A Store for the Senses
The smell of leather fills the air. You walk through a grocery aisle stocked with the usual products, but above the shelves of cereal and canned goods hang dozens of moose hide jackets, taxidermied wildlife, paintings, and antler carvings. You stopped in at La Ronge to stock up on supplies for a northern adventure, but what you’ve discovered is one of the most iconic general stores in western Canada.
For over 50 years, the Robertson family has been posted on La Ronge Avenue in the northern Saskatchewan town of La Ronge. The Robertsons buy and sell furs and supply locals (and tourists) with everything – from groceries to clothing, camping supplies, fishing/hunting equipment, and everything in between.
For a new visitor, the store feels as much like a museum or an art gallery as it does a general store. Take your time as you meander through the aisles, admiring the local artistry on display.
Bonus tip: Grab something from the butcher shop. Guthrie Winn is the longest serving employee at Robertson Trading Ltd (approaching 33 years) and has won numerous awards throughout Saskatchewan for his delicious products.