Saturday, July 30, 2022

Batoche battle site

I had a chance to stop at the Batoche settlement and battle site while I was on vacation this summer. Batoche is located about an hour’s drive northwest of Saskatoon.

The site is quite large with a few preserved buildings, including the church where Louis Riel proclaimed his second provisional government and a nearby rectory (with bullet holes from a gatling gun).

There are also a number of recreated rifle pits, a farm house that was burned and rebuilt, a cemetary. You can also walk to the site of the Canadian field camp and the view over the South Saskatchewan river is lovely.

There is an interpretative centre with artefacts. We opted to stay outside due to the pandemic so missed whatever content was here. Overall, a pretty visit with nice interpreters.

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