Abandoned: Fort Chiniki Gas Station, Near Canmore/Morley.

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Located Along The TransCanada Highway

Have you ever been driving between Morley and Canmore in Alberta, and noticed Fort Chiniki gas station? Sure you have. It’s the abandoned gas station covered in graffiti, just off the TransCanada Highway by Seebe. It’s on the south side of the eastbound lane, just on the edge, but within the Stoney Nakoda reserve, a short drive from the Stoney Nakoda Resort & Casino. I have not been able to find any information on when it opened, or when it closed, who owned it, what was sold and which services they offered. Jenkies!

In addition to pumping gas, they also used to have a go-kart track, just off to the side of the gas station. It has since been turned into a skateboarding park of sorts, as has the inside of the building. People have actually created skate ramps inside, see below.

Did You Ever Stop Here?

If anyone has any information about this place, please by all means drop it in the comments! What was inside? Who ran it? What food did they serve in the restaurant? So many questions!

Directions

How you get there depends on the direction you’re coming from. It’s coordinates are 51.092640, -115.046252.




What It Used To Look Like

Photo taken May 22nd, 2006. Photo credit: Boulianne.net

Fort Chiniki Abandoned Gas Station Between Canmore and Morley Alberta what it used to look like in 2006


Photos Of Fort Chiniki Gas Station

The below pictures of the abandoned gas station were taken February 6th 2020.

Fort Chiniki Abandoned Gas Station Between Canmore and Morley Alberta front side

Fort Chiniki Abandoned Gas Station Between Canmore and Morley Alberta front facing where the gas pumps were

Fort Chiniki Abandoned Gas Station Between Canmore and Morley Alberta Graffiti

Fort Chiniki Abandoned Gas Station Between Canmore and Morley Alberta Inside Graffiti

Fort Chiniki Abandoned Gas Station Between Canmore and Morley Alberta horse shoe in cement

Fort Chiniki Abandoned Gas Station Between Canmore and Morley Alberta out back

Fort Chiniki Abandoned Gas Station Between Canmore and Morley Alberta Restaurant

Fort Chiniki Abandoned Gas Station Between Canmore and Morley Alberta electrical power boxes looted and stripped

Fort Chiniki Abandoned Gas Station Between Canmore and Morley Alberta wires and stripped metal

Fort Chiniki Abandoned Gas Station Between Canmore and Morley Alberta text graffiti

Fort Chiniki Abandoned Gas Station Between Canmore and Morley Alberta ruined bathroom door

Fort Chiniki Abandoned Gas Station Between Canmore and Morley Alberta Washrooms

Fort Chiniki Abandoned Gas Station Between Canmore and Morley Alberta front side

Fort Chiniki Abandoned Gas Station Between Canmore and Morley Alberta Skate park

Fort Chiniki Abandoned Gas Station Between Canmore and Morley Alberta skateboarding

Fort Chiniki Abandoned Gas Station Between Canmore and Morley Alberta ruined sign



Fort Chiniki Abandoned Gas Station Between Canmore and Morley Alberta corner facing looking south

Fort Chiniki Abandoned Gas Station Between Canmore and Morley Alberta derbies piled up

Fort Chiniki Abandoned Gas Station Between Canmore and Morley Alberta Mountains looking north

Fort Chiniki Abandoned Gas Station Between Canmore and Morley Alberta Graffiti on the back

Fort Chiniki Abandoned Gas Station Between Canmore and Morley Alberta Old Garage

Fort Chiniki Abandoned Gas Station Between Canmore and Morley Alberta Looted and stripped

Fort Chiniki Abandoned Gas Station Between Canmore and Morley Alberta inside

Fort Chiniki Abandoned Gas Station Between Canmore and Morley Alberta Graffiti art

Fort Chiniki Abandoned Gas Station Between Canmore and Morley Alberta inside skateboarding ramps

Fort Chiniki Abandoned Gas Station Between Canmore and Morley Alberta rollerblading skateboarding ramps custom built

Fort Chiniki Abandoned Gas Station Between Canmore and Morley Alberta looking east inside

Fort Chiniki Abandoned Gas Station Between Canmore and Morley Alberta basement

Fort Chiniki Abandoned Gas Station Between Canmore and Morley Alberta looking at mountains west

Fort Chiniki Abandoned Gas Station Between Canmore and Morley Alberta wrecked

Fort Chiniki Abandoned Gas Station Between Canmore and Morley Alberta ruined inside walls and doors bathroom

Fort Chiniki Abandoned Gas Station Between Canmore and Morley Alberta custom built skateboard ramp

Fort Chiniki Abandoned Gas Station Between Canmore and Morley Alberta outside


Conclusion

Interesting place! Would love to know more information about it.

