also receive a 5% discount at Up North Adventures.

Meeting and Socials

Meetings details

Trip Schedule

In the summer months the section is very active in rock climbing, running a weekly session at the Rock Gardens for fun and teaching. There are also opportunities for weekend rock climbing outings.

In the winter, members keep busy with ski mountaineering and ice climbing trips, many of which teach skills to new members. Regular climbing evenings are held at Equinox climbing gym.

We offer trips and courses for all skill levels, from novice to expert.

Membership Rates

Section Fees (including an ACC National Club membership)

  • Youth: $28
  • Adult: $48
  • Family: $70

Visit the Yukon Section website


British Columbia

Vancouver Island Section

About the Section

The Vancouver Island Section has an active and friendly membership of approximately 425 members, spanning the Island and ranging in age from teens to those in their 70's.

Get to know us better through our website and our Facebook page to see how much fun we are having.

Meeting and Socials

The VI Section boasts monthly slide shows, an annual photo contest, BBQ's and a popular winter ski/AGM getaway on Mount Washington. We host the Banff Mountain Film Festival tour every fall.

Trip Schedule

Outings are offered year round and include day hikes in the local hills, multi-day trips on wild Vancouver Island mountains, week-long summer and ski camps in the Coast Range or Rocky Mountains and ever so much more...

We offer courses and workshops such as crevasse rescue, ski clinics, avalanche awareness, wilderness first aid, leadership skills and more.

Our section features a "Kids and Youth" and "Trail-Rider" programs.

Huts and Other Activities

Our section's latest project is building a hut on Mount 5040. You can check out the status of the hut build on the ACC blog Aspects.

Membership Rates

Section Fees (including an ACC National Club membership)

  • Youth: $38
  • Adult: $53
  • Family: $75
Visit the Vancouver Island Section website

 

Vancouver Section

About the Section

The Vancouver Section was formed in 1918 during the early years of the exploration of the Coast Range and continues to thrive today.

The Vancouver Section welcomes those with any level of experience in the mountains. Many people join the club to get their start in skiing and climbing, or just to spend time in the mountains. New members who already have strong outdoor skills will find themselves in good company.

Visit www.accvancouver.ca

Meeting and Socials

Section meetings are held monthly (excluding in July, August and December) and include a fabulous slide show and socializing over coffee and cookies. Section AGM is held in November along with a potluck dinner. The section also sponsors public presentations by well-known visiting climbers.

Trip Schedule

The Vancouver Section runs 2 to 4 scheduled trips each weekend, year-round (yes, 160 trips annually!), including hiking and general mountaineering, rock climbing, ice climbing, skiing, snow-shoeing, instructional workshops, indoor gym nights and family outings.

As well, a minimum of three multi-week camps are held each year: A spring ski camp, a summer climbing camp and an instructional mountaineering camp based out of the section’s Tantalus Hut at Lake Lovely Water.

Huts and Other Activities

The section owns and operates two backcountry huts: the Tantalus Hut on Lake Lovely Water and the Jim Haberl Hut high in the Tantalus Range. Section members receive a discounted rate on overnights at these huts.

The section is a proud sponsor of the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival and annually donates The Alpine Club of Canada award for the best film on mountaineering.

The section administers an Environment Fund, with proceeds going to a variety of environmental organizations and projects, including John Clarke's Wilderness Education Program and the Canadian Avalanche Association.

The section is also directly active in access and conservation issues. One of our proudest achievements has been the contributing to the preservation of the Little Smoke Bluffs crags in Squamish.

Everyone is welcome to contact us on our voicemail at (604) 878-5272 or visit our website at www.accvancouver.ca where you also can find our trip schedule.

Membership Rates

Section Fees (including an ACC National Club membership)

  • Youth: $26
  • Adult: $43
  • Family: $65

For issues logging into the Vancouver Section website, please follow this link to request your username and password.

Whistler Section

About the Section

The Whistler Section is located in the rugged Coast Mountains of British Columbia. These mountains are steep, big and uncrowded. The valleys are heavily forested and the alpine area is heavily glaciated. The summer hiking is spectacular and filled with a large variety of beautiful alpine flowers. The granite rock from Squamish to Lillooet is world-class. The snow is deep and plentiful from November to July.

Visit our website at accwhistler.ca

Meeting and Socials

Members’ meetings are typically held once per month, beginning in November each year. Meetings often include slide shows and presentations and discussions of the trip schedules. Our meetings and socials are posted on our online calendar.

Trip Schedule

We are mountain people and our section is very active. Last year we offered over 100 trips to our section members. Our trips are offered for all ability levels and include introductory courses and advanced outings. Trips vary in length from 1 day to 14 days and the objectives of these trips are to have fun, learn and respect the mountains.

