Our blog is to keep family and friends informed of our motorhome journeys.
We have dreamed of this for many years and finally our dream has come true.
We are looking forward to many happy miles ahead.
One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things. Henry Miller.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Arrival Regina SK

29 July 2014

After much thinking and talking, we decided to skip Manitoba even though there were historic sites we wanted to see in the Winnipeg area. So today we are on our way to Regina SK, the capitol of Saskatchewan for 7 nights at Comfort Plus RV Park.
Gathering Hall Was an Old Schoolhouse

Office,Pool and Home

Campground Area

Then on to Maple Creek SK for 5 nights at Eagle Valley, Daisy Mae in Lethbridge AB for 5 nights, Kalispell,MT at Columbia Falls RV and Spokane for 2 nights before arriving Redmond OR on the 22nd.

Our drive today took us south on Hwy 11 190 miles through farming and ranching communities. Not much traffic and an easy drive.

On the way we dropped the Malibu off at Chevrolet for service and rented a car from Enterprise. The campground is around 10 miles east on Hwy 1 and 48. http://www.comfortpluscampground.ca Staff is friendly and campground is quiet. Our site #31 is $32CAD/nt with full hookups.

Regina is the 2nd largest city in Saskatchewan and the capitol. The city offers many different museums, sports arenas,restaurants and music festivals. While here we want to visit the RCMP Heritage Center. Regina was previously  named Wascana (Buffalo Bones in Cree) due to the many bones found in the area. It was later named Regina in honor of Queen Victoria by her daughter Princess Louise in 1882. The city is surrounded by Lake Wascona. Due to a strong agricultural and mineral growth, the area has entered into a very strong economic boom.

Tomorrow we are going to visit Fort Qu'Appelle..a short drive up Hwy 10.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Batoche and Fort Carlton Saskatchewan

27 July 2014

Finally a somewhat sunny day, so we decided drive up Hwy 11 (Riel Trail) to visit Batoche a Metis Settlement and the site of the historic Battle of Batoche in 1885 during the Northwest Rebellion. The battle resulted in the defeat of Louis Riel and Metis forces. The settlement was established in 1872 and in 1885 numbered 500 people situated on the east bank of the South Saskatchewan River. Today there are several restored buildings;however,the east village settlement no longer remains.

Walking Map

Trails of 1885



Metis Signage
Destroyed East Village of Metis

Metis Rifle Pit

Rectory & Church

Rectory Parlor

Bedroom

Cemetery


Louis Riel was a Canadian politician who founded the province of Manitoba and fought to preserve Metis rights and culture. He led two resistance movements in Canada. He was exiled to Montana where he married and fathered 3 children. He returned to Canada to the Province of Saskatchewan where he led the Northwest Rebellion of 1885 which ended with his arrest, trial and execution of a charge of treason. He had a very controversial life and if interested google and go to wikipedia.


In order to travel to Fort Carlton, we had to take a gravel road to the St Laurent ferry across the South Saskatchewan and another 20km to Duck Lake and another gravel, pitted road on Hwy 212 to the fort. It was flooded in past week.
4 Minute Ferry Ride 

Ferry
Road to Fort Carlton Hwy 212

Fort Carlton was a Hudson Bay Company fur trade post from 1810 to 1885 located on the North Saskatchewan. Today there are reconstructed buildings, palisade and tepee encampment. The visitor center has artifacts and displays of the fort. The transportation system stretched from the fort to Winnipeg,Hudson Bay and Rocky Mountains. Carts,York boats and dog sleds transported goods, people and news. It was destroyed by fire in 1885 during the Northwest Rebellion by the Northwest Mounted Police.

Outline of Fort

Encampment

Company Building
Company Building

Trade Store,Barracks & Mess Hall

Trade Store
Trade Store

Palisade


Traders


Fur Trade Store

Clerk's Quarters

Bedroom

Main Room


View of Fort

Factor's House,Now Visitor Center



Today they were having Muzzle Loading Musket demonstrations, so decided to try it. First and only time I have ever fired a gun.Never could find the target, but at least I tried. John did better.
Lesson in Firing

Setting My Sight

Far off Target
Right on Target


Friday, July 25, 2014

Stop at Fort Battleford & Arrival Saskatoon

24 July 2014

A long drive via the Yellowhead Hwy 16 from Stony Plain to Saskatoon..345 miles of canola fields, ranches and farmlands. Upon entering Saskatchewan disappointed there was no visitor center and no rest areas on the drive. Since the weather was sunny with rain expected for the next 3 days, decided to stop in Battleford to visit Fort Battleford.






The stockade at Fort Battleford was built in 1879 . It was reconstructed in the 1960's by Parks Canada. There are 5 original buildings still standing and open for viewing including interpreters happy to answer questions and relate the history. The Barracks is now  a museum depicting the history including artifacts and military dress and arms. There is also a First Nations exhibit.
Barracks & Museum

Gatling Gun

Enlisted Barracks Display

Uniforms of the Post

First Nations Tepee

Stockade
First Nations Camp Display

Peeping Ground Critter


1885 was a pivotal year in the history of the Fort and nation as tensions erupted over issues of unresolved treaty promises and  Metis rights resulting in arrest and imprisonment of Chiefs Big Bear and Poundmaker and the hanging of 8 First Nations men. The Fort also provided protection for some 500 local settlers following the North West Mounted Police defeat by the Metis. The aftermath of the battle, resulted in deaths on all sides including the burning of Battleford. The Fort was finally closed in 1924.

The Guard House held the 8 First Nations men as well as other prisoners committed for treason.
Guard House

Guardsman's Quarters

Cell

Cell Walkway



It was from the Officer's Quarters that Lt Colonel Otter in residence left with 300 men to attack the Cree camp and after a six hour battle was forced to retreat back to the Fort.
Officer's Quarters

Dining Room

Master Bedroom

Children's Bedroom

Pantry

Office


The Commanding Officer's house served as not only a home for the Commanding Officer and his family, but also some 72 women and children during the 1885 conflict. From the upstairs, the town of Battleford could be seen burning.
Commanding Officer House

As it is Today

Kitchen

Breakfast Room

Dining Room

Office


The Sick Horse Stable was instrumental in maintaining the health of the horses, the lifeline of the forces. In the stable is an antique fire engine. The veterinarian also served people at the fort.
Sick Horse Stable

Today

Veterinarian Office

Antique Fire Truck


When we arrived at Campland RV it was raining and realized we made the right decision as noted by picture below. Will post photos of campground when sun returns. We will be here 5 nights before going into Manitoba.
Storm over Campland RV Park