Monday, September 17, 2012

CENTENNIAL -- Edmonton's Alpine Club of Canada Section Is a Hundred

Best wishes to the Edmonton Section of the Alpine Club of Canada.

Last Saturday we celebrated the commemoration of a 100-year history of mountain sport, recreation, and heritage.  Founded in 1912-1913, it began as an active group of mountain enthusiasts, and, after a century, Edmonton's ACC Section is going strong.

Club members in the 1920s and 30s enjoyed regular hikes near home and trips farther afield to the Rockies and points beyond.  It's a little known fact that Edmonton had two alpine huts right here in the North Saskatchewan River Valley.  I've been swatting through the bushes and archives to find them.  Watch for my story on Edmonton's long-lost alpine huts and cultural heritage in the upcoming Centennial Magazine.