During the winter months we run a variety of backcountry ski trips in the local Whistler/Blackcomb area and off the Duffy Lake Road north of Pemberton. Once a year we run a Spearhead trip – a three- to five-day traverse across a stunning ring of glaciers in the Whistler area.

In summer months we organize climbing evenings at Cheakamus Canyon and encourage climbers of all (or no) experience levels to join us. We also run over 60 hiking outings a summer on trails in the local area.

Huts and Other Activities

The Section owns and operates one backcountry hut (the Wendy Thompson Hut) and is working hard to establish three more on the Spearhead traverse.

The Wendy Thompson Hut gives skiers access to extensive ski touring in the Marriott Basin north of Whistler and Section members receive a discounted rate on overnights.

Membership Rates

Section Fees (including an ACC National Club membership)

  • Youth: $27
  • Adult: $42
  • Family: $63
Come join the Whistler Section and experience the fun! Visit our website at accwhistler.ca

 

Okanagan Section

About the Section

The ACC’s Okanagan Section was created in 1996 to provide a meeting ground for Okanagan residents interested in outdoor recreation in mountain settings. The awesome Skaha Bluffs is our local crag and the Cascade, Coast, Cariboo, Monashee, Valhalla and Selkirk Ranges are all in our backyard. The Okanagan Section provides opportunities for a wide variety of activities, including rock climbing, ice and alpine climbing, hiking, mountain biking, nordic and telemark skiing, ski mountaineering and snowshoeing.

Anyone seeking an encounter with nature, challenge, friendship, learning, and fun through such activities is invited to join us.

Visit the section website at: www.accokanagan.ca

Meeting and Socials

Monthly meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. (except for July and August) at the Bunkhouse Bar & Grill in Kelowna. Anyone interested in finding out more about about The Alpine Club of Canada or the Okanagan Section is welcome to attend. Please introduce yourself to one of the executive members present at the meeting!

Trip Schedule

The Okanagan Section runs climbing, skiing and hiking trips all year long as well as instructional courses, workshops and other events. Our trip schedule is online on our website here www.accokanagan.ca

Membership Rates

Section Fees (including an ACC National Club membership) Youth: $37 Adult: $47 Family: $78

Prince George Section

About the Section

The Prince George Section of the ACC is located in the heart of British Columbia, near the geographical centre of the province. We are active in the summer months with rock climbing, hiking and mountaineering trips and courses and even more active in the winter months on skis.

We’re proud of what we’ve accomplished as a section of the ACC and when we look to the future, we see many opportunities for us to grow and provide more services to those members of the club living in northern British Columbia. Join us!

Visit the section website at: www.accprincegeorge.ca

Meeting and Socials

Our section meets monthly at the OVERhang Climbing Gym. Please see our Meets & Events schedule on our website www.accprincegeorge.ca

Trip Schedule

Our section runs a full slate of outings in all seasons including courses and seminars to help increase the skill and knowledge of our members. For complete course listings and descriptions, please see the trip schedule on our website www.accprincegeorge.ca

Huts and Other Activities

Our section is committed to maintaining and improving access to our backcountry recreation areas. Many of our members have strong environmental values and are committed to working on environmental issues at the local and national level. If you think you could contribute to the cause, or the conversation, we’d love to hear from you.

Membership Rates

Section fees (including an ACC National Club membership)

  • Youth: $28
  • Adult: $43
  • Family: $65

     

Columbia Mountains Section

About the Section

The Columbia Mountains Section of the ACC is based in Revelstoke and includes the surrounding mountain areas of the Caribou, Monashee, Selkirk and Purcell Ranges. The section was the 24th regional section of the ACC, added in 2018. The section is active in the mountain biking, alpine climbing, rock climbing and backcountry skiing that the area is known for.
Visit the section website at www.cccolumbiamountains.com

Meeting and Socials

Location and timing of monthly meetings will be announced on the section's website. All members are invited to attend any meetings and the minutes will be available online for the members to review.

Trip Schedule

The section will be offering beginner and intermediate outings, including youth programs, as well as volunteer trail, hut, and maintenance work parties. The section will also be offering personal development training courses to educate and train our future trip leaders. More info on trip schedule will be posted on the Trips and Events page of the section's website.