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40 thoughts on “Abandoned: Fort Chiniki Gas Station, Near Canmore/Morley.”

  1. I wasn’t being disrespectful, and be thankful you had men with you. Because that “nice” young man not only stared but maybe recorded my five year old going pee in the field behind the building. Accused me of shitting in his home. Threatened to come to my home and shit in my yard. I told him “have at er sir. If you need to relieve yourself in my backyard where there are no facilities feel free. We are not trying to cause problems, my five year old needed to pee.” He ranted on and on about people like me on his private property treating it like shit. As I repeatedly told him, “sir, we simply pulled in so my child could go pee.” From the way he exploded on me, I’d have thought I was responsible for the place being windowless, doorless, graffiti everywhere, and I was attempting arson. I did notice he had nothing to say to the couple who pulled in in a Ferrari. But that woman had a man with her. I didn’t and was an easy target for his abusive rage.

    There are no private property sign posted around, other then the sign across the dirt road leading to the reserve. Which we did not cross and never considered crossing as that sign stated private property. Guy was a hothead looking for a fight.

    Had I had a male child I bet buddy never would have said a word about a bush getting peed on. Hell I bet people have peed all around that property. There certainly are no toilets available these days and it’s the only pull in I can recall before the petro around 22. I wonder where he pees when he is home in his yard with no toilets anywhere around? He seemed to get his rocks off on threatening women and children. Not a nice young man at all.

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  2. I stopped there with my boyfriend and a friend because they’re skaters and found this “abandoned” place online. We were approached by a very polite man who owns the place who lives on the reserve. He built the little skatepark. So of course he will be defensive over it. This place is not abandoned what so ever, be respectful, don’t leave trash or be destructive and he won’t have any problem with you being there!

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  3. Don’t know who owns it, but stopped to explore and let my five year old pee behind the building. Didn’t even make it in the building sadly. I would have loved to discover people skate there! I Was accosted by a very rude young man pulling a rusty engine behind his truck who claimed it was his “Home” or property and told me he was going to come shit in my homes backyard. I told the guy if he needed to relieve himself when passing my yard he was more then welcome. He cursed me out and threatened us. Personally I plan on pissing there every time I drive by now. Just because he was such an a**hole.

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  4. I worked there during the early 80’s as a waitress. It was a Petro Canada then and was run by Jerry and Mabel Kuttera. They were very nice people and it was a great place to work. I lived in Seebe as my dad worked for Trans Alta Utilities and Seebe was predominately Trans Alta employees at the time. I took a bus to Canmore for high school. I worked with some great people at that time. Kim & Melody Ward and Karen Faucett to name a few. I would walk across the reserve from Seebe to get to work crossing over the TransCanada highway on foot. I met and served many Native people during my employment there. There was one family in particular that I remember. A family of 5 and he had a young daughter who was deaf and his wife made me moccasins by tracing my foot for measurements. They were a perfect fit and lasted for years! Although it’s sad to see the building with broken glass and covered in graffiti, it is living another era of re-purposing. The graffiti is creative and the skate park is resourceful. Thank-you for sharing these photos. It brought me back to a simpler time.

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  5. My grandfather, Eugene Scown and his business partner Frank Powderface built it and owned it originally. It was the first time there was a partnership like this. It was originally a Phillips 66. It was built in 1962. My grandfather ran the garage and my grandmother cooked in the restaurant. My mom spent her teenage years there until she married in 1968. My grandpa retired in 1972 and moved to BC. There are articles in the Calgary Herald archives about it.

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  6. It was a great place to work way back in the 80’s. I met my husband there I managed and worked in the restaurant and he was one of the employees that worked in the Gas station. We have been together for 35 years and would of changed anything. Met great people Natives and Truck Drivers and holiday visitors. Learned the native language it was great got invited to different functions like Pow Wows and had lots of time to listen to stories while having a great feast. To bad this building had to close it was a good to stop and take a break from life. Sad to see that place look like that after all the fun and memories we had there.

