Monday, June 08, 2009

Hat to the Park Virtual Trip

Hi Martston


report # 24  985 kms  Old Wives Lake Saskatchewan


If you like watching birds, then this is the place for you.  Thousands upon tens of thousands of them migrate through here so it was designated as one of the most important in-land sites for migratory bird in 1997. Snow geese, Blue herons, Great White pelicans, as well as the usual ducks and Canada geese fill the sky in spring and fall. It was reported that the meat and fowl merchants used to come back to their stores from here in the 1900's with their wagons loaded with geese

While the lake is huge ( 70 kms shore line)  it’s relatively shallow and in some years you have trouble finding water at all. When it is there the winds whip up large waves and so nothing grows in or around the lake except grass and algae.

I can see a small beach on the end of the lake but because the water is brackish locals say not much use is made of it.

The name came from an old native legend that tells of a band of Cree who chased buffalo on the traditional Blackfeet territory. They camped for the night but were spotted and by morning they were surrounded.  The old women took to the Lake to avoid capture but drowned.  You know it seems to me I have never heard a native legend that ended happily?  They really ought to have a talk with their scriptwriters.  The difference in temperature over the water as opposed to the temperature over the sand and grass is a cause for cloud formation and great storms.  You tube has several tornado videos if you search for Storm watch Saskatchewan.


Over at Mossbank, August 2 to the 4 th, they celebrate the meeting of the North west Mounted Police and the first Nations People here in 1874. If it wasn't still snowing and raining out here I would go over and see the place. Maybe I should go any how, it may be warmer over there,


Cheers for now


Doug G

Thanks Doug


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