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Jacques Lake Cabin

Jacques Lake Cabin

A Jasper Park patrol cabin, the Jacques Lake Cabin is the newest backcountry hut operated by the ACC. This winter-only cozy log cabin is perfect for families with backcountry travel experience and small groups. The 12 km undulating trail involves very little elevation gain. Note: the hut is only open in the winter months. See all of our huts here.

At A Glance

Trail distance: 12 km  
Elevation Gain: 250 m
Trailhead: Jacques Lake , Jasper National Park  
Family Friendly: Yes
Activities: Ski Touring, Snowshoeing
Technical Considerations: Avalanche terrain

The Jacques Lake Hut is situated in a clearing on the north side of Jacques Lake in Jasper National Park. Originally a Parks Canada warden cabin, this winter-only cozy log cabin is perfect for families with backcountry travel experience and small groups. The hut is accessible by touring skis or snowshoes. Cross-country skis and pulk sleds are not recommended due to the sidehill and undulating nature of the trail.

Capacity: 12
Hut Location: 52.9332, -117.7429
Heat: Propane
Light: Propane
Stove: Propane
Oven: No
Mattress: Yes
Open: Winter only

The Hut Experience

Staying in a backcountry hut is a shared, rustic experience. Sleeping, kitchen and living areas are communal. Guests area expected to bring their own sleeping bags, food and personal items.

All of our huts are user-maintained, meaning that the custodial work of keeping the hut clean, chopping firewood and shovelling snow is done by the guests. The ACC provides major service and renovations to all of our huts each year to ensure they are in good repair.

There are no transition days between bookings. Guests are responsible to sanitize before and after use of the huts.

Download our hut cleaning and sanitation guidelines here.

BACKCOUNTRY WINTER DESTINATION IN JASPER

A Jasper Park patrol cabin, the Jacques Lake Cabin is the newest backcountry hut operated by the ACC. This cozy log cabin is perfect for families and small groups and is an accessible ski or snowshoe trip close to the Jasper townsite. The 12 km trail is relatively flat and the approach involves very little elevation gain. Note: the hut is only open in the winter months.

For more information, please see Parks Canada statement about the expansion of this patrol cabin’s use for public enjoyment in winter, operated by the ACC.

MEMBER RATES

Pricing is subject to change without notice.

NON-MEMBER RATES

Pricing is subject to change without notice.

Winter – TBD

FACILITIES

Sleeping Capacity: 8

Bedding: Mattress pads provided, bring your own sleeping bag

Cooking: Propane stovetops (propane supplied), Fully-equipped kitchen suitable for groups. Pots and pans, dishware and cutlery are provided.

Bathroom: Outhouse

Lighting: Propane lighting – propane is supplied

Heat: Propane heater

Water Source: Snow melt

RECREATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Winter

  • Ski Touring
  • Snowshoeing

XC skis are only recommended for experienced XC skiers as there is a fair bit of sidestepping down embankments as well as creek/river crossings. Metal sided skis/backcountry ski tour set ups are suggested if the gear is accessible to individuals, but snowshoes are also suitable for the trek into the hut.

TTwo km east of the Jasper townsite, follow Maligne Road 28km to parking lot on the south end of Medicine Lake. Follow the summer trail to Jacques Lake. The hut is on the far (north) end of the lake. For approach distances and terrain, please see the summer trail description on Parks Canada website. Approach time is 4-7 hours depending on your party and the amount of trail breaking.

You will be passing by avalanche terrain on the way into Jacques Lakes Cabin – please have up-to-date knowledge and plans in case of an emergency.

The downloadable image below shows the trail and possible avalanche areas. Note that avalanche paths cross both the summer and winter routes.

Note that there is significant danger in skiing across the lakes on this approach and multiple parties have reported breaking through ice. The Summit Lakes is very shallow, but Beaver and Jacques Lakes are potentially more hazardous.

For more information, please see Parks Canada statement about the expansion of this patrol cabin’s use for public enjoyment in winter, operated by the ACC.

Quick Description: 12 km ski or snowshoe
Elevation Gain to Hut: 250m
Approach Time: 4 to 7 hours
Trail Conditions: Parks Canada

The downloadable image below is from the Parks Canada trailhead information kiosk.

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Non-Members are welcome to make reservations up to 3 months in advance.

Please call our reservation team at 403-678-3200 ext. 0 if you are looking to make a booking within 1-week of check-in. 

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