Day trip: Saskatoon to Fort Carlton Provincial Park
A day trip to Fort Carlton Provincial Park from Saskatoon is a perfect way to spend some time with your family in a fascinating and beautifully managed historical site. The itinerary will give you the information you need to plan and execute a day of family adventures.
Go back in time to one of the most intriguing points in Canadian history. The original Fort Carlton – an important hub for the Hudson’s Bay Company and negotiation site for Treaty Six – burned down during the Northwest Resistance of 1885, but has since been reconstructed to give visitors a taste of the past.
The park features a reconstructed palisade, fur and provisions store, trade store, clerk’s quarters and tipi encampment. With interpretive staff on hand, immerse yourself in a historical place that will show you and your family a new side of Saskatchewan history.
On the way back, stop in at the Duck Lake Regional Interpretive Centre in Duck Lake to discover more about life in the area for settlers and Métis, including a boardwalk with 1900-era storefronts, as well as displays and information about the North West Resistance.
On the way back to Saskatoon, stop in at the Station Arts Centre in Rosthern and have a snack in the spacious tea room, which is situated among greenery and works of art. After a bite and some time perusing the gallery, pack everyone in the car and arrive in Saskatoon by supper. You’ll be amazed at how much you experienced with your family in just one day.
8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. – Breakfast at Hometown Diner in Saskatoon
9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. – Drive to Fort Carlton Provincial Park
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. – Explore the past with the interpretive staff inside the fort
12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Picnic lunch in Fort Carlton Provincial Park (food packed prior to leaving)
1:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. – Drive to Duck Lake
2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. – Duck Lake Regional Interpretive Centre
3:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. – Drive to Rosthern
3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. – Station Arts Centre Tea Room
4:15 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. – Drive back to Saskatoon