Membership Rates

Section fees (including an ACC National Club membership)

  • Youth: $30
  • Adult: $53
  • Family: $95

Alberta

Rocky Mountain Section

About the Section

The ACC Rocky Mountain Section enjoys a home close to one of the most spectacular natural playgrounds in the world - the Canadian Rocky Mountains. With the Canadian Rockies at our back door, more than 1200 members of the Rocky Mountain Section (as of August 2017) participate in a wide range of mountain activities all year round. Whether it's hiking, scrambling, rock climbing, mountaineering, ice climbing, cross-country ski or ski touring, The Alpine Club of Canada's Rocky Mountain Section has it all!

Visit the Section website at: accrockymtn.ca or check out our section's Facebook page.

Meeting and Socials

Looking for climbing partners? Interested in updates on the latest avalanche technology? Do you want to learn more about first aid, local fauna or interesting areas to climb or ski? Or do you just want to get together with a bunch of fun people and drink beer while talking about climbing and skiing? Then our socials are for you!

We have slide shows or presentations most months except during the summer, when we're too busy climbing. They are usually in the evenings, often on Tuesday nights. We have pub nights whenever we feel like it. We also have climbing socials where we do some laps at Elevation Place Climbing Gym, and then head out to a local pub afterwards to socialize.

Trip Schedule

Section volunteers lead weekday and weekend trips throughout the year: hiking, scrambling, rock climbing, mountaineering, ice climbing, alpine ski touring, cross-country skiing. All of our trips are free for members, with the exception of overnight or multi-day trips with paid accommodation. The section also organizes 2 or 3 week-long lodge-based ski trips, priced on a break-even basis and led by an experienced trip coordinator. We also coordinate occasional international trips to places such as Kyrgyzstan, Chamonix, and Patagonia.

Huts and Other Activities

We offer many free or highly subsidized training courses to our members, including: Avalanche Safety, First Aid, Rock Rescue, Climbing Skills, Mountain Weather, Map and Compass, Crevasse Rescue, etc. In addition to formal training courses, our section organizes two programs each year designed to enhance your mountain skills:

  • A multi-day BIT (Backcountry Skiers in Training) program to introduce competent skiers to back country ski skills.
  • A ROCK (Rockies Outdoor Climbing Knowledge) Program, for members with some climbing experience who would like to be safe and competent participants on multi-pitch climbs.

 

Membership Rates

Joining the Rocky Mountain Section provides you with amazing opportunities for exploration and recreation, for learning and developing new skills, and for good companionship every day that you're involved in the Club. If you’re looking for five good reasons to join, please see this on our website. Section Fees (including an ACC National Club membership)

  • Youth: $31
  • Adult: $46
  • Family: $69

 

Jasper / Hinton Section

About the Section

The ACC Jasper / Hinton Section serves members from all over west central and northern Alberta and British Columbia. Most of the section activities take place in and around Jasper National Park from the eastern slopes of the Alberta Rockies to the Mt. Robson area, and south to the David Thompson area.

Trip Schedule

Section activities go year-round and include hiking, scrambling, summer and winter backcountry trips, alpine rock and sport climbing, general mountaineering and waterfall ice climbs. The section also offers courses in avalanche awareness, wilderness travel, snow and ice mountaineering, and leadership skills. There are lots of opportunities for beginners at rock or ice climbing, or anyone interested in exploring this area of the Rockies. We actively encourage members of other ACC sections to participate in any of our section trips.

Huts and Other Activities

Huts and other

Membership Rates

As a section we encourage members to become more involved and appreciate anyone that would like to help out with section activities. This section has a lot to offer to anyone that wants to enjoy this part of the mountains. Join us in Jasper / Hinton! Section Fees (including an ACC National Club membership) Youth: $27 Adult: $41 Family: $63

Meeting and Socials

Jasper / Hinton Section general meetings are held twice a year, usually coinciding with the publication of the section newsletter, The Silver Ice Axe, that contains our latest trip schedule. Our trip schedule is also available online on the section website here or by contacting the section executive.

Calgary Section

About the Section

The Calgary Section is a large section of over 1200 members involved in all facets of summer and winter mountaineering in the Canadian Rockies. An active and motivated group, the Section keeps a close eye on local and regional access and environment issues, primarily focussed on the Bow Valley, the National Mountain Parks, and Kananaskis Country. As well, the Section library contains over 400 volumes including fiction, expedition journals, guidebooks and instructional guides.

Visit the Section website at: acccalgary.ca

Trip Schedule

The Trip Schedule is a dynamic on-line scheduling application through which Trip Coordinators post their trips and manage their participants and wait lists. The events posted include courses, workshops, training nights, club/climbing nights, skiing, alpine, hikes, ice climbing, rock climbing (trad and sport), scrambles, meetings and socials! The events vary from easy evening or day trips to week-long alpine adventures to multi-week international expeditions.

