What We Do
At a time when people aren’t joining clubs like they used to, it’s gratifying to see that membership in The Alpine Club of Canada remains strong. Clearly, we are doing something right.
Our 11,000-plus members representing 22 sections from coast to coast to coast gather for adventures and swap expertise as they test their minds, bodies and spirits climbing, scrambling and while backcountry hiking, skiing and snowshoeing.
We promote and provide access for all mountaineering enthusiasts. Whether strapping on crampons for the first time or adding a new ascent to a checklist, our members stay with the Club because we offer an affordable and comprehensive suite of programs, services and accommodations and a welcoming community that shares their passion. With thousands of volunteer leaders devoting countless hours to lead and guide adventures, together we build self-confidence and skills while taking part in the Club’s numerous camps and adventures offered across the country.
Our backcountry hut system, equipped with environmental-sensitive technologies, is the largest in North America. And, working closely with national and provincial parks systems, we have ambitious plans to grow. We receive more than 40,000 visitors each year. At our National Clubhouse in Canmore, we host youth groups, weddings, small retreats, and often provide gratuitous space for our colleagues in the non profit sector to gather, explore and strategize.
And we are proud to tell our story. Since the beginning, our members have shared their tales of exertion, elation and friendship in words, images, film and art. Their devotion has kept the mountain story strong. And their advocacy for the environment has strengthened public awareness. We celebrate our story with tens of thousands in many communities through our channels such as Canadian Alpine Journal, the Gazette and collection at the Whyte Museum in Banff. Our collective contributions to our photo archives is breathtaking and like none other.