nice campground. Lots of trees, but the sites are on the small
side. Not designed for 40 foot motorhome/5th wheel.
sites are a little close to each other, but still private. We are
number 75 with water and power (30 Amp) for 2 days.
to wash the windshield.
view of the campground.
one is for my brother Rolland.
we went downtown Saskatoon to walk the parks and see the Jazz Festival.
are lucky because a free show starts as we get there.
young man just started walking on a cargo strap 5 days ago, he was
view of the South Saskatchewan River that goes thrue Saskatoon.
sides of the river are covered with park, very well laid out.
of the bridges that cross the river.
pictures of the park, don't forget we are right downtown.
are even fire pit in the park !!!
found Saskatoon to be a very relaxed town. Very green with all
trees and parks.
will come back for a longer stay.
Friday July 2, 2010
We are visiting the second "Saskatchewan Western Development Museum" in
museum is all inside, pretty nice!
the beginning you watch a movie showing you how it was when the early
settlers came to western Canada.
view of the street.
you know, I love general stores!
nice, but my pictures did not turn out good.
at the train station.
The best part was a farmer's tractor was the same size as
but the tractor picture did not turn out!
of the first houses build in the prairies were made of dirt like this
on, lots of houses we ordered from Sears or Eaton.
you could order your house from a catalog.
chair with horns!! This one at the Barber shop.
we got out of the museum, it started to rain, it got worse, to the
point of not seeing too much.
found this pretty special, a geyser from a man hole cover!
storm system got overtaxed...
course lot a strong winds.
more pictures of the campground.
were lots of those hanging baskets in the entrance of the campground,
I have told you earlier, Saskatoon and most of Saskatchewan got lots of
are the results.
we only had the site for 2 days, we had to move to the
overflow for one night and hopefully get back in for a few more days.
we return to the main campground...
Thursday July 3, 2010
sign at the entrance of the campground.
would recommend this campground without hesitation, but make sure
you make reservation first.
78, our new home.
this site we can get satellite TV.
day today. Just a visit to the Saskatoon farmer's market.
were very surprised at the high cost of everything.
trees that I found pretty close to the campground.
Sunday July 4, 2010
day ahead of us!
have read lots material about the Metis Louis Riel, Gabriel Dumont and
the Rebellion of 1885.
had to go at Batoche National Historical Site. This is
Riel and Gabriel Dumont lived and fought the Canadian military.
flag next to the Canadian Flag is the Metis flag.
is some information about Batoche.
was deserted after the rebellion because the railroad went to the north
only buildings that are left are the Church and the Rectory.
church is still used today, mostly for wedding and funerals.
rectory also served as a post office, a school and many other things.
nice kitchen in the rectory.
I mentioned before, the rectory was also the post office. Most
of the farmers did not know how to read and write, many times it was
the priest who read and wrote the replies for the farmers.
found this door hinge very interesting. It was the first time I
saw one like this one.
Gabriel Dumont is buried.
small lunch before we continue.
our way from Batoche to Fort Carlton, Michèle was nice enough to me to
offer me a cruise on the Saskatchewan south.
did not spare the expenses, free!
taking a picture of me...
... and me of her!
5 minutes later the cruise was over!
We are on some back road on our
way to Fort Carlton.
fort was not a military fort, but one that belonged to the Hudson Bay
the fort, the building behind the flag pole is the warehouse for the
each building there was a guide.
of furs and the guide was very knowledgeable and interesting.
about 200 years, the demand for fur in England was what drove the
economy of Canada, or Ruppert's land as it was known back then.
I mentioned earlier, the stoves really fascinates me.
one was from Scotland and used peat moss for fuel, but when it was
used in Canada, with wood as fuel, the fire was much hotter and the
stove had a tendency to crack.
good thing about this stove was that when dis-assemble, it was all in
plates, easy to transport.
Again, the guide was excellent. In the
store, price were based on a beaver fur. A gun cost 5 beaver furs.
of the goods transported to the fort came in wooden barrel, easy to
move, waterproof and very strong.
the end of our visit, we could see some bad weather coming our way.
course, a little walk around the walls.
in the motorhome, a good meal, a raclette...
few days ago we purchased a small raclette for two. Time to try
was spoiled today. A nice lunch, a cruise and a great meal...
now I know why, today is our 29 th wedding anniversary.
still in love!
It was a big day today...
Thursday July 5, 2010
we are going to Manitou Beach. A small village with a thermal
source and a spa.
our way out of the campground, we noticed those big garbage cans. Humm!
giant garbage can are located at the end of the street. The
people living on that street take their garbage to this big garbage
can. The garbage truck comes and it has a kind of big clamp that
grabs the garbage can and dumps it in the truck.
Pretty neat idea.
our way to Manitou Beach there is this big mine with lots of tailings.
