Scott Duncan Hut

The Southern End of the Wapta

This was the final hut to be established on the Wapta Icefield, a very nice addition to the chain of huts which now makes the Wapta Traverse one of the classiest and most comfortable ski traverses in all of North America! Yes, it is that good.

Most people make the Scott Duncan their final stopover when tackling the traverse, climbing over the Balfour High Col from the Balfour Hut then descending the Schiesser/Lomas route to Sherbrooke Lake after a night at the Duncan. Some folks will approach the hut from Sherbrooke and make it a base for the many objectives in the area, the most common being an attempt on Mt. Balfour via the normal route from the south.

The hut sleeps 12 both summer and winter and is well-equipped with propane stoves and lanterns, cooking supplies and foamies on the beds.

At A Glance

General: On the NW shoulder of Mt. Daly, in Yoho National Park, B.C.
Map and Grid Reference: 82N/9 Hector Lake, Grid Ref: 417084
Hut Elevation: 2,773 metres (9,100 feet)
GPS: NAD83 11U 541506 5708750
Lat / Long: 51°31’ 42” / -116°24’ 06”
Open: Open all year
Rates: $30 members, $40 others

Quick Description: From the North via the RJ Ritchie (Balfour) Hut or from the South (West Louise Lodge on the #1 Highway).
Approach Description: Printable PDF
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Other Huts in the Area

The Wapta Icefield is home to four ACC huts. See Whyte (Peyto), Bow and RJ Ritchie (Balfour) huts.

Hut Bookings Summer 2020

Note that all ACC hut bookings for summer 2020 will be processed under a temporary system due to COVID-19.
Please see our Booking Huts page  for our temporary policies and rates for summer 2020.
Please do not call our office to make hut bookings at this time.

Hut Bookings

  • Reservations arerequired 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
  • Call 403-678-3200 ext 0 to make a booking. We are open 8:30 am to 8:30 pm daily.
  • Please read our cancellation policies and consider cancellation and/or appropriate emergency medical insurance for your trip (link below).


Per Night Adult Member $30
Per Night Adult Non-Member $40
Per Night Child Member $15
Per Night Child Non-Member $20

About rates


Mattress pads provided, bring your own sleeping bag
Propane stovetops (propane supplied)
Propane lighting – propane is supplied
Snow melt

Recreational Opportunities

  • Mountaineering
  • Ski Touring
  • Ski Mountaineering


Access to the Scott Duncan Hut is most often done from the Balfour Hut. It is possible to access the hut, and begin the Wapta Traverse from the south.

From the Balfour Hut: Over Balfour High Col and down the glacier toward Mt. Daly.

From West Louise Lodge: The route follows the east side of Sherbrooke Lake and follows Niles Creek.

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 are 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.

Scott Duncan Hut Video - Wapta Traverse