Bernadette McDonald (born 1951) is a Canadian-born author of several non-fiction books, primarily on mountains and mountaineers. She has worked at The Banff Centre for twenty years, directing various Banff Mountain festivals and starting the Mountain Culture division. She lectures on a variety of topics at universities, mountain and literature festivals, and alpine clubs. Bernadette also consults on mountain issues with start-up festivals and institutes, and curates mountain-related exhibitions. She has been awarded several honours, including the Alberta Order of Excellence, the Summit of Excellence Award, the King Albert Award and several mountain literary prizes such as the 2011 and the 2017 Boardman Tasker Prize for Mountain Literature. She has won the Himalayan Club Kekoo Naoroji Book Award thrice. She was Canada’s representative at the United Nations to launch the International Year of Mountains. Her notable books include Brotherhood of the Rope, I’ll Call You in Kathmandu, Tomaž Humar, Freedom Climbers and Art of Freedom.