Sunday Sunshine: Alberta Badlands

view of the Red Deer River north of Drumheller, AB
View of the Red Deer River north of Drumheller, AB on an October (2016) weekend. We were too late in the season to visit the Atlas Coal Mine National Historic Site. And, a spur-of-the-moment visit to the Wayne’s Last Chance Saloon was a bust, too: the tables were either full or reserved. No big deal though, because there’s always next time. In the meantime, there were the views…

All photos, except where noted, copyright D. MacLeod. All rights reserved.

Sunday Sunshine: Jackfish Lake, SK

Jackfish Lake, SK
View of Jackfish Lake from the lighthouse hill, Cochin, SK

The Cochin Lighthouse is, not surprisingly, the only one of its kind in Saskatchewan and offers spectacular views of Jackfish Lake and neighbouring Murray Lake. It sits atop a hill in the resort village of Cochin, about half an hour north of The Battlefords. Cochin, named after missionary Father Louis Cochin O.M.I., was originally settled as a Métis community, and Métis people continue to live in the area, today.

Also nearby are the Saulteaux and the Moosomin First Nations, both of which are Treaty 6 signatories. The Saulteaux are an Ojibway-speaking band whose forebears made their way to Saskatchewan from the northern United States via the northern Great Lakes. The group traveled west with the expansion of the fur trade. Land near Battleford was allocated for the Moosomin First Nation in 1881, but after the CNR main line was constructed through the reserve in 1903, the Moosomin were forced to surrender their land and relocate to the Cochin area.

To read more about the area’s history and attractions, click here.

All photos, except where noted, copyright D. MacLeod. All rights reserved.