Prince Albert Journals

Fur Traders, Rebellion, and Forest galore!

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A travel journal to Prince Albert by girlfromals

Batoche Church Photo, Prince Albert, Saskatchewan More Photos
Quote: Walk back in time to discover the history of Canada's west! Named after the husband of Queen Victoria, the city and surrounding area offer many things to see and do.

Fur Traders, Rebellion, and Forest galore!

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Overview

Batoche Church Photo, Prince Albert, Saskatchewan
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Fort Carlton, once a fur trading centre between the English and the local First Nations, it has been reconstructed so that we can learn about this part of our past. Guided tours are provided. Batoche - site of the 1885 battle between the Metis people, led by Louis Riel and Gabriel Dumont, and Canadian troops, led by General Middleton. Excellent site to visit. As it is a national historic site, everything is in English and French. Prince Albert National Park, north of the City of Prince Albert, it includes the town of Waskesiu. Great golfing, beaches, camping, and other lodging, it provides a relaxing getaway.Quick Tips: The residence of the only Prime Minister of Canada to c...Read More

Fort Carlton - Fur Trade Center

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Attraction

Fort Carlton - Fur Trade Center Photo, Prince Albert, Saskatchewan
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Fort Carlton was a British fort built on the banks of the Saskatchewan River system to further the trade of furs. Furs were in great demand in Europe and western Canada provided excellent furs for the latest fashions of the 18th and 19th centuries. The fur business was also political - fur companies were granted land rights. The largest, the Hudson's Bay Company, still operates as a Canada-wide department store chain. When coming to the fort, you drive along a grid road. I anticipated seeing the fort rise along the horizon as we got closer. Instead, we actually descended down a curved, forested road which led to the river flood plain where the fort sits. Park your car in the parking l...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 11, 2002

Fort Carlton - Fur Trade Center
102-112 Research Drive
Prince Albert, Saskatchewan
(306) 467-5205

Northcote Art 'n Antiques

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If you love art or antiques, then a stop at Northcote Art ‘n Antiques in Duck Lake is a must. This gallery, which is located along highway 11 from Saskatoon to Prince Albert, showcases the works of Saskatchewan artist, Glen Scrimshaw and other fine artists from the province. Now, I will admit that I am not the biggest fan of Glen Scrimshaw’s works. The paintings are, however, very popular. Just goes to show that everyone has different tastes in art. Glen Scrimshaw’s paintings and prints showcase the powerful force of nature, which is clearly evidenced by the choice of subject matter. The forests, which dominate northern Sask...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 6, 2002

Northcote Art 'n Antiques
Highway 11
Prince Albert, Saskatchewan

Duck Lake Regional Interpretive Centre

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Duck Lake Regional Interpretive Centre Photo, Prince Albert, Saskatchewan
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The community of Duck Lake is situated in the heart of the historic Batoche area along highway 11 south of Prince Albert. The Duck Lake Regional Interpretive Centre continues the history lesson begun at Fort Carlton and Batoche. The focus of the museum’s collection, begun by local Fred Anderson, is the aftermath of the Metis resistance, the impact of the near extinction of the buffalo on First Nations, and the pioneers who settled the area. This museum has, surprisingly, an excellent collection of artifacts and a fantastic display despite the small size of Duck Lake. The museum has definitely taken advantage of the history of the area! The museum houses a c...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 6, 2002

Duck Lake Regional Interpretive Centre
Along Highway 11
Prince Albert, Saskatchewan

Other Sites in the Area

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Unfortunately there was not enough time in one day to take in all of the sites and activities in this region. Here are a couple more ideas for those who want to explore this area in full.Jack Pine StablesIf you are looking to experience nature and get away from it all, Jack Pine Stables offers exactly what you are looking for. Jack Pine Stables is a Bed & Breakfast and Vacation Guest Ranch situated along the border of the provincially protected Nisbet forest. This ranch offers over 160 acres of fresh country air, wilderness forests, with miles of marked trails for hiking, trail riding, nature w...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 13, 2002

The Battle of Batoche

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Batoche Church Photo, Prince Albert, Saskatchewan
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This national historic site was home to the Metis people of Saskatchewan and the final and decisive battle of the Northwest Rebellion in 1885. The Metis people, descendants of First Nations (women usually) and French or Scottish traders, led by Louis Riel, set up a provisional government. The federal government in Ottawa was not amused, to say the least. It sent Canadian forces and the RCMP in to put down the 'upstarts.' The resulting battles and eventual loss at Batoche to the Canadian forces set the less-than-productive tone for relations between the Canadian government and the First Nations and Metis peoples. In fact, it was only in 2002 that the Saskatchewan government recognized some of the ...Read More

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girlfromals

girlfromals
Ottawa, Ontario

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