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Batoche National Historic Site of Canada
Designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1923, the Batoche NHS of Canada commemorates the Battle of Batoche, taking place over 150 years ago in central Saskatchewan for the Métis Settlement.
The Batoche NHS of Canada is found about halfway between Saskatoon and Prince Alberta in central Saskatchewan, roughly an hour from both cities.
The park is easily accessible via Saskatchewan Highway 11, nestled alongside the South Saskatchewan River just off of SK-225.
Visitor centre hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week from early July through early September. During the spring and fall, park hours are the same but only open Monday through Friday. The park is closed from mid-October to late May.
Attractions & Activities
Travel back in time, all the way back to 1885, when the Métis resistance took on the Northwest Field Force for the settlement of Batoche.
Don’t worry; there won’t be any Canadian forces here this time around, just intriguing history and family fun, spread across this beautiful 2,000-acre prairie.
Perhaps the best way to discover Batoche is by hopping on the Batoche Shuttle, journeying across the battlefield and stopping at pertinent sites like East Village, while also offering spectacular views of the hilly landscape.
For a glimpse into Batoche prairie life, check out the “Journey Through Time” interactive tour, enjoy the dedicated interpreters in head-to-toe period dress, grab some Bannock, and feed the chickens, all in one afternoon.
Even better, visit during Back to Batoche Days, held annually in July, when the whole park will be decked out in period dress celebrating with a week’s worth of festivities. If you won’t be around in July, the park hosts about 10 special events throughout the year, so check the calendar.
Explore the landscape on your accord by hitting the trails; the South Saskatchewan Meander measures in at one and half kilometres and follows the river closely, while the 800-metre Carlton Trail explore areas near the East Village.
Cleary, there’s plenty of ways to get in touch with both history and nature here at Batoche; whether it’s a tour, peaceful hike, visit to the cemetery, hands-on activities at the East Village, or simply a picnic by the river.