The Burnie Glacier Chalet is a backcountry lodge in Canada that offers all the charm of a European mountain hut, but instead of sharing it with dozens of others, you and your friends can enjoy the best backcountry ski mountaineering, climbing, or hiking Canada has to offer – all to yourselves! Our operating area is legally designated as “non-motorized”. And the best part: we are easy to access. Fly into Smithers on Air Canada or Hawkair and ski, hike, or climb the same day!
The bright and cozy post and beam lodge sleeps 11, with one private room, a famliy room, and two shared accommodations.
Thanks and gratitude go to the Wet’suwet’en House of Kwees for allowing Burnie Glacier Chalet to be built in their territory. And thanks to the many local craftsmen who volunteered hours of labour to help build the chalet with supplies of local wood.
After a day of backcountry ski mountaineering in Canada, pushing peaks and carving big turns through massive slopes of untouched powder, you will find yourself lounging around the beautiful dining table while wood crackles in the cookstove and a dinner simmers on top. Get ready to indulge in a gourmet meal or kick back with a cold beer in the cedar sauna at the Burnie Glacier Chalet.
There is nothing like it for hundreds of miles. This is BC‘s most northwesterly mountain lodge.
This winter, we are offering a new Intro to Ski Mountaineering Course. If you are a skier, but have not ventured into the wild mountains before, this is your chance to learn it all. Avalanche skills (RAC course included), the art of uphill skiing, glacier travel, navigation … all at a somewhat slower pace than a guided trip. Check out our Ski Mountaineering Courses
Immerse yourself in a naturalist’s paradise. When the mountain meadows and rocky slopes of the Howson Range are carpeted with wildflowers, their riotous colours add life to a majestic landscape of dark rock and blue ice.
Caribou, grizzly bears, marmots, moose and wolverine are at home in these mountains. We’ll tread carefully among them, respecting their place.
Thanks to a consensus decision made by local planners, these spectacular mountains on the lee side of the Coast Range are now a Class A Provincial Park. It’s called tazdli Wiyez Bin, a lake of waters rushing in Wet’suwet’en. But you can also call it Burnie – Shea.