Picture this: You’re inside a cozy, rustic cabin in the BC wilderness, surrounded by crisp, fallen leaves, and maybe even a dusting of snow, depending on the time of year. There’s a wood-burning stove to warm your nights of stargazing and sipping cocoa. If that sounds like an ideal way to spend an evening this fall or winter, Parks Canada has cabin rentals available at select national parks that you may want to consider booking for a night or two.
Depending on size and location, Parks Canada says that cabins can sleep two to 12 people, oftentimes without bedding included. So if you’re up for a more DIY cabin experience, read on.
Here are some national parks in BC with cabins that you can rent this fall and winter.
Ready to explore challenging mountain trails and historic ruins? Visitors can do it all at Glacier National Park, which is home to an abandoned Canadian Pacific Railway line that once took passengers from coast to coast, passing through the Selkirk Mountains.
In terms of cabins, visitors can stay at the Asulkan Cabin, A. O. Wheeler Hut, Sapphire Col Hut, or the Glacier Circle Cabin. If you’re looking to accommodate more people, the Asulkan Cabin can sleep up to 12 people, and the A.O. Wheeler Hut can sleep up to a whopping 30 people.
Both include a propane stove and heater, lights, loft and foam sleeping pads, basic cooking and eating utensils, cleaning supplies, toilet and grey water systems.
Now, we come to the famed Yoho National Park. In addition to several campgrounds, visitors can choose to stay at one of four Alpine Huts maintained by the Alpine Club of Canada: Stanley Mitchell Hut in the Little Yoho Valley, Louise and Richard Guy Hut at Mont des Poilus, Scott Duncan Hut on the Daly Glacier, and Elizabeth Parker Hut in the Lake O’Hara area.
We’re ending this list with a unique cabin experience at Mount Revelstoke National Park, which is only available to artists during the months of August and September.
Artists can opt to stay solo in the breathtaking Caribou Artists’ Cabin (and Balsam Studio) for $22 per night, nestled high on Mount Revelstoke, 1200 meters above the valley below. Or, they may choose to participate in group artist residency via the Art in the Park residency program.
Note that each cabin includes access to a washroom or outhouse, as per the amenities listed by Parks Canada. One night in a Parks Canada cabin starts at $74.75 per night – which can be reserved online.