CWCabins_logo-c_600x252Adding visitor capacity to a growing community.

The proud hamlet of Clearwater, Manitoba (population 68) hosts thousands of people at events throughout the year including its renowned July 1st Sports Day, the perennial Harvest Moon Festival, plus groups throughout the year through Harvest Moon programming including agricultural training, internships, alternative building workshops, ecological design courses, and more.

Housing visitors can be a challenge. There is limited capacity at the Harvest Moon Learning Centre, and camping isn’t always an option.

Project Description

We are building several dwellings in Clearwater in a way that adds a new type of visitor experience. The cabins will be partly built of gorgeous reclaimed lumber from recent deconstruction workshops held in and near Clearwater. View a time lapse of the deconstruction.

Designed by University of Manitoba architecture students, the structures will be built by the students and by volunteers and community members, with assistance by an engineer and building authorities. Designs »

Fundraising has helped to pay for materials like roofing, foundation, windows, doors, nails etc. We secured over $85,000 of in-kind donations in the form of labour and materials from many excellent supportersFundraisers »

The dwellings will be available for rent for a modest fee not only by participants involved in Harvest Moon workshops and performers at the Harvest Moon Festival, but also to the general public to use as a retreat destination. Construction began March 2013. Blog »

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Dominique Rey

Time-Lapse Video

The build and the move! Video by Cory Aronec.