We invite you to explore Canada’s first fully integrated and interdisciplinary Mountain Studies Initiative, defining an emerging new discipline that brings researchers, students, and community participants together in improving our understanding of mountain practices, places, and peoples.

The Canadian Mountain Studies Initiative welcomes the mountain scholars of the world to join us, to collaborate with us, to study with us, to share our passion for the mountains.



Public Lecture

Please join Doctor Kurt Scharr from the Institute for Interdisciplinary Mountain Research of the Austrian Academy of Sciences for a lecture on "The Historical Geography of the Oetztal Valley" 

Date: Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Time: 3:00 - 5:00 pm , Old Arts Building

For more coming events, please click here



New Courses being offered starting in Winter, 2014

Mountain Studies is an interdisciplinary field of study focusing on the physical and human dimensions of mountain environments.  Our courses provide a hands-on learning experience in the classroom and in the mountains.

For more information, please click here. 

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In The News

  1. Higher Learning: Just Imagine

    Imagine a series of university undergraduate courses dedicated to nothing but mountains. Courses that include the study of glaciers, snow, and rock; of plants, animals, and whole ecosystems; of mountain culture, literature, and history. Now imagine taking such a course in a remote backcountry setting in the Canadian Rockies, or high in the European Alps, where your pencil case is supplemented with a backpack, a rope, and an ice axe

  2. Mount Robson Centennial Celebrated: CMSI researchers curate new museum exhibit for Robson’s 100th birthday

    Mount Robson is a mountain, and a place, of many rich stories. And the stories associated with the area’s earliest human history are just the ones Zac Robinson gathered to create a brand new exhibit for the Mount Robson Provincial Park (MRPP) visitors centre’s museum.

  3. Glacier Skywalk a high threat to Jasper National Park: UNESCO report

    Brewster Travel Canada’s Glacier Skywalk presents a “high threat” in Jasper National Park, according to a draft of a report, written by University of Alberta parks management expert Elizabeth Halpenny, to be tabled next year at the UNESCO’s world heritage meeting.

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Field Notes

  1. Mountain Conference Thrills

    A graduate student’s look at Thinking Mountains 2012 evokes memories of exhilarating learning experience.

  2. Graduate students' Banff Trip 2012

    Report on the 2012 Banff National Park Graduate Student Field Trip

    Graduate students bask in Banff's rich history of peoples and places during mountain field trip.

  3. Man of the Mountains

    The mountains are Dr. Stephen Slemon's calling; mountain literature his passion. Read a Q&A with 'Man of the Mountains', Dr. Stephen Slemon.

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