The Village of Cannington Manor was established in 1882 as eastern settlers, led by Captain Edward Michel Pierce, tried to recreate the aristocratic English lifestyle. During its heyday the villagers took part in fox hunts, dramatic societies, poetry clubs, tennis, cricket and croquet. After struggling with isolation and low grain prices, the villagers abandoned it a short 18 years later.
Today some of the structures still exist as part of the Cannington Manor Provincial Park. From May to September, staff, dressed in period clothing, are available to share information about life in the late 1800’s. Part of that lifestyle was the Victorian tea, and park visitors on Saturday July 13 were treated to tea and scones, made fresh that morning in the wood cookstove, by park interpreters. Also, a part of the park, All Saints Anglican Church, built in 1884, still continues to be in use, for both regular summer services and weddings.
May and June the park is busy with students who come to learn about the history that permeates the site. From learning how to make ropes at the bachelor’s cabin, to exploring the one room home, to the blacksmith shop and the churchyard, there is much to be learned about life in Saskatchewan. The grounds and buildings are well maintained and filled with historical items and much to my joy, the public restrooms feature flush toilets and running hot and cold water.
If you have never been to Cannington Manor Provincial park, you are invited to take part in the Sunday Fair, August 4 where you will find a live band, games, teats, ice cream making, and crafts at this hidden gem, right in your own back yard.
Check out the web for other events and take a step back in time.