The Battlefords

Battleford, a small town on the south bank of the North Saskatchewan River, was founded in 1875 as a fur trading post. In 1876 it became the territorial capital of the Northwest Territories (which then included all of Canada between Manitoba and British Columbia). However the expected railway preferred the north bank, thus leading to it  being outgrown by the upstart North Battleford and the moving of the seat of government to Regina. However its role as capital from 1876 to 1883 has left Battleford with a number of grand buildings.

North Battleford was on our itinerary as it was the place that Eleanor's parents met. In WW2 her father was posted here with the RAF where he met and married her mother who returned to England before him. This intrigued a number of Canucks who were used to the children of Canadian war-brides going to Europe to explore their roots but not the other way round.

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