Description of Historic Place
The Elizabeth Parker Hut, situated in a subalpine meadow near Lake O’Hara with a backdrop of the Rocky Mountains in Yoho National Park, is a rectangular log cabin with a side extension and medium-pitched gable roofs. The main entrance façade is located on the long side of the building. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.
The Elizabeth Parker Hut is a Recognized Federal Heritage Building because of its historical associations, and its architectural and environmental value.
The Elizabeth Parker Hut is associated with the history of mountaineering in the Canadian West. The Canadian Pacific Railway actively involved with tourism throughout the Rockies, promoted hiking and climbing and brought Swiss guides to Canada to lead climbing parties. In 1931, the railway donated the Elizabeth Parker Hut to the Alpine Club of Canada for use by club members.
The Elizabeth Parker Hut is representative of the rustic aesthetic used for small, traditional log cabins built in Canadian National Parks in the early 1900s. Designed to blend in with the natural setting, its quality craftsmanship and use of natural building materials respect the architectural imagery of the mountain National Parks.
The Elizabeth Parker Hut maintains an unchanged historical relationship to its natural site and the nearby Wiwaxy Lodge. The rustic, log construction of the hut is compatible with the natural character of its picturesque setting among mountains and evergreens, and is well known to visitors of the Lake O’Hara area.
Shannon Ricketts, Elizabeth Parker Hut and Wiwaxy Lodge, Yoho National Park,
British Columbia, Federal Heritage Building Review Office Building Report, 87-018.
Elizabeth Parker Hut, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Heritage Character Statement, 87-018.
The following character-defining elements of the Elizabeth Parker Hut should be respected:
Its traditional, rustic aesthetic, for example: The simple massing of the rectangular building and its medium-pitched roof. The choice of local materials, indigenous building methods and rustic design details such as the horizontally laid, peeled round logs with saddle-notched corners, the
chinking highlighted as horizontal white accents, the framing of the windows and doors
with milled lumber and the fieldstone and brick chimneys.
The manner in which the Elizabeth Parker Hut maintains an unchanged historical relationship to its natural site and is compatible with the natural character of its mountain park setting that is well known to visitors of the area, as evidenced by: The ongoing relationship of the building to its natural site in a subalpine meadow with a backdrop of a historic viewscape of the Rocky Mountains. The rustic aesthetic and natural materials of the building which harmonizes with the adjacent Wiwaxy Lodge, and is compatible with the picturesque wilderness setting. The building’s scenic location near Lake O’Hara that is accessible to hikers and visitors of Yoho National Park.