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Kokanee Glacier Cabin



GPS Coordinates: 49° 46' 15"- 117° 11' 39" NAD83 11U 0486021 5513154

Elevation 1960 meters

Kokanee Glacier Cabin

Kokanee Glacier Cabin, Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park, British Columbia. Photo by Cheryl Goodwin.

Excellent hiking, fishing and backcountry skiing hut. Summer access is by a 2 to 4 hour hike via Gibson Lake. Winter access is helicopter access only. Sleeps 20 (12 in winter).

WINTER LOTTERY information for the Kokanee Glacier Cabin hut can be found here

Located north of Nelson, beautiful Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park offers an excellent backcountry adventure for the whole family. Sitting mostly above 1,800 metres in elevation, the park has three glaciers - Kokanee, Caribou, and Woodbury - which feed over 30 lakes and are the headwaters of many creeks.

The new Kokanee Glacier Cabin is on the shores of Kaslo lake, and is ideally situated for summertime hiking and scrambling adventures. In the winter, Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park is a ski touring paradise, and the Kokanee Glacier Cabin is situated to best take advantage of the endless skiing terrain, and to provide you with an unforgettable experience.


Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park is located in southeastern British Columbia's Selkirk Mountains, a short distance north of Nelson.

Summertime access to the Kokanee Glacier Cabin starts at the Gibson Lake trailhead. To get there follow Highway 3A from Nelson for 19 km to Kokanee Creek road which leads to Gibson Lake. From Gibson Lake hike past Kokanee Lake over Kokanee Pass and down to Kaslo Lake. The cabin is at the north end of the Kaslo lake, past the campground. Hiking distance is 7 kilometres with 485 metres elevation gain and 100 metres loss.

Kokanee Glacier Cabin, Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park, British Columbia. Photo: Kevin Giles.

Note that all roads in the park may not be suitable for low-clearance vehicles. Park visitors are recommended to protect their vehicle with chicken wire to deter porcupines from chewing on rubber hoses and tires.

Take a Virtual Tour of the Kokanee Glacier Cabin and the hike from Gibson Lake.

Wintertime access is by helicopter only.

For trail conditions at the Kokanee Glacier cabin click here

Guidebooks and Maps

National Topographic Series Maps 82F/11 (Kokanee Peak) and 82F/14 (Slocan), at a scale of 1:50,000, cover the Kokanee Glacier Park area. These maps are available from the ACC¹s National Office, Government Agents and most map retailers in British Columbia and Alberta.

Reference material available
Kokanee Glacier Cabin
Kokanee Glacier Cabin, interior photos by Dave McCormick and Kevin Giles.

Park Hazards

It must be emphasized that Kokanee Glacier Park is wilderness and any visitors must be entirely self-sufficient. All visitors should wear strong, waterproofed lug-soled boots and carry a daypack with rain gear, extra warm clothing and food. Weather conditions can change suddenly in this area and lightning storms with hail and snow are common in summer.

Only experienced mountaineers practised in crevasse rescue and properly roped, should venture onto snowfields and glaciers.

Updated daily weather forecasts are available at the cabin.

Fees, Check-in/Check-out Procedures and Operating Dates

Reservations for the cabin can be made through the ACC National Office from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., seven days per week.

The 8 Kaslo Lake campsites are available for walk-ins on a "first come - first serve" basis.

An on-site ACC employee will collect fees for the campgrounds and cabin (for those who did not reserve through the ACC office in Canmore) from early June to late October. Tent sites and hut bedding must be cleared by 11:00am if you are not planning on staying that night. Campground fees are: $10 for adults and $5 for children per person/night.

Kokanee Glacier Cabin - Winter Skiing

Thank you for inquiring about the Kokanee Glacier Cabin next winter. I hope you will decide to book and be able to enjoy "one of the best destinations for powder skiing in Western Canada" (Summits and Icefields - Columbia Mountains by Chic Scott, page 69).

If the following information does not answer all of your questions, please be sure to contact Rob Shears, Facilities Manager at: .

Winter Information:  
Kokanee Glacier Cabin Ski Season Lottery Policies and Information PDF
Helicopter Safety Document PDF

To sign up for the 2014-2015 Winter Lottery for the Kokanee Glacier cabin - Click HERE

    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.