Trapper's Cabin Site
Gravelbourg RM 104, Saskatchewan, S0H, Canada
Trapper's Cabin Site
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Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
The Trapper's Cabin Site is a Municipal Heritage Property encompassing 32 hectares of land bordering the Wood River in south-central Saskatchewan near the Town of Gravelbourg. The property features the remains of a small dugout shelter situated on the wooded river bank.
The heritage value of the Trapper's Cabin Site lies in its status as the only surviving trapper's cabin in the area and in its association with western Canada's once pre-eminent fur industry. The cabin was built and used by Norman Poulin, a local Métis farmer who supplemented his farm income during the depression years of the 1930s by trapping fur-bearing animals along the Wood River. Consisting of an excavation in the river bank originally enclosed with log walls and a brush-and-earth roof, the now dilapidated structure is the only surviving vestige of five similar shelters used by Mr. Poulin as he operated his trapline along the river. Today, the cabin remains are a reminder of a former community member’s resourcefulness in meeting the economic challenges of the Great Depression by exploiting a resource more typically associated with an earlier era of western Canadian history.
Rural Municipality of Gravelbourg No. 104 Bylaw No. 5/81.
The heritage value of the Trapper's Cabin Site resides in the following character-defining elements:
-those elements that identify the site as a former shelter, including the man-made depression in the river bank, the collapsed timbers that served as roof and wall supports, and artifacts related to the 1930s occupation;
-elements that link the site to the river along which the former owner conducted his trapping activities, including the structure's location on the river bank in its setting among native trees and other natural vegetation.
Local Governments (SK)
Heritage Property Act, s. 11(1)(a)
Municipal Heritage Property
1930/01/01 to 1940/12/31
Theme - Category and Type
- Developing Economies
- Extraction and Production
Function - Category and Type
- Animal Products Processing Facility
Architect / Designer
Location of Supporting Documentation
Department of Culture, Youth and Recreation
Heritage Resources Branch
1919 Saskatchewan Drive Regina, SK
File: MHP 144
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