The 2018 Mountain Guides Ball


The 29th Annual Mountain Guides Ball

The Mountain Guides Ball is an annual gala event of The Alpine Club of Canada (ACC) and the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG) that brings together members of the mountain community to celebrate our mountain culture and raise funds for the ACC’s Environment Fund.

Each year, a Patron is honoured for their contribution to our mountain community and new mountain guides are awarded their UIAGM pins. The Chateau Lake Louise serves up a gourmet dinner with wine and the evening’s final hours are spent socializing and dancing.

2018 Silent Auction

The Summit Bid Auction is now live!

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The silent auction for the 2018 Mountain Guides Ball will have a brand new face this year, with a commitment to building our Environment Fund to increase investments in mountain conservation.

We recognize that access to the mountains obligates us to understand and protect these unique environments. We are committed to stewardship of the areas in which we recreate and to leadership in their preservation and protection. Your auction bids directly fund this legacy of environmental improvement and we thank you for your support!

Learn more about how you can support our Environment Fund.

Donate to the Environment Fund


The Summit Bid auction is made possible by the ACC’s outstanding partners whose investments support our club in many ways, most directly by supporting the ACC Environment Fund. Sincere thanks go out to all of our donors for their generous ongoing support!


Adam J. Temple: Donated two pieces from his "Peaks of Interest" portrait series dedicated to presenting some of the most beloved peaks of Canada’s wild west through the eyes of an alpinist.
Kayla Eykelboom: Kayla is inspired by adventuring with my loved ones, protecting wild spaces and creatures, celebrating this beautiful and precious planet, sharing the essence of Adventure and encouraging others to responsibly GET OUTSIDE!
Alpine Club of Canada: A donation of a complete set of CAJ's from 1907 to 2018. Read the all the cutting-edge ascents from any year within the timeframe of the CAJ!
Outdoor Research: Outdoor Research creates these pieces, inspired by relentless adventurers - empowering you and the outdoor community.
Mountain Hardwear: Mountain Hardwear makes bomb-proof gear that has stood the test of time and continuously equips the biggest expeditions in the world.
Sorcerer Lodge: Sorcerer Lodge is a comfortable, rustic backcountry lodge. It’s located on a cliff right above Wizard Lake with a view from the deck of the massive Nordic Glacier.
Purcell Mountain Lodge: Purcell Mountain Lodge is a backcountry Lodge suited for all ages and abilities. We are a "backcountry lodge for everyone to enjoy!"

2018 MGB Patron: Bernadette McDonald

Congratulations to Bernadette McDonald on being named Patron of the 2018 MGB!

Life and Career

Bernadette McDonald is a Canadian-born author of several non-fiction books, primarily on mountain culture topics, including Brotherhood of the Rope, Tomaž Humar, Freedom Climbers and Art Of Freedom.

She grew up on a prairie farm. Her childhood and most of her education was focused on music, with a special emphasis on the performance of contemporary classical chamber music. She studied at Pacific Lutheran University, the University of Western Ontario and The Banff Centre. She moved to the Canadian Rockies in the early 1970s.

She volunteered for the Banff Mountain Film Festival and she worked at The Banff Centre for twenty years, directing the Banff Mountain Festivals and starting the Mountain Culture division. She resigned from her position of vice president, Mountain Culture in 2006 to concentrate on writing.

She lectures on a variety of mountain topics for universities, festivals and alpine clubs, consults on mountain cultural issues with start-up festivals and mountain institutes, and curates mountain-related exhibitions. She has received a number of honours, including the Alberta Order of Excellence, the Summit of Excellence Award, the King Albert Award and several mountain literary prizes such as the 2011 and the 2017 Boardman Tasker Prize for Mountain Literature. She was Canada’s representative at the United Nations to launch the International Year of Mountains.

She has traveled widely, from South Africa to Iceland, Tibet to Patagonia, New Zealand to India, France to Turkey and Italy. She lives with her husband Alan McDonald in Banff, Alberta and in Naramata, British Columbia.

Authored Works

  • Art of Freedom - The life and climbs of Voytek Kurtyka, Rocky Mountain Books, 2017, Calgary, Alberta
  • Alpine Warriors, Rocky Mountain Books, 2015, Calgary, Alberta
  • Keeper of the Mountains: The Elizabeth Hawley Story, Rocky Mountain Books, 2012, Calgary, Alberta
  • Freedom Climbers, Rocky Mountain Books, 2011, Calgary, Alberta
  • Tomaž Humar, Random House, Spring 2008, London
  • Brotherhood of the Rope, Baton Wicks, 2007, London
  • Brotherhood of the Rope, The Mountaineers Books, 2007, Seattle, Washington
  • Ti telefono a Katmandu, CDA Vivalda Editori, 2006, Turin
  • Wir Sehen Uns in Kathmandu, Bergverlag Rother, 2006, Munich
  • I’ll Call You in Kathmandu: the Elizabeth Hawley Story, The Mountaineers Books, 2005, Seattle
  • Ritratti dalle vette, alpinisti fotografati da Craig Richards, Museo della Montagna, 2003


2018 Evening Program

Saturday, October 27, 2018

4:00 pm – Slideshow by Patron Bernadette McDonald in Beehive and Lakeshore Trails Rooms
4:00 pm – Silent Auction in the Mount Temple Ballroom foyer
4:30 pm – Cocktails
6:30 pm – Scrumptious four-course dinner in the Mount Temple Ballroom
9:00 pm – Silent Auction end after the final speech
10:00 pm – Dancing to Live DJ

If you're staying at the Chateau, please let them know that you're booking as a guest of the MGB and you'll get a discounted rate.

2018 Menu


Yukon Gold Potato & Three Onions


Baby spinach – silvered almonds, sun-dried cranberries, lightly pickled beets, maple ice wine dressing

Main Course

Herb-marinated beef tenderloin, buttermilk mashed potatoes, merlot demi-glace

Vegetarian Option (must be pre-ordered)

Vegan mushroom & spinach butternut cannelloni, cauliflower & potato cake, smoked tomato sauce


Espresso Crème Brûlée with Baileys Ice Cream      

Freshly Brewed Coffee, Decaffeinated Coffee or Tea

Complimentary wine will be at each table. Additional bottles may be purchased.

The 2018 Mountain Guides Ball IS sponsored in part by:

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We had a great time at the 28th annual Mountain Guides Ball

Check out or download all the evening's photos
Gallery: photos by Adrienne Marie Photography

We thank everyone who made the 2017 MGB possible!