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Hudson's Bay Company Store

Broadway Street and Company Avenue, Fort Qu'Appelle, Saskatchewan, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1983/11/08

Front facade of the Hudson's Bay Company Store, 2019; Government of Saskatchewan, Brant Hryhorczuk, 2019
Hudson's Bay Company Store
Rear and west facade's of the Hudson's Bay Company Store; Government of Saskatchewan, B. Dawson, 2003
Hudson's Bay Company Store
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Other Name(s)

Hudson's Bay Company Store
Pioneer General Stores
Hudson's Bay Company Store - Fort Qu'Appelle

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Construction Date(s)

1897/01/01 to 1897/12/31

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2004/06/25

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Hudson's Bay Company Store is a Provincial Heritage Property occupying one commercial lot in the central business district of Fort Qu'Appelle. The property features a 2-storey brick and stone building and attached 1-storey annex that were constructed in 1897.

Heritage Value

The heritage value of the Hudson's Bay Company Store lies in its status as the oldest surviving retail store building of the Hudson's Bay Company in Canada. Designed by Archibald MacDonald, the last Chief Factor in the service of the Company, the building represents the transition of the Hudson's Bay Company from a fur trading operation to a retail merchandising business. To distance itself from the its fur trade image, the Company constructed this stone 2-storey building with one-storey annex and faced it with an uncommonly ornate brick façade. Once touted as "The finest store west of Winnipeg", the 1897 store, located on the town's main street, was a dramatic change from the small, wooden building located on the edge of town. Notable on the façade were two prominent signs advertising the Hudson's Bay Company. The refined image was perpetuated inside with a modern retail area covered by an elaborate pressed tin ceiling.


Province of Saskatchewan, Notice of Intention to Designate as Provincial Heritage Property under The Heritage Property Act, August 23, 1983.

Province of Saskatchewan, Order to Designate as Provincial Heritage Property under The Heritage Property Act, November 8, 1983.

Character-Defining Elements

The heritage value of the Hudson's Bay Company Store resides in the following character-defining elements:
-those elements which reflect the building's use as a Hudson's Bay Company Store, including signage and fixtures;
-elements that reflect the substantial and refined nature of the store, including its form and massing, stone construction and decorative brick façade, crenellation along the roofline, recessed entry ways, large plate glass windows and the pressed tin ceilings.




Recognition Authority

Government of Saskatchewan

Recognition Statute

Heritage Property Act, s. 39(1)

Recognition Type

Provincial Heritage Property

Recognition Date


Historical Information

Significant Date(s)


Theme - Category and Type

Developing Economies
Trade and Commerce

Function - Category and Type


Commerce / Commercial Services
Eating or Drinking Establishment


Commerce / Commercial Services
Office or Office Building

Architect / Designer

McDonald, Archibald


Charles Payne

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Heritage Conservation Branch Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport 3211 Albert Street Regina, Saskatchewan S4S 5W6

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier

PHP 120



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