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  7. I cooked one Easter at the YMCA camp near Fort Chin It was the mid 1970s. A white guy and his son ran the place. The son was a member of the King’s Crew that much I remember but no names. One day my friend Paulina was filling up with gas and smiled at the son . Whereupon a lady from the Res came running out from the back, grabbed the gas nozzle and soaked P with fuel.

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    • The son’s name was Truman Housowski. I worked for him and his Dad in the service station as a teenager! The restaurant was managed by Dale Niles. I worked there too as a cook.

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  8. Some wonderful people from canmore for all the concrete work in there now to make it a DIY skate park it’s a nice hidden gem in our small skate family out here in the bow valley

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    • They are not Indians they are Native Americans and no they are not all on drugs. They are nice and loving people. Stop judging people as a whole from maybe a bad experience you had.

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      • Meaning…lol Dave u will end up getting fucked up in some way n the only one around will be some Native person willing to see that your ignorant ass is okay…welcome to the Real World!

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  9. Once upon a time it was a Petro Canada station that had gas(obviously), a small convenience store, a small garage with towing services and a restaurant. I should know…I lived and worked there from 1992-1994 or so. At the time it was a dual family business owned by Karl Peterson and Ron and Sandra Smyth. All of the kids worked there and helped out and it was actually a very fun and cool place to live and work. Petro Canada forced the closure in I think 1994 due to insufficient sales(if I remember correctly), and the place was abandoned for awhile. Was sometime after that it was revitalized as Fort Chiniki, the go cart track was added and the place was re-opened. Not too sure about what happened or who re-opened it at that point though.

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  10. I used to live in Seebe in the 90’s when I was a teenager. We use to go through the bush and across the hiway to the Huskey and have fries and gravey. There was a GoKart track that was running but never used it. My friends Rick and Rod use to live in the trailer beside the gas station and we would hang out at the restaurant. I think of what’s left of Seebe, it has been used for graffiti also but it’s hard to access from what I remember.

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  11. Thanks for all the information. I always wondered. The photos I think are great and I almost feel like I’m looking into a museum. The art ( people call it graffiti) but……honestly if you go beyond that word in this location …… it is fascinating and contained in one area. Not like some you see on box cars and defacing city buildings or overpasses. Yard should be cleaned up; safety fence surround and have a bannock food truck.

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  12. I remember when Dave Frazier (wasn’t that his name) was the manager there. After that it went belly up. Reason, no idea?

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  13. Waaay back in the dat before they built up Hiway 40 and commercialized K country you would take the gravel road behind this place to drive up to Upper and lower Kananaskis lakes

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    • Yes – remember it well – we drove up to cottages on the lower lakes almost every summer weekend over that gravel logging road – we needed to gas up after making the trip there and back on our way out – I remember parking in front of that sign, when my dad would go in to buy cigarettes and pay for the gas before we went back to Calgary- it was a real landmark and the only place to get anything like supplies If you had forgotten something or ran out when you were up at the lakes

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  14. I thought the reason it closed was due to a fire and it was never repaired after that? I always stopped there on my way home from a day in Banff to have some Bannock. So sad 🙁

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  15. They had a sign behind a gas station cashier that said – IF YOU ARE AT LEAST 90 YEARS OLD AND ACCOMPANIED BY BOTH PARENTS THEN EVERYTHING IS FREE in that place. I then said, they must have had that client eventually and he or she ran them to the grave…
    Location is too close to the city for a gas fill up or truckers to pull over and too far from the tourist and hikers locations like Canmore and Banff. Maybe that’s why they went belly up?

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  16. I had fries and gravy a few times in the 1980’s. Shame to see it how it is.
    I’d guess it closed in something like 2004.

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  17. I remember it was a husky n they had a family resturant…almost the same as the Husky at Deadman’s Flat. They had great food, wish it was rebuilt…was a great spot.

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  18. I mean the last person that it was ever leased to and they served food like fries and burgers , it was actually pretty good when it was leased to Dave but yes it’s family owned and if yu need to talk to one of the seniors in our family about this would be my uncle like I mentioned .

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  19. I do it’s family owned that person they leased it to was a guy name Dave , he made the go karts and ran the gas station since it’s been abandoned it’s best to talk to my uncle as he’s the only one we have left .

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