Elizabeth Parker Hut

At a Glance

How to Book

Location

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

116 20' 36" / 51 21' 18"

Rates

Open all year

$25 members, $36 others

Summer, Winter

Access

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 hours

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Summer - Historic log cabin in the meadows of Lake O'Hara

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Summer at Lake O’Hara. Photo by Barbara Budenz

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 Hut and the separate Wiwaxy Cabin are 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

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Cozy Elizabeth Parker Hut. Photo by Doug Bezovie

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).

Bookings

The EP Hut is in high demand in both winter and summer. Summer reservations 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

Enter EP Summer Lottery

You can learn more about the EP lottery on our FAQ page

EP Lottery FAQ

Other huts in the area

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Abbot Pass Hut

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


 


New hut rates of $30 (members) and $40 (non-members) apply to overnights from Nov. 1, 2015 onward. Child rate is 50%.

Rates

Per Night Adult Member $25
Per Night Adult Non-Member $36
Per Night Child Member $12.5
Per Night Child Non-Member $18
High Season Adult Member $30
High Season Adult Non-Member $41
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Facilities

24 in summer, 20 in winter
Propane stove and oven – propane is supplied
Outhouse
Propane lighting – propane is supplied
Wood stove – firewood is provided

Recreational Opportunities

Summer
Winter