Tonquin Valley Adventures cabin

Ski Tour Tonquin Valley

Touring Tonquin Valley

Tak­ing advan­tage of great weath­er and the lift­ing ban of trails from Por­tal Creek and Asto­ria Riv­er. The clo­sure was lift­ed sec­ond week of Feb­ru­ary. Now, Wates Gib­son, Ton­quin Val­ley Adven­tures and Ton­quin Val­ley Back­coun­try Lodges are open for busi­ness.

Winter weight, Tonquin Valley
Win­ter weight, Ton­quin Val­ley
Deep snow in Tonquin Valley
Deep snow in Ton­quin Val­ley
Outside at night
Out­side at night
Virgin beauty of the back country
Vir­gin beau­ty of the back coun­try

This trip was a lit­tle bit of work, and lot of play. For those who don’t know this area, the pho­tos will hope­ful­ly entice you to vis­it. From trail head of Edith Cavell, you get the Asto­ria riv­er entrance. This year the snow­fall has been light, so the trav­el on the riv­er itself was not real­ly an option, how­ev­er we still man­age to cross some snow bridges.

Clearing the heavy snow off the cabins
Clear­ing the heavy snow off the cab­ins
Our entrance
Our entrance
Bridge across the creek
Bridge across the creek

Snow was deep­er in Amethyst Lake area where the cab­ins reside, so some dig­ging down to the cab­ins were in order. We had an ear­ly start in get­ting the chores done before a lit­tle tour at Sur­prise Point, pret­ty close to the ACC hut “Wates Gib­son”. Since that aspect was north fac­ing, the snow was pret­ty light on our tour.

Winter weight, Tonquin Valley
Win­ter weight, Ton­quin Val­ley

Get­ting away with only wax­ing the skis for the 34km tour out was a treat, glide plus kick. The day took about 7 hours, but pho­to oppor­tu­ni­ties and gen­er­ous breaks was well worth the time out. The last time we went in and out of the Ton­quin Val­ley, the tem­per­a­ture was -30 some odd degrees. This trip was  pleas­ant hov­er­ing above zero degrees Cel­sius.

comfortable sleeping quarters, Tonquin Valley
com­fort­able sleep­ing quar­ters
Cooking facilities
Cook­ing facil­i­ties
The Ramparts
The Ram­parts