ACC Vancouver

Huts Operated by the Vancouver Section

The Vancouver Section owns two huts.  These are run separately from the National Huts and other Section Huts.

  • Tantalus Hut at Lake Lovely Water
  • Jim Haberl Hut at Serratus/Dione Col

Please read through the information and follow the links.

COVID-19 UPDATE. Sept 21, 2020

Our shortened COVID Huts Season is coming to an end at the end of Sept.
We do not know what the New Year will bring for us with regards to COVID affecting how we operate our huts.   The COVID guidelines we adopted will remain on the website below for reference if we have to continue with them.  Our old guidelines are also there for something to work towards.

Please check back frequently to our website for updates as to how we move forward from this date.

NEW HUT BOOKING GUIDELINES for COVID for the period of JULY 1, 2020 to SEPT 30, 2020

The below guidelines replace any same guidelines listed on the website for this period of time.  All other aspects on the website regarding huts apply, please refer to them.

Note:  The Vancouver Section Huts, Tantalus at Lake Lovely Water and the Haberl, are owned and operated by the ACC Vancouver Section and run separately from other section huts and the National office huts.  For updates on the Vancouver Section Huts, always refer to the accvancouver.ca website.

ACC huts are for accommodation purposes.  The Alpine club of Canada is not responsible for any damages, injures, or other that may occur as a result of their use.

Current information received from our National Office, BC Parks and the PHO have given guidance to the Section.  An opening strategy for our Huts based on this information and a full cost modelling of different scenarios has been done to judge if we can meet our operational costs and the best scenario is outlined below. A decreased capacity, an increased cost with a minimum number of nights booked is necessary.   If this model does not work, the Section will be forced to keep the huts closed until a potential reopening March 1 at which time new guidelines will be looked at as the COVID situation continues to play out into the fall and winter.

The timeframe allows 13 weekend bookings.

Outline:

–       Exclusive group booking with new capacity numbers for your booking (no sharing with unknown groups to fill the hut at this time)

–       New capacity – Tantalus 12, Haberl 8

–       Minimum 3-night booking for Fri, Sat, Sun nights

–       Set rate of $2000 for the 3-night minimum (approx. $56 per person per night for the Tantalus and approx. $84 per person per night for the Haberl assuming your booking fills the new capacity guidelines)

–       Full payment within 48hrs once accepted or booking is dropped

–       No refunds, Weather is not a consideration

–       No cancellation

–       If another weekend is available, then a switch may be possible but not guaranteed as the number of weekends available is limited.

–       No carry forward of any missed bookings – no exceptions

–       72-hour rest period between bookings (allows any potential viral load to fall, users are still required to clean the hut in the usual manner)

–       Use of only the canoes which must be stored back in the hut at the end of your stay (as per BC Parks)

–       The floating dock will not be lifted back into the water for this season as per BC Parks – PLEASE DO NOT damage our new dock by sitting on it or trying to drag it into the water.  It is chained to logs on the beach.

–       If we do not fill the minimum number of weekends to cover our operating costs then we will have to cancel every booking, refund the confirmed bookings and close the huts.

–       Hut users MUST bring your own hand sanitizer and masks for use at the huts and for use on the Helicopters should you be flying in.

–       It is up to the Hut users to arrange their flights with the Helicopter company to confirm they can fly you before making your booking as there are no refunds for any reason.

NOT PERMITTED AS PER BC PARKS AND ACC VANCOUVER;

