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Ben Gadd, Naturalist

Rockies writer, guide, speaker, instructor and consultant

Photo by Elvis Floreani, Absolute Imaging

Ben Gadd knows the Canadian Rocky Mountains well. He is the author of ten books on the area. His best-selling Handbook of the Canadian Rockies is an award-winning guide to everything from geology, botany and bears to human history, places to visit and appropriate recreational activities. With a degree in Earth science and four decades of teaching and writing about the Rockies, Ben is an acknowledged authority on the region. (Click here for Ben’s résumé, a short bio, his books, and more photos.)

Ben and his wife Cia became independent natural-history guides in 1985. Since then Ben has led many bus tours, guided walks and backpacking trips. He is accredited by the Canadian professional Interpretive Guides Association as a master interpreter. Ben retired in 2016, but he sometimes still takes a group for an easy stroll, presents an interpretive program or leads a short tour.

New publication! Ben has produced an annotated photo panorama of the mountain front seen west of Calgary. This is one of the world's great views, and now you can use Ben's panorama at no charge to see the names of the major peaks. To download Canadian Rockies Panorama from West of Calgary, click here.


Contact info



               202 Grizzly Crescent

             Canmore, Alberta, Canada  T1W 1C1







Ben has posted written material that you can download! To get updates on his books, notes to go with one of his lectures, his equipment lists for hiking, backpacking and back-country skiing in the Rockies, assorted geological material or his new panorama or the full text of one of his popular essays/speeches, please go to the downloads page.



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