I think this is a potash mine.
to the mine, we can see over one hundred cars waiting (more than 10 km
you may or may not know, each provinces have a road designated as a
"Veterans Memorial Highway".
very good idea and a good way of recognizing our veterans.
about an hour's drive we got to Manitou Beach.
lake is supposed to have a salt density that allows you to float.
know I mentioned this before, but with all the rain we got this year in
Well here are the results!
that is close to the water is flooded.
pretty small beach at this time with such a high water level.
weather is not nice, so I decided not to go for a swim.
went out of the village from the west end.
road is almost flooded.
after we left Manitou Beach, we looked behind us to see this big stormy
cloud over Manitou Beach.
has rained so much in the past weeks, some of the roads are closed.
Tuesday July 6, 2010
our way to Moose Jaw!
have decided to take the back roads.
Hummm, Real small back roads.
part of the back roads were in pretty bad shape.
first construction encounter.
dust control, they use a water truck, great, but it makes a mess of the
motorhome and the car.
love this cloud.
it look like cartoon character with his fist raised?
get to see all kinds of town names... Eyebrow?
had to stop for lunch there.
campground in Moose Jaw, Prairie Oasis.
choice to travel on the back roads is a sound one, but not in the
field is a field is a field!
July 7, 2010
Another relax day.
We even got a good
thunder storm this afternoon.
We are pretty well stacked up, but since we are next to the
TransCanada highway, we can expect that, mostly overnighter campers.
is very quiet, the staff are very good for looking after you.
are located just on the other side of the information center.
love to go out and take pictures just for fun.
the evening, I went out and took a few pictures of the evening prairie
of Moose Jaw's tunnels.
were not too sure on what to expect.
reception area is very nice looking.
There are two tours of the tunnels. One on the Chinese' life in
1800 early 1900's.
other tour is about Al Capone.
first one we did was the Chinese one. Sorry to tell you, but no
Here is the entrance on the Chinese tour. Let
me give you some explanation on the tours.
Chinese tunnels was very surprising. The visitors were playing
role of the emigrant Chinese who just arrived and our "employer greets"
us. The guide also plays the role of the wife or our
employer. She is
good, she makes us feel lower the human being, just like it was back
So interesting, if you drive by Moose Jaw, you must stop and do this
second tour takes us to the time of the prohibition in the United
Al Capone, the famous gangster from Chicago did come to Moose Jaw every
now and then. Mostly when thing got to hot in Chicago for
Jaw was his "brewery" for the Chicago underground. We were even
surprised by an attack in the tunnels, boy those gun sounds loud!
tours takes about 45 minutes and they are worth it.
the tours, we took a walk around town to see the murals. Here are
some of them.
to the campground and a relaxed evening...
Friday July 9, 2010
Corner gas... I love that show, so I had to go and see this place.
Corner Gas is actually in Rouleau, Saskatchewan, close to Moose Jaw.
only reason we took this picture is for Benoit, our son. He spent
3 months in Weyburn when he was in Katimavik.
We did not go to
see all kinds of surprising things in the prairies.
A train of... locomotives!
we are in Rouleau, a very very small village.
is where Corner Gas took place.
The name of the town in Corner Gas is Dog River.
is the hotel.
house is not part of Corner Gas, but it is so crooked I had to take a
picture of it.
hour and a half later we are back in Moose Jaw. Michèle does a
little shopping and I just watch cars go by...
is the bus that takes you around town on a tour.
found this painting funny...
in the park.
a stroll around the park and the most interesting thing was the little
of the murals, the 30's.
Back at the campground, I decide to visit the 3rd Saskatchewan
stayed at the campground. This museum is about
you right now, no pictures of airplanes or tractors. Seen enough.
some of the stuff that took interest for me...
this travel trailer, built between 1946 a 1948 in the backyard of
an aircraft mechanic.
1953 the family decided to move to Canada and
they used the trailer has a container to move stuff to Canada.
used until 1979. Since
then it has been the museum.
know, here is an aircraft. The scene represents an aircraft
a boat with fishermen getting ready for a trip, just like northern
good day today.
Saturday July 10, 2010
day of cleaning and re-arranging stuff, inside/outside.
noticed the little baby Robbyn. Had to take a few pictures. Here are a
few of the best.
was a big day!
Sunday July 11, 2010
time is done in Moose Jaw. Time to move on, Brandon, Manitoba,
the way out of the campground.
is very flat.
go by Regina.
now and then, we see a house in the middle of nowhere and wonder what
stories it must have to tell.
to take a picture of the Saskatchewan/Manitoba border. Denis
getting ready for
here we come!
west, Saskatchewan is now behind us.
decide to drive the motorhome. She is better than me!
West Manitoba is as flat as Saskatchewan!
spent the night at a Wamart in Brandon, Manitoba.
are not alone, 5 or 6 other "campers" are with us.
we will be in Winnipeg!
July 12, 2010
nice roads with very little construction so far.
are sitting as high as the truck driver. We get to see some
stuff, like this co-driver.
stopped for lunch at this little rest area in the middle of nowhere,
just 30 seconds, the car was covered. However, as soon as we get
on the highway it blows off, almost all of it.
we got to Winnipeg, we took the highway that goes around Winnipeg.
