Elfin Lakes Shelter

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Elfin Lakes Shelter
Elfin Lakes Shelter in summer.
Overnight Capacity 33
Elevation 1470m (4823ft)
BC Parks Fee $15/night (PAY ONLINE HERE)
Reservations Yes
Locked No
Access Diamond Head
Built 1970s
Caretaker BC Parks
  • Type: BC Parks Tenure
  • Status: Active

The Elfin Lakes shelter is an often visited hut just south of Mt. Garibaldi, in the Diamond Head area of Garibaldi Provincial Park. It is probably the best equipped backcountry hut in the Coast Mountains, owing to considerable investment from BC Parks. The hut is heated by propane, and there are propane lamps and propane burners for cooking on the main floor. Don't rely on the burners for a busy weekend though - there are only 3 and the hut sleeps 30. Also, a few large pots are provided for melting snow or boiling water from the lakes.

A ranger station nearby is usually staffed (at least on weekends).


This hut was built by the BC government in the early 1970s. Previous to that there was a smaller log lodge, south of the hut. At some point a 3rd building was built, also south of the main hut, to serve as a warden hut.


Main article: Diamond Head

The trail to the shelter follows Paul Ridge and provides beautiful vistas. At Elfin Lakes, Columnar Peak, the Gargoyles, Opal Cone and Mamquam Icefield come into view. The shelter is 11 km from the Diamond Head parking lot. Suggested time is about 3 to 5 hours one way. The elevation change is 600 metres.


The Elfin Lakes area offers an overnight shelter equipped with bunks for 33 people (11 double bunks, 12 single bunks), 4 picnic tables, 2 propane hot plates, a wash sink, a propane heater, propane lights and pit toilet facilities.

If the Shelter is full, the Elfin Lakes Campground located nearby, offers 35 tent platforms, a day-use shelter with 4 picnic tables inside and 2 picnic tables outside, pit toilet facilities and hang storage facilities.

Heating Propane Heater (propane supplied)
Lighting Propane Lights (propane supplied)
Cooking Propane Stove (propane supplied)
Fire Safety
First Aid
Sleeping Sleeping only upstairs. 11 double bunks. 12 single bunks.
Capacity 33
Drinking water Melt snow
Human Waste Pit Toilets
Garbage Pack it out


See Diamond Head for skiing, hiking and other activities in the area.



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