Lake is a get away, just minutes from Dundurn. A man-made lake,
nine miles long, ½ mile wide, and up to 30 feet deep, Blackstrap
Lake is home to the townsites of Thode and Shields, the Blackstrap Provincial
Park, Knights of Columbus camp, and Cedar
Lodge. Blackstrap Lake was created
in 1967 as a water reservoir for agricultural, industrial, and recreational
use to the areas south-west of Saskatoon.
Blackstrap is an excellent location for
fishing and sailing/boating. If you are a fisherman, you can find perch,
walleye, pike and white fish
Located just 5 minutes east of Dundurn is Blackstrap Provincial Park, nestled
along the east side of Blackstrap Lake.
The park is home to beaches, picnic sites, 50 camping sites, and the Blackstrap
Mount Blackstrap was built in 1969/70 for
the 1971 Canada Winter Games that were awarded to Saskatoon. The mountain
acres and has
hundred foot vertical rise. The length of the main run is 1,400 feet and
the length of the ski jump is 50 feet. Mount Blackstrap is a skier’s
haven and a training ground for many athletes.
To visit the Blackstrap Provincial Park site, click here.
Hidden Treasures by M.L. Whittles
The Wilson Museum can been seen from Highway #11 on the outskirts of the
Town of Dundurn. I would encourage you to take the time this summer to stop
in and take a look around. The museum is housed in three buildings, the Woodview
School built in 1940; an authentic 1903 farmhouse and the new museum building
which are filled with a multitude of fascinating artifacts.
A privately owned museum prior to 1990, Robert and Maxine Wilson generously
donated the buildings and more than 4000 artifacts. The museum was incorporated
some years back and is governed by a local volunteer Board of Directors who
are reponsible for receiving and preserving the collection. Over the past
ten years the museum has doubled the amount of artifacts on display.
The museum has several larger machine pieces on display; a hospital area
which includes an iron lung and dentist's chair; a taxidermy corner; a wire
collection; military base display; and Native dance costumes from the Whitecap
Dakota Sioux First Nations.
THe Wilson museum's claim to fame is a full length cap made from the heart
feathers (whitish feather with black dot) of approximatley 4,000 Prairie
Chickens. The artist, Mrs. Dan Kohles, began the cape in North Dakota and
completed it in the Dundurn-Beaver Creek area. All work, including the
taxidermy on the six heads and wings, thich form part of this cape, was
completed by Mrs. Kohles. The cape was donated to the Wilson Museum by
Vi Leroi of rural Saskatoon.
Between Victoria Day and Labour Day, volunteers accomodate school groups
of up to 110 students at a time, putting on displays of rope making, old
style laundry, playing games, allowing the students to participate in a petting
zoo and taking horse and carriage rides. There is no government funding for
the museum but through raffles, private donations and working the Saskatoon
bingo, the fund-raising committee has been able to keep the museum alive
The museum relies on volunteers in all aspects of its operation, from repairs
of artifacts, maintaining the museum grounds, setting up displays, acting
as a tour guides, funding and anything and everything that is required.
The Wilson Museum, together with Communities in Bloom and the Community
Promotion COmmittee, two other volunteer organizations in Dundurn, recenlty
joined forces to promote the Louis Riel Trail (Highway #11). On May 28, 2004,
the residents of Dundurn welcomed visitors to join in their celebration of
Don Wilkin's Horse and Red River Cart, which is proudly on display at the
entrance of their community. The event featured guest speakers, entertainment,
a tour of the museum and supper.
Louis Riel Trail
Dundurn is situated on Highway #11 which from from Regina to Prince Albert
has been named the Louis Riel Trail.