Explore Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park
Canada › Naiset Huts
Added by Becky Simrose
Remote wilderness paradise with spectacular vistas. Unbelievably blue lakes, sparkling snow topped mountains with clinging glaciers. Alpine meadows bursting with wildflowers in July and August, glowing larches in September. Miles of hiking trails to explore.
Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site sequestered 27 km from the nearest road. We took a helicopter in, and hiked out . You can also hike both ways, but the hiking once you are there is more amazing than on the way in. You can also ski in on backcountry skis in the Winter.
We stayed at the Naiset huts, with basic shelters, shared accommodation in hostel-style bunks, and a common cooking area where we could socialize. The campground is another option; the campsites are gorgeous. The Assiniboine Lodge with its rustic charm provides a fully catered and guided experience with comfortable cozy accommodation and outstanding cuisine.
Mount Assiniboine, the "Matterhorn of the Rockies" sparkled white with fresh snow, mirrored in the calm surface of Lake Magog. We hiked up to Wonder Pass, passing Gog Lake and tiny creeks with mossy rocks.
Sunrise and sunset were spectacular from the Niblet, looking out on Sunburst Peak. We hiked past Magog Lake, to Sunburst Lake, then Cerulean Lake, and then to tiny Elizabeth Lake tucked below the mountain. A trail climbs up to the Nub from between Elizabeth Lake and Cerulean Lake. The vista below is incredible. And then down past Niblet towards the Lodge. We hiked the 27 km back to our vehicle at Mount Shark helipad on the fourth day, a long but fairly easy hike.
If you plan to go, check out the website for the Park here
To reserve helicopter flights and accommodation at Naiset hut or Assiniboine lodge email email@example.com or phone 1-403-678-2883.
- Hiking boots
- Sleeping bag
- Layers of clothing
- Rain coat and pants
- Sleeping pad
- Camp stove
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A memorable backpacking trip for sure, that first day hiking in to Og Lake from Sunshine Village was loooooong. But the scenery is just jaw-dropping the whole way. Be sure to check out Nub Peak, Windy Ridge, and Wonder Pass while you're at Lake Magog. Stunning views, and you can grab a cold beer at the end too. I want to return in larch season and with our ultra-wide angle lens to get those classic pro shots! The camping at Lake Magog has a wonderful cook shelter; Og Lake has absolutely no shelter (or it didn't in 2009) so if it rains... Thunderstorms are common in mid-summer so be sure to get off the peaks before they roll in. We saw grizzly evidence but no bears. If you're hiking in the whole way from Sunshine Village, then know that it's 29 km in to Lake Magog! Not a trip for beginners! On the other hand, if you can afford the helicopter ride...
Bucket List backpacking spot
This was one of the most amazing backpacking destinations I've been too. I went in mid-September for fall colors, but unfortunately had over a foot of snow the 2nd day and the larches that had changed were covered. The grizzly bears were also very active and I had encounters every day except the last. The campground was nice with tent pads and a covered cook area. I also stayed in the huts after they kicked us out of the campground due to the snow and bear activity; they were small but really nice and warm.
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