Abbot Pass Refuge Cabin National Historic Site Removal

Parks Canada is planning to dismantle and remove the Abbot Pass Refuge Cabin (Abbot Pass Hut) in spring 2022. The hut is located in the high alpine of Yoho National Park on the Continental Divide. Removal of the stone hut is necessary to mitigate a significant safety risk after slope erosion began undermining the foundation of the hut in summer 2021. 
Abbot Pass Refuge Cabin was declared a national historic site in 1992 for its construction in the rustic design tradition and its association with outdoor recreation in the national parks. The hut has been operated by the Alpine Club of Canada (ACC) since 1985 and is a popular summer destination for hikers and a base for mountaineers planning to summit Mount Lefroy or Mount Victoria.
The rationale for selecting a Detailed Impact Assessment as the impact assessment pathway for a project is based on the following criteria:
• Removing or destroying cultural resources on a national historic site that would have impact on the national historic site designation or regionally important cultural resource in a national park or national marine conservation area.

Latest update

June 07, 2022 - The assessment decision statement has been issued to the proponent.



Yoho National Park
P.O. Box 99
Field, British Columbia V0A 1G0
Telephone: 250-343-6783

  • Location

    • Yoko National Park, Detailed Impact Assessment (British Columbia)
  • Nature of Activity

    • Recreation and Tourism
  • Assessment Status

  • Start Date

  • Proponent

    Parks Canada
  • Authorities

    • Parks Canada Agency
  • Assessment Type

    Project on federal lands
  • Reference Number


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