The ACC operates the largest network of backcountry huts in North America. The Kokanee Glacier Cabin, on the shores of Kaslo Lake in Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park is ideally situated for summertime hiking and scrambling adventures. See all of our huts here.
Trail distance: 8.5 km
Elevation Gain: 400m
Trailhead: Gibson Lake, Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park
Family Friendly: Yes
Activities: Backcountry skiing, Hiking, Mountaineering
Technical Considerations: Avalanche Terrain
The Kokanee Glacier Cabin, on the shores of Kaslo lake in Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park, is ideally situated for summertime hiking and scrambling adventures. In the winter, the area is a ski touring paradise with endless ski terrain. Kokanee Glacier Cabin offers an exciting backcountry adventure for the whole family. This is easily our most well equipped hut. In addition to all the dishes for cooking and dining that our guests have come to expect, there is electricity. That means there is a coffee maker and kettle. Guests supply their own basket filters and coffee.
Hut Location: 49.7707, -117.1921
Heat: Electric heat and gas fireplace
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.
The new Kokanee Glacier Cabin, on the shores of Kaslo lake in Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park is ideally situated for summertime hiking and scrambling adventures. In the winter, the area is a ski touring paradise, and the Kokanee Glacier Cabin is situated to best take advantage of the endless skiing terrain, and to provide you with an unforgettable experience. Kokanee Glacier Cabin offers an exciting backcountry adventure for the whole family. This is easily our most well equipped hut. In addition to all the dishes for cooking and dining that our guests have come to expect, there is electricity. That means there is a coffee maker and kettle. Guests supply their own basket filters and coffee.
Located north of Nelson, in southeastern British Columbia’s Selkirk Mountains, beautiful Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park is a year-round recreational paradise. Sitting mostly above 1,800 metres in elevation, the park has three glaciers – Kokanee, Caribou, and Woodbury – which feed over 30 lakes and are the headwaters of many creeks.
There are 11 wilderness walk-in campsites and a day-use shelter for cooking at Kaslo Lake. Bookings can be made through BC Parks’ Backcountry Registration System. Fees are $10/person ($5/children).
The Kokanee Glacier Cabin is one of five huts operated by the ACC which reside in the BC Parks jurisdiction. In the summer months ACC Membership is not required to advance book or receive a discounted rate at these huts. Winter bookings are made through a lottery system (see below). ACC membership is required to book ski weeks, but not to enter the lottery.
Summer bookings at the Kokanee Glacier Cabin are made by submitting a booking request form.
Guests will need to make personal arrangements to travel to the hut by hiking or via helicopter.
Ski Weeks include
More information about booking Kokanee Glacier Cabin for winter 2021/2022 will be posted here when it is available. Thank you for your patience.
The ACC operates two other huts in Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park – Silver Spray Cabin and Woodbury Cabin. They are not accessible from Kokanee Glacier Cabin.
Open July 1st until Thanksgiving Monday.
Travel in the area at the beginning of July can be treacherous.
Sleeping Capacity: 13
Bedding: Mattress pads provided, bring your own sleeping bag
Cooking: Fully-equipped kitchen suitable for groups. Pots and pans, dishware and cutlery are provided.
Bathroom: Flush toilets, Bathrooms and showers down the hall
Lighting: Electric lights
Heat: Electric heat and gas fireplace
Water Source: Filtered Tap
Other: Camping available on site
Summertime access to the Kokanee Glacier Cabin starts at the Gibson Lake trailhead. To get there follow Highway 3A from Nelson for 19 km to Kokanee Creek road which leads to Gibson Lake. From Gibson Lake hike past Kokanee Lake over Kokanee Pass and down to Kaslo Lake. The cabin is at the north end of the Kaslo lake, past the campground. Hiking distance is 8.5 kilometres with 400 metres elevation gain.
Note that all roads in the park may not be suitable for low-clearance vehicles. Park visitors are recommended to protect their vehicle with chicken wire to deter porcupines from chewing on rubber hoses and tires.
Wintertime access is by helicopter only.
BC Parks regularly upd
Quick Description: A 3-hour hike in summer; helicopter ride from Nelson in winter.
Elevation Gain to Hut: 7400 m (1,310 ft)
Approach Time: 3 hours
Trail Conditions: BC Parks
ACC huts in BC Provincial Parks (Kokanee Glacier Cabin, Conrad Kain Hut, Elk Lakes Cabin, Silver Spray Cabin, Woodbury Cabin) may be booked by ACC members and non-members up to six months in advance.
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