All of the events posted by the Section are coordinated by competent, skilled, experienced Section volunteers.

The Calgary Section also has a burgeoning number of families that post family-oriented trips through-out the year. These include ski trips and weekend trips to one of the Alpine Clubs huts as well as laid-back climbing trips to local crags.

Huts and Other Activities

The Section's activities on the weekends extend from the peaks of Waterton in the south to the ramparts of Jasper in the north, and from the walls and canyons of the Ghost River in the east to the towers of the Bugaboos in the west, and all areas in between. In order to provide learning opportunities for novices and experienced mountaineers alike, the Section subsidizes weekend courses during the spring and the winter covering the full range of mountaineering skills: general mountaineering, leading and seconding on rock, aid climbing, wilderness first aid, rock rescue techniques, ice climbing, telemark skiing technique, crevasse rescue, and avalanche safety and awareness.

In addition, for committed trip leaders, the Section organizes advanced leadership weekends and courses throughout the year. All of these courses and leadership weekends are instructed by certified members of the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG). The Section also encourages Section Trip Leaders and volunteers to apply for participation in the national club leadership development program, co-sponsored by The North Face.

Membership Rates

Section Fees (including an ACC National Club membership)

  • Youth: $27
  • Adult: $53
  • Family: $75
Visit the Section website at: www.acccalgary.ca

Meeting and Socials

The Section meets on the third Tuesday of each month (except July and August, although in August there is a barbeque instead) at 7:30pm at the Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Centre in Calgary at 1320 5 Avenue NW. The meetings feature a short business meeting followed by a guest presenter and lots of opportunity to socialise with other members and meet new climbing or skiing partners over a beer or a glass of wine.

Social events include the Rock Review, early in June, and the Ice Review, early in January of each year. These events provide a social venue as well as an opportunity for novices to try out some easy climbing after demonstrating some basic skills and for seasoned section veterans to "refresh" their technique on rock or ice after the shoulder season. The Section also holds an annual photography competition, normally in the spring, the results of which are published on the section website. A volunteer barbeque is held each fall as a "Thank you" to all of the active, supportive section members who contribute their time each year towards the Section's objectives.

Central Alberta Section

About the Section

Although the Central Alberta Section is based out of Red Deer, it has members in many outlying Central Alberta communities – some as far away as Lloydminster and Wainwright. Members are offered opportunities to participate in outdoor activities together no matter where they live.

Visit the Section website at: http://sites.google.com/site/acccentralalbertasection/

Meeting and Socials

Monthly meetings to discuss upcoming trips, plan additional trips, respond to questions and discuss the needs of the club are held September thru June on the first Tuesday of the month at the Collicutt Centre in Red Deer. The meetings are open to all. The Section newsletter, The Runout, is distributed quarterly to keep members updated on the latest happenings in the Central Alberta Section as well as news from other sections and the national club.

Trip Schedule

During the summer season the Section offers rock climbing, alpine climbing, scrambling, hiking and backpacking trips. During the winter season the Section provides backcountry skiing and ice climbing. Trips are open to all Section members. The trip schedules (available on the Section website or printed in its newsletters) outline Section activities throughout the year. All members are welcome to take part in these events by emailing or calling the contact person.

Huts and Other Activities

Annual skill reviews for both summer and winter activities are also held. These skill reviews (rock in the summer/ice in the winter) provide a good start to the season. These events are designed for review purposes as well as an introduction for the novice. The section tries to cover various types of outdoor activities but the emphasis is mainly on scrambles, rock climbs, ice climbs, and mountaineering trips. Members meet at local climbing walls on a regular basis – for more information, please contact one of the executive.

Membership Rates

Section Fees (including an ACC National Club membership)

  • Youth: $29
  • Adult: $43
  • Family: $65
Visit the Section website at: http://sites.google.com/site/acccentralalbertasection/

 

Edmonton Section

About the Section

The Edmonton Section offers a wide variety of winter and summer mountain activities for both the novice and experienced mountaineer, including hiking, backpacking, scrambling, mountaineering, rock climbing, ice climbing, cross-country skiing or ski touring, and indoor climbing, as well as leadership training and a full trip schedule.

The Section has a very active Environment Committee to help protect the mountain environment we all enjoy and always welcomes new members. The Edmonton Section is a steward of the Whitehorse Wildland Park (Cardinal Divide Natural Area), a 65 sq km area bordering Jasper National Park in the northern front ranges of the Rockies.

Visit the Section website at: accedmonton.ca

Meeting and Socials

Monthly meetings featuring a slide show and guest speaker are held on the third Tuesday of every month (except July, August and December). Everyone is welcome to attend the meetings to find out more about the Club, meet new people, and find climbing and skiing partners.

