As we continued along the first leg of our journey, we came across Chaplin Lake and the town of Chaplin, Saskatchewan.
Chaplin lake is the second largest saline lake in Canada. It’s a shallow lake, and sodium sulfate is mined from it. Sodium sulfate is used in the manufacture of kraft paper, paperboard, glass, and detergents and as a raw material for the production of various chemicals, including fertilizers.
We’ve passed Chaplin many times in our travels and always noticed this observation tower alongside the highway, but never stopped to check it out. We decided to make the stop this trip and we’re so happy we did!
The gift shop was closed, but It was well worth the walk and the little climb to the platform. The vast amount of white salt in both directions was much more impressive than what can be seen from the highway.
We also learned that Chaplin Lake is an important inland site for migratory birds. There are also 30 species of shore birds native to the area. Apparently birds need salt in their diet, just as we do. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, the nature centre was closed all of 2021.
Once again, I was thankful for retirement, because it allows us to take time to take a closer look at and truly appreciate our environment.
“You are the salt of the earth. But remember that salt is useful when in association, but useless in isolation.”Israelmore Ayivor