ACC- Kokanee Glacier Cabin

ACC- Kokanee Glacier Cabin near Nelson, BC

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14 kms
Hiking, Back Country Skiing
Winter, Summer
Nelson, BC
User xtremepeaks

National Topographic Series Maps 82F/11 (Kokanee Peak) and 82F/14 (Slocan), at a scale of 1:50,000, cover the Kokanee Glacier Park area.

Located north of Nelson, beautiful Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park offers an excellent backcountry adventure for the whole family. Sitting mostly above 1,800 metres in elevation, the park has three glaciers - Kokanee, Caribou, and Woodbury - which feed over 30 lakes and are the headwaters of many creeks.

The new Kokanee Glacier Cabin is on the shores of Kaslo lake, and is ideally situated for summertime hiking and scrambling adventures. In the winter, Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park is a ski touring paradise, and the Kokanee Glacier Cabin is situated to best take advantage of the endless skiing terrain, and to provide you with an unforgettable experience.

Excellent hiking, fishing and backcountry skiing hut. Summer access is by a 2 to 4 hour hike via Gibson Lake. Winter access is helicopter access only. Class A, sleeps 20 (12 in winter).

Park Hazards

It must be emphasized that Kokanee Glacier Park is wilderness and any visitors must be entirely self-sufficient. All visitors should wear strong, waterproofed lug-soled boots and carry a daypack with rain gear, extra warm clothing and food. Weather conditions can change suddenly in this area and lightning storms with hail and snow are common in summer.

Only experienced mountaineers practised in crevasse rescue and properly roped, should venture onto snowfields and glaciers.

The 8 Kaslo Lake campsites are available for walk-ins on a "first come - first serve" basis.

An on-site ACC employee will collect fees for the campgrounds and cabin (for those who did not reserve through the ACC office in Canmore) from early June to late October. Tent sites and hut bedding must be cleared by 11:00am if you are not planning on staying that night.

For detailed information please visit the ACC hut webpage.

More info on trails in the area, see our descriptions at Kokanee-and-Kaslo-Lakes and Kokanee-Glacier-Park


Summertime access to the Kokanee Glacier Cabin starts at the Gibson Lake trailhead. To get there follow Highway 3A from Nelson for 19 km to Kokanee Creek road which leads to Gibson Lake. From Gibson Lake hike past Kokanee Lake over Kokanee Pass and down to Kaslo Lake. The cabin is at the north end of the Kaslo lake, past the campground. Hiking distance is 7 kilometres with 485 metres elevation gain and 100 metres loss. Note that all roads in the park may not be suitable for low-clearance vehicles. Park visitors are recommended to protect their vehicle with chicken wire to deter porcupines from chewing on rubber hoses and tires.

Wintertime access is by helicopter only.

Alpine Club of Canada

Information and copyrighted photos used with permission.

Please check the bottom of the Description (above left; click) for the author's written directions.

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