The section conducts two socials each year. The first is a Section BBQ held in June and the second is a Photo Contest / Wine & Cheese held in November. The Section BBQ is the final club event before the summer break and always proves to be a great place for planning some summer adventure. The Photo Contest / Wine & Cheese is a cherished opportunity to share our adventures through photos and maybe win a prize in the process.

A special bonus for Edmonton Section members are "Club Nights at the Urban Uprising Climbing Complex." Club Nights are held 1-2 Sunday evenings per month, September though April. Club Nights are free for current members of the Edmonton Section. Members also enjoy special rates at local climbing gyms.

Trip Schedule

Trips are the heart and soul of the club. The section publishes a summary of all section trips, courses, and camps in our Summer and Winter schedules in The Breeze newsletter and on the Section website. The offerings any given year depend on members' needs and the availability of volunteer leaders. Section trips are volunteer led, so participants must be self-sufficient. The trip leader will let participants know the equipment and skills required for a trip.

Huts and Other Activities

The Section offers many opportunities for both the novice and experienced mountaineer to learn something new. Two special courses for novices, "Winter in the Mountains", and "Summer in the Mountains" are held in the winter and spring of each year. Courses on avalanche safety, navigation, glacier travel, wilderness first aid, climbing and mountaineering are available for all members to improve their skills. Special training weekends for trip leaders cover ski touring, ice climbing or mountaineering, and cover general leadership skills and group management.

Within the section, members can acquire new skills through courses and trips. Beginners can learn the basics of mountaineering, mountain travel, and safety, through our Summer and Winter in the Mountain courses which include weekday evening lectures and weekend practical training. Regular courses are held on more advanced topics, such as rescue, avalanche, first-aid, rock, ice, alpine & ski leadership and more. The skills developed in these programs and through your participation in section trips will enable you to organize, lead, and enjoy personal or section trips and camps.

Membership Rates

Section Fees (including an ACC National Club membership)

  • Youth: $32
  • Adult: $55
  • Family: $76
Visit the Section website at: www.accedmonton.ca

Southern Alberta Section

About the Section

The Section offers mountain recreation including hiking, backpacking, scrambling, mountain biking, cross country and backcountry skiing, rock and ice climbing, and mountaineering in the spectacular mountain areas of Southern Alberta, as well as northwest Montana.

Visit the Section website at: https://southernalbertaalpineclub.squarespace.com/

Meeting and Socials

The Section holds monthly Executive Committee meetings and an Annual General Meeting and a variety of ad hoc events that provide an opportunity for members to meet and a great way for the public to find out more about the section.

The Section hosts Annual Events:

  • Winter Film Festival
  • Spring Tick Fest
  • Summer Camp
  • Winter Ice Opener
  • Winter Camp

Trip Schedule

A Trip Schedule is posted on the Section website.

Huts and Other Activities

In addition to regularly scheduled trips, the Section offers training courses (e.g., avalanche safety courses)

Membership Rates

Section Fees (including an ACC National Club membership)

  • Youth: $28
  • Adult: $48
  • Family: $72
Visit the Section website at: https://southernalbertaalpineclub.squarespace.com/

 


Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan Section

About the Section

Originally formed in 1921, the Saskatchewan Section closed in 1946 and was re-formed in 1995. The Section goal is to fill the alpine needs of enthusiasts living hours away from anything remotely vertical.

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isit the Section website at: www.accsask.ca

Meeting and Socials

The Section hosts the Banff Mountain Film Festival, photo contests and climbing nights.

Trip Schedule

An Events Calendar is posted on the Section website.

Huts and Other Activities

The Section offers training, a growing trip schedule, a section newsletter The Prairie Pitch, members swap 'n shop, social activities and the companionship of people willing to drive many hours to the mountains, even just for a weekend. Members are interested in a full range of outdoor activities from cooking, mountaineering, biking, hiking, rock and ice climbing, and canoeing, to 8000m Himalayan expeditions.

Membership Rates

Section Fees (including an ACC National Club membership)

  • Youth: $26
  • Adult: $38
  • Family: $59
Visit the Section website at: www.accsask.ca

Great Plains Section

About the Section

The Great Plains section, formed in May 2018, is based in Regina, SK. We are an active group of people who love to have fun outdoors, no matter what the activity. Since the topography of Saskatchewan doesn’t support alpine activities very well, we travel the globe (well, more likely a 12 hour driving radius) to reach our playgrounds. Some of us ski, some climb rock and ice, some ascend mountains, some canoe and kayak and some hike the beautiful paths that nature has created.

