Growing Great Places Together

Government House, Saskatchewan -
2024 National Special Attractions

Government House is a National Historic Site and Provincial Heritage Property. Our mission is to provide visitors an accessible historic place to preserve, promote and celebrate Saskatchewan’s living heritage.

We are stewards of a vibrant collection and historic property that is living and ever changing. Through educational experiences, engaging programs, and collaborative partnerships we deliver the story of Government House.

The Government House collection is comprised of objects original to the house in 1898-1910, period pieces, and replicas totaling over 10,000 articles plus documents and photos.

The Edwardian Gardens were designed to please the eye and delight the senses. Stroll through the lush gardens and experience the “outdoor rooms”. Each has its own unique perspective, framed by sweeping lawns that follow the Edwardian Garden design. All are fully accessible, with hardscaped pathways taking you to a simpler time.

Today the Edwardian Gardens offer thousands of vibrant annuals and perennials including a Collection Garden featuring magnificent lilies. Enjoy the timeless beauty of true Edwardian-style gardens.

Enjoy the gardens by bringing a picnic to share with your family or friends. Awaken your senses by taking time to smell the flowers and relax under the canopy of shade from the tree plantation planted by Mr. George Watt well over a hundred years ago. The gardens uphold the rich and majestic history of Government House.

The Saskatchewan Residential School Memorial was dedicated on the grounds of Government House on National Indigenous Peoples Day, June 21st, 2022.

“The Memorial is more than the physical elements. It is a spiritual place where survivors and families can honour the children, and where our community can come together to learn and heal. I deeply appreciate the discussions I have had with Elders, knowledge keepers, survivors and their families. The Memorial is entirely based on these discussions.”  Lieutentant Governor of Saskatchewan, His Honour the Honourable Russ Mirasty.

The Memorial fulfills the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action #82, which recommends installing a publicly accessible, highly visible, residential school memorial in each capital city to honour survivors and all the children who were lost to their families and communities.

The Memorial is a tranquil space that is open to the community. The community can gather here to pay respects and never forget the tragic past. It is a place to help provide healing through education, reflection, and conversations and to honour those whose lives were lost in Residential Schools, the survivors, and their families. 

Elders and survivors were involved in every step of the construction and development process to honour traditional practices. The Memorial acknowledges the earth and symbolizes the circle of life. It incorporates elements from around Saskatchewan that are symbolic and encourage healing. It includes traditional plants and trees, benches constructed from reclaimed wood from Wascana Centre and placed in the four cardinal directions, and four pathways leading north-to-south and east-to-west.

A large central stone, selected by the Lieutenant Governor from Treaty 4 Territory, depicts the province and the locations of each former residential school. A smudge stone lies in front for ceremonial purposes. 

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