Blog - 5 Places to visit in Northern Saskatchewan

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Saskatchewan is amazing and we'll show you why.

 

1. WANUSKEWIN HERITAGE PARK

Wanuskewin Heritage Park is a national historic site. A Northern Plains Indians cultural interpretive centre located 5 kms north of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. It is a beautiful unspoiled natural prairie landscape with 360 acres of scenic trails, interpretive sites, archeological digs, fauna, flora and herbs.

The Wanuskewin area contains some of the most exciting archaeological finds in North America. To date there are 19 pre-contact sites to be found within the valley and two historic sites making this region the longest running active archaeological site in Canada. Some are 5,000 to 6,000 years old and within walking distance of one another.

For more than 6,000 years people have gathered at this place. The nomadic tribes who roamed the Northern Plains came to hunt bison, gather food and herbs, and to find shelter from the winter winds. Some of the sites uncovered date back thousands of years. Wanuskewin is also the site of an arrangement of boulders called a medicine wheel, of which fewer than 100 remain on the northern plains.

Queen Elizabeth II officially declared a National Heritage Site here in 1987, unveiling a commemorative plaque and recognizing the unique nature of this site and its great scientific importance.

  • Point 1
  • Point 2
  • Point 3

 

 

2. THE LIGHTHOUSE

Approval for the project was received in March of 1989. Don Pirot, who owned the land at the time, asked that the site be named Pirot Hill.

Cochin is home to the only lighthouse in Saskatchewan. 

This working lighthouse at the top of Pirot's Hill on the north end of the village is a popular tourist attraction and beacon for boaters in the summer and people on skidoos in the winter. 

Visitors must climb the 158 steps to reach the top of the hill where the 11.5 metre high lighthouse stands over spectacular views of both Murray and Jackfish lakes, the townsite and the expanse of prairie farmland.

The view from the top of Pirot hill is well worth the climb anytime but one cannot beat the amazing view is the early day to take advantage of the sunrise over Murray Lake or late in the day to see the setting sun over Jackfish Lake. A visit here is sure to please the senses and demonstrate why Saskatchewan calls itself Living Sky Country

Tom Archdekin, the first Mayor of Cochin, initiated construction of the lighthouse as a tourism project in 1988. On November 23, 1988, a committee was formed to plan the prairie structure. It was enthusiastically supported by the Village Council, the Provincial Community Tourism Assistance Program, and the Pirot family. Approval for the project was received in March of 1989. Don Pirot, who owned the land at the time, asked that the site be named Pirot Hill.

It was through the collective effort of the community's local residents, particularly Glen Mackrell from Battleford, that the magnificent structure and staircase became the only lighthouse to be found in Saskatchewan

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