History greets you at every turn. Use the guide to see our Heritage Moments.
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 right 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.
Below, have a listen to the 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.
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