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There are nearly 50 destinations designated as "National Historic Sites" within Saskatchewan. For history buffs, that means that no matter where you roam within the province, you are likely to find marvels illuminating its fascinating past.
Start by taking a Heritage Walking Tour into Wanuskewin. The village park provides an insight into the First Nations peoples who have inhabited the area for more than 6,000 years. From there, visit Central region sites commemorating the North-West Rebellion, such as Batoche and Fort Battleford.
Moving north, the Prince Albert Town Hall and Opera House, built in 1893, welcomes guests to its doors daily as the city's arts center -- it is one of the oldest surviving "prairie" town halls. From there, journey to the shores of the Churchill River, to see the oldest building in Saskatchewan: Holy Trinity Anglican Church.
Esterhazy Flour Mill explores the province's milling history, while Gravelbourg's ecclesiastical buildings are a highlight for any architecture aficionado. Fort Walsh reveals North-West Mounted Police post tales and the fort's role in the Cypress Hills massacre. In Regina, tour the 1891 Government House Museum, the restored one-time home of the Lieutenant Governor of the North-West Territories.
Established in 1872, the Batoche National Historic Site of Canada preserves the integral sites relating to the Battle of Batoche of the late 19th century. The site is located in central Saskatchewan near the city of Rosthern, only an hour from Prince Alberta and Saskatoon.
The park houses several must-see sites, including five original Métis settlement buildings and structures, and a cemetery. Visit the site and take in the history; the Batoche Shuttle is a convenient way to explore the site in the summer, and events like Kidfest are especially unique.
Constructed in 1876, Fort Battleford National Historic Site commemorates the site of the North-West Rebellion and Resistance dating back to 1885. The site is found on the far west side of Saskatchewan, and just a quick drive from Saskatoon.
The park is one of six North-West Mounted Police forts throughout the SK prairies. Visitors will surely enjoy exploring the restored buildings and structures via the Self-Guided Audio Tour. Be sure to visit during Fort Fest, or put on a brave face and check out a lantern-lit ghost walk after dark.
Make the most of your next visit to Saskatchewan. Head for the southwestern corner of the province and check out Fort Walsh National Historic Site in Maple Creek. The drive in from Swift Current is quick, and the blend of history and scenery is one of a kind at Fort Walsh NHS.
Originally a trading post in 1873, Fort Walsh became the North-West Mounted Police Headquarters by 1878. Today, Fort Walsh NHS is a popular destination for locals and visitors alike. Though it's closed during the winter, Fort Walsh is an excellent choice throughout the rest of the year. Enjoy tours, re-enactments, and loads of history.