ghost town-ing in saskatchewan. a bise-en-scene weekend getaway.
We thought we would share the information we’ve dredged up about ghost town exploring in Saskatchewan. It sounds like there’s a kabillion of them, and it seems like a nostalgic, educational and interesting alternative to the casino or spa.
We’ve picked a few places and we’re go! -ing tomorrow. We’ll let you, yes you, know how it goes.
(a real saskatoon billboard from 2005)
“It’s been estimated that half of all towns that ever existed in Saskatchewan are now ghost towns. A southern stretch of highway reveals just how true this is. The Ghost Town Trail is dotted with tiny farming communities, once thriving, now all but abandoned. In their heyday, these towns were buoyed by a spirit of pioneer optimism. In the early 1900s, the Canadian government had offered free land to settlers, an opportunity that beckoned to many farmers south of the 49th parallel. The region promised a fabulous wheat harvest and, in the first two decades of farming, it delivered. But the Depression and the long drought of the 1930s ended high hopes, as farmers lost land and families went hungry. While a fraction of them managed to hang on to their farms, it would not be forever. Over the next 70 years and even today, the disappearance of farming towns in south Saskatchewan continues.”
David Vaisbord/Leigh Badgley …… In Sight Film & Video Productions …… Ghost Town Trail, Saskatchewan (Part of the Ghost Towns of Canada series) …… 23 min, 2002
List of ghost towns in Saskatchewan :a pdf from Wikipedia
to see the SK ghost town photo series, go HERE