from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. [New England & Upper Northern U.S.] A boat or small chest equipped with supplies for a lumber camp.
  • n. [New England & Upper Northern U.S.] Provisions for a camp or cabin.
  • n. [Alaska] A small house, bunkhouse, or shed mounted on skids and towed behind a tractor train as eating and sleeping quarters for a work crew.
  • n. [Alaska] An addition built onto a trailer house for extra living or storage space.


  • Billy Camp began to worry about shooting the wanigan through the sluice-way.

    The Blazed Trail

  • Camp did not mind rain or cold -- he would cheerfully cook away with the water dripping from his battered derby to his chubby and cold-purpled nose -- but he did mind the wanigan.

    The Blazed Trail

  • When night came the men rode down stream to where the wanigan had made camp.

    The Blazed Trail

  • Outside, the cook and cookee were stowing articles in the already loaded wanigan.

    The Blazed Trail

  • Billy Camp tried to keep back of the rear in clear water, but when the wanigan so disposed, he found himself jammed close in the logs.

    The Blazed Trail


The word 'wanigan' comes from the Ojibwa word 'waanikaan', ("storage pit").