The bandstand, constructed from log by the relief camp workers in the 1930s, occupied a scenic hill overlooking the lake. At the time, the marina, boat rentals, and tour boat dock were located on the shoreline just below.
Although the bandstand is no longer, the site, recently renovated by Parks Canada and the Waskesiu Foundation, is still a lovely place to watch the crowds having fun on the Main Beach or to glimpse the beauty of a Waskesiu sunset.
Seen from the bandstand is the marina which for decades occupied the space between the Main Beach and the Breakwater. Several boat rental companies and tour boats operated from this location.
Peeking out of the trees in the centre of this photo, the bandstand occupied a place of prominence on the waterfront.
Just as Waskesiu inspires photographers, poets, composers and song writers have found their inspiration here. The Museum has copies of Waskesiu Waltz by Tom Lesley, and Was-ke-siu (Fox Trot) by Charles Greene, and Waskesiu from Songs of Waskesiu by Alfred Nicholson.
Have a listen to this charming old tune that may have been played on the bandstand: Waskesiu by Alfred Nicholson (A. Nicholson, 1932).
Sung by Donna Smith and Vivian Bothner, accompanied by Sherri Lovrod all of Outlook
The original sheet music may be purchased at the Museum for $5.00.
History greets you at every turn in Waskesiu.
Around the townsite you will encounter signs marking heritage buildings and places of interest from the past. Use the links below the map to connect to archival photos, historical facts, and entertaining stories connected to that place.
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