As part of our centennial celebrations, the Alpine Club of Canada is looking forward to a number of projects, including replacing the Pat Boswell (Toronto Section) Cabin and the successful rebuild of the Fay Hut.
With the Fay Hut project completed, Carl Hannigan
and ACC Facilities Committee members
Built in 1927, the Fay Hut was the first alpine hut
constructed by the Alpine Club of Canada. The Abbot Pass and Elizabeth
Parker Huts are older, but both were built by the Canadian Pacific Railway.
Located in Kootenay National Park, the Fay Hut facilitated climbing expeditions
in the vicinity of the Valley of the Ten Peaks. It was extensively renovated
in 1991 through the efforts of the Rocky Mountain Section and the Alpine
Club of Canada.
The Fay hut was successfully rebuilt in the summer of 2005. A countless number of volunteer hours, labour and donations, went into what is the first tangible result of the Clubs Centennial celebrations.
Many of you may wonder why I choose to give my time and make a significant financial donation to the Alpine Club. Despite never having held an office on the national Executive, I have found the Club to be a major source of enjoyment, whether it was slogging up a long hillside to a mountain peak or putting in hours on various projects. Not only is there a personal gratification in working on Club projects, but also one in being part of a huge volunteer team within the ACC. This volunteer team, with the assistance of the office staff, of whom I was once a member, keeps the Club going and makes projects such as the Fay Hut and Boswell Cabin a reality. Reality is today and tomorrow, for those of us active today and those who will become members tomorrow.
— Bev Bendell
Visit the Fay Hut page for an update on its reconstruction and information on volunteering with the work crew.
The Scott Duncan Hut on the Wapta Traverse
needs extensive renovations and the Neil Colgan Hut above Moraine Lake
is scheduled for upgrading.
In 2003, the ACC assumed operation of the new Kokanee Glacier Cabin in southern British Columbia, which is proving to be very popular with backcountry users in both summer and winter. Facilities Committee Chairman Carl Hannigan is evaluating similar opportunities elsewhere, and is investigating potential locations for a new hut to commemorate the Club’s centennial in 2006.
All together, reconstruction and renovation of existing huts and Clubhouse facilities will cost an estimated $565,000 just in materials and helicopter time. All the design work, project management and labour is provided by volunteers. Another $65,000 is needed to follow up on new hut opportunities, and a Centennial Hut could cost $400,000. That amounts to just over $1 million in facilities related projects over the next five years
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