Last May, Al arrived in Norman Wells with a construction team including Walter Brennan, Gord Burke, Patrick Millar, Maxwell MacEachern, and Patrick Bull to erect the first storey of a new log building necessary for gear and food packing, trip planning and added accommodation and washrooms. The footings, subfloor and log walls went up in record time as the days got longer and the guys worked twelve hour days, only stopping to cook up some burgers on the barbecue and catch Stanley Cup playoff action! The plan is to complete the second floor next May and have the building fully operational by July 1, 2019.  Tucked in between our lodge and the NWA Cabin, the highlight of the new building will be a built-in bar on the front porch and a spectacular amphitheatre Party Deck, perfect for final night dinners, mini-concerts and sharing a cold beer while telling tall tales of grand adventures!