The Alpine Club of Canada

ACC Vision and Mission

The Alpine Club of Canada is guided by the following Vision, Mission and Values statements. These represent the principles and beliefs of the ACC, going back over 100 years. These statements were formally adopted in December of 2014 and updated in 2016.


To bring together, and give voice to, Canada’s mountaineering community.


The Alpine Club of Canada promotes alpine experiences, knowledge and culture; responsible access; and excellence in mountain skills and leadership.


We as a community:

  • Affirm the intrinsic value of mountain regions and mountain sports to the human spirit.
  • Willingly share our knowledge of the mountain environment and recreational best practices with others.
  • Endeavour to conduct ourselves safely in the mountain environment at all times.
  • Have a responsibility to continue to increase our knowledge of the alpine environment, and to minimize our impact upon it.
  • Recognize that personal fulfillment in the outdoors has diverse expressions, but a common foundation in personal responsibility.
  • Are mindful and respectful of our history and legacy.


The following goals represent ideal states for the ACC, to be continually pursued:

  • ENHANCE our capacity to meet member needs, engage more volunteers, strengthen membership stability and reach out to our youth.
  • ADVANCE our financial sustainability to ensure we have the means to expand our facilities and programs.
  • EXPAND networks and communications to build public awareness and support membership growth.
  • IMPROVE how we do things and how we work together.

Strategic Plan

The changes in leadership last May have led to a deep dive into the governance and operations of the club. We questioned some of what we do and explored new possibilities. This resulted in what we hope is a fresh way of looking at the organization and the environment it operates in.


The ACC bylaws are available here:

The July 2023 bylaws supersede the October 2021 version and reflect the following changes:

  • Board members are subject to term limits with a maximum of two, 3-year terms (Article IV, Section A),
  • Changes were made to the Nomination Committee to facilitate the recruitment of board member and to better meet our diversity goals (Article IV, Section B),
  • The Nomination committee will aim to put forth a slate of 3 to 5 candidates for each position who meet the selection criteria (no recommended candidate).


The ACC’s original constitution from 1906 is available here:

Code of Conduct

The ACC’s Code of Conduct policy can be found here: