We have been the voice for all aspects of mountain guiding and instruction in Canada for over half a century. We set the professional standards for mountain guides, alpine guides, ski guides, rock guides, climbing instructors, hiking guides and via ferrata guides. We were the first guides outside of Europe to be recognized by the International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations.
Our members are recognized, and sought out as professionals in all aspects of protecting the public interest, and safety. This includes mountain travel, instructional work, commercial safety work, mountain rescue, and backcountry risk management.
The diversity of our membership and certification streams makes us adaptable to the ever changing requirements of guiding in this country.
Sylvia Forest, President
CAA members are dedicated to upholding the highest standards of avalanche safety, and are committed to life-long learning and pursuit of excellence in their fields.
The Canadian public has the highest degree of confidence in the avalanche safety programs and services delivered by CAA members.
We ensure that our diverse membership of avalanche practitioners meets the highest standards, and adhere to best practices to secure the confidence of governments, industry and Canadians.
Avalanche Canada is a non-government, not-for-profit organization dedicated to public avalanche safety. We issue daily avalanche forecasts throughout the winter for much of the mountainous regions of western Canada, providing this free information via our website and our app, Avalanche Canada Mobile. We also coordinate and deliver avalanche awareness and education programs, provide curriculum and support to instructors of Avalanche Canada training programs, act as a central point-of-contact for avalanche information, and work closely with many different avalanche research projects, both at home and abroad.
We've recently published a booklet describing our work. Please click here to take a look.