It’s our first time venturing into the Cypress Hills and there is a lot to see. From the restored 1908 St. Margaret’s church to a “museum” of fire prevention, to the highest point of land in Canada between the Rocky Mountains and Labrador, to a memorial near the site where the first member of the NWMP was killed in the line of duty.
Campgrounds, backroads, old buildings and maybe even a Geocache or two — it’s all here in Part 2 of our road trip to Moose Jaw.
Lots of memories of watching this video. My parent’s farm was located just north of Elkwater, so I spent a lot of my childhood exploring the Cypress Hills.
1. The one-room school has connections as a lot of my dad’s relatives attended it
2. St. Margrets is a special place. I have volunteered there in the past helping cut grass, painting, and cleaning. And have attended services out there, which still occur throughout the year. The pastor lives behind the church on the hill, the former AB speaker of the house David Carter, who I am good friends with. He was involved in cleaning up/marking the pioneer cemeteries located around the Cypress Hills
3. From the Horshoe Canyon viewpoint you could see my parent’s farm. I remember as a kid in the evening being able to watch headlights at the viewpoint from the farm
4. At Head-of-the-Mountain, in the past the road used to go west connecting to Eagle Butte Road. It was a rough forestry road, and even with a truck, it had some touch-and-go spots along it. I remember riding with my dad along it
5. At the Tom Trott museum, I may have a brochure at home I will try and look for it. I remember as a kid being able to go up the fire lookout ladder
6. The Graburn marker is interesting as well – to the west of the marker just off the main road (down the one hill) is a solitary white marker. That marker on the hillside is the actual location of where his body was found. He is buried at Fort Walsh
I am not sure if you guys had time to check out the survival tree and the bull trail marker in the Cypress Hills. Some other interesting sites and history to keep in mind. Thanks for the video