The “Tackle Box”, Tale of one family’s shack tent

The Tackle Box

In 1975 a friend’s son spotted a sign at the grocery store advertising a shack tent and lease for sale.  The family phoned my parents Dan and Marilyn Moneo of Assiniboia and they purchased the cabin over the phone sight unseen from the Riddel family of Regina. Thus began our Waskesiu adventures. This little green cabin was a tiny two … Read More

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Waskesiu People

In this brief video clip filmed in front of the fireplace in the historic Community Hall in Waskesiu, Mona Finlayson and Merv Houghton enjoy the phrase “Waskesiu People”. Mona interviewed Merv in August, 2016.  Both are long term summer residents in Waskesiu and share many memories of the early days in Waskesiu.  Merv’s father, Harry Houghton was hired by the … Read More

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Fire Towers and Smoke Jumpers

Bob and cupola 1

(Photo of Dr. Robert Tokaryk, seasonal resident at Waskesiu, volunteer at the Waskesiu Heritage Museum, and smoke jumper during his university days  standing beside the fire tower cupola at the Museum. Dr. Tokaryk was interviewed in August, 2016 about the fire towers and his experiences as a smoke jumper. ) Fire Towers (information based on Fire in Focus, a joint … Read More

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Museums matter…


These statistics about Saskatchewan museums are amazing!  They demonstrate how important museums are to life in Saskatchewan. Twice as many people visited museums in 2013 as lived in the province plus another 2.2 million visited SK museums online. 1000+ people are employed by museums in either full or part time positions $13.5 milion is paid in salaries/year Museum total expenditures … Read More

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Fences Make Good Neighbours


In Waskesiu, there are no fences around people’s cabins and cottages.  However, the lots are surveyed and iron pins or stakes can be found driven into the ground to mark the property line.  Cindercrete blocks like the one pictured here were also sunk level into the ground to show the property line. Although pegs and blocks like these have been … Read More

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“Flexie” (Levine Flexhaug) Paintings

Flexie cabin

A recent exhibit of paintings  at the Mackenzie Art Gallery in Regina by a prolific prairie painter  has cabin and cottage owners checking their properties for “Flexie” paintings. The exhibition, titled A Sublime Vernacular: The Landscape Paintings of Levine Flexhaug, is organized and circulated by the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie with support from the Museums Assistance Program of the … Read More

Chris“Flexie” (Levine Flexhaug) Paintings

Waskesiu Bungalow Cabins and Store

stockebrand and Ray Manville

  Manville’s Waskesiu Bungalow Cabins signs One of the early businesses to rent accommodations to friends of shacktenters and other tourists was Waskesiu Bungalow Cabins and Store, built in 1932 by partners J. W. Mcdermid and Rae Manville. The number of cabins was increased in 1946 to meet the increased visitation after World War II ended. Each one of the … Read More

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China souvenirs from visits to Waskesiu


Visitors to Waskesiu and Prince Albert National Park over the years have returned home with souvenirs to remind them of their summer holiday.  The type of souvenir has changed over the years according to the fashions and tastes of the day.  Popular items have varied from sea shell creations to aboriginal handwork and from felt pennants to china dishes.  The … Read More

ChrisChina souvenirs from visits to Waskesiu