National Historic Sites in Saskatchewan
National historic sites are places of profound importance to Canada. Each site tells its own unique story and illustrates some of our country’s defining moments. They each help to tell the greater story of Canada. There are eight national historic sites in Saskatchewan that are administered by Parks Canada. Here’s an overview of some of Saskatchewan’s larger sites:
Fort Walsh National Historic Site
The brutal Cypress Hills Massacre in 1873 triggered the establishment of the North West Mounted Police (NWMP) to bring law and order to the west. Inspector James Morrow Walsh and officers of “B” troop built the fort upstream from the site of the massacre. Fort Walsh became NWMP headquarters from 1878 to 1883, and was later used (1942-68) to breed horses for the force and the Musical Ride. Take a guided tour of the fort’s buildings, the Fort Walsh town site and two cemeteries.
Fort Battleford National Historic Site
Fort Battleford provides visitors with a glimpse into the role of the North West Mounted Police in Canada’s western frontier. The fort was established in 1876 and abandoned in 1924. Five original buildings remain, four with period furniture.
Batoche National Historic Site
Situated on the banks of the South Saskatchewan River, the village of Batoche marks the position of the last battlefield in the Northwest Resistance of 1885. The site depicts the lifestyles of the Métis of Batoche between 1860 and 1900.
Motherwell Homestead National Historic Site
Located near Abernethy, the Motherwell Homestead depicts the lifestyles, costumes and architecture of the early 20th century. Here, you can get a glimpse of the life and career of pioneer farmer and politician W.R. Motherwell, and his significant influence on the development of scientific agriculture in Western Canada.
To see a list of all of the historic sites in the province, click here.