Historic stone hut on the Continental Divide
The Abbot Pass Hut was one of the most unique huts in North America. It was built in 1922 with the stones from the pass and has served as a base for mountaineers and as a destination for strong hikers since then. Sitting at 2,926 metres elevation, it is second only to the Neil Colgan Hut on the list of highest permanent structures in Canada. The hut was on the Continental Divide so the provincial and National Park borders run right down the middle of the hut. Make dinner in Alberta, eat it in BC.
Strong hikers found the hut a sublime reward after the approach hike and a well-equipped alternative to the campgrounds down in the trees. For many, this is the highest elevation that they will ever spend a night.
Mountaineers came from around the world to climb the classic routes of the Rockies and two of the best – the West Face of Mt. Lefroy and the South-East Ridge of Mt. Victoria – begin from the front door of this stone hut.
Tradition and history, awesome mountains, a cozy fire – Abbot Pass was one of the great destinations in the Rockies.
Abbot Pass Fact: Snow melting on opposite sides of the hut will flow into two different oceans.