We want to get more Saskatchewan people outdoors. Our aim is to run a number of trips each year, mentor new members, provide skills training and support for leaders and to have a TON of fun while doing it all. If you’d like to join us, we’d love to have you. We promise, it will be the most fun you’ll ever have “...at the 100th meridian, where the Great Plains begin…" (Thanks Gord Downie for the use of this amazing quote)

While we work on getting our website established, you can visit our Facebook page for all of the up to date information on trips and activities.

Visit the Section website here: accgreatplains.ca

Meeting and Socials

We have some great plans in the works. Watch our Facebook page for upcoming general membership meetings and social activities.

Trip Schedule

Stay tuned to Facebook for upcoming trip announcements.

Huts and Other Activities

Membership Rates

Section Fees (including an ACC National Club membership)

  • Youth: $26
  • Adult: $38
  • Family: $59

Manitoba

Manitoba Section

About the Section

The Manitoba Section was created in 1907, following the meeting that formed the ACC in Winnipeg in 1906. Initially, the Section coordinated Manitoban extensive exploratory mountaineering in Western Canada. The Section offers year-round club activities including rock and ice climbing, cross-country skiing and mountaineering in Canada and U.S. Visit the Section website at: www.accmanitoba.ca

Meeting and Socials

The Section's current activities are volunteer-based running climbs for beginners and experts, both locally in northwest Ontario and farther afield. There are general meetings and social evenings are held each year. The bottom line is fun. The Section hosts annual special events:

  • The Banff Festival of Mountain Films
  • Radical Reels Film Tour
  • Slide show presentations from renowned climbers and mountaineers
  • Trip Schedule

    A Calendar of Events is posted on the Section Website.

    Huts and Other Activities

    In addition to its trip schedule the Section holds skill-developing courses and workshops: Climbing skills and safety workshops Instructor certification courses First-aid courses

    Membership Rates

    Section Fees (including an ACC National Club membership)

  • Youth: $28
  • Adult: $44
  • Family: $65
  • Visit the Section website at: www.accmanitoba.ca

    Saint BonIFACE Section

    About the Section

    The francophone Saint-Boniface Section was founded in 1993, offering rock and ice climbing, hiking and mountaineering in Manitoba. The safe practice of these activities and the protection of different climbing sites are a priority. In addition, the Section offers various programs and services designed to empower people in the practice of outdoor activities in the mountains.

    Visit the Section website at: http://www.cesb.net/le-club/?lang=en

    Meeting and Socials

    The Section’s newsletter, Le Relais informs its members about meetings and socials, as well as the various activities organized by the club. The Section hosts the annual Festiglace de Saint-Boniface.

    Trip Schedule

    From time to time, the Section organizes climbing excursions in the Whiteshell and Lake of the Woods to allow our members to practice cliff climbing techniques. Every summer, the Club offers a week of hiking and exploration in the Rocky Mountains. A Calendar is posted on the Section website.

    Huts and Other Activities

    The Section’s interior climbing wall, located in École Précieux-Sang gymnasium, is open Tuesdays and Fridays from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m (except July and August). The 7 meter high climbing structure has a variety of climbing features, including a 6 meter long roof. Climbers have a choice between top roping and lead climbing. During the summer months the Section’s 20-meter climbing tower is available for wall climbing. Top roping, lead climbing and dry tooling are only a few of the options available on this very versatile climbing structure. In the winter, the Section’s three-sided permanent ice tower offers a variety of ice climbing in varying degrees of difficulty. The ice tower is open every Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (weather permitting). Floodlights make evening climbing enjoyable. The season usually starts at the end of December and lasts to the end of March. A limited amount of ice climbing equipment is available (on a share basis) free of charge.

    Membership Rates

    Section Fees (including an ACC National Club membership)

    • Youth: $39
    • Adult: $53
    • Family: $82

    Visit the Section website at: http://www.cesb.net/le-club/?lang=en


    Ontario

    Thunder Bay Section

    About the Section

    The Thunder Bay Section actively promotes the city and region as a climbing destination with unique benefits. Hundreds of rock and ice routes are established in the area, most have short approaches, and there are no avalanches to spoil the day! With about 150 members, the Section is active in running events and projects, new route development, upgrading anchors on established climbs, publishing guidebooks, building a library of resources, and promoting climbing as a life-style activity in the local education system.

    Visit the Section website at: www.acctbay.ca

    Meeting and Socials

    The Section hosts the annual "Best of the Banff Festival of Mountain Films". With an ideal venue at the community auditorium, the "film fest" has become a record-breaking, don't-miss event. The ACC website has channeled many enquiries about climbing in the Thunder Bay area to the Section, and each season the Section looks forward to helping visitors discover the endless possibilities for adventure in the area. Many climbers hosted by the ACC in Thunder Bay have returned home with new friendships and plans to return to the area.

