Support The Alpine Club of Canada

Whether your passion is celebrating mountain culture, embarking on amazing adventures, or experiencing the ACC back-country hut system – you can help The Alpine Club of Canada make these activities and many other projects possible by making a donation today.

Greatest Needs

Strengthening your national alpine club for generations to come

The Greatest Needs Fund is a permanent legacy of the ACC. This fund has been in place for over 15 years, and has grown considerably over that time through generous donations and bequests from members who included the ACC in their estate planning. Interest income is used annually to support strategic priorities and projects. Funding distributed through grants approved by the ACC Board of Directors.

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Philippe Delesalle Fund

Help disadvantaged Youth experience Canada's Mountains

The Philippe Delesalle Fund was created to support disadvantaged children and youth who would otherwise have limited opportunities to experience the mountains, mountain life and mountain culture. Each year, the proceeds of this fund will be used to finance underprivileged individuals attending a youth-specific immersive mountaineering camp or related program.

Philippe Delesalle was a father, mountain lover, adventurer and architect who resided in Banff until his passing in 2020.

Your contribution will increase the impact of the Philippe Delesalle Fund.

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Environment Fund

Preserving and protecting our playground

Wilderness is a diminishing and irreplaceable resource of great intrinsic value, not only to those who recreate in its spaces, but to everyone on our planet. The Environment Fund is a permanent fund to be used to create a legacy of environmental improvement.

The Environment Fund provides financial support annually to projects related to preservation of the alpine and Arctic environments and climbing areas in Canada. Your donation goes directly to these projects.

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Facilities Fund

Help maintain the largest network of backcountry huts in North America

The ACC’s hut system is the largest in North America. The huts are used as bases for mountain recreation and as emergency refuges for all mountain travellers. They are a symbol of the ACC and an enormous part of our Club’s past, present and future. Operating and maintaining this hut system is a large undertaking physically, logistically and financially.

Your contribution to the Facilities Fund will be used to facilitate renovations to the Club’s national level huts in British Columbia and Alberta and the ACC Clubhouse in Canmore.

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Leadership Development Fund

Support the next generation of club leaders

Created in 1997, the Leadership Development Fund supports activities and programs undertaken by the ACC to develop and train volunteer mountaineering leaders. These activities and programs are also supported by several names designated funds such as the Jen Higgins Fund, Jim Colpitts Memorial Scholarship, Karl Nagy Memorial Scholarship and Louise Guy Commemorative fund. Learn more about these funds here.Your donation helps amateur leaders from our local sections build their skills in a variety of ways, including the Leadership Program supported by The North Face.

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Girls on Ice Canada

Support Tuition-free science and adventure learning for young women in Canada

The Girls On Ice Canada (GOIC) Fund supports a wilderness program for Canadian high school girls operated under the auspices of the ACC. Each summer, girls from diverse communities and backgrounds across Canada are chosen for a tuition-free, 12-day science-immersion expedition led by female scientists, mountain guides and artists.

The program interweaves science, art and adventure to inspire leadership, curiosity and confidence in its young participants and supports the development of a new generation of volunteer leaders. Donations to the Fund will support the ACC’s vision to grow the GOIC program across Canada.

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Mountain Culture Fund

Preserving and protecting our playground

The Mountain Culture Fund celebrates the Club’s leadership in Canadian alpine culture through the presentation and celebration of literature, art, history and heritage as well as mountain-related science.

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Mountain Muskox Mentorship

Donate to PeeR support for those who've experienced mountain trauma

Our peer circle can provide healing safety, connection and support. Your donation will go to supporting mountain community members coming together with professional clinicians to create a sustainable support network for those who have gone through a traumatic event in the mountains.

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Spearhead Huts Society

Help Support the First Stop on the Spearhead Traverse: the Kees and Claire Hut

The Kees and Claire Hut at Russet Lake will be the first stop in a spectacular hut-to-hut traverse experience in Whistler’s backyard. The Spearhead Huts Society needs your help to bring this new Alpine hut to the finish line!

The rugged beauty that makes the Spearhead Traverse a world-class destination will soon be home to three new state-of-the-art huts. Once complete, the Spearhead Huts will provide safety, comfort and cost-effective shelter for thousands of guests per year while mitigating the environmental impacts of its visitors.

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Hišimy̓awiƛ Fund


This hut, on 5040 Peak, was the first ACC hut named by local First Nations. The name means "Gather Together." Opened in 2019, it is the only public, year-round, alpine hut on Vancouver Island. After being opened for just over one year, we had to close because of provincial COVID-19 restrictions. As soon as we are able to open, we will be back up and running and ready to welcome guests once again.

In the meantime please consider supporting us to

  1. Stabilize the power supply by increasing solar capacity to allow to keep operating through the winter months
  2. Provide ongoing maintenance as needed.
For further information about the hut, go see the ACC Vancouver Island Section website or if you have questions, email [email protected].

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Bev Bendell Library Conservation Fund


The Bev Bendell Library Conservation Fund is committed to the growth and enhancement of the Club’s library collection.

Long-time member and A.O. Wheeler Legacy Award recipient, Bev Bendell donated $100,000 to the Club in 2007. Since Bev was a professional librarian and also the Club’s volunteer librarian for several years, the donation was used to create a permanent library fund. This fund is administered by the Mountain Culture Committee, who use the annual investment income from the fund to purchase books for the ACC library, restore older library books, publish new books and other library-related projects. The library has been stored at the Whyte since 1971, except for a period 2010-2015).

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