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SHELTERS (AKA HUTS OR CABINS)

The Recreation Site management plan includes a strategy for a transition from the present actively used huts to a new generation of shelters that are more attractive, better built, more efficient, and able to keep rodents out.  Given the large number of current huts, an objective of the transition strategy is to consolidate use into fewer huts, but that is something that will take place over time, in a number of phases, while we see how it is working out.

Before presenting what is going on today, "The Nancy Greene Cabins" by Chris Tremblay and Jordon Strobel is a 6 minute video telling some of the history of the original cabin builders and featuring Cookie L'ecluse:

 

A 15 minute video created by the Caelum Scott and Aidan Smith, students at Rossland Seven Summits Centre for Learning, and based on raw interview footage by James Klemmenson tells more of the cabins' history and features Richie Mann, Bob McQueen, Scott Matheson, Steve Bryant, Cedric Hanson, Trudi Toews and Sharon Griffiths:

 

Below are the active huts as of December, 2016 (click on the link to see a facebook page relating to that cabin):

Active:
Sunspot
Red Dog
Igloo
Not So Secret*
Mosquito
Lepsoe Basin
Chimo
Viewpoint

Inactive, but useable for now:
Barking Spider
Crowe’s Nest

Inactive, not useable:
Eagle’s Nest
Surprise*

*will be rebuilt

Lepsoe BasinLepsoe Basin Cabin (replaces Berry Ridge cabin)(NEW, 2015!)

MosquitoMosquito PHOTO: Laura Mackay (NEW, 2015!)

ViewpointViewpoint (NEW, 2015!)

Chimo (replaces Rock n Roll) (NEW, 2016!)

 

Cookie Jar Cabin, early 1960's to 2015 (PHOTOS: Troy Colautti). The Cookie Jar is no longer an active cabin, and will be cleaned up and signed as a heritage structure. 

 

Sunspot PHOTO: Larry Doell (NEW, 2016!)

See the printable Map and Cabin Coordinates with more details on all cabins' status and locations on the Before You Go (and a MAP) page. The Hut Keeper of each of these cabins (and contact info) is on the Contacts page, if you have specific questions.

Please see Cabin Etiquette: A Guide to the Use and Care of our Rec Site Cabins. The most current version of this will always be posted in the cabins also. Please understand this is a first attempt to encourage respectful use, sharing and care of the cabins, and that this guide may be revised from time to time.

Many projects were completed by late fall 2015 and 2016 and others are still being planned and implemented to put the shelters transition strategy into action. For now, the map is a good (and current!) guide to see which shelters are new, renovated, moved, deactivated and/or under discussion. It's all happening "fast and furiously", it seems, so a great way to keep up on information is to sign up for the E-Newsletters (to the left).

Shelter standards

The Rec Site management plan sets out some basic standards for the new shelters.  They are quite minimal – elevated floor on solid stone/concrete footings or piers, non-drafty rodent-proof construction, sound stove and stovepipe.  (See the Management Plan page for details.)  The details of construction and style are not specified, but are left to the common sense of the builders. 

As part of the support coming from the Rec Sites and Trails Branch in the building season of 2015, they will supply outhouses for the new shelters.  These are the standard Forest Service biffy, parked on a ring of steel culvert, pre-fab construction, some assembly required, value about $1000 apiece.

To make general suggestions or inquiries about the above, to donate materials or funds, or to offer other help, please contact the Shelters Coordinator or the appropriate Shelter contact listed on the Contacts page.

For the most up to date information about the Shelters, subscribe to our newsletter (see the sign up box on the left column) and/or view past newsletters on our Current News page.

 

 

NOTE: it’s a “Site” because that’s what the relevant legislation calls it, but it includes lots of area.