Camp Highlights

  • See the larches turn the O'Hara valley golden
  • Stay at the iconic Elizabeth Parker hut
  • Explore the O'Hara area during a year with less traffic
  • Maximize your time with ACMG hiking guides and low guiding ratios 

Dates & price

  •  September 7th-10th
  • $1,200 + Tax / Person

Tecnica supports our Trekking Program and we thank them for their assistance.

Lake O'Hara at its Most Spectacular Time of the Year

Classic hiking trails, opportunities to get off the beaten track, and everything from old growth to alpine. Lake O’Hara is a gem of the Rockies. Come spend 5 days with us hiking and exploring pristine lakes, beautiful mountains and all during larch season!

This time of year the larch trees turn and the mountains are suddenly covered in a yellow blanket. What’s more is you’ll be staying the in one of the ACC’s oldest huts, Elizabeth Parker. 

This year we will have an exclusive booking of the hut to allow for social distancing and other COVID regulations/guidelines. It is a great year to go as the lodge is closed and the bus isn't running so the area will be very quiet.

Since the bus isn't running the group will walk the 11km road to get to the hut.

A variety of daily trips will be led by professional ACMG guides dedicated to your safety, enjoyment and discovery of the area.

Camp Objectives

Hike, hike and hike! Guides know the best lookouts to take photos and all the best trails but some classic hikes are: Odaray Grandview, Lake Oesa, Lake McArthur and Opabin Plateau,.

Day by Day Adventure Itinerary 
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  • Day 1: Meet your group at the Lake O’Hara bus parking lot (just past Lake Louise) at 8:00am and walk the 11km road in. On the road you will pass old avalanche run outs and make lots of bear calls. Unload at the hut then take a stroll around the famous Lake O’Hara.
  • Days 2 and 3 (general itinerary):
  • 0700: Breakfast (rotating kitchen schedule to allow for social distancing) and pack lunches.
  • 0830: Hikes Depart! Possibility of group getting split into smaller groups to cover beginner to expert trails. Examples of hikes are Odaray Grandview, Lake Oesa, Lake McArthur, Opabin Plateau, Morning Glory Lakes, and Cathedral Basin.
  • 1630: Head back to the hut, maybe tea and a snack.     
  • 1800: Dinner (rotating kitchen schedule to allow for social distancing) and pack lunches. 
  • 1930: Free time to journal, read, share stories or play a card game.
  • Day 4: Pack up and head back down the road.
Is this Camp For Me?

This camp is designed for anyone who wants to hike in the mountains. You don’t need previous hiking experience but you should be prepared to walk 4-9 hours with a light day bag and walk the 11km road with an overnight bag. Some trails will be rocky and uneven but no climbing is necessary. There will be the opportunity for more challenging hikes but this is not mandatory.

Food, Accommodation and Guiding

Food

Food will not be provided but if you need help planning we can get you in touch with our local food provider Peakeats to help with backcountry meals.

Accommodation

This camp is based out of the Elizabeth Parker hut. The Wiwaxy cabin (the smaller of the two buildings on The Alpine Club’s lease) was the first hut built at Lake O’Hara, in 1912. The bigger hut was built in 1919. The historic log buildings are named after Elizabeth Parker, one of the six founding members of The Alpine Club of Canada.

Guiding

Our maximum 4:1 guiding ratio will give you the best possible chance of success. This camp is guided by Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG) certified Hiking and Apprentice Hiking guides.

Adventure Map

more information

  Email us
   403 678 3200 ext. 213

  Gear list

Organizing Fantastic ACC Adventures For Over 100 Years

  • Local Knowledge - based out of Canmore, AB, we know the Rockies region and the best local caterers, guides and porters
  • Dedicated resources - full-time office staff, ACMG guides and group equipment on-hand to ensure your trip runs smoothly
  • Not-for-profit - any money we make on camps and courses is reinvested into providing services for our members and the mountain community

Cancellation policy and travel Insurance

Please be sure to review our cancellation policy before registering for ACC Adventures:
 
Cancellation Policy
We sell Tugo® Travel Insurance suitable for both ACC Adventures and personal trips

Travel Insurance


Included WITH YOUR CAMP FEE

  • 4 days professional guiding at max 4:1 ratios by certified ACMG hiking guides 
  • 3 nights accommodation at the Elizabeth Parker Hut
  • Parks Canada Wilderness Passes
  • Group gear

Participants Must Provide

  • Transportation to and from the Lake O'Hara parking lot
  • Personal gear (see gear list)
  • Food for the whole trip

Your Guides

BREE KULLMAN

Bree is an ACMG Hiking Guide. She has worked as a guide and wilderness instructor for over a decade, with experience in Alberta, BC, Ontario, Nicaragua and Peru. Bree also spent several seasons working with Alberta Parks, where she gained invaluable mentorship from senior staff and a passion for leading extended wilderness trips. While volunteering with search and rescue in 2015, another mentor inspired her to accredit with the ACMG. Bree's current work includes instructing for Outward Bound Canada, guiding in the Rockies, and consulting. Bree calls Canmore home, but often travels for work and adventure. She enjoys philosophy, running, alpinism and the arts.