The Alpine Club of Canada

About Us



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. 


We appreciate that the lands known today as Canada are home to the enduring presence of all First Nations and Métis people, and the Inuit and 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. The Alpine Club of Canada’s head office 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 are passionate about fostering a sense of community, inspiring adventure, and promoting responsible mountain travel. As a non-profit organization, our mission is to encourage and facilitate access to wild places while ensuring their long-term preservation for future generations. 


With a diverse membership base ranging from seasoned climbers to outdoor enthusiasts taking their first steps in the backcountry, the ACC offers a welcoming and inclusive environment for individuals of all skill levels. Whether you are an experienced mountaineer seeking new challenges or volunteer/mentorship opportunities, or someone looking to explore the beauty of your local mountains and outdoor areas, we have a place for you in our community. 


Our regional sections form the core of The Alpine Club of Canada, offering members the chance to join the ACC community as well as to volunteer with the club. Mountaineering, hiking, climbing and skiing activities are often free or offered at a minimal cost to members. Sections provide opportunities to learn essential skills for safe mountain travel, make new friends, and participate in social functions and volunteering initiatives, including environmental advocacy and section leadership 

Join The Alpine Club of Canada today and embark on a journey of discovery, camaraderie, and unforgettable mountain experiences. 


As an ACC member, you 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. 


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 mountain and forest 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. 


We are committed to environmental stewardship and promoting sustainable practices in the mountains. The ACC actively engages in conservation initiatives, advocating for the preservation of fragile alpine ecosystems, and promoting Leave No Trace principles. We believe that by fostering a deep respect for nature, we can help protect the pristine wilderness that makes Canada’s mountains so special. 


ACC Membership

We’ve been passionate about climbing, hiking and skiing in alpine environments for over 100 years. Everyone is welcome.