Canadian Alpine Journal - The year of climbing in Canada

Published annually since 1907, The Canadian Alpine Journal (CAJ) is the flagship publication of the ACC. It is the permanent record of the biggest ascents, finest photography and most inspiring accomplishments. The CAJ is equal parts detailed route descriptions, introspective writing, science and humour.

This is our country’s representation of the year’s climbing in all its forms from coast to coast to coast and by Canadians abroad. To the mountain community, the CAJ is a collection of writings that individually and together celebrate the precious value and the infinite possibilities of life in the mountains.

The CAJ is published in July and is mailed to ACC members who have selected the CAJ upgrade with their membership. It can also be purchased from our Online Store . If you add the CAJ to your membership as a subscription BEFORE June 26, you will pay only $22 (including free shipping within Canada) and be one of the first to receive it as part of the July mailout. After that it will be available for purchase through the online store.

Members: add the CAJ Subscription option to your membership by emailing Office Manager: Micki Chong

Current Issue: Volume 103, 2020

The 2020 Canadian Alpine Journal is brimming with great feature articles and regional stories including full colour photos throughout its 182 pages. We are expecting this issue to sell out, so be sure to order your copy today!

Sneak a peek before you buy!

You can read the first few pages of Bronwyn Hodgins' Everlasting Daylight here: 2020 CAJ
Retail: $29.95 | Members: $25.26 | Subscription: $22.00

Feature articles:

Everlasting Daylight — Bronwyn Hodgins
Sound of Silence — Brette Harrington
The Last Climb — John Roskelley
Atychiphobia — Sarah Hueniken
Waddington End to End — Simon Richardson
A Year Behind the Lens — Tim Banfield 

Sneak a peek at the opening spreads of the feature articles here: 2020 CAJ Features

Additional content in these categories:

The Cultural Ranges – The North – The West Coast – The Interior – The Rockies – The East – Foreign – Remembrances – Reviews – Index

Back Issues

Back issues of some issues of the CAJ are available. Contact the national office ( for details

Patrons of the CAJ

These companies have donated generously to make the CAJ possible. We thank them sincerely.

Patrons of the CAJ are recognized in the Journal and in various ACC channels. For information on becoming a CAJ patron, please contact Keith Haberl

Content and Submissions

It is expected that the CAJ represent Canadian climbing coast-to-coast, and that the information in the Journal is current and reflective of the broadest standards of style and ranges of difficulty.

The CAJ, and its legacy to the climbing community, could not happen without each year’s contributors. Our goal is to create the definitive record of Canadian climbing and to make that resource available for generations to come. We gladly accept articles that have been previously published in other periodicals. The CAJ does not pay for words or images.

Contact Information:

Sean Isaac, CAJ Editor
201 Indian Flats Road
PO Box 8040 Station Main
Canmore, AB   T1W 2T8
T: 403-609-7590

Download the CAJ contributor guidelines (pdf).