Hut Discovery - Bow to Peyto

Experience a night at the ever-popular Bow and Peyto huts, and travel across the Wapta Icefield under the supervision of a full ACMG alpine guide.

As a hiker, you've probably seen glaciers from afar. This trip gives you the chance to get up-close-and-personal with the Wapta icefield with a 3-day trip between two of our most popular skiing and mountaineering huts. You'll hike to the Bow Hut, perched just below the toe of the Bow Glacier on the Icefields Parkway, on the first day. From there, you'll review the basic rope skills that you'll need to tie in and travel on the glacier.

While the trip between Bow and Peyto is relatively simple (as far as glaciers go), the guides take your safety very seriously. Crevasses are present on the icefield, and navigation can be extremely challenging in whiteout conditions. Having an experienced ACMG alpine guide to lead this trip means that you can focus on the scenery and your own enjoyment while getting an introduction to glacier travel and techniques.

The real treats of this trip are getting to access places that are normally only possible for mountaineers: the side trip to the top of the Onion (conditions permitting) provides spectacular views of the Wapta icefield in all directions, and the Instagram-worthy Peyto Hut is only accessible via a glacier. On the third day of the trip, you'll make your way down to Peyto Lake via the Peyto Glacier and its moraines. This leg of the trip can be fairly physically challenging, involves some tricky routefinding, and may involve a river crossing (the bridge crossing the Peyto River at the bottom of the canyon washed out in 2012).

Luckily, it's largely a descent from the Peyto Hut: you've gained most of your elevation on the first two days. You'll get to see firsthand the effects of climate change on this unique landscape, and get a unique, off-the-beaten-track view of the Icefields Parkway.

Photo by Adam Greenberg.

This trip is suitable for hikers with a moderate level of fitness. You should be comfortable hiking with an overnight pack for 6-8 hours per day, and prepared to travel off-trail on uneven ground. You do NOT need any previous glacier travel experience.

If you're looking for a place to stay before or after this Camp, the ACC welcomes all participants to join them at the Clubhouse. We’re located just outside of Canmore with breath taking views of the surrounding mountains and a cozy kitchen and common area. You can reach us most hours at 1 (403) 678-3200.

Level of Difficulty: Introductory

This program is designed for people who want to experience a stay in an ACC backcountry hut but don't yet possess the skills in alpine travel required to get there independently and safely. No previous mountaineering experience is necessary, although you willl require a good basic level of hiking fitness and experience.


  • 27th - 29th July, 2018
  • 17th - 19th August, 2018
  • $525 + tax
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Camp Itinerary

  • Day 1 AM: Meet at 8AM in Bill Peyto's Café in Lake Louise. Your guide will go over the itinerary, collect waivers, and arrange for car shuttling. Hike in to Bow Hut.
  • Day 1 PM: Snow school: learn the techniques you'll need for safe travel on the glacier.
  • Day 2: Wake up bright and early, hike across the glacier to the Peyto Hut. A side trip up the Onion Skin for a view of the Icefiled may be possible.
  • Day 3: Hike down from the Peyto Hut to Peyto Lake.

Gear, Food & Lodging

  • Supervision by a full ACMG Alpine Guide throughout the camp
  • Hut Accommodation
  • Group mountaineering equipment.
  • Parks Canada Wilderness Pass
  • Travel to/from Lake Louise (participants will be expected to use their own vehicles to carpool)
  • National Parks vehicle pass
  • Food
  • Personal gear (see equipment list in Info Pack

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