Ben Gadd, 68, is one of Canada’s better-known naturalists and Rockies writers. Author of the ground-breaking Handbook of the Canadian Rockies, Ben has written nine other books and contributed to several more. His novel Raven’s End has become a prize-winning Canadian best-seller. Ben has received three Banff Mountain Book Festival awards for his work, as well as the festival's prestigious "Summit of Excellence."
With a university degree in earth science, Ben has pursued a career mainly in natural history, including a stint as a Parks Canada naturalist. He has also taught writing at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology and Grant MacEwan College. For nearly 30 years he has worked in the summer as a freelance interpretive guide—one of only eleven master guides in Canada’s professional Interpretive Guides Association—and in the winter as a writer and sought-after lecturer on Rockies topics. He also produces interpretive signs for national and provincial parks. Lately he has been preparing museum exhibits. In 2014 the Geological Association of Canada awarded him their "E. R. Ward Neale Medal" for his many years of sharing earth science with Canadians.
Heard from time to time on CBC radio, Ben has also appeared in many television items and several documentaries on the Rockies. He supports various conservation groups in promoting wilderness protection. After 29 years in Jasper, in 2009 Ben and his wife Cia moved to Canmore to be Grandpa and Grandma across the yard from Marie and Rose.