Cypress Hills  Provincial Park
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Backcountry Huts - Tom Trott & Medicine Lodge
Lat: 49.635481   Long: -110.325898

Phone: 403-893-3833

Experience the beautiful setting of Cypress Hills Provincial Park year-round in the comfort of a backcountry hut.  Try an alternative to tent or trailer camping with the 6-person Spruce Coulee Hut, the 8-person Tom Trott Hut or the 10-person Medicine Lodge Hut. These huts offer basic amenities and are located close to viewpoints, trails and the Elkwater townsite.  During summer/ fall, the huts can be accessed by vehicle. In spring/winter, access is by ski or snow shoe only.  

Rates & Season

Medicine Lake Lodge Hut

  • Rate:  $100/night
  • Maximum Capacity:  10 people
  • Season:  Year-round

Tom Trott Hut

  • Rate:  $80/night
  • Maximum Capacity:  8 people
  • Season:  Year-round


  • Phone: 403-893-3833
  • Register at the Visitor Centre.
  • If you'll be arriving late, call the Visitor Centre (403-893-3833) to make arrangements to access the hut.


  • Insulated, hard-walled backcountry huts with basic amenities
  • Priarie/Montane setting surrounded by lodgepole and white spruce forests
  • Close to viewpoints and trails 
  • Located close to the Spring Creek Cross-Country Ski Trail System which provides up to 10 kilometres of groomed trails for classic and skate skiing


  • Dormitory-style sleeping units - single over single bunk beds with vinyl mattresses and double futon(s)
  • Wood stove
  • Axes and shovel
  • Sink, 5 gallon pail
  • Pots, pans, plates, bowls, cups and utensils
  • Dish soap, washcloths, tea towels, drying rack
  • Kettle
  • Dining table & chairs
  • Close to toilets

What to Bring 

  • Cooking stove and fuel
  • Food & water
  • Bedding/sleeping bag
  • Towels & toiletries
  • Matches & newspaper for lighting wood stove
  • Flashlights and/or lanterns
  • Appropriate clothing and footwear
  • Cell phone


  • Drinking water is not provided.
  • Grey water (e.g. dish water) must be disposed of in the pit toilet.
  • Please pack out garbage and dispose it in receptacles provided elsewhere in the park.


  • Summer/Fall: Accessible by vehicle
  • Winter/Spring: Accessible by ski or snowshoe only
  • From: trailhead for Spring Creek Cross-Country Ski Trail System
    • Skiing distance:  5 kms
    • Elevation gain:  0 m
    • Approximate time:  2 hours
  • From: Visitor Centre in Elkwater townsite
    • Skiing distance:  5-6 kms
    • Elevation gain:  200 m
    • Approximate time:  2-3 hours


  • Bookings can be made up to one year in advance.
  • Pay and check-in/check-out at Visitor Centre.
  • Check-in time is 2:00 p.m.  Check-out time is 12:00 noon.
  • Cancellation policy: Cancellations must be made no less than 48 hours prior to check-in time.  Cancellations may only be done by calling 403-893-3833.
  • Pets are not allowed in or around the buildings (with the exception of service dogs).
  • Smoking is strictly prohibited inside the buildings.

More Info

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