– No beer kegs or excessive alcohol
– No sound systems (and playing of loud music)
– No axes or saws
– No inflatable watercrafts (paddle boards, Explorer 200’s rafts, personal water floats, etc as per BC Parks)
– No BBQ’s outside of the Huts supplied one for hut users only
– No smoking in or around the huts
– No bringing in of Firewood or cutting of firewood from the forest
– NO FIRES ARE PERMITTED ANYWHERE IN THE PARK.  
– DO NOT USE COOKING STOVES ON THE ANY PART OF THE DOCK OR THE STORED FLOATING DOCK if at Lake Lovely Water
– DO NOT SIT ON THE STORED FLOATING DOCK, THIS WILL DAMAGE THE FLOATS
– DO NOT REMOVE THE FURNITURE FROM THE HUTS
– DO NOT PLACE ANYTHING ON OR NEAR THE EMERGENCY HELI PAD ABOVE THE OUTHOUSE AREA AT THE TANTALUS HUT OR THE WOODEN HELI PAD OR THE SNOW EAST OF THE HABERL HUT – This interferes with Helicopter landings FOR EMERGENCIES and for passenger delivery and hut maintenance. 
– If tenting near or around the Haberl Hut do so please remember the near the site of the demolished Red Tit Hut, up the rocks from the Hut moving south approximately 100m. This keeps them at a safe distance from the helipad areas.  Please do not tent directly beside or near the Haberl Hut.  Specifically on the East side of the Hut on the rock or snow as this is designated and reserved as a helicopter landing area in accordance with BC Parks’ Aviation Plan in effect for Tantalus Provincial Park.  Helicopters land there on a regular and unannounced basis, for drop off and pick up of passengers, dealing with maintenance issues for us, supporting SAR operations or on BC Parks business. Helicopters must not be impeded in their specific choice of a level and safe landing spot in that area – whether by people or tents.
At Lake Lovely Water please camp on the designated BC Parks tent pads.  For more information on this go to the BC Parks website for Tantalus Park. 
– Tenters are not permitted to use either the Tantalus Hut or the Haberl hut, only booked in people are permitted.  At the Haberl Hut, the vestibule is kept unlocked as an emergency shelter.
– At the Tantalus Hut only booked in people to the hut are permitted to use the boats as per our Park Use Permit (PUP).  They are not rented out.   As per BC Parks, tenters must use bear canisters at Lake Lovely Water.
Thanks to everyone to help keep us all supporting our Helicopter companies for our emergency services, ACC Vancouver work and BC Parks.

List of weekends we are working with for both huts:  We have now filled all the weekends for both huts.

Sincerely,

Anna

Status Of Huts: 

We are uncertain what COVID will bring for the new season with regards to opening the huts and what the guidelines will be.  Please check back to the website frequently to watch for updates. 

Tantalus Hut will be closed after September 30, 2020. We are hoping it will open June 1, 2021.   Bookings for a June 1, 2021 opening usually begin Dec 1, 2020  for full ACC Vancouver Section member groups (6 months out from the date) (March 1, 2021 -3 months out for non members) but with COVID this may change.  Watch for website updates as outlined above. 

Haberl Hut bookings for 2021 usually begin Dec 1, 2020 for a March 1, 2021 opening for that season.  Watch for website updates as outlined above. 

Rates for 2021 are uncertain with COVID.  Watch for website updates as outlined above.  

Please note that both Huts access codes have been changed and will be changed throughout the season.

Do not send requests before knowing if and how it will work as they will get discarded. Please follow booking guidelines outlined on the website when it resumes.    

Once resumed, please read fully each section on your way through the links to the Bookings Form.  If you are asking questions and they are in the pre read materials you will be referred back to the Huts portions of our website to read.   Fill the bookings form out completely to avoid delays.  NOTE: Your booking will be cancelled and no refund given and no further use of the Huts should your booking have any deception associated with it. IE: taking in more people than what you booked for, or claiming to be a member when you are not. Accessing the Huts without permission.  Before clicking on the booking link below this, please read the rest of the material on this page. 

NOTE: Cell numbers and emails are required for all members of your booking and will be given to search and rescue/emergency services should anyone in your group or on your behalf initiates a search and be given to COVID tracking should anyone in your party come down with COVID. 

