Founded in Winnipeg, Manitoba, in 1906, the Alpine Club of Canada represents the nation’s climbing community. Our network of members and facilities offers education, resources, and encouragement so that you can enjoy climbing and other wilderness activities year round.
Now based in Canmore, Alberta, the ACC protects the history and culture of Canada’s alpine environments. The ACC develops and supports mountaineering, rock and ice climbing, and hiking programs. The club also maintains backcountry huts in the nation’s most spectacular mountain terrain, and helps to preserve your access to wilderness areas across the country.
The Manitoba Section of the ACC was created in 1907, following the meeting that formed the ACC in Winnipeg in 1906. Initially, the Section coordinated Manitoban extensive exploratory mountaineering in Western Canada.
Today, like many other regional ACC sections, ACC Manitoba is a local volunteer-based section that runs events and activities throughout the year for everyone of all skill levels. In the summer months we run regular climbing & hiking trips, both locally in northwest Ontario and farther afield. In the winter months we offer cross country & downhill skiing, snowshoe and ice climbing trips. Our website features a new blog where we post trip reports and other related articles. We also have annual general meetings and social evenings throughout the year.
The bottom line is fun!
We acknowledge that our activities take place on the traditional territory of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Assiniboine, Dakota, and Dene Peoples, and the homeland of the Métis Nation.
We respect the Treaties that were made on these territories, and we dedicate ourselves to move forward in partnership with Indigenous communities in a spirit of collaboration.
ACC Vision & Mission
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.
TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT
LIBRARIAN/ACCESS & ENVIRONMENT
MEMBER AT LARGE
TRIPS & EVENTS / MEMBERSHIP