Park's Historic Residence Greets Guests

By Dow, Katherine | Winnipeg Free Press, August 25, 2012 | Go to article overview

Park's Historic Residence Greets Guests


Dow, Katherine, Winnipeg Free Press


Former superintendents' home now rents for $950 a night

AS cottage locations go, it's hard to beat.

A renowned golf course outside one door, a breathtaking lake view outside the other. Not to mentioned it's a heritage building restored to its former glory.

The Superintendent's Residence in Riding Mountain National Park is now available to rent.

The four-bedroom, cottage-style house underwent a massive renovation early this summer after the Clear Lake Golf Course began leasing the property from Parks Canada in early 2011. Elkhorn Resort paid for the restoration and has started renting out the cottage. The historical residence was opened for bookings Aug. 16.

"It's really just an ideal property, because on one side you have the lake and on another, a beautiful golf course. It's really a very special place," said Kris Jordan, a manager at the Elkhorn Resort.

"When we renovated, because it's a historical building, we didn't knock out any of the walls or change any of the interiors.

"But we've modernized the furnishings, added new stainless steel appliances, dining room furniture and living room furniture. Basically, everything you could want is at this place. You just bring your groceries."

The Superintendent's Residence was originally built in 1931, and is hailed as a symbol of the end of Depression-era economic disparity.

The residence was commissioned in 1929 after the federal government authorized the creation of a new park in Manitoba.

The building was erected largely through funds from the government in an effort to create jobs for the epidemic of unemployed workers.

The result was an impressive log structure with a hip roof and long windowed veranda, built to house the park's superintendent.

In recent years, Parks Canada employees have lived in the home. And one of those employees, Don Huisman, took it upon himself to become one of the home's saviours.

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