Read everything as things have changed. Follow the links reading everything until you reach the reservation link.  Do not book before the appropriate booking window or the email gets discarded and make sure you qualify for the booking window.  ie. only a full member group can book starting 6 months out from booking.  If anyone in your party is a non member then you must wait until 3 months out.  This is to allow our members time to book the Hut.  Before non members had to wait 1 month prior.  Max group size is 6 therefore if the group is larger then have another person do a second booking, also following the same guidelines.
All refund requests must be made by email.
Cancellation Policy below – Please read it carefully so you are refreshed to it.  It is on the website here and it is sent to you at the time of booking and confirmation to make sure you have had adequate exposure to it. The Vancouver Section is a fully volunteer run Section.  This allows us to keep our costs as low as possible with still maintaining enough funds to actually run the Huts.  Because of the costs to do this from an operational and maintenance viewpoint, we have a cancellation policy.  ( To accomplish this work, because of the location of the huts, requires the use of helicopters.  This increases our costs substantially) In order to assure we have the funds to open the huts on season opening, fly in out the honey pots, propane tanks, maintenance and capital projects, we must have a cancellation policy.  Please read it and make your decisions accordingly.  We appreciate your time to do this and your understanding around this.  We look forward to continue to provide the mountain hut access to you.

CANCELLATION POLICY

Note: the current COVID cancellation policy is in place from July 1, 2020 to Sept 30, 2020.  See above wording.  If this is continue or change it will be on the website.  The cancellation policy we hope to return to is below.

The cancellation policy with regards to an 80% refund (20% is a nonrefundable booking fee) is given up to two weeks prior to going in (Do not include the day of travel in as one day) and 50% of the remainder up to two days prior to going in (do not include the day of travel in as one day), then 0% after that.  Weather is not a consideration for cancellation and guests should monitor the weather and communicate with your Heli company, boat company or hiking partners if that is your method of travel to make your decisions depending on which hut your are going to.   Ex. Going in on a Sat then to be eligible for 50% of the remainder back you would need to cancel up to midnight of the Wed before as the full Thurs Fri up to midnight Fri night would be the two days prior to travel.  Cancellation requests MUST be made by e-mail to mountainhutsbc@gmail.com  using your confirmation email by the person who booked.

There will be no partial refund if your party size decreases.  It is up to the person making the booking to refill the spot and notify us at mountainhutsbc@gmail.com 

Any requested/approved refunds at a minimum may take one month to occur and will be issued by cheque.

Professional Guides please advise your clients of this policy and advise them of Trip Cancellation Insurance options. Due to the increase costs of maintenance all users of the Huts including Guides will need to pay the Hut fee. The ongoing financial support of all users especially for the Haberl Hut will continue to pay tribute to Jim Haberl to keep his hut in working order.

There is no carrying forward of bookings if they are missed for any reason..Groups need to review the policy and make their decisions based on their situation at hand. We are a completely volunteer run Section/Huts and must follow our policy to ensure we have the funds to be able to run and maintain the huts for people who use them.  Thank you for your understanding.
All refund requests MUST be made by email using the original confirmation email sent to you and please provide a mailing address to send the refund cheque to as we cannot do e-transfers back.
Any requested/approved refunds at a minimum may take one month to occur and will be issued by cheque but usually happen much faster.
 
Changes to your booking MUST be relayed to mountainhutsbc@gmail.com to update  our records and membership status.  Use the original email you made the booking with.  There will be no partial refund if your party size decreases.  It is up to the person making the booking to refill the spot and notify us at  mountainhutsbc@gmail.com

.JIM HABERL HUT

Season:  Open from March 1 to Sept 30.  A review of the opening during Jan Feb 2018 took place by the Vancouver Executive. After an initial trial of being open Jan/Feb of 2018 and due to the high number of cancellations with the success of only two parties getting in, cost to the club trying to keep it open and facility issues needing addressing, it was unanimously decided not to open during this time frame.  Facility issues are being addressed and if there are changes in the future around this it will be posted to this website.  Thank you for your understanding regarding this.

Reservations: Required, the hut is locked and the code changed periodically

Access on Foot: Take the trail to Lake Lovelywater, carry on past Lambda Lake, then follow a mountaineering route up steep scree & snow to the Ionia-Serratus Col. Cross a small glacier northwards to the Serratus-Dione Col. Access to the Lake Lovely Water trail requires crossing the Squamish River. For boat service across the river, call Jay Bricknell at 604-815-9647 or 1-866-466-2628. Cost $50 per person. Typically leaves Brackendale at 9 am & returns 4-5 pm.

