In 1970, the BCMC Cabin Committee chose to build a hut that was closer to the Lower Mainland; they were aiming for a two-hour drive from Vancouver to the trailhead, and a two-hour hike from the trailhead to the hut. The committee chose to build the Mountain Lake Hut above the town of Britannia Beach, located near Mountain Lake. The club had to negotiate access to the hut site because the site was potentially located on property owned by Anaconda, a mining company. The company allowed the club to use the land, and also provided road access to the trailhead.
After completion of the Mountain Lake Hut, which ended the busiest three years of hut building by the BCMC, the club shifted priorities and membership dwindled to its lowest numbers ever by the end of the 1970s. The 1980s brought back more members and the club activities grew once more. This led to the club building another Gothic arch hut at North Creek.
North Creek was an ideal location during the winter and spring months for backcountry ski touring and snowshoeing. During the summer, however, the trail was known to be quite an unpleasant experience due to all the stinging nettles and slide alder shrubs.
The North Creek Hut was built over a week in late August and early September of 1986. After completion, the BCMC spent many years focused on other activities like mountain education, conservation, and environmental protection.
It wasn’t until the mid-2000s that David Scanlon took on the project of getting legal tenure from the Provincial government and First Nations for the club huts built at both Mountain Lake and North Creek. The BCMC gained full legal tenure of their hut sites in 2009.
Following this, Scanlon began to work on finding a new hut site for the BCMC. This new hut would address the increasing demand for backcountry access.
After seven years of careful study and site selection, the Watersprite Lake Hut was built in the late fall of 2016.
The Watersprite Lake Hut’s glulam arched beams were manufactured at Fraserwood Industries located in Squamish; the club built these beams on their own time. According to Scanlon, each half-arch weighed close to 80 pounds.
The hut was completed after manifold hours of volunteer work, including selecting the site, obtaining permits from the government, laminating the beams, and the final construction of the hut.