3509 Wiley Road, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, X1A, Canada
Links and documents
1937/01/01 to 1938/01/01
Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
The Wildcat Café is a City of Yellowknife Heritage Site. It is a one-story log building with a gable roof. The designation also applies to portions of surrounding lots. The café is prominently located in the heart of Yellowknife's Old Town, and close to many other municipal heritage sites.
The Wildcat Café is one of the earliest permanent buildings in the City of Yellowknife. The building's structure and style are an excellent, well-preserved example of its time period. Built in 1937-1938 by prominent pioneers Willie Wiley and Smokey Stout, the Wildcat is a reminder of pioneering days for Yellowknifers, and all Canadians alike. A replica of the Wildcat Café is on permanent display at the Canadian Museum of Civilization's Canada Hall, where it serves as an icon of early industrial development in Canada's northwest.
The Wildcat was a gathering place for the founders of Yellowknife: prospectors, miners and pilots. It was the hub of Yellowknife's social activity. Prospectors wheeled and dealed, community members held meetings and banquets, while visitors came and went by floatplane. Throughout the years, the Wildcat was used as Yellowknife's first ice cream parlour and Chinese restaurant.
The Wildcat is a well-loved community landmark, and a symbol of Yellowknife heritage that nearly every visitor recognizes. From its prominent location in historic Old Town, the Wildcat creates and encourages a pioneering spirit, which is still alive in Yellowknife today.
Source: City of Yellowknife By-Law 3635.
-massing of the building, including but not limited to low-lying ceilings, and long, narrow profile
-small, tucked-away entrance
-simple signage and landscaping, keeping in touch with the building's rustic roots
-prominent waterfront location, and visibility from the road
-location next to other heritage sites and float bases
-one-roomed eating area with large, wooden tables and benches
-use as a café
City of Yellowknife
City of Yellowknife Heritage By-Law
City of Yellowknife Municipal Historic Site
Theme - Category and Type
- Peopling the Land
Function - Category and Type
- Commerce / Commercial Services
- Eating or Drinking Establishment
Architect / Designer
Location of Supporting Documentation
Yellowknife City Hall, Yellowknife, By-law 3635.
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