105 21st Street East
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About the Building
This building was constructed in 1912, and it was named the Canada Building by virtue of the bas-relief beaver chewing maple leaves on its cornice, and the two large prominent bison heads sculpted in terra cotta over the main entrance. It features pink granite at the base of the wall columns, and between the windows has large inclusions of darker coloured granite. This granite was imported from Scotland, which was considered quite extravagant the time. When it was built in the early 1900s, this was the tallest building in Saskatoon at 8 storeys. It was later surpassed by the Bessborough Hotel in 1935.
Did you know that Wanuskewin Heritage Park has brought bison back? Nearly 150 years ago, Plains bison disappeared from the park's land. In December of 2019, Wanuskewin welcomed them home, and the first baby bison was born in Spring 2020. Wanuskewin is open and you can visit the bison, and learn the stories of a people who came here to hunt bison, gather food and herbs, and escape the winter winds.