At a Glance
Near Lake O'Hara in Yoho National Park
Map 82N/8 (Lake Louise). Grid Ref 457983
2,040 m (6,700 ft)
NAD83 11U 545726 5689508
51 21' 18" / -116 20' 36"
Open all year
$30 members, $40 others
Summer: Parks Canada bus from the Lake O'Hara parking lot and 10 min hike. Winter: 3-4 hour ski.
Summer: nil; Winter: 440 m (1,450 ft)
Summer: 10 mins; Winter 3 to 4 hoursHow to Book Check Availability
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Summer - Historic log cabin in the meadows of Lake O'Hara
The Lake O’Hara area, with its sublime alpine lakes and scenery, amazing network of hiking trails and alpine routes is rightfully famous around the world as a hiker’s paradise.
The Elizabeth Parker (EP) Hut is located in a beautiful alpine meadow 500 metres from the shores of Lake O’Hara in Yoho National Park. This is one of the most accessible ACC huts and is very popular.
The Lake O’Hara area is a sensitive alpine area and Parks Canada has implemented a quota system to limit use and protect the area. Access to the Lake in the summer months is via a Parks Canada bus, which you can book through the ACC if you’re staying at the hut.
Note: Due to high demand, the EP Hut is booked by lottery during the summer months. Details on the lottery are found here. High season rates apply in the summer months while the bus is running.
A Parks Canada Wilderness Pass is required for all backcountry overnights in National Parks. This Pass can be purchased at the time of booking this hut.
Lake O’Hara summer hiking
Winter - Cozy base for ski touring
In the winter, the ski touring is as beautiful as the summer hiking. The scenery is stunning and as the approach trail follows the summer road, access is straightforward.
Wood stoves in both the main cabin and the Wiwaxy Cabin keep things cozy for large or small groups. Note: High season rates apply to Elizabeth Parker Hut from December 20 to April 30.
EP Hut fact: Elizabeth Parker was one of the founders of the Alpine Club of Canada in 1906. The huts were built in 1912 (Wiwaxy Cabin) and 1919 (main hut).
Reservations are required at all ACC backcountry huts and are made through our office Canmore, Alberta. Our office is open from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm daily. Call 403-678-3200 ext 0.
ACC membership is not required for booking huts, but members may book further in advance and receive discounted rates. You can read all of the fine print about hut bookings here.
Summer reservations at the EP Hut are made through an online lottery system that accepts entries in October for the following summer.
You can enter the EP summer lottery by clicking the button below
You can learn more about the EP lottery on our FAQ page
Other huts in the area
The Abbot Pass Hut is a historic stone hut that sits at 2,926 m (9,598 ft) on the Continental Divide. It is accessed from Lake O’Hara via a 4 to 5 hour hike.
Abbot Pass Hut is in an alpine environment. The approach to this facility is recommended for advanced hikers only. Appropriate knowledge, equipment and safety precautions are required.
Elizabeth Parker Galleries
Interior – Main Hut
Interior – Wiwaxy Cabin
Gallery: photos by Adrienne Corcoran, Lawrence White, Barbara Budenz
|24 in summer, 20 in winter|
|Mattress pads provided, bring your own sleeping bag|
|Oven, Propane stove and oven – propane is supplied, Fully-equipped kitchen suitable for groups|
|Propane lighting – propane is supplied|
|Wood stove – firewood is provided|
|Snow melt, Creek|