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Abbot Pass Hut



GPS Coordinates: 51°21' 54"-116°17' 12" NAD83 11U 549660 5690657

For more detailed information, view these printable pages on Abbot Pass Hut

Abbot Pass Hut
Abbot Pass Hut, Mt. Victoria, Yoho and Banff National Park. Photo by Barbara Budenz.

This National Historic Site gives access to classic mountaineering routes on Mts. Victoria and Lefroy. Also used as a destination in itself. Summer access involves a 3-6 hour steep hike. Not used in winter. Sleeps 24.

This delightful stone cabin is certainly the most unique of the ACC huts, both for its location and design. Sitting astride the wind-swept crest of Abbot Pass at the impressive height of 9,598 feet, it is second only to the Neil Colgan hut as the highest permanent structure in Canada. Built in 1922 and earning a rich history ever since, this hut makes a perfect base for mountaineering attempts on Mts. Victoria and Lefroy or as an objective for strong hikers and scramblers.

Remember- you are entering an alpine environment. The approach to this facility is recommended for advanced hikers only. Appropriate knowledge, equipment and safety precautions are required. It is also advised to bring a cellphone with you to the Abbot hut as in some emergency situations you may be able to get coverage from the lake louise area. The best option for cell phone coverage is up a slope behind the hut (on the Mt. Victoria side) towards Lake Louise. This is not a guarantee, but a suggestion for all Abbot hut users.

There are three approaches to Abbot Pass in the summer, two of which require technical skills and experience. The easiest and most logical way is to approach from the Lake O'Hara side, hiking the scenic trail to Lake Oesa then following the interesting and strenuous route up the wide scree gully which drops directly from the pass. Hikers may opt to take the scheduled bus to Lake O'Hara. Link to bus schedule.

Abbot Pass Hut interior
Abbot Pass Hut interior. Photo by Barbara Budenz.

This hut is visited very rarely in winter, and only by extremely experienced mountaineers. One must spend considerable time in avalanche terrain; not recommended.

The hut has room for 24 people and has a propane system for cooking and lighting. An efficient wood stove provides the heat.

Read the following articles about the Abbot Hut:

"The Stones of Banff" - a Globe and Mail article by Lisa Rochon

View the following YouTube videos taken at Abbot Pass and on Mt. Victoria:

Abbot Pass
Rockies Classic - Mt. Victoria

Reference material available

    VISION: Preserving, practicing and promoting Canadian mountain culture and self-propelled alpine pursuits.
Préserver, pratiquer et promouvoir la culture alpine canadienne et les activités non motorisées en montagne.