This cabin was built by Billy Carver. Originally from England he moved to Alberta to work as a coal miner. In 1910 he went off the grid to build his new home and live in solitude. He was tucked in amongst the woodland by the side of Lake Johnson and It is not an easily location to merely stumble across.
He lived there in isolation for 27 years. The only person to know of him was Gee Moy from the nearby mining town Anthracite. Anthracite no longer exists but was located near Banff. I simply can't imagine Billy's life, enduring the long freezing winters with his home surrounded by feet of snow and isolated from human contact. He was obviously a man of incredible endurance.
Mr Carver was eventually found in an ill state of health by some local youths who were exploring the lakeside woods and they notified the authorities. Billy later died in care in Banff town.
While many people may look upon him as a oddball recluse or a hermit, what he did have every morning was a view of the sun hitting Rundle Mountain with its reflection on the lake. He would have had nature at his doorstep and he shared it only with the Canadian wildlife. In fact this was the place I first saw a grizzly bear which was roaming by the lake and that is a privilege I paid good money to see in Banff National Park.