The Alpine Club of Canada

Family Hiking at Elk Lakes

Wilderness Fun for the Whole Family!

Want to explore the great Canadian wilderness but don’t know how to do it with your kids? Come out to Elk Lakes with the experts in trekking and develop the skills and confidence to lead your own family adventures and fully explore the area we spend our lives in. This camp is designed for families with kids around 6-12, if you have any questions about your suitability for this camp please give us a email!

Open to all this camp does not require previous backpacking experience. Get to meet other families who share similar interests, and learn about how to manage animals hazards, Leave no trace principles and so much more.

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JULY 1ST – 2ND, 2023

Price: $250 + TAX

Before registering, please review our Waivers and Liability page.


Please try to register online before calling. If you are having issues please try to have your emergency contact information and course questionnaire filled out before calling.

OR Call: (403)-678-3200 ext 213

  • Cornices
  • Crevasses
  • Trees, tree wells, and tree stumps
  • Creeks
  • Rocks and Boulders
  • Variable and difficult walking terrain
  • Impact or collision with other persons or objects
  • Encounters with domestic or wild animals
  • Contact with poisonous flora or fauna
  • Loss of balance or control
  • Slips, trips, and falls
    Hazard Mitigation
  • Our ACMG certified guides have experience and training to manage this risk
  • Radios and/or other communication devices
  • Your guide will be carrying bear spray if an encounter is possible
Communication, rescue, and medical treatment
  • Communication can be difficult and in the event of an accident rescue and treatment may not be available
  • Adverse weather may also delay the arrival of treatment or transportation out of the field,
  • Alpine weather conditions can be extreme and change rapidly without warning making travel by helicopter, dangerous
  • If an injury occurs in challenging terrain movement to an evacuation point may be slow
    Hazard Mitigation
  • Your guide is trained in both backcountry first-aid and rescue techniques
  • Emergency response plans
  • Satellite communication tools
  • Slips trips and falls indoor or outdoor
  • Infectious disease contracted via direct or indirect contact, including but not limited to influenza or Covid-19
  • Equipment failure
  • Negligence of other persons, including other guests
  • Negligence of the guide Including failure to to take reasonable steps to safeguard or protect you from or warn you of risk, dangers, hazards, oh participating in ACC activities
    Hazard Mitigation
  • Your guide is trained in both backcountry first-aid and rescue techniques
  • Satellite communication tools

This camp is designed to equip you with the skills to feel confident in backpacking with your family!

Learning objectives include

  • Food Planning
  • Clothes and Layering
  • Route/Trip Planning
  • What should a kid carry?
  • Bear/ Animal
  • Awareness
  • Leave no Trace!

Day 1 :
Meet at the trailhead for Elk Lake, Hike In. Enjoy the sights and prepare dinner.

Day 2:
Pack up the hut and prepare to hike back out.


This program is designed for people who want to experience a stay in an ACC backcountry hut with their children (6+). No previous backpacking experience required.


To keep the cost of this course as low as possible for participants, food will not be provided as part of the course. Please bring 2 lunches 1 breakfast and 1 dinner as well as your favorite snacks!


Elk Lakes Cabin provides a scenic and cozy base for hiking. Accessing many trails in the area, Elk lakes is one of the ACC’s most family friendly huts. With the approach from Peter Lougheed Park taking most parties 3-4 hours to complete.


Our guiding ratio will be a maximum of 8:1. This camp is guided by ACMG-certified hiking guides.

The ACC hires guides certified by the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG). Visit the ACMG website to learn more about what they do!





If you don’t have everything on the gear list and aren’t ready to invest in your own, there are many awesome local businesses that rent out all of the equipment you will need. Be sure to reserve your rentals ahead of time to make sure everything you need is available for you when you need it.

  • Coming from the Bow Valley? Check out GearUp in Canmore. ACC members get 10% off all gear rentals!
  • Coming from Calgary? We recommend renting your gear from MEC, the University of Calgary Outdoors Center, or the Norseman.
  • Coming from the Revelstoke? Give Revelstoke Powder Rentals a try.

We sell Tugo® Travel Insurance suitable for both ACC Adventures and personal trips:


  • 2 days of professional guiding at max 8:1 ratios by certified ACMG hiking guides
  • 1 night accommodation at Elk Lakes Cabin
  • All Group Gear


  • Transportation to and from the trailhead
  • Food for your trip (1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner, and snacks!)
  • Personal gear (see gear list)


  • Local Knowledge – based out of Canmore, AB, we know the Rockies region and the best local caterers, guides and porters
  • Dedicated resources – full-time office staff, ACMG guides and group equipment on-hand to ensure your trip runs smoothly
  • Not-for-profit – any money we make on camps and courses is reinvested into providing services for our members and the mountain community