In the early Depression era, tennis courts were constructed for the enjoyment of visitors. The tennis clubhouse was one of the few buildings to have coin operated, hot water showers available.
Until recent times, it was considered proper to wear all white clothing to play tennis.
In 1934, at one tournament, 232 people competed in open and novice events. (Bill Waiser in Saskatchewan’s Playground: A history of Prince Albert National Park Page 91)
Another very popular activity was lawn bowling. On a specially prepared surface of very short grass, competitors rolled small, weighted balls. Summer residents organized leagues and tournaments. One avid bowler, Wilma (Billie) A. Rawlinson, contributed this story to Dorell Taylor's Waskesiu Memories Volume II:
"I remember one day on the bowling greens when I was dressed in shorts and a bra top, which was fastened in the back with a button. I was delivering my ball with a nice long stretch when the button on my top popped off and my top flew out about four feet in front of me onto the grass. I was partially naked for a second or two but I stepped forward, picked up my top, held it to my chest and ran for the clubhouse. " She noted that the other players were looking at her ball and never noticed her predicament. The situation was fixed by a large safety pin from Mrs. Codling who, along with her husband, ran an excellent tea house in the Clubhouse.
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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