Circle tour including Saskatoon, Prince Albert and the Battlefords

Travel north on Highway 11 to the Town of Rosthern, which offers a variety of recreational opportunities such as an 18-hole golf course and campground located at the Valley Regional Park, the Station Arts Centre is a renovated CN Station offering fine dinning, art gallery, and performing arts in the theatre, and the Mennonite Heritage Museum.

From Rosthern, travel 7 kilometers east on secondary Highway 312 to Seager Wheeler Farm National Historic Site, watch for signs.  Dr. Seager Wheeler (1868-1961) was an international prizewinner in wheat competitions and author of numerous publications on progressive farming techniques. The farm features original buildings, tea room and visitor centre.

Continue east 15 kilometers on Highway 312 and then north 11 kilometers on Highway 225 to Batoche National Historic Site of Canada. Once the centre of Métis settlement in Saskatchewan, Batoche served as one of the last battlefields in the Northwest Resistance of 1885. Batoche features several restored buildings which provide a glimpse of the lifestyle of the Métis of Batoche between 1860 and 1900. The visitor centre and exhibit hall offers exceptional award-winning presentations.

From Batoche travel west on Highway 212 to the town of Duck Lake, which holds special importance in 1885 history. Visit the Duck Lake Interpretive Centre is located just off Highway 11 and view the artifacts pertaining to the 1885 Métis Resistance. From atop of the 80 foot tower, view the surrounding area in all directions.

From Duck Lake, continue north on Highway 11 to Prince Alberta, the largest city in Northern Saskatchewan. Prince Albert, the Gateway to Adventure, Opportunity and Prosperity, is situated on the North Saskatchewan River, and is known for its beautiful parklands, scenery and as a thriving arts community. Prince Albert is the hub for many exciting year-round events and activities and is within 100 km of some of the most beautiful vacation spots in Canada.

While in Prince Albert, experience a walking tour of historic Prince Albert, Prince Albert Arts Centre, the historical museum, or take a short drive to the forks of the Saskatchewan River, where the north and south arms of this river meet.

From Prince Albert, travel west on Highway 3 to the town of Shellbrook then turn south on Highway 40 to North Battleford. Visit the Allen Sapp Gallery, a public gallery that provides visitors sensitive and powerful images of the Northern Plains Cree by renowned Cree artist Allen Sapp.

From the gallery, visit the North Battleford branch of the Western Development Museum, which revolves around the story of agriculture. Various pieces of agricultural equipment are on display, supplemented by demonstrations of 1920 farming techniques. Walk the streets of a small 1920 Saskatchewan town with original buildings that have been relocated from several areas of the province.

From North Battleford, travel south on Highway 16 to the town of Battleford, explore the historic downtown and its importance in the events of 1885. Travel south east on Central Avenue to Fort Battleford National Historic Site of Canada, an original North West Mounted Police post. There are four buildings furnished with period pieces, reconstructed stockade, interpretive display in Barrack 5, and Guides in period costumes.

From The Battlefords, travel south east on the Yellowhead, Highway 16 to Saskatoon. Visit The Marr Residence, Saskatoon’s oldest building still standing on the original site.  The Marr Residence was the field hospital during 1885 and is known for flying one of Canada's original Canadian Red Cross flag.  Located in one of  Saskatoon’s oldest district,  interpretive programming and workshops are offered throughout the year.

From Saskatoon, head north on Highway 11 or take Warman Road from the City Centre to Wanuskewin Heritage Park; follow the buffalo signs. Witness 19 pre-contact sites from the Northern Plains Indians, 4 walking trails, medicine wheels, tipi rings and buffalo pounds. Wanuskewin is a National Historic Site and offers 6000 years of preserved culture.

Upon arrival at the Western Development Museum, choose to enter Boomtown or visit the Saskatchewan Agriculture Hall of Fame. The Western Development Museum recreates a street in a Saskatchewan town from 1910, visit the old time shops, and see live demonstrations of blacksmithing and wheel-righting while listening to the whistle of a steam engine at the station.

Points of interest along the way

Saskatoon
Marr Residence
Meewasin Valley Centre
Wanuskewin Heritage Park
Western Development Museum

Batoche
Batoche National Historic Site

Duck Lake
Duck lake Outdoor Gallery
St. Laurent Shrine
Duck Lake Murals
Duck Lake Regional Interpretive Centre
Site of the Battle of Duck Lake

Prince Albert
Diefenbaker House Museum
Little Red River Nature Park
Mission School/Church and Old Blockhouse
Prince Albert Historic Museum
 
The Battlefords
Allen Sapp Gallery
Fort Battleford National Historic Site
Western Development Museum/Heritage Farm and Village
Fred Light Museum

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