    Trip Schedule

    An Events Calendar is posted on the Section website.

    Huts and Other Activities

    Section members have the opportunity to participate locally in first-rate courses, clinics and workshops to improve their skills for safe enjoyment of the vertical environment. The Section demonstrates its commitment to the region's resources through stewardship of local crags, participation in Project Peregrine, and establishment of a cache of rescue gear, "Project OBEEK", in the Orient Bay area.

    Membership Rates

    Section Fees (including an ACC National Club membership)

    • Youth: $38
    • Adult: $48
    • Family: $85

    Visit the Section website at: www.acctbay.ca

    Toronto Section

    About the Section

    Despite being situated thousands of kilometres from the nearest "real" mountains, the Toronto Section has been flourishing for most of the last eighty years. In the 1920s and early '30s, a small group of ACC members, who were referred to as the Toronto Committee, made their annual pilgrimage to Western Canada for the challenge and fulfillment of finding their way up a mountain. By 1933, however, this group had disbanded. The early 1950s again saw Toronto-based members banding together for mutual benefit. The Section was officially re-launched on September 23, 1957, with a motion by the National Club incorporating the Section into the ACC.

    Visit the Section website at: www.AlpineClubToronto.ca

    Meeting and Socials

    Special nights at local climbing gyms and social get-togethers are also among the Section's offerings.

    Trip Schedule

    Section members rock climb, in traditional and sport styles, at areas largely discovered and/or developed by ACC members, such as Rattlesnake Point, Lionshead, Buffalo Crag, Kelso and Mount Nemo, all located on the Niagara Escarpment west of Toronto, and Bon Echo, 4 hours northeast of Toronto. Toronto Section members ice climb at areas such as Eagles Nest, Fish Lake, Schooner Lake and Bow Lake.

    A Calendar of Events is posted on the Section website.

    Huts and Other Activities

    In the early 1960s, the Section built the Bon Echo Hut to meet the need to stay overnight at the nearest climbing area. The Bon Echo Hut continues to this day as one of the main activities of the Toronto Section, and includes a Section-run boat service to the Hut and to the water-accessed base of the climbs.

    Mountaineering is supported through the participation of members in national camps, organizing Section camps in the mountains of Western and Northern Canada, coordinated weekend backcountry ski, snowshoe, hiking, and mountain climbing trips to areas north of Toronto and in the Adirondack Mountains, and organizing mountaineering skills workshops and courses.

    The Section also has an Access Committee, whose goal is to work with all stakeholders: private land owners, governmental regulatory bodies, and members of the local climbing community; to facilitate open access to, and responsible use of, local climbing areas.

    Membership Rates

    Section Fees (including an ACC National Club membership)

    • Adult: $49
    • Family: $74

    Visit the Section website at: www.AlpineClubToronto.ca

    Ottawa Section

    About the Section

    The Ottawa Section has approximately 425 members and growing. The nearby Gatineau Hills are the Section's main playground, offering some great rock and ice climbing, hiking and skiing.

    Visit the Section website at: www.alpineclubottawa.ca

    Meeting and Socials

    The Section hosts pub nights, slide shows and other social events.

    Trip Schedule

    Throughout the year a wide range of hiking- and climbing-related courses are offered, including introductory courses for those wanting to try rock and ice climbing. An Events Calendar is posted on the Section's website.

    Huts and Other Activities

    The Section’s volunteer climbing and hiking leaders organize local trips to the Eardley Escarpment in the Gatineaus, as well as weekend trips to the Adirondacks, the Laurentians and to the Toronto Section cabin at Bon Echo. Less frequent trips are made to the Shawanagunks in New York State and to the White Mountains in New Hampshire.

    Each summer the Section also organizes summer camps in the Rocky and Selkirk mountains, based in the ACC’s mountain huts. These include general camps suited to both hikers and climbers, as well as mountaineering camps.

    Training course are offered throughout the year.

    Membership Rates

    Section Fees (including an ACC National Club membership)

    • Youth: $28
    • Adult: $48
    • Family: $70

    Visit the Section website at: www.alpineclubottawa.ca


    Quebec

    Outaouais Section

    About the Section

    The francophone Outaouais Section offers a wide range of activities including rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking , snowshoeing, cross country and telemark skiing. The Section is run by its members and activities are organized on a voluntary basis.

    Meeting and Socials

    The Outaouais Section is for people who have a sense of adventure and who would like to practice their favourite outdoor activities with like-minded people.

