Battleford, SK (population 4465) is a town in West-Central Saskatchewan that sits just across the North Saskatchewan River from the city of North Battleford, SK.

Founded in 1875 as a fur trading post, and the first established Northwest Mounted Police Post, Battleford is the oldest community in Saskatchewan.

The North Saskatchewan River is one of two major Canadian waterways named for our province. Crossing the bridge between The Battlefords always gives a me the feeling of stepping back in time. It takes me to the time when the province of Saskatchewan didn’t yet exist, but was instead, a part of the vast Northwest Territories and Battleford was the Capital.

North Saskatchewan River

Rich in Canadian history, there are some interesting places to visit in Battleford, inclusive of the Fort Battleford National Historic Site and the remaining foundation of the original government house. Hubs and I had visited these places in the past, so for this road trip, we just took a wee bit of a stretch in North Battleford and then carried on our way.

“It would seem I wouldn’t have written anything if I weren’t influenced by Canada’s history, its weather, the landscape, and its stories.”

Anne McDonald