TRULY A UNIQUE SASKATCHEWAN
it an obsession......I have an interest in Saskatchewan history, I follow a
thing or two, then I focus on an area, start looking at a couple of maps.
Next thing you know, there's a trip planned, a snowmobile trip....like
explorers before us and were armed, were armed with maps, provisions and
were off, this time it's in search of THE LOST HIGHWAY . This is a road that
is long forgotten, in fact, out of Prince Albert there was White Star,
Honeymoon, Samburg then Strong Pine school districts then there was nothing,
nothing until this highway went through....then suddenly school districts
appeared and towns! None of this happened until the very late 20's or early
30's, suddenly all these towns were born, while most every town you can
think of has allready celebrated its centennial anniversary, there is a
bunch of Saskatchewan communities that will not be celebrating there 100th
centennial for another 20 plus years. These town prospered, then disaster
struck, the Lost Highway relied on a ferry crossing on the Saskatchewan
River and in 1959 the ice heaves were so high and massive, the whole
infrastructure was wiped out. This was the end of the Highway that was
responsible for the birth and growth of many Saskatchewan towns. Now it's
our mission to follow the lost highway, find the old ferry crossing, look
for the old trails and enjoy one awesome snowmobile adventure!
We travel for a good couple hours by truck to our proposed drop off site,
it turns out we can unload inside the forest, directly into snow well over our
boots! When we left Saskatoon, the countryside was pretty bare, with snow in
some of the deepest ditches and patches in some stubble fields. Following
several maps we head off in the general direction, that we feel is required to find
this abandoned highway, with in 25 miles we find the crossing! It was an all day
adventure popping out of the forest in the early afternoon for fuel and lunch.
From the tops of some hills I was able to see a range of hills estimated to be
maybe 5 miles away....looks like the ideal place to go on another occasion, for
a BBQ!! Don't tell me this is a good enough reason for another snowmobile trip!
For a clue to the Lost Highway, we discover a section of an late 20's highway