For an historical adventure spanning more than 6,000 years, Saskatchewan’s
West Central Region is hard to beat.
Begin your journey with a visit to the Wanuskewin Heritage Park
(5 km north of Saskatoon, where you can witness
the beautiful history of the Plains Indian people who’ve lived in
this area for more than 6,000 years. View active archaeological
digs along park trails that meander through the prairie and dip
into the South Saskatchewan River Valley. Enjoy traditional Indian
dance at the amphitheatre, or soak up the wealth of information
at your fingertips within the world-renowned interpretive centre.
Saskatoon, travel north to the Batoche National Historic Site (60
km north of Saskatoon) where Métis leader Louis
Riel fought with Canadian government forces during the North West
Resistance of 1885. Nearby, Fort Carlton Provincial Historic Park
(80 km north of Saskatoon) illustrates the story
of the fur trade in Saskatchewan during the 1860s and 1870s.
the area of Lake Diefenbaker, a huge man-made lake created in 1967
when the Gardiner Dam was built across the South Saskatchewan River.
The area, located 130 km south of Saskatoon, offers dozens of camping, boating, sailing, swimming
and other recreational opportunities, including golfing at a scenic 18-hole course
overlooking the deep
harbor near the village of Elbow (pop. 317).
The history of the region is well-preserved in more than a dozen
museums such as the Outlook & District Heritage Museum and Gallery
(100 km south of Saskatoon, 306-867-8285) located in a restored
Canadian Pacific Railway Station. Or check out the famous Ruby
Rush at the Harris & District Museum (85 kms southwest of Saskatoon,
Fort Battleford National Historic Site, near the Town of Battleford, recalls the so-called "Seige of Battleford'' during the 1885 Riel Resistance, and the reasons why
Aboriginal communities of the district believed they were being treated unfairly.
The border city of Lloydminster straddles the boundary of Saskatchewan and Alberta.
The energetic city features a number of museums, including the Barr Colony Heritage Centre (visitors/attractions), which focuses on an a very interesting if ill-advised colonization project at the turn of the last century.
Jump further back into the region’s history with a visit to the
Herschel Petroglyphs (150 km southwest of Saskatoon, 306-377-2045),
where prehistoric Indian life is reflected in rock carvings and
Bird watchers will marvel at the variety and rarity of some of
the species, such as the white pelican and the piping plover, routinely
sighted at Redberry Lake, 90 km northwest of Saskatoon.
Jackfish and Murray lakes (175 km northwest of Saskatoon) offer
year-round recreational opportunities, while art lovers should not
miss the Allen Sapp Gallery in North Battleford (140 km northwest
of Saskatoon, 306-445-1760). The setting for the work of this renowned
Cree artist is a Carnegie Foundation building previously housing
the city’s main library.
For a vacation capable of providing more than 6,000 years worth
of memories, check out Saskatchewan’s West Central Region.
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