Stand on the narrow pass and catch your breath - only to lose it to the spectacular view. Rugged Canadian Rocky Mountains, brilliant white glaciers and a lone rocky hut. It’s a daunting route past pristine lakes and up treacherous scree slopes or a technical mountaineering route with glacier travel, but a visit to the Abbot Pass Alpine Hut is a must for mountaineers and a triumph for hikers. Built by Swiss-born mountain guides using stone from the surrounding mountains in 1922, the rustic hut is your home for the night. Abbot Pass Refuge Cabin National Historic Site is administered by Parks Canada and operated by the Alpine Club of Canada.

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A mountaineer on Mount Ball
Mountaineering

Abbot Pass Hut is in an alpine environment where conditions can deteriorate rapidly including heavy snowfall without warning that could result in avalanche risk. The approach to this facility is recommended for advanced hikers only. Appropriate knowledge, equipment and safety precautions are required. Helmets are mandatory.

Getting here

Abbot Pass (accessible only on foot). Between Mts. Lefroy and Victoria in Banff National Park and Yoho National Park

Note: Recommended for mountaineers only. Helmets are mandatory.

Hours of operation

June to September
Dates may vary

Fees

Free admission in 2017. Other fees still apply. Detailed fees list

*Reservations are required for overnight guests.

Sites nearby

  • Family at Emerald Lake
    Yoho National Park

    In the shadow of the Great Divide, Yoho’s towering rockwalls, spectacular waterfalls and soaring peaks reveal the secrets of ancient life, the power of ice and water and the stories of plants and animals that continue to evolve today.

  • Two people sight seeing in Banff
    Banff National Park

    Founded in 1885, Banff is Canada’s first national park and part of the first national park system in the world. With its soaring peaks, azure lakes and abundant wildlife, this Rocky Mountain park attracts millions of visitors every year.