Frequently Asked Hut Questions
Listed below are some of the common questions we are asked about our
huts and cabins.
*NOTE: the term huts applies to our cabins as well.
How can I find out if there is availability at a hut?
Hut availability is accessible online on each of our hut pages. To check availability for a hut, visit this page and fill out the form. Click this button to expand a calendar search and input your
dates and numbers.
Do I have to be an ACC member to stay at a hut?
anyone may stay at the ACC’s huts. Our members do receive advance
booking privileges at most of our huts (12 months vs 30 days) as well as
reduced rates ($30/night vs $40/night). Find out more benefits of
joining the club on our Membership page. Read all the fine print about bookings, cancellations and fees on our Booking Huts page.
What do I need to do to get member rates at the huts and one year in advance booking privileges?
Anyone can join the ACC and a membership can be activated online or at the time of making a hut booking. See our Join Now page to purchase a membership online or call the national office (403) 678 3200 ext. 0 between the hours of 8:30 am and 9:30 pm seven days a week. Memberships start at $38 for adults.
Are there any private rooms in any of the ACC huts?
No, all of our cabins are have communal sleeping quarters. There are no private rooms in any of our huts.
What is a Wilderness Pass and do I require one for every hut?
Canada requires everyone 17 years old and older staying overnight in
the Parks backcountry to purchase a Wilderness Pass. This includes users
of ACC huts that are situated in National Parks (two exceptions are the
Wheeler Hut in Glacier National Park and the Cameron Lake Cabin in
Waterton National Park. These are both considered to be in the front country
and therefore guests do not require a Wilderness Pass).
Parks Canada uses Wilderness Pass fees for trail maintenance, servicing outhouses and trail signage.
Parks Canada Wilderness Pass can be purchased through the ACC when
making a hut booking. The Wilderness Pass can be purchased for
individual nights ($9.80).
For ACC huts that are not in National Parks, no Wilderness Pass is required.
What should I bring to a hut?
and a sleeping bag are the only essentials you will need to bring,
however, we also recommend you bring footwear for inside the hut, a
headlight/flashlight, toilet paper, lighter or matches and paper for
starting the fire (for huts with wood stoves). All of our huts have
mattresses, pots and pans, cutlery and stovetops for cooking. Check our
individual hut pages for more info on each hut.
Are there ovens in the huts?
a few of our huts have ovens, they are: Elizabeth Parker Hut, Stanley
Mitchell Hut, A.O. Wheeler Hut, Kokanee Glacier Cabin, Fairy Meadow Hut
and Elk Lakes Cabin.
Where can I find information on weather, trail closures and wildlife in the area?
we operate over 30 huts over a large area of Alberta and BC, we are
unable to provide up-to-date information regarding all of the trails to our huts. You can call Parks Canada, BC Parks and Kananaskis
Country information centres for information on trails and conditions in
What time can we check into the hut and what time is checkout?
is 3:00 pm or later and checkout time is 11:00 am. We ask that incoming
groups respect the check-in time and give the outgoing groups time to
pack up. If you arrive prior to 3:00 pm, you may leave your packs in the
living space, out of the way of the other guests.
How can I make an emergency call or contact someone from a hut?
of our huts are in cellular range, so it is highly recommended that
SPOT devices or satellite phones be carried for emergencies. The only
exception is Elizabeth Parker Hut, which has access to the payphones at
the Le Relais Day Shelter, a 10-minute walk from the hut.
How do I know which huts have trail access that suits my ability?
have a variety of huts that suit all types of users. Basic information
on access is on each hut’s webpage, and our front desk team know our hut
system very well and can give advice on huts that may suit your
Will there be a staff member or custodian at the hut when I arrive?
roaming custodians visit different huts at different times and there
are volunteer custodians at some huts on some days. Please have a copy
of your booking confirmation with you to present to a custodian for
proof of your reservation. Our huts are user-maintained, and we ask all
users to clean up after themselves and follow the hut etiquette guidelines that are posted in the hut whether or not a custodian is in attendance.
Am I allowed to bring my dog to a hut?
sorry, dogs are not permitted at any of the ACC huts. Parks Canada
allows dogs on many trails but they are not allowed into the ACC huts.
Dogs cannot be tied up outside of huts either.
the answer to your hut question? Feel free to call our knowledgeable
staff at 403-678-3200 ext 0. We’re in the office from 8:30 am to 9:30 pm