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Warden's Headquarters / Visitor Information, Building 1

Waskesiu Drive, Waskesiu, Saskatchewan, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1988/05/05

Rear view of the Warden`s Headquarters, 1984.; Agence Parcs Canada / Parks Canada Agency, 1984.
Rear elevation
Façade of the Warden's Headquarters, 1984.; Parks Canada Agency/Agence Parcs Canada, 1984.
Corner view of the Warden's Headquarters, 1984.; Agence Parcs Canada / Parks Canada Agency, 1984.
General view of the place

Other Name(s)

Warden's Headquarters / Visitor Information, Building 1
Warden's Headquarters / Visitor Information, Building 1
Bureau central des gardes de parc / centre d'accueil, bâtiment 1

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Construction Date(s)

1934/01/01 to 1935/01/01

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2006/12/04

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Warden’s Headquarters/Visitor Centre is situated in the Government Reserve Area of Waskesiu, Prince Albert National Park. Constructed in a Tudor rustic style employing fieldstone, horizontal logs, wood shingles, and half timbering, the symmetrical building features a projecting central bay flanking windows and a gable-roofed porch. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.

Heritage Value

The Warden’s Headquarters/Visitor Centre is a Recognized Federal Heritage Building because of its historical associations, and its architectural and environmental values.

Historical Value:
The Warden’s Headquarters/Visitor Centre is associated with the early history of Prince Albert National Park and the Waskesui townsite area and is of significance in the development of the community as a major resort destination.

Architectural Value
The Warden’s Headquarters/Visitor Centre building demonstrates a very good aesthetic design and is one of the better examples of the distinctive and picturesque Tudor rustic style utilized by the Park’s Architectural Division. The multi-paned window units contrast with the rough indigenous materials. The use of log walls, stucco and ‘half-timbering’ contribute to the rustic character of the building, which exhibits good functional qualities and very good craftsmanship and materials.

Environmental Value:
The Warden’s Headquarters/Visitor Centre maintains an unchanged relationship with its site, reinforces the rustic character of the cottage subdivision, and is a familiar landmark to residents and visitors.

Buildings, Prince Albert National Park, Federal Heritage Buildings Review Office Report 85-063

Warden’s Headquarters/Visitor Centre, Prince Albert National Park, Waskesui Saskatchewan, Heritage Character Statement 85-063.

Character-Defining Elements

The character-defining elements of the Warden’s Headquarters/ Visitor Centre should be respected, for example:

Its very good Tudor rustic, picturesque aesthetic, good functional design and very good quality craftsmanship and materials, for example:

-The rectangular single storey massing with hipped-roof.
-The exposed roof rafters and tails, and the distinctive front porch with peeled logs in unusual patterns for supports, trims and brackets
-The symmetrical arrangement of the multi-pane casement windows, panelled doors and screens, and the diamond pane casement near the chimney breast.
-The use of local materials, natural in colour and rough in texture, particularly the horizontal peeled log walls with extended corners, and the large fieldstone chimney.
-The functional interior configuration.

The manner in which the Warden’s Headquarters maintains an unchanged relationship to its site, reinforces the present rustic character of its natural park setting and is a familiar local landmark, as evidenced by:

-Its ongoing relationship to its landscaped grounds surrounded by mature trees.
-Its picturesque form, materials and details, which contribute to the rustic character of the cottage subdivision setting within Waskesui townsite.
-Its high level of traffic owing to its use as a visitor centre, that makes it known to visitors and townspeople.




Recognition Authority

Government of Canada

Recognition Statute

Treasury Board Heritage Buildings Policy

Recognition Type

Recognized Federal Heritage Building

Recognition Date


Historical Information

Significant Date(s)


Theme - Category and Type

Function - Category and Type



Single Dwelling

Architect / Designer




Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

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

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier




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