The happy sounds of children playing ring out today from the Bears on the Beach playground which volunteers constructed in 2015. In days gone by, swings, teeter totters, and a merry go round occupied this same space.
What is considered safe equipment to play on has changed greatly over the years. Winona Potts considers the merry-go-round in light of today’s standards in Waskesiu Memories Volume I (edited by Dorell Taylor).
“The playground down by the Big Beach. Swings, teeter totters, and the marvelous merry-go-round. What fun that was, and what a dangerous contraption! It’s a wonder if there weren’t several twisted or broken legs as it went round and round. Sailing high, high up, and then down to the ground with a crash.”
The platform merry-go-round and monkey bars show some of the playground equipment that was located across Waskesiu Drive from Manville's store and on the shore in front of their white rental cabins. (now called The Market and Baker's Waskesiu Bungalows)
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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