Saskatoon StarPhoenix

Province to seek rental cabins buyer

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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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