"A short Sunday morning drive" Fort Qu'Appelle by Bwana_Brown
Fort Qu'Appelle Travel Guide: 11 reviews and 24 photos
It had been a while since I had broken free of Regina for just a leisurely drive in the countryside, so I set out before 8 AM on a Sunday morning to explore another little part of Saskatchewan within a reasonable distance of the city.
I decided on a drive through the countryside toward the east before swinging north toward the Qu'Appelle River to view a part of it I had not yet visited and to see how it was looking now that summer was almost upon us - the last time I saw the river it was still in the grip of winter. It turned out to be quite an interesting drive, considering the fact it only took me 3 hours!
As well as spotting a Deer and several species of birds, I discovered a nice Bison paddock, an alert Llama 'guard', a graveyard for old trucks, a couple of abandoned homesteads and a string of four small lakes that I didn't even know existed! I love the back roads for the things that just crop up and not another vehicle in sight for miles and miles.
I picked Fort Qu'Appelle as the VT site for this trip because it is the only community in their database in the area of my little jaunt. Although I was within a couple of miles of the town as I crossed the river near Echo Lake, I never actually saw it. A fort was first established there in 1864 by the Hudson's Bay Company as part of their extensive network of fur-trading establishments all across western Canada. Not long afterward, Chief Sitting Bull and his Sioux nation followers spent the years 1876-81 seeking sanctuary in this area following their victory over US Army General Custer during the numerous Indian wars in the western plains of USA. There was no resulting violence in Canada due to the arrival of the Sioux, but the demise of the great Bison herds all across western North America led to wide-spread starvation which eventually drove the Sioux nation back to the USA as they accepted an amnesty for wiping out Custer and his troops in defense of their homelands. By 1897 Fort Qu'Appelle was no longer needed as a defensive establishment in Canada.
- Pros:Always something different to see on the back roads!
- In a nutshell:A nice drive but don't expect anything spectacular
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