Tantalus Hut - Vancouver Section

Climbing Hut on Lake Lovely Water

The Tantalus hut was built by the ACC in 1961 as a base for mountaineering in the Tantalus Range. It is located at the outflow end of Lake Lovely Water (elevation 1,173 m / 3,850 ft) in the Tantalus Range in the Coast Mountains, approximately 64 km northwest of Vancouver. There are excellent mountaineering objectives and additional opportunities for swimming, canoeing and fishing.

The hut is a two-story wooden structure with a large kitchen / dining room on the main floor and a sleeping loft with foam mattresses for 20 people above. The kitchen is equipped with propane cooking as well as cooking and eating utensils. There is a dock nearby with two large rowboats and a canoe.

There is a wide variety of climbing opportunities of various grades. Classic alpine routes abound on such peaks as: Tantalus 2,603 m (8,540 ft); Dione 2,590 m (8,500 ft); Alpha 2,305 m (7,562 ft); Serratus 2,326 m (7,632 ft) and many others. Climbing in the area is covered in Climbing and Hiking in Southwestern B.C. by Bruce Fairley, and in Alpine Select by Kevin McLane.

Access to the Lake Lovely Water trail requires crossing the Squamish River. There are a number of options:

  • Boat service is available; call 604-815-9647 or email jay@squamishriverjet.ca
  • Float plane access is available from Whistler, provided by Whistler Air (1-888-806-2299 or info@whistlerair.ca).
  • Helicopter access is available from Squamish, and can be arranged by contacting Blackcomb Aviation 604-898-1067 or Black Tusk Helicopters 604-898-4800.

At A Glance

General: At the east end of Lake Lovely Water in the Tantalus Range, near Squamish, BC
Map and Grid Reference: 92G/14 (Cheakamus River); Grid Reference 819146
Hut Elevation: 1,173 metres (3,850 feet)
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Open: Summer only
Rates: $20 members, $30 others

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How To Book


The Tantalus Hut is maintained and operated by the Vancouver Section of the ACC. Reservations are required as the hut is kept locked. 

The hut is open from late May to early October (typically Victoria Day to Thanksgiving Day weekends).

Hut Custodian: Jeff Yarnold
email: huts@accvancouver.ca


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

About rates


16 (2 8-person dorm rooms with ladder access)
Propane lighting – propane is supplied
Wood stove – firewood is provided

Recreational Opportunities

  • Trail Hiking
  • Scrambling
  • Mountaineering


 Access On Foot: Cross the Squamish River and take the trail to Lake Lovelywater. Carry on past Lambda Lake to the “Russian Army Camp”, then follow a mountaineering route up steep scree & snow to the Ionia-Serratus Col. Cross a small glacier northwards to the Serratus-Dione Col and the hut. For jetboat service across the Squamish River, call Jay at 604-815-9647 or email jay@squamishriverjet.ca. Typically leaves Brackendale at 9 am & returns 4-5 pm.

Access by Helicopter: Squamish Airport direct to hut. Contact Blackcomb Aviation 604-898-1067 or Black Tusk Helicopters 604-898-4800.

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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.