Bow Hut

At a Glance


On the east side of the Wapta Icefield, above Bow Lake in Banff National Park

2,350 m (7,700 ft)


Open all year

$30 members, $40 others


From Bow Lake, a 4-6 hour hike (summer) or ski (winter) to the benches below St. Nicholas Peak.

400 m (1,300 ft)

4 to 6 hours

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Winter or Summer, the Heart of the Wapta

The Bow Hut is fantastically scenic, perfectly situated and is an excellent base for exploring further onto the Wapta Icefields in winter or summer. It is the easiest and most natural route onto the Wapta and gives access to the Peyto Hut to the north, and the Balfour and Scott Duncan huts to the south. In winter, a trip to the Bow Hut is a common first ski-mountaineering experience, being a reasonable day’s ski from the highway and providing access to fantastic powder skiing and great ski-mountaineering objectives like Mt. Olive and St. Nicholas Peak. The peaks of the Wapta are an attraction for summer mountaineering as well and many climbers have learned or honed their glacier travel and crevasse rescue skills within sight of the hut. The hut itself is bright, spacious and fantastically scenic. It is the largest, best equipped and most accessible of the four huts on the Wapta.

Other Huts in the Area

The Wapta Icefield is home to four ACC huts. See Whyte (Peyto), R.J. Ritchie (Balfour) and Scott Duncan huts.

Bow Hut fact: The original Bow Hut was built in 1968. It was replaced with the current hut in 1989.

Hut Bookings

  • Reservations are required at all ACC huts.
  • ACC membership is not required to book huts. ACC members can book 12 months in advance. Non-members can book 30 days in advance.
  • Call 403-678-3200 ext 0 to make a booking. We are open 8:30 am to 9:30 pm daily.
  • Please read our cancellation policies and consider cancellation insurance for your trip.



Per NightAdultMember$30
Per NightAdultNon-Member$40
Per NightChildMember$15
Per NightChildNon-Member$20
About Rates


Mattress pads provided, bring your own sleeping bag
Propane stovetops (propane supplied)
Propane lighting – propane is supplied
Wood stove – firewood is provided
Snow melt

Recreational Opportunities