Elizabeth Parker Hut

Summer - Historic log cabin in the meadows of Lake O'Hara

Summer at Lake O’Hara. Photo by Barbara Budenz

The Lake O’Hara area, with its sublime alpine lakes and scenery, amazing network of hiking trails and alpine routes is rightfully famous around the world as a hiker’s paradise.

The Elizabeth Parker (EP) Hut is located in a beautiful alpine meadow 500 metres from the shores of Lake O’Hara in Yoho National Park. This is one of the most accessible ACC huts and is very popular.

The Lake O’Hara area is a sensitive alpine area and Parks Canada has implemented a quota system to limit use and protect the area. Access to the Lake in the summer months is via a Parks Canada bus, which you can book through the ACC if you’re staying at the hut.

Note: Due to high demand, the EP Hut is booked by lottery during the summer months. Details on the lottery are found here. High season rates apply in the summer months while the bus is running.

A Parks Canada Wilderness Pass is required for all backcountry overnights in National Parks. This Pass can be purchased at the time of booking this hut.

At A Glance

Location
General: Near Lake O'Hara in Yoho National Park
Map and Grid Reference: Map 82N/8 (Lake Louise). Grid Ref 457983
Hut Elevation: 2,040 m (6,700 ft)
GPS: NAD83 11U 545726 5689508
Lat / Long: 51 21' 18" / -116 20' 36"
Rates
Open: Open all year
Rates: $30 members, $40 others
Peak Rates: Summer
Access
Quick Description: Summer: Parks Canada bus from the Lake O'Hara parking lot and 10 min hike. Winter: 3-4 hour ski.
Elevation Gain to Hut: Summer: nil; Winter: 440 m (1,450 ft)
Approach Time: Summer: 10 mins; Winter 3 to 4 hours
How To Book Check Availability

Lake O'Hara summer hiking

Winter - Cozy base for ski touring

Cozy Elizabeth Parker Hut. Photo by Doug Bezovie

 

In the winter, the ski touring is as beautiful as the summer hiking. The scenery is stunning and as the approach trail follows the summer road, access is straightforward.

Wood stoves in both the main cabin and the Wiwaxy Cabin keep things cozy for large or small groups. Note: High season rates apply to Elizabeth Parker Hut from December 20 to April 30.

EP Hut fact: Elizabeth Parker was one of the founders of the Alpine Club of Canada in 1906. The huts were built in 1912 (Wiwaxy Cabin) and 1919 (main hut).

Interior Main Hut

Interior Wiwaxy Cabin

Hut Bookings

  • Reservations are required at all ACC huts.
  • ACC membership is not required to book huts. ACC members can book 12 months in advance. Non-members can book 30 days in advance.
  • Summer bookings are made through a lottery system. See our EP lottery info page for complete details. 
  • Call 403-678-3200 ext 0 to make a booking. We are open 8:30 am to 9:30 pm daily.
  • Please read our cancellation policies and consider cancellation insurance for your trip.

Rates

Per Night Adult Member $30
Per Night Adult Non-Member $40
Per Night Child Member 50%
Per Night Child Non-Member 50%
High Season  Adult  Member $35 
High Season  Adult  Non-Member  $45 

 
   

About rates

Facilities

24 in summer, 20 in winter
Mattress pads provided, bring your own sleeping bag
Oven, Propane stove and oven – propane is supplied, Fully-equipped kitchen suitable for groups
Outhouse
Propane lighting – propane is supplied
Wood stove – firewood is provided
Snow melt, Creek

Recreational Opportunities

Summer
  • Trail Hiking
  • Scrambling
  • Mountaineering
  • Alpine Rock Climbing
  • Sport Climbing
  • Mountain Biking
Winter
  • Track Skiing
  • Ski Touring
  • Ski Mountaineering
  • Ice Climbing
  • Resort Skiing

Access

Via Parks Canada bus (summer): Lake O’Hara is reached by a Parks Canada bus (June to September only). From the bus drop off, a 10 minute hike takes you to the hut.

You can learn more about getting to the hut on our Lake O’Hara bus page and through Parks Canada

Lake O’Hara fire road (skiing in winter): Three to four hours is the usual time it takes to ski the approach road. There is some avalanche hazard on the road.

Printable detailed approach description

References and Links

The Hut Experience

Staying in a backcountry hut is a shared, rustic experience. Sleeping, kitchen and living areas are communal, and foam mattresses, cooking and eating utensils are provided. 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.