Waskesiu Foundation - Enhancing the Waskesiu Experience

A charitable organization supporting recreational, social, cultural and environmental activities that enhance the Waskesiu experience

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Waskesiu Recreation Area Renewal

Recreation facilities are one of the cornerstones of the Waskesiu experience. The Waskesiu Foundation, the Waskesiu Recreation Association, the Waskesiu Chamber of Commerce, Parks Canada Agency and the Waskesiu Community Council, are all working collaboratively to revitalize Waskesiu’s recreation facilities. The Waskesiu Recreation Area Renewal is also identified by the community as a key project within Waskesiu's "Vision 2020 and Beyond" Community Action Plan.

The Waskesiu Recreation Association is a newly constituted, volunteer driven, non-profit organization responsible for Waskesiu’s recreation facilities and activities, and also leads, or assists with, many of the prominent events that have made Waskesiu a destination for so many.

Short term objectives:

  • Finalizing a "Master Plan"[Completed in summer 2017] for the area bounded by Montreal Drive and Waskesiu Drive to include:
    • Planning landscaping for the entire recreation area
    • identifying new activities and related facilities for the recreation area, with possibilities including  volleyball, basketball, bocce ball, badminton, fitness/yoga, shuffleboard. tetherball, etc.
  • Refurbishing and relocating the dilapidated multi-use sport court
  • Adding a fitness park and picnic shelter
  • Installing a new 18 hole mini-golf course that reflects the unique character of Waskesiu and Prince Albert National Park. Imagine a first hole with a Lobstick tree in the middle! Or navigate your ball around a family of loons or pelicans, a rail cart or canoe, or re-created natural challenges like beaches and beaver dams. Construction began in fall 2017, with completion by summer 2018. See photos of construction progess in our  gallery.
  • Working with the Waskesiu Chamber of Commerce to install a "community message centre" at the corner of Montreal Drive and Waskesiu Drive to better inform the community about events, programs and facilities[Completed in 2017]
  • Converting two tennis courts to multi-use as tennis and pickle ball courts [Completed in 2016]
  • Refurbishing the horseshoe pits

Mid to longer-term objectives:

  • Replacing/installing benches and pathways around the recreation grounds
  • Repairing and renovating the existing recreation building (located near the tennis courts)
  • Repairing and upgrading the Paul Horne Arena for year round use

What’s already been done?

  • Receiving financial support from Parks Canada Agency, the Waskesiu Community Council, and the Waskesiu Foundation
  • Resurfacing of tennis courts and addition of pickle ball lines
  • Installing the new "community message centre" at Montreal Drive and Waskesiu Drive
  • Completing layout and hole themes for the mini-golf course
  • Starting site preparation  for mini-golf in fall 2017. Custom components have been manufactured and are in Waskesiu. The course is targeted to open in summer 2018.
  • Achieving mini-golf fundraising target and beginning construction
  • Finalizing the Master Plan

Phased approach - next steps:

  • Construction of mini-golf course
  • Prioritizing and scheduling remaining items in the Master Plan -
    sport court, fitness park, picnic shelter, tree carvings and improved pathways with benches

Why renew Waskesiu's aging recreation facilities?

  • Improves the recreational offering, and reinforces Waskesiu as Saskatchewan's premiere family
    vacation destination

  • Advances Waskesiu's Vision 2020 & Beyond process and Community Action Plan
  • Provides an important new revenue stream. Revenue will be shared between donations to the Waskesiu Foundation and improved recreational programs/facilities by the Waskesiu Recreation Association, including the projects listed above
  • The new mini-golf course and upgraded sport court facilities will:
    • be visually appealing, safe and available to all ages and levels of fitness
    • be wheelchair accessible
    • provide activities that residents and visitors can enjoy anytime, including during evenings and on "non-beach/lake days"
  • Improved recreation facilities help provide economic benefit to business operators within the Waskesiu townsite and supports Parks Canada’s mandate to increase visitation and revenue

How will this project become a reality?

  • Make your tax deductible donation here and specify Waskesiu Recreation Renewal/mini-golf.
  • Charitable receipts will be issued for donations of $25 or more
  • A robust donor recognition framework includes various benefits

Want more information? Please
contact us and we will be happy to discuss any of our projects with you. 

High Speed Internet Service for Waskesiu

SaskTel DSL high speed internet is coming to Waskesiu! The Community Council, Parks Canada and SaskTel signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) in mid-December 2017 where SaskTel agreed to have the DSL High Speed Internet service up and running for the summer of 2018. See the details here.

​​Crean Lake Day Use Area - New Camp Kitchen

The Waskesiu Foundation and Parks Canada Agency are partnering to build a multi-season camp kitchen at the new day use area on the site of the former Crean Lake warden cabin at the mouth of the Channel from the Heart Lakes into Crean Lake. It is acccessible by boat in the summer and by the Crean cross-country ski trail in the winter.  The area will also have signange commemorating the warden service in the park.

The new camp kitchen will be the same plan as the multi-season camp kitvhen near the main beach in Waskesiu, as pictured to the right. 

Shack Tent Replacement

We are pleased to partner with the Waskesiu Heritage Museum to replace the Shack Tent, its key exhibit. The existing Shack Tent has deteriorated to the point wherer it can no longer be repaired, and the Waskesiu Foundation is funding the purchasse of new materials to replace it. The new Shack Tent will be built off-site with volunteer labourand moved to Waskesiu in spring 2018.

Trophy Shelves at Waskesiu Golf Course Club House

In partnership with the Lobstick Golf Club at the Waskesiu Golf Course,  a trophy shelf was added to the Clubhouse in August 2017 to properly display the trophies that represent some memorable golf played on this renowned golf course.

Waskesiu Fire Department Breathing Apparatus

In partnership with Parks Canada and a donation from the RCMP golf tournament, the Waskesiu Foundation helped to fund the purchase of two newer breathing apparatus.

Multi-season camp kitchen similar to planned camp kitchen at Crean Lake

Waskesiu Fire Dept. Breathing Apparatus

The mini-golf course will contribute to the Waskesiu experience.

Net profits generated will be shared between donations to the Waskesiu Foundation and improved recreational programs and facilities by the Waskesiu Recreational  Association, including mid to longer-term projects listed here.

Shack tent to be replaced

Beaver and lodge for mini golf hole18

Waskesiu Golf Course Club House

Bear and mini-golf hole under construction

Community Message Centre May 2017

Current Projects

Waskesiu Foundation inc. Current Projects