Step back in time at the
Claybank Brick Plant National Historic Site
America's Best Preserved Brick-making Site!
Cradled in the hills of southern Saskatchewan there exists a splendid
example of early 20th century industrialism. The Claybank Brick Plant
remains frozen in time, virtually unchanged from the day it opened in 1914.
Brick manufactured at the plant graces the facades of many prestigious
buildings across Saskatchewan as well as many other provinces. Face brick
was produced until 1960's, and adorns such prominent buildings as the
Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City. Among many others, the beautiful
Gravelbourg Cathedral is faced entirely of Claybank brick as are a number of
Court Houses and other public buildings.
The rare fire brick produced here lined the fire boxes of the CN and CP Rail
line locomotives, and of the Corvette warships in World War II. The fire
brick was also used in the construction of the rocket launch pads at Cape
Canaveral, Florida. Not only does the brick plant constitute one of the best
preserved examples of early 20th century industrial activity in Canada, but
is one of a small number of heritage attractions in Saskatchewan to have
achieved formal National Historic Site designation status.
A pleasant drive from Regina or Moose Jaw, the Claybank Brick Plant offers
an educational and interesting experience -- the brick making process from
"Clay to Kiln". Feel free to explore the scenic wildlife lands
adjacent to the plant site, follow adventurous trails and take in the
abundant plant and animal life found there in the Massold Clay Canyons.
For refreshment and relaxation, the Bunkhouse Cafe, reasonable Gift
Shop and grounds offer visitors an opportunity to savor the scenic beauty of
this unique Saskatchewan locale.
Look for the 'Claybank Brick Plant Road' sign.
Brick Plant Historical Society
Claybank Brick Plant National
Historic Site is located on Highway #339 just 15 km west of Avonlea
Box 2-5, Claybank SK Canada S0H 0W0
Site Touring Office (306) 868-4474
Fax (306) 868-4854
(or 1 km east of Claybank) .
See map here.
Claybank Brick Plant has been designated by the Government of Canada as a
place of national historic significance. This place is part of the Family of
National Historic Sites, one of more than 800 places across Canada which
help define the important aspects of Canada's diverse but common heritage
and identity. For more information, visit: Parks