The Alpine Club of Canada (ACC) operates more than 25 backcountry huts, the overwhelming majority of which are in Alberta and B.C. These one-of-a-kind structures provide warmth, shelter and community in some of the most remote and lovely places in the country, and anyone willing to make the trek is welcome. Like all great outdoor adventure experiences, a hut stay is better if you’re prepared. Here’s a handy list of what to pack.
You’ll need to present this to the hut caretaker when you arrive. Choose a hut at alpineclubofcanada.ca and book your spot in person at the ACC Clubhouse in Canmore (201 Indian Flats Road) or by calling 403-678-3200. You don’t have to be an ACC member to book a hut, though membership does have certain benefits.
If your hut is in a National Park, you’ll need to buy one of these from the ACC when you book. It costs $9.80 for a night or $68.70 for an annual pass.
It’s beautiful where you’re going.
Sleeping Bag, Pillowcase
Huts have mattresses but no bedding.
It’s hard to visit the outhouse (or find your bed) after sunset without a light.
It’s good form to take deodorant, toothpaste and toilet paper.
There are cooking facilities and implements at the huts but there’s nothing to eat except what you carry up. Freeze-dried camping meals and high-calorie hiking snacks work well.
Be prepared to remove every scrap of trash and leftover food from the hut when you leave.
Stuff happens. Be prepared in case it does.
If you leave this at home, you’ll have to boil your water.
Hiking boots or shoes aren’t permitted in the huts, so make sure you have clean hut booties for walking around indoors.
In most huts you sleep dorm-style.
Chocolate and whisky (self-explanatory); a book, e-reader or playing cards (huts don’t have Wi-Fi) and make sure to have comfy clothes and clean water waiting in your car upon your return.