    Trip Schedule

    A Calendar of Events is posted on the Section's website.

    Huts and Other Activities

    The Section offers activities for all tastes and levels. The only prerequisite is a love of the outdoors and a desire for physical fitness! Activities take place primarily in the beautiful Outaouais region, which includes Gatineau Park. In addition to single day activities, the section also offers weekends in nearby provincial and national parks, as well as trips to the Adirondacks and elsewhere in Canada and the United States.

    Membership Rates

    Section Fees (including an ACC National Club membership)

    • Adult: $51
    • Family: $73

    Visit the Section website at: www.cac-outaouais.org

    Laurentian Section

    About the Section

    Created in May 2010, the francophone Laurentian Section of the ACC is located in the Mt. Tremblant region of Quebec, a premier rock and ice climbing area north of Montreal. The section welcomes climbers of all abilities and is very active in all seasons. The Laurentian Section does not have a website, but more information is available by contacting the Section Chair Gaetan Castilloux via email.

    Meeting and Socials

    No information is currently available for meeting and socials pertaining to the Laurentian Section.

    Trip Schedule

    Outings take place primarily in the local Mt. Tremblant region, but the trip schedule always includes outings in other regions of Quebec (such as Kamouraska) and the United States (such as the Gunks). The Section also offers longer trips to the Rockies and the Alps of France and Italy.

    Huts and Other Activities

    The Laurentian Section puts a great priority on the development of climbing and cliffs in its vast local region and operates the Montagne d’Argent Hut in the nearby Montagne d’Argent Climbing Park.

    The Laurentian Section offers training in rock and ice climbing to enthusiastic novices and longer, more involved outings for experienced members. The most important requirement for participation in the section is a great desire to recreate outdoors and a true taste for adventure

    Membership Rates

    Section Fees (including an ACC National Club membership)

    • Adult: $57
    • Family: $79

    The Laurentian Section does not have a website, but more information is available by contacting the Section Chair Gaetan Castilloux via email.

    Montreal Section

    About the Section

    The Montréal Section has about 500 members, both French and English speaking, who share a common passion for the outdoors. The Section's goal is to unite outdoor enthusiasts in Quebec who share a common interest for mountain activities.The Section is committed to help promote environmentally friendly behaviors by investing in eco-funds, funding other eco-organizations and organizing eco-awareness activities. It also actively assists other associations with the maintenance of trails and climbing areas and also on the negotiation front ensuring access to them and opening new ones.

    Meeting and Socials

    The Section hosts social events in pubs, annual BBQ at our Keene Hut, slide show presentations and much more.

    Trip Schedule

    The section offers a full range of Mountain sport activities including hiking, climbing, skiing and mountaineering. A trip schedule is posted on the Section website.

    Huts and Other Activities

    The Montréal Section owns 105 acres of meadow and woodlands in the Adirondack Forest Preserve in New York State. The property, known as Keene Farm, has a large two-storey log cabin which accommodates up to 35 people. It is open year round with a wood stove and propane gas heating and cooking. The Section also rents a ski house in the lower Laurentian Mountains just north of Montréal that serves for skiing and winter outings.

    The Section organizes outdoor activities and courses to improve technical, safety and leadership skills in the Montréal area and the mountain ranges of Quebec, New York, Vermont and New Hampshire.

    Membership Rates

    Section Fees (including an ACC National Club membership)

    • Youth: $33
    • Adult: $50
    • Family: $79

    Visit the Section website at: www.accmontreal.ca


    Atlantic Provinces

    Newfoundland & Labrador Section

    About the Section

    The Mission of the Newfoundland & Labrador Section is to explore, develop, and maintain climbing areas in Newfoundland as well as promote safe climbing and environmental awareness through communication, education, and community events.

    Meeting and Socials

    The Section holds Executive committee meetings once/month and an Annual General Meeting. The Section holds numerous events each year for people to try climbing outside, experience new aspects of climbing, or learn the skills needed to climb safely. The Section can also help members find partners or groups of people to climb with locally.

    Trip Schedule

    An Event Calendar is posted on the Section's website.

    Huts and Other Activities

    Newfoundland hasn't earned the nickname "The Rock" without good reason. All around the island are different rock formations, from sandstone and conglomerate sea cliffs on the Avalon Peninsula to bullet hard granite on the south coast and limestone cliffs and caves in the west. There is huge potential for climbing in Newfoundland but hardly any of it has been explored and developed.

    Membership Rates

    Section Fees (including an ACC National Club membership)

    • Youth: $30
    • Adult: $50
    • Family: $75

    Visit the Section website at: www.accnl.ca