One of my first adventures, since finishing school, was on Saturday, April 22, 2017. My mom and I went to The Colonel’s Cabin in Kananaskis and then out to Johnson Lake for a small hike.
Colonel’s Cabin (“History Loop”):
Our first part was a quick little walk through the ‘History Loop’. It is very short, but fascinating. The whole trail is only 0.3km in total, but on their sign they do recommend spending at least a half an hour that way you have time to read all of the signs. I believe, normally, in the summer there are brochures available to guide you through the site as there are numbered posts throughout, but the place where you would get one from was empty. We are quite early in the spring, so hopefully they will restock them!
To get to the historic site is quite simple. It is located at the same spot as the University of Calgary Biogeoscience Station. Coming from Calgary you will take the Trans-Canada Highway and once you reach Highway 40 turn onto there (go towards the Casino) and then follow the highway until you see the big green sign for the U of C Biogeoscience Station and once you turn in there you will be able to find the Colonel’s Cabin Historic Site.
A Bit of History:
The importance of this site is described best on the Canada’s Historic Places site, which states,
“The heritage value of the Colonel’s Cabin lies in its status as one of the few remaining buildings in Alberta associated with the internment of Second World War prisoners of war. It also possesses heritage value for its association with the establishment of the Kananaskis Forest Experimental Station during the Great Depression” (Canada’s Historic Places, n.d.).
For more detailed information I recommend visiting their site.
The first step on this short track is the actual cabin that the Colonel lived in.
Along with the cabin there was a little descriptor about the man that lived there.
The cabin stated it was currently closed, so I am unsure regarding whether or not if you can go in at certain times?
After the cabin was a guard tower.
Note Mount Baldy in the background!
After the guard tower you hike toward the woods and go up hill slightly and loop around. You get to see some different foundations, but because we did not have the pamphlet we had trouble determining the significance.
Here are a few other pictures I took while exploring the History Loop (click on them to make them larger).
As I previously mentioned we headed over near Banff to Johnson Lake. Directions to the lake and a description can be found here.
Here are a few pictures from this hike:
Click here for more pictures from Johnson Lake!
Canada’s Historic Places. (n.d.). COLONEL’S CABIN. Retrieved April 25, 2017, from http://www.historicplaces.ca/en/rep-reg/place-lieu.aspx?id=9017