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Ben Gadd, Naturalist

Rockies writer, guide, speaker, instructor and consultant, now retired

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.)

In the early 1980s Ben worked for the Canadian government as a park interpreter in Jasper National Park. In 1985 he and his wife Cia became independent natural-history guides. They may have been the first such licenced private-sector interpreters in the national parks.

Since then Ben has led many bus tours, guided walks and backpacking trips. He has presented hundreds of interpretive talks and been accredited by the Canadian professional Interpretive Guides Association as a master interpreter.

Ben retired from doing this sort of work in 2016. Nowadays he spends his time writing about the mountains he loves, reading from his novel Raven's End in schools and enjoying his family and friends. He still posts interesting material that you can download at no charge. To get updates on his books, the notes for one of his lectures, his equipment lists for hiking, backpacking and back-country skiing in the Rockies, assorted geological material or the full text of one of his popular essays/speeches, please go to the downloads page.

New publications! Ben has produced an annotated photo panorama of the mountain front as you see it en route to Canmore and Banff. This is one of the world's great views, and now you can use Ben's free panorama to learn the names of the major peaks. To download Canadian Rockies Panorama from West of Calgary, click here.

Another new item on the site is Ben's volunteer report on possible slide hazard on Grotto Mountain, near Canmore, Alberta. To download it, click here.

Also, Ben's long essay Despairing of the Despoilers but Having a Good Life Anyway, which anyone with an interest in the state of the world will find an interesting and provocative read, is now available here.

Coming soon: Ben's memoir and reader, An Orogenous Life. This 656-page book is more than an autobiography. It's also a reader, offering short excerpts from Ben's much-loved books, some of his favorite magazine articles, essays and stories, plus a good deal of never-before-published material. An Orogenous Life should be appearing in Canadian bookstores in August. Signed copies will also be available directly from Ben, of course. Keep checking this web page for the publication announcement!

 

Contact info

 

             Mail

               202 Grizzly Crescent

             Canmore, Alberta, Canada  T1W 1C1

   

             Voice

             403-609-4449

 

              ben@bengadd.com

 

 

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