Description of Historic Place
The Jackfish Wardens Patrol Cabin, located in Wood Buffalo National Park, is a single storey, three-room, gable roof log cabin. It is sited close to Peace River in a wooded area. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.
The Jackfish Wardens Patrol Cabin is a Recognized Federal Heritage Building because of its historical associations, and its architectural and environmental value.
The Jackfish Wardens Patrol Cabin is associated with the federal government’s commitment to protect endangered wildlife in Canada by expanding its national parks system. Wood Buffalo National Park was established to preserve an endangered subspecies of bison know as the wood buffalo. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is the largest game sanctuary in Canada and one of the largest in the world.
The Jackfish Wardens Patrol Cabin is a good example of a year round residential cabin designed in a rustic manner. Its quality craftsmanship and use of natural building materials respect the rustic architectural imagery practiced within Canada’s National Parks.
The Jackfish Wardens Patrol Cabin is compatible with its wilderness setting. As a structure within Wood Buffalo National Park, the Jackfish Wardens Patrol Cabin is a familiar building to park wardens, staff and visitors to the area.
Joanna H. Doherty, Jackfish Warden Patrol Cabin, Wood Buffalo National Park, Northwest Territories, Federal Heritage Building Review Office Building Report 89-043.
Jackfish Warden Patrol Cabin, Wood buffalo National Park, Northwest Territories, Heritage Character Statement, 89-043.
The character-defining elements of the Jackfish Wardens Patrol Cabin should be respected, for example:
Its residential rustic appearance, for example:
-The simple proportions of the log structure that is composed of a rectangular form with a pitched roof.
-The natural building materials such as the long, slender, reversed taper logs, and wood shingles.
-The simple arrangement of openings.
-The surviving interior three room layout.
The manner in which the Jackfish Wardens Patrol Cabin is compatible with the character of its wilderness setting and is a familiar building, as evidenced by:
-The simple design and natural building materials that harmonize with the surrounding wooded area.
-The familiar association among park wardens and visitors, of the building as part of Wood Buffalo National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site.