Located within the Town of Peterview in Central Newfoundland, Wigwam Point is uniquely situated where the Exploits River empties into the Bay of Exploits. The site is an important stopping ground for Beothuk and Mi’kmaq groups, and as such, has been identified by Qalipu and Sple’tk First Nation as a potential marquee tourism attraction and versatile day use area. In March 2017, the band engaged UPLAND Planning + Design to collaborate with Qalipu and Sple’tk First Nation to develop a design concept for this site.
The concept design recommends subtle site improvements including a short trail loop around the site, picnic areas along the beach, a small washroom facility and an improved parking lot. Furthermore, the site includes two structures that are inspired by the traditional form of a wigwam. One structure, located in the middle of the site, can be used as a band shell for festivals, celebrations, or concerts, or it can be used as a sheltered picnic area at other times. A wigwam-shaped monument is sited at the tip of Wigwam Point and pays tribute to the site’s importance to the Beothuk and Mi’kmaq. The site design also provides spaces that will enable the band to generate revenue; one space by the parking lot is for a temporary structure (such as a shipping container) where a canoe/kayak rental company can operate and there is another space for a seasonal food truck to sell and serve indigenous cuisine.