Camp Highlights

  • See the larches turn the O'Hara valley golden
  • Stay at the iconic Elizabeth Parker hut on its 100th anniversary 
  • Scrumptious meals prepared by an on-site chef with food portered in
  • Maximize your time with ACMG hiking guides and low guiding ratios 

Dates & price

  •  September 13th - 17th
  • $1,075 + Tax / Person

Tecnica supports our Trekking Program and we thank them for their assistance.

Lake O'Hara at its Most Spectacular Time of the Year

Classic hiking trails, opportunities to get off the beaten track, and everything from old growth to alpine. Lake O’Hara is a gem of the Rockies. Come spend 5 days with us hiking and exploring pristine lakes, beautiful mountains and all during larch season!

This time of year the larch trees turn and the mountains are suddenly covered in a yellow blanket. What’s more is you’ll be staying the in one of the ACC’s oldest huts, Elizabeth Parker. And this summer the hut celebrates it’s 100th birthday!

A variety of daily trips will be led by professional ACMG guides dedicated to your safety, enjoyment an discovery of the area. Food will be provided so all you have to worry about is taking in the views.

Camp Objectives

Hike, hike and hike! Guides know the best lookouts to take photos and all the best trails but some classic hikes are: Odaray Grandview, Lake Oesa, Lake McArthur, Opabin Plateau, and the famous Alpine Circuit.

Day by Day Adventure Itinerary 
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  • Day 1: Meet your group at the Lake O’Hara bus parking lot (just past Lake Louise) and take the 15:30 bus into Lake O’Hara. Unload at the hut then take a stroll around the famous Lake O’Hara while our local cook prepares dinner for you.
  • Days 2, 3, 4 (general itinerary):
  • 0700: Breakfast is all ready prepared by the camp cook. Pack lunches.
  • 0830: Hikes Depart! Possibility of group getting split into smaller groups to cover beginner to expert trails. Examples of hikes are Odaray Grandview, Lake Oesa, Lake McArthur, Opabin Plateau, Morning Glory Lakes, and Cathedral Basin.
  • 1630: Teatime for groups who are back at the hut in time. Time to wash up and organize gear for the next day’s adventure.
  • 1800: Dinner is served.
  • 1930: Free time to journal, read, share stories or play a card game.
  • Day 5: Opportunity to do one last hike before packing up and catching the 1630 pm bus back to the parking lot.
Is this Camp For Me?

This camp is designed for anyone who wants to hike in the mountains. You don’t need previous hiking experience but you should be prepared to walk 4-9 hours with a light day bag. Some trails will be rocky and uneven but no climbing is necessary. There will be the opportunity for more challenging hikes but this is not mandatory.

Food, Accommodation and Guiding

Food

There will be a cook up at the camp getting scrumptious meals and lunches to go ready for you each day. We bring up as much fresh food as we can. We’re able to accommodate most allergies, medical dietary restrictions and vegetarian diets. Additional surcharges apply for vegan, lactose-free, or gluten-free diets.

Accommodation

This camp is based out of the Elizabeth Parker hut. The Wiwaxy cabin (the smaller of the two buildings on The Alpine Club’s lease) was the first hut built at Lake O’Hara, in 1912. The bigger hut was built in 1919. The historic log buildings are named after Elizabeth Parker, one of the six founding members of The Alpine Club of Canada.

Guiding

Our maximum 7:1 guiding ratio will give you the best possible chance of success. Guides will offer three daily choices of route, so you can find the level of challenge and variety of landscapes to create your ideal experience. This camp is guided by Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG) certified Hiking and Apprentice Hiking guides.

  • “The alpine circuit is THE trip of the area”
- Comments from our lead guide Bree Kullman -

Adventure Map

more information

  Email us
   403 678 3200 ext. 213

  Gear list

Organizing Fantastic ACC Adventures For Over 100 Years

  • 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

Cancellation policy and travel Insurance

Please be sure to review our cancellation policy before registering for ACC Adventures:
 
Cancellation Policy
We sell Tugo® Travel Insurance suitable for both ACC Adventures and personal trips

Travel Insurance


Included WITH YOUR CAMP FEE

  • 5 days professional guiding at max 7:1 ratios by certified ACMG hiking guides 
  • 4 nights accommodation at the Elizabeth Parker Hut
  • All meals from dinner on day 1 to lunch on day 5
  • On-site chef
  • Portering of all group food 
  • Bus transportation to and from Lake O'Hara
  • Parks Canada Wilderness Passes
  • All group gear

Participants Must Provide

  • Transportation to and from the Lake O'Hara parking lot
  • Personal gear (see gear list)
  • Breakfast and lunch on day 1, dinner on day 5

Your Guides

Bree Kullman

Bree is an ACMG Hiking Guide. She has worked as a guide and wilderness instructor for over a decade, with experience in Alberta, BC, Ontario, Nicaragua and Peru. Bree also spent several seasons working with Alberta Parks, where she gained invaluable mentorship from senior staff and a passion for leading extended wilderness trips. While volunteering with search and rescue in 2015, another mentor inspired her to accredit with the ACMG. Bree's current work includes instructing for Outward Bound Canada, guiding in the Rockies, and consulting. Bree calls Canmore home, but often travels for work and adventure. She enjoys philosophy, running, alpinism and the arts.

Kendra Hicks

Kendra is an ACMG Assistant Hiking Guide. She grew up in Canmore, where she was immersed into the mountain scene from a young age. She spent years working at backcountry lodges where she fell in love with the mountain culture. Kendra now lives in Squamish, where she spends all of her time skiing and climbing. A mountain girl through and through, Kendra always knew she wanted to make guiding her career. She is now enrolled in the ACMG Apprentice Ski Guide program, and beginning her journey in trying to become a fully certified Mountain Guide. More than anything, Kendra loves sharing her passion for the mountains with others. She guides and teaches courses in the summer and the winter months and has worked with youth programs like Outward Bound. She’s spent many years exploring the mountains in Western Canada, and has spent some time in Europe, both skiing and climbing. Kendra is also is a part-time Artist, and paints mountain landscapes inspired by time spent in beautiful places.

Michael Morse

Michael is an ACMG Hiking Guide, now lives in Calgary as a family of four, he grew up along the Mississippi River in Iowa. A river rat at heart, he is also passionate hiker and has been backpacking and canoeing tripping since childhood. Breaking the outdoor mold to pursue mechanical engineering, he stayed true to his roots and always found time for paddling, biking, backpacking, canyoneering and photography. Over the past 4 years, Michael has shifted his career to encompass professional outdoor guiding in Western Canada, from coastal backpacking trips to northern raft/canoe trips. He loves meeting others keen for getting outside and sharing in the adventure!

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