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Ice House

Highway 16 and Snaring Road, Jasper National Park, Alberta, T0E, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1988/09/01

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Construction Date(s)

1936/01/01 to 1947/01/01

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2005/08/23

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

One of a complex of twelve buildings known as the National Training Centre, the Ice House is a two-storey, gable-roofed structure constructed with a rustic vocabulary of materials that includes horizontal logs and shakes. It features a full storey basement with a plain entrance door and a second level, small, wooden sundeck. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.

Heritage Value

The Ice House is a Recognized Federal Heritage Building because of its historical associations, and its architectural and environmental value.

Historical Value
The Ice House and its complex are associated with the early development of Jasper National Park. The National Training Centre was originally part of a homestead known as the Palisades Ranch. The Palisades Ranch had been established by Lewis Swift, a personality who figured prominently in the history of the area. The Palisades Ranch was a trail-related tourist industry and, as such, contributed to the development and use of Jasper Park. It remained privately owned until 1962 when it was purchased by the National Parks Branch. It began operation as a training center for Park employees in 1964.

Architectural Value
The Ice House is a good example of a functional building type constructed in a rustic aesthetic. Its well-executed vocabulary of building materials, consisting of horizontal logs and shakes, conforms with the architectural character of Canada’s National Parks. An adaptable design, the Ice House was remodeled to serve as a cottage.

Environmental Value
As a significant building within the National Training Centre (formerly the Palisades Ranch), the Ice House is compatible in size, design and placement with the character of the complex. Although the complex is self-contained and not visible from the highway, the Ice House, by virtue of the fact that it is part of the National Training Centre, is known to the communities of Jasper and Hinton.

Kate MacFarlane, National Training Centre (former Palisades Ranch), Jasper National Park, Alberta, Federal Heritage Building Report, 87-010.

National Training Centre (former Palisades Ranch) Jasper National Park, Alberta, Heritage Character Statement, 87-010.

Character-Defining Elements

The following character-defining elements of the Ice House should be respected, for example:

Its functional design and rustic vocabulary of materials, for example:

-Its simple massing, consisting of a full storey basement with a second storey level and
gable roof.
-Its horizontal log construction.
-Its plain basement level with a simple door and second level door and picture window.
-The choice of materials, including horizontal logs and shakes which speak to the rustic
character of the building.

The manner in which the Ice House is compatible with its setting, as evidenced by:

-Its scale, its functional appearance and rustic materials, all of which are sympathetic
with the other buildings in the complex.




Recognition Authority

Government of Canada

Recognition Statute

Treasury Board Heritage Buildings Policy

Recognition Type

Recognized Federal Heritage Building

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Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Indigenous Affairs and Cultural Heritage Directorate Documentation Centre 3rd Floor, room 366 30 Victoria Street Gatineau, Québec J8X 0B3

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