Manitoba Provincial Heritage Site No. 71

1929 Dining and Lounge
Riding Mountain National Park
Wasagaming Drive,

Wigwam Restaurant
Designation Date: October 1, 1992
Designation Authority: Honourable Bonnie Mitchelson,
Minister of Culture, Heritage and Citizenship
Present Owner: privately owned

This building, and the nearby Park Theatre, are striking examples of a rustic architectural style that shaped the character of Wasagaming during its formative years. Rustic buildings, common to Canada’s national parks in the 1930s, were constructed with peeled logs and fieldstone, to create picturesque additions to resort communities. An abundance of timber and skilled local craftsmen produced Wasagaming’s charming rustic log buildings.

Formerly known as The Wigwam, the restaurant was constructed in 1928–29 by its owners, O.J. Gusdal and Ernst Gusdal, employing Swedish craftsmen. The large rectangular wood-frame structure is sheathed in horizontal split-log siding. The interior walls and intricate hipped ceiling are covered in golden-hued, horizontal log siding.