Saskatoon StarPhoenix

Province to seek rental cabins buyer


The last remaining rental cabins owned and operated by the government in the provincial park system are going up for sale.

The Saskatchew­an Party is preparing a request for proposals for the purchase and operation of 23 ministryow­ned rental cabins located at Greenwater Lake Provincial Park, about 300 kilometres east of Saskatoon.

Thirteen of the cabins are winterized and are open year-round, while the remaining 10 operate only during the summer.

“This is an opportunit­y for a private operator to develop these properties to their full potential,” Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Christine Tell said in a press release.

“Rental accommodat­ions within provincial parks are considered commercial enterprise­s. The province’s park system has been moving away from commercial enterprise­s for years and concentrat­ing on the core business of operating one of the best provincial parks systems in the country.”

All other rental accommodat­ions in the park system have been sold or leased to the private sector, a process that started in the 1980s.

The request for proposals stipulates the buyer must upgrade and expand the rental operation to a minimum of 33 cabins. The successful applicant must also agree to honour all existing reservatio­ns.

The cabins are expected to be transferre­d to the buyer in the fall.

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