This way no driving of the motorhome in the city.
campground does not have internet.
No problems, I installed our
satellite dish and we got.... nothing!
if I have installed this internet dish two or three times, I must have
because this time I followed the instructions and got nowhere.
a while, I stop following instruction and did what made senses and it
all worked out.
We got internet.
Life is good!
easy day driving.
Tuesday July 13, 2010
Humm! No pictures today, what has happened?
a day to catch up on stuff and plain relaxation.
Wednesday July 14, 2010
Our site is the 203.
Nice and level, but as you
can see, this is for the travelers.
night we had some wicked rain. Here are the results.
breakfast, we visited the Royal Canadian Mint.
real neat little road...
mint does not print paper money, just coins, but also coins for lots of
guide told us that the Royal Canadian Mint is in the top three mints in
the world for quality.
also made the medals for the Vancouver's Olympics.
medal is unique and is part of a big puzzle.
to add to that!
Royal Canadian Mint has done a lot of "first" with coins, like our 25
coins coming soon?
gold bar weights 28 pounds (12.7 KG) and was worth about $450,00 in
pictures were allowed during the tour. Security reasons.
think about this one, who would want to steal a pallet of $1 coins?
lunch we went to "The Fork". This is where things happen and a
is a very nice city. I am always surprised at how much "green"
there is in the prairies cities.
part of the city is called St-Vital, we can see how they take pride in
of small business have painting on their building walls...
city has many parking lots available for tourists for free, up to 3
hours. What a very good idea!
top it off, they also have 4 city bus route free. What a nice way
reducing traffic and allowing visitors to view the city.
think it is very forward thinking from the city.
know I mentioned it before, but with all the rain we had in the
prairies, well this is the fourth time they closed the riverbank trails
this summer. A very rare occurrence and the water has dropped.
Fork" is where the Assiniboine and the Red rivers meet. A very
important trading post was here in the 1800's.
have done a tour of the city with the free bus just to get ourselves
oriented. The information center in Winnipeg is excellent. Almost
too good, they give you so much information it is unreal.
little walk and back to the motorhome.
Tuesday July 15, 2010
Fort Garry. Let's visit!
information about the latest history of this fort...
even got a guided tour in French. Our guide is Metis, she spokes
but had not done a French tour for the passe few weeks. She was a
little rusty, but still very good. Her accent resembles a little
the Acadian accent.
was just the guide and us two.
Lower Fort Garry is actually a Hudson's Bay company Fort.
was built in a military fashion because the plans already existed.
if this was not a military fort, it was used by military soldiers
during the unrest and the Rebellion of 1885. No battle took place
here, so the soldiers had it very good. They actually got bored
engraved their name in the limestone blocks at the entrance of the fort.
general store, trading post, employment center and many other title at
the actors that were present in each building, it was very interesting
because they were telling us who they were and what was life all about
during that time. I strongly recommend a visit at Lower Fort
may remember, I was telling you about a stove that was easy to
assemble and dis-assemble for travel?
Well here it is,
have to know that nothing was manufactured in Canada in those
Everything came from Europe. They actually were not allowed to
manufacture anythings in Canada in those years. That way the jobs
was the slow time in Canada in the 1800's. Therefore, to pass the
time, you did things just for the fun of it.
nice view inside the walls of the fort.
have to explain the picture below. You notice that the glasses
bars are not lining up. This building started as a warehouse, then
became a jail. They even had cells under the building, right in
dirt, but the building started to sink in one corner and the walls
started to droop. They fixed the window, but not the bars.
building was used as a Psychiatric asylum for a few years.
this fort was built in the military fashion, it had an Arrow slit.
During an attack, if no archer was using the arrow slit they would
place a rock to block the slit and slide the piece of wood to hold the
rock in place.
Of course the "Big Guy" who ran the fort had the nicest, biggest house
Just like the military, ranks has its privileges.
know, I know, I love old stoves, but I cannot have a picture of all of
them, but a few is OK.
stove that heats two rooms at the same time!
Very pretty stove, but nobody could tell me anythings about the purpose
of the stove, other than heat.
out there knows anything about this stove (or any of the stoves on the
in the 1800's, the rich people had the nice stuff.
The box is more
beautiful than the actual cutlery.
Of the entire house, one door was very low!
view of the "village" outside the walls.
really recommend a visit to this site.
Lower Fort Garry, we continued to Gimly, a little resort town on the
shore of Lake Winnipeg.
Fisher's Wharf. A nice wharf with very nice painting of local
was a training center for the military many years ago so, there had to
be at least one
painting of the military.
artist at work.
picture is for our friend Robbyn. She always gave us frogs as
gift. Long story behind this one.
Winnipeg is a very big lake.
The northern part is deeper, but the
southern end is shallower and with all the rain, it made the water
taking a picture of...
whole village is using the "seashore" themes and it looks very good!