Motorists in Canora probably noticed a new addition under construction on the north end of Main Street on May 26 and 27.
An 8 x 40-foot permanent structure for the Canora Farmers Market was built outside the Visitor Information Centre/CN Museum by Rice Construction of Canora.
The project was paid for by a grant from the EDC (Economic Development Commission), according to Brandi Zavislak, community development officer.
The structure is covered by a pergola, which was built in five sections.
“We will be putting in multiple levels of vegetation around the structure,” said Zavislak. “A new sign with lighting around it will add to the historical feel around that area. A nice addition will be an outdoor clock at the top of the museum, which will be put in next year.”
Zavislak said this year’s Canora Farmers Market is scheduled to get underway in July.
“For 2021 we are planning to put in lights, open in June and we will have the Farmers Market in the evenings.”
Future community development plans for the site include putting in a stage and hosting concerts, cabarets and a variety of other community events and fundraisers.
As part of the Canora Town Square Project, Zavislak said these additions are designed to bring a new thought process to Canora and attract more visitors to the downtown area by providing a unique atmosphere.
“One of the main reasons we chose the location was the history of the museum, which was built in 1904,” said Zavislak.
Canora CN Station House Museum is the oldest Class 2 railway station still operating in Saskatchewan and displays CN Rail memorabilia, pioneer artifacts, local art, souvenirs and tourist information, according to information provided by the Town of Canora.
For the convenience of visitors, the museum has a kitchen, bathrooms and electricity. Zavislak said she will make sure that all necessary COVID-19 precautions are taken, including encouraging proper social distancing and having the bathrooms cleaned frequently.
“This project is the type of new idea that is crucial for Canora and other small towns in order to survive and thrive in the future,” she concluded.