Glacier National Park

Huts and Cabins

Glacier National Park has four backcountry huts available at various costs per person per night. A wilderness pass is also required if staying at the Asulkan, Sapphire Col and Glacier Circle huts. Access to these three huts is arduous and, in the cases of Sapphire Col and Glacier Circle huts, requires mountaineering expertise. Visit us at the Revelstoke Administration Office or at the Rogers Pass Discovery Centre, or contact us for details.

For hut registration, contact the Alpine Club of Canada (403-678-3200)

Asulkan Cabin
Wheeler Hut
Sapphire Col Hut
Glacier Circle Cabin


Asulkan Cabin

Asulkan Cabin Asulkan Cabin
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Located 6.5km up the Asulkan Brook, 300 metres beyond the end of the Asulkan Trail at an elevation of 2100 metres. Accommodates up to 12 people. Equipped with propane stove and heater, lights, loft and foam sleeping pads, basic cooking and eating utensils, cleaning supplies, toilet and grey water systems. Reserved through the Alpine Club of Canada.


The route to Asulkan Cabin during the winter crosses numerous avalanche paths. Winter travellers should be equipped with avalanche beacons and be knowledgeable in their use. Winter travellers should check the daily avalanche forecast for Rogers Pass, or by calling (250) 837-MTNS or checking at the Rogers Pass Discovery Centre.


The Wheeler Hut

Wheeler Hut Wheeler Hut
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This cabin is not owned by Parks Canada. Besides handling bookings for the Asulkan Cabin, the Alpine Club of Canada owns and operates the Wheeler Hut. Named for A.O. Wheeler, a founder of the Alpine Club, it is located near the south end of the Illecillewaet Campground just off the Trans-Canada Highway.

"Hut" is an overly modest name for this comfortable and commodious shelter, capable of sleeping 35-40 persons in its loft. It is well furnished and completely equipped with cooking and eating utensils, foam sleeping pads, Coleman stoves, lanterns and firewood. An Alpine Club of Canada custodian is on hand during the summer. At other times, the hut is locked and access is possible only through advance booking. Contact the Alpine Club of Canada. Bookings can be made 30 days in advance. Fees are payable at the time of booking by VISA or Mastercard. You may also wish to inquire about organized mountaineering expeditions in the park.


Sapphire Col Hut

Sapphire Col Hut Sapphire Col Hut
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Located at Sapphire Col between The Dome and Castor Peaks. A basic mountaineering shelter, this metal bivouac shelter sleeps 4 people. Apart from a few utensils and a toilet system, it is unequipped. Water is obtained from a nearby melt pond or by melting snow. Attaining the Sapphire Col Hut requires mountaineering equipment and skills. Alpine Club of Canada.


Glacier Circle Cabin

Glacier Circle Cabin Glacier Circle Cabin
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Located west of the Beaver River Valley and southwest of Mt. Macoun, this historic one-room hut accommodates 8 people. There are two approaches to Glacier Circle, where the cabin is located. The classic approach is to go over the Illecillewaet Glacier from the campground. This approach requires mountaineering equipment and skills. The second approach is via a 2 - 3 day hike up the Beaver Valley and into Glacier Circle. This approach is mostly forested and leads through excellent bear habitat as the trail climbs into Glacier Circle.

There are basic cooking and eating utensils, a white gas stove, sleeping loft and toilet system. Water supply is nearby. Reserved through the Alpine Club of Canada.