Access by Helicopter: Squamish Airport direct to hut. Contact Black Tusk Helicopters (604-898-4800) or Blackcomb Helicopters  (Squamish Base tel. 604-898-1067) for prices and info.

The Jim Haberl Hut was built on site during the summer of 2005 and spring of 2006 by the ACC and Jim’s family and friends. Prefabrication of the hut frame was completed with the assistance of the 192nd Airfield Engineers during the summer of 2004.

The Jim Haberl Hut is a welcoming and comfortable base for mountaineering in the Tantalus Range. It is located at 6800 foot elevation in the Serratus-Dione Col, about a 6-hour hike above Lake Lovely Water and the Tantalus Hut. The site is located on the edge of Tantalus Provincial Park at 551600 northerly/477800 easterly on map 92G/14 (Cheakamus River).

The hut is kept locked. There is an emergency vestibule that is kept unlocked.  To book your stay, please use the link below to read the Hut Use and Booking Guidelines Policy and to pay the overnight fees. The hut is a one-storey wood structure with metal roofing and cladding. There is a large kitchen and sitting room, plus two sleeping rooms with bunks for 12 that have sleeping pads. The kitchen is outfitted with propane cook tops and full cooking and eating utensils. A propane heater keeps the hut cosy on chilly days.

The terrain around the hut is dramatic and most suitable for intermediate and advanced climbers. There is a wide variety of mixed snow and rock routes of various grades on peaks such as: Tantalus 2603m (8540′); Dione 2590m (8500′); Alpha 2305m (7562′); Serratus 2326m (7632′) and many others. Climbing in the area is covered in Climbing and Hiking in Southwestern B.C. by Bruce Fairley, and in Alpine Select by Kevin McLane. The terrain is not suitable for general ski touring due to the avalanche hazard, however steep skiing and snowboarding is possible by experienced parties during spring months.

Please note:  Do not tent directly beside or near the Haberl Hut. The snow/rock covered area on the E side of the Hut is designated and reserved as a helicopter landing area in accordance with BC Parks’ Aviation Plan in effect for Tantalus Provincial Park. Helicopters land there on a regular and unannounced basis, for drop off and pick up of passengers, dealing with maintenance issues for us, supporting SAR operations or on BC Parks business. Helicopters must not be impeded in their specific choice of a level and safe landing spot in that area – whether by people or tents.  Please camp at the site of the demolished Red Tit Hut, up the rocks from the Hut moving south approximately 100m. This keeps tents at a safe distance from the helipad areas.  

Tenters are not permitted to use the hut, only booked in people are permitted.  The vestibule is kept unlocked as an emergency shelter.

TANTALUS HUT AT LAKE LOVELY WATER

Season: June 1 to Sept 30

Reservations: Required, the hut is locked and the code changed periodically

Access on Foot via the Lake Lovelywater Trail: Requires crossing the Squamish River. For boat service across the Squamish River, call Jay Bricknell at 604-815-9647 or 1-866-466-2628. Cost currently is $50 per person, but contact Jay for confirmed pricing. Typically leaves Brackendale at 9 am and returns 4-5 pm.

Access by Helicopter: Squamish Airport direct to hut. Contact Black Tusk Helicopters (604-898-4800) or Blackcomb Helicopters  (Squamish Base tel. 604-898-1067) for prices and info.

The Tantalus hut was built by the ACC in 1961 as a base for mountaineering in the Tantalus Range. It is located at the outflow end of Lake Lovely Water (elevation 3850 feet) in the Tantalus Range in the Coast Mountains, approximately 64 km northwest of Vancouver. This site is located in Tantalus Provincial Park at GR 819146 on map 92G/14 (Cheakamus River).

