A. O. Wheeler founded the Alpine Club of Canada (ACC) in 1906 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Although similar to its British counterparts, the biggest difference was the ACC allowed women to become members. The ACC has grown rapidly across Canada since its modest beginnings and now boasts a membership in excess of 10,000 people. The main office and official clubhouse are now located in Canmore, Alberta. The ACC owns and operates a series of backcountry huts and lodges, as well as front country hostels, that can be reserved for your next adventure. After enjoying this stroll down memory lane, get out there and explore Canada’s alpine environment for yourself. You won’t be disappointed!
If you enjoyed this post, you might also like these similar collections of historical photographs from mountain environments; Rogers Pass, Lake Louise, and Glaciers.
The photos above were collected from the Glenbow Archives. Additional information can be found for each photograph on the Glenbow website by searching the identification number that is printed on each photo. There is also the option to purchase a high resolution copy. Stay tuned for additional posts featuring historical photos from Alberta. We’d love to know what you think in the comment section below.
Tyler is originally from Saskatchewan, and yes he cheers for the Roughriders, but don’t hold that against him as Calgary has been his home for the past eight years. He is a teacher working at a wilderness-
based treatment program for youth working to overcome addiction. Tyler is also a volunteer with the GOT Parks initiative, which aims at reconnecting Canada’s youth with our national, provincial, and territorial parks. During his time away from work, Tyler enjoys outdoor activities, such as hiking, biking, and snowboarding, team sports, travelling, photography, spending time with good friends, and being at home with his wife and German Shepherd, Rome.
Climber. Paraglider. Kayaker. Spelunker. Ice Climbing World Cup Winner. Three Time X-Games Gold Medalist. Four Time Canadian National Sport-Climbing Champion. US and Canadian Paragliding National Champion. World Record Holder. First Ascents. Athlete. Father. Native Albertan. […]
The day started out very familiar. The scenic drive west from Calgary. The bustling parking lot. The aroma of bacon wafting from the lodge. The hum of spinning chairlifts. But that’s where the similarities ended. The […]