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Kitchen Shelter 7

Waterton Lakes National Park of Canada / Parc national du Canada des Lacs-Waterton, Alberta, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1991/08/01

General view of Kitchen Shelter 7, showing the simple, low massing of the one-storey, three-sided structure, 1990.; Parks Canada Agency / Agence Parcs Canada, 1990.
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Other Name(s)

Kitchen Shelter 7
Campground Buildings, Kitchen Shelter 7
Bâtiments du terrain de camping, abri-cuisine 7

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Listed on the Canadian Register: 2008/10/03

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

Overlooking Waterton Lake, Kitchen Shelter 7 is a one-storey shelter enclosed on three sides with log siding. Its gable roof is supported by squared vertical timbers on the open front. It is located on an exposed site near the water and within the large public campground and picnic area of Waterton Lakes National Park of Canada. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.

Heritage Value

Kitchen Shelter 7 is a Recognized Federal Heritage Building because of its historical associations, and its architectural and environmental value.

Historical Value
Kitchen Shelter 7 is closely associated with the theme of automobile-accessible campground development in Canada. Waterton Lakes National Park of Canada was one of the first National Parks to develop a series of facilities for park visitors. The Kitchen Shelters are also associated with Depression relief construction activity.

Architectural Value
Kitchen Shelter 7 is a good example of a simple, utilitarian structure. It is built to a standardized plan with natural materials such as log siding, exposed rafters, and log posts, which were in keeping with the picturesque rustic style used to create a unified image for the National Parks.

Environmental Value
As one of the few permanent structures of the campground, Kitchen Shelter 7 is linked to the other structures by its standardized design and appearance. It reinforces the rustic character of its park setting and is familiar to wardens and campers within Waterton Lakes National Park of Canada.

Sources: The Kitchen Shelters, Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Heritage Character Statement, 90-235; Edward Mills, 16 Buildings, Townsite Campground and Playground Area, Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Federal Heritage Building Report, 90-235.

Character-Defining Elements

The character-defining elements of Kitchen Shelter 7 should be respected.

Its rustic style, standard plan, craftsmanship and materials, for example:
- the simple, low massing of the one-storey, three-sided structure;
- the moderately pitched gabled roof with exposed rafters and log slab siding for the walls;
- the squared timbers used as posts within the open front;
- the perimeter subwalls that rise above ground level;
- the central cookstove with a masonry chimney.

The manner in which Kitchen Shelter 7 reinforces the rustic character of its mountain park setting and is a familiar landmark within Waterton Lakes National Park of Canada as evidenced by:
- its compatible scale, uniform design and colour scheme in relation to the adjacent park buildings;
- its location in the campground and picnic area where it is used by visitors to the park.




Recognition Authority

Government of Canada

Recognition Statute

Treasury Board Heritage Buildings Policy

Recognition Type

Recognized Federal Heritage Building

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Park Fixture

Architect / Designer

National Parks Branch – Architectural Division



Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

National Historic Sites Directorate, Documentation Centre, 5th Floor, Room 89, 25 Eddy Street, Gatineau, Quebec

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