Tantalus Hut in Lake Lovelywater

Photo from Liz Scremin

The Tantalus Hut is a two-storey wooden structure with a large kitchen/dining room on the main floor and a separate sleeping loft above with foam mattresses for 16 people. The hut is kept locked. To book your stay, please use the link below to read the Hut Use and Booking Guidelines Policy and to pay the overnight fees. While the Tantalus area offers limited hiking opportunities, the scenery at Lake Lovely Water alone is fabulous. In good weather, people enjoy swimming, boating and fishing. There is a wide variety of climbing opportunities of various grades. Classic alpine routes abound on such peaks as: Tantalus 2603m (8540′); Dione 2590m (8500′); Alpha 2305m (7562′); Serratus 2326m (7632′) and many others. Climbing in the area is covered in Climbing and Hiking in Southwestern B.C. by Bruce Fairley, and in Alpine Select by Kevin McLane.  This is not a party destination and Mountain Culture is expected with respect for the environment and for fellow Hut users and campers in the area.

Please take in your own toilet paper, paper towel for cleaning, hand sanitizer, matches, green propane canisters for the lights, kindling and newspaper to aid in lighting the fire.  Please Make sure the chimney flue, and fire box are clear of snow before lighting. 
 
Please make sure you take in your own emergency supplies, first aid kit and any safety measures needed by your group.  NO first aid, AED, Naloxone kits, epi pens are supplied or kept at the huts.
 

For ACC Vancouver Hut bookings and full information click here on Bookings

Spearhead Hut System – Garibaldi Provincial Park

Reservations Now Open For Kees and Claire Hut

All inquiries for the SHS Huts should be made through .  info@spearheadhuts.org

Do not make inquiries through the Vancouver Section info @ or Huts @ as they will not get answered.

At long last, it is now possible to book nights at the brand new Kees and Claire Hut in the Whistler backcountry. This incredible, multi-million dollar facility is going to be a tremendous asset for the South Coast mountain community and is the first link in a proposed chain of three huts through the world-class Spearhead Range.

Booking a trip to the hut will provide critical funding to the Spearhead Hut Society, the volunteer group that is working hard to make the vision of a hut chain a reality. Grab some friends for a fall hiking getaway or rally your crew for a powder mission this winter. By reserving now you’ll ensure a visit to the hut in its inaugural year, but more importantly you’ll be making a contribution to this incredibly worthwhile cause.

Background

The Vancouver Section, as part of the Spearhead Huts Committee, is working to develop three new alpine huts along the Spearhead Traverse. When built, these huts will be available to club members and the public and provide wonderful bases to explore this dramatic area.

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On December 2, 2014, the Spearhead Huts Committee, on behalf of the Alpine Club of Canada, submitted a formal Park-Use-Permit application to BC Parks for the Spearhead Huts System. In spring 2015, BC Parks reviewed the application and sent their comments and requests. The Committee provided further information and details, where needed. Negotiations continued through the fall of 2015. A number of refinements were made, but no major changes. The Spearhead Huts Committee expects the Park Use Permit to be issued in February 2016. With the permit in hand, the Committee will kick off the public fundraising campaign. The goal is to raise $900,000 per hut. The Committee will build the first hut at Russet Lake in summer 2017 and hopes to have the hut open for the winter ski season in early 2018.

In the meantime, progress has been made on design work for the first hut. An architect and engineers were hired in February 2015. Several skilled volunteers joined the Design/Construction sub-committee to do research on a wide range of materials and systems: foundations, water, waste, propane and solar. The sub-committee is reaching out to retailers and manufacturers for help with in-kind donations and discounts on materials and services. Ultimately, a vast team of volunteers will be needed to help with construction.

For more information and to read the Spearhead Huts ‘Project Description’ document, please see www.spearheadhuts.org.

To make a donation, please see: Donation

The Spearhead Huts Committee meets monthly. Guests and new volunteers are always welcome. Contact the Spearhead Huts Committee at info@spearheadhuts.org.

National Club Huts

The Alpine Club of Canada owns and manages numerous huts in the Canadian Rockies.  See the national club ACC website for more information.