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Harper Government Announces New Winter Offer in Waterton Lakes National Park

 

Cameron Lake Cabin to become Alpine Club of Canada Hut

Watertons Cameron CabinWaterton Lakes National Park, Alberta – Mr. Jim Hillyer, Member of Parliament for Lethbridge, on behalf of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, today announced approval for the Alpine Club of Canada (ACC) to operate its first facility in Waterton Lakes National Park. The Parks Canada warden cabin at Cameron Lake will be converted to an ACC backcountry hut providing overnight accommodation in the winter.

The ACC is widely respected for the consistently high quality of its system of backcountry huts and cabins throughout Canada’s mountain national parks. The Cameron Lake Cabin will provide accommodation for up to six guests in an area that is easily accessible by people of all ages on snowshoes or skis. Renovations for this project, which will protect the oldest surviving backcountry cabin in Waterton Lakes National Park, will be fully Skiing to Cameron Lakefunded by the ACC.

The approved 2010 Waterton Lakes National Park Management Plan identified the Cameron Valley as a focal point of visitor use during the winter months. The plan further calls for enhanced and expanded winter recreational opportunities, and identifies the renewal of overnight backcountry accommodation as an important objective. The project was well received by the public during a consultation held earlier this year.

Through initiatives like these, Parks Canada is supporting Canada’s National Conservation Plan by taking concrete action to connect Canadians to nature. In addition, the ongoing work of Parks Canada and programs like the Xplorers program, Learn-to Camp and special events and exciting new activities and programs across the country, are enhancing visitor experience and facilitating personal connections with Parks Canada places.

Quick Facts

  • The cabin will be renovated during the summer of 2015 to accommodate up to six guests and will operate only between December 1 and April 30 each year, starting December 2015.
  • The Cameron Lake area of Waterton has some of the deepest snow pack in Alberta, receiving between three and four metres annually.
  • The ACC was founded in 1906 and is a not-for-profit, charitable amateur athletic association with approximately 10,000 members in Canada. The Club currently operates several other cabins in the mountain national parks.

Quotes

Cameron Lake in winter“Our Government is proud of this project, which will provide an exciting new way for visitors to connect with and enjoy Waterton Lakes National Park. The Alpine Club of Canada proposal will bring new life to a historic warden cabin and enhance opportunities for interested visitors to experience the Waterton Lakes backcountry in the winter.”

~ Jim Hillyer, Member of Parliament for Lethbridge

“The Alpine Club of Canada is excited to work with Waterton Lakes National Park to offer a unique winter experience in rustic accommodation at the Waterton Lakes Cabin. This world class destination compliments our world class operation of backcountry huts and cabins; the largest network in North America.”

~ Lawrence White, Executive Director, Alpine Club of Canada

Source Parks Canada

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