Abbot Pass Hut

At a Glance


Near Lake Louise, on the Continental Divide between Mts. Lefroy and Victoria

2,926 m (9,598 ft)


Summer only

$30 members, $40 others


From Lake O'Hara via a 3 to 4 hour hike or from Lake Louise via hazardous mountaineering routes.

915 m (3,000 ft)

4 to 5 hours

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Historic stone hut on the Continental Divide

The Abbot Pass Hut is one of the most unique huts in North America. It was built in 1922 with the stones from the pass and has served as a base for mountaineers and as a destination for strong hikers since then. Sitting at 2,926 metres elevation, it is second only to the Neil Colgan Hut on the list of highest permanent structures in Canada. The hut is on the Continental Divide so the provincial and National Park borders run right down the middle of the hut. Make dinner in Alberta, eat it in BC.

Strong hikers will find the hut a sublime reward after the approach hike and a well-equipped alternative to the campgrounds down in the trees. For many, this is the highest elevation that they will ever spend a night.

Mountaineers come from around the world to climb the classic routes of the Rockies and two of the best – the West Face of Mt. Lefroy and the South-East Ridge of Mt. Victoria – begin from the front door of this stone hut.

Tradition and history, awesome mountains, a cozy fire – Abbot Pass is one of the great destinations in the Rockies. Enjoy!

Abbot Pass Fact: Snow melting on opposite sides of the hut will flow into two different oceans.

Mt Lefroy, April 14, 2014 hut circled

Mt. Lefroy in winter with Abbot Pass Hut circled. Click for full resolution. Photo by Conrad Janzen.


Per NightAdultMember$30
Per NightAdultNon-Member$40
Per NightChildMember$15
Per NightChildNon-Member$20
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Propane stove – propane is supplied
Propane lighting – propane is supplied
Wood stove – firewood is provided

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