Between 1972 and 1974, the BC Parks Branch built two of their own Gothic arch huts. While there were no formal discussions on the use of the Batzer plans, the BCMC and BC Parks Branch were in contact quite frequently, especially with the Himmelsbach and Wedgemount Lake Huts being situated within BC Parks (as was the Burton Hut, built by the UBC-VOC). It is unknown how much involvement the BCMC had in terms of assisting BC Parks with their hut design.
Since the BC Parks Branch had access to professional carpenters and machine shops, the Gothic arch huts they built were significantly larger and could accommodate more guests than the huts built by the BCMC and the UBC-VOC. The huts built by BC Parks also had windows built into the side walls, whereas the club huts only had windows and doors on the end walls.
The first of the BC Parks huts was built near Elfin Lakes and was placed near the site of the Diamondhead Lodge, which was owned and operated by the Brandvold and Mathews families until 1964.
The Elfin Lakes site was chosen because of its popular destination for both mountaineers and ski-tourers, and the hut still operated year-round. The Elfin Lakes Hut is the largest Gothic arch hut in the Coast Mountains and can accommodate up to 35 people at a time.
The second hut was built in the Purcell Mountain Range near a popular climbing destination called the Bugaboos. The BC Parks Branch turned the responsibility for maintaining and operating the hut over to the Alpine Club of Canada.
The hut was named after Conrad Kain, who was the first alpine guide hired by the Alpine Club of Canada and was the first person to explore the Purcell Mountains in 1910. The hut is primarily accessed during the summer months because of its proximity to the Bugaboos.
Interestingly, this is one of only a few Gothic arch huts located outside of the Coast Mountains. Another fun fact is that the parking lot where users of the hut must park is near a breeding ground for porcupines. As a result, there are plenty of reminders to put up fencing around your vehicles, as porcupines are known to enjoy eating through brake lines and other hosing.