Wates-Gibson Hut

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Place Category: Alpine Club of CanadaPlace Tags: Alberta and Canada

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  • We haven’t been to the hut yet, but here’s how the ACC describes it…

    “Tucked away in a corner of the spectacular Tonquin Valley, this large and well-equipped log cabin is a fantastic destination both summer and winter. There are a number of excellent alpine rock and mixed routes in the area as well as some delightful scrambles and many superb hiking opportunities. Something for everyone.

    This third version of the Wates-Gibson Memorial hut was built in 1959 after two previous structures in different locations were found to be inadequate for various reasons.

    The most popular approach in summer and winter follows the Astoria river trail from the Edith Cavell hostel, a distance of about 18 km. In winter the access road to the hostel is closed, so one needs to add about 12 km to the total distance. Some people will use the hostel as a half-way point then continue to the hut the next day. Contact Hostelling International at (780) 852-3215 for more info if planning to do this. For detailed info on the winter access route one should refer to Chic Scott’s excellent guidebook ‘Ski Trails in the Canadian Rockies’.

    The potential for ski trips from the hut is huge. With imagination and a sense of adventure it is possible to spend many winter days doing new trips and returning to the cabin each evening to sit in front of the wood stove and relax in pure comfort! The propane system for lighting and cooking adds to the comfort and convenience that one will experience year round at the hut.”

  • Address: Wates-Gibson Hut
    Operation: Mountain Club
    Fee: Yes
    Guiding: Not Provided
    Catering: Not Offered
    Access:
    • Ski Tour
    • Hike
    Elevation (m): 1900
    Elevation (ft): 6235
    Maintained or Operated by: Alpine Club of Canada
    Season:
    • Summer
    • Winter
    Capacity: 26
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