Frequently Asked Hut Questions
Listed below are some of the common questions we are asked about our huts and cabins. We hope that they will answer your questions.
NOTE: the term “huts” applies to our “cabins” as well.
How can I find out if there is space at a hut?
Hut availability is accessible online, on each of our hut pages. To check availability for a hut, visit the Huts Overview Page and click on the hut that you’re interested in. In the At a Glance section on the top right side of the page there is a Check Availability button. Click this button to expand a calendar search and input your dates and numbers.
Do I have to be an ACC member to stay at a hut?
No, anyone may stay at the ACC’s huts. Our members do receive advance booking privileges at most of our huts (12 months vs 30 days) as well as reduced rates ($30/night vs $40/night). Find out more benefits of joining the club on our Membership page. Read all the fine print about bookings, cancellations and fees on our Booking Huts page.
What do I need to do to get member rates at the huts and one year in advance booking privileges?
Anyone can join the ACC and a membership can be activated online or at the time of making a hut booking. See our Join Now page to purchase a membership online or call the national office (403) 678 3200 ext. 0. Memberships start at $38 for adults.
Are there any private rooms in any of the ACC huts?
No, all of our cabins are have communal sleeping quarters. There are no private rooms in any of our huts.
What is a Wilderness Pass and do I require a one for every hut?
Parks Canada requires everyone 17 years old and older staying overnight in the Parks backcountry to purchase a Wilderness Pass. This includes users of ACC huts that are situated in National Parks (two exceptions are the Wheeler Hut in Glacier National Park and the Cameron Lake Cabin in Waterton National Park are both considered to be in the front country and therefore guests do not require a Wilderness Pass).
Parks Canada uses Wilderness Pass fees for trail maintenance, servicing outhouses and trail signage.
A Parks Canada Wilderness Pass can be purchased through the ACC when making a hut booking. The Wilderness Pass can be purchased for individual nights ($9.80), or as an annual pass ($68.70).
For ACC huts that are not in National Parks, no Wilderness Pass is required.
What should I bring to a hut?
Food and a sleeping bag are the only essentials you will need to bring, however, we also recommend you bring footwear for inside the hut, a headlight/flashlight, toilet paper, lighter or matches and paper for starting the fire (for huts with wood stoves). All of our huts have mattresses, pots and pans, cutlery and stovetops for cooking. Check our individual hut pages for more info on each hut.
Are there ovens in the huts?
Only a few of our huts have ovens, they are: Elizabeth Parker Hut, Stanley Mitchell Hut, A.O. Wheeler Hut, Kokanee Glacier Cabin, Fairy Meadow Hut and Elk Lakes Cabin.
Where can I find information on weather, trail closures and wildlife in area?
Because we operate over 30 huts over a large area of Alberta and BC, we are unable to provide up-to-date information regarding all of the trails into our huts. You can call Parks Canada, BC Parks and Kananaskis Country information centres for information on trails and conditions in the area.
What time can we check into the hut and what time is checkout?
Check-In is 3:00 pm or later and checkout time is 11:00 am. We ask that incoming groups respect the check-in time and give the outgoing groups time to pack up. If you arrive prior to 3:00 pm, you may leave your packs in the living space, out of the way of the other guests.
How can I make an emergency call or contact someone from a hut?
None of our huts are in cellular range, so it is highly recommended that SPOT devices or Satellite phones be carried for emergencies. The only exception is Elizabeth Parker Hut, which has access to the payphones at the Le Relais Day Shelter, a 10-minute walk from the hut.
How do I know which huts have trail access that suit my ability?
We have a variety of huts that suit all types of users. Basic information on access is on each hut’s webpage, and our front desk team know our hut system very well and can give advice on huts that may suit your ability.
Will there be a staff member or custodian at the hut when I arrive?
Our roaming custodians visit different huts at different times and there are volunteer custodians at some huts on some days. Please have a copy of your booking confirmation with you to present to a custodian for proof of your reservation. Our huts are user-maintained, and we ask all users to clean up after themselves and follow the hut etiquette guidelines that are posted in the hut whether or not a custodian is in attendance.
Am I allowed to bring my dog to a hut?
No, sorry, dogs are not permitted at any of the ACC huts. Parks Canada allows dogs on many trails but they are not allowed into the ACC huts. Dogs cannot be tied up outside of huts either.
Didn’t find the answer to your hut question? Feel free to call our knowledgeable staff at 403-678-3200 ext 0. We’re in the office from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm daily.