Tons to see and do East of Regina
I love to travel. Even if I’m going somewhere in Saskatchewan on a short road trip, I’m happy. Although most of Saskatchewan is kinda flat, there is still tons to see and do here, and east of Regina has some amazing scenery – take your camera if you go on this short road trip! Saskatchewan’s beauty is more understated, but the more time you spend here, the more you fall in love with it.
In my travels, I’ve been fortunate to see a lot of interesting sights, and I found some places that you might not know about that are worth the short drive out of the city.
I tried to think of just one thing in Ellisboro that I loved but I couldn’t. I love this tiny hamlet that is tucked into the Qu’Appelle Valley just north of Wolseley (which is directly east of Regina on the number one highway). My grandparents are buried in the picturesque cemetery that’s looking over the river. I wrote a post on the day trip that my family took to Wolseley and Ellisboro last fall, which you can read here.
Ellisboro has a couple of old abandoned buildings that you can check out (stay outside – those floors are probably not exactly engineered for people to walk on them anymore, plus I’m not bailing you out if you get caught trespassing!). One looks to be a house and the other was apparently a school. You can peek inside and see a glimpse into the lives of the people who once lived and learned there. It’s fascinating.
There’s also the old Anglican Church that you can visit. The church is open to tourists, and you can see photos and artifacts from life in the valley, including a lot of war plaques (my grandpa and uncles served in WWII and you can find their names written on plaques in the church).
Ellisboro also has one of the depression era bridges that span the river in the Qu’Appelle Valley. Still in great condition 80 years later, several of the bridges dot the road between Katepwa and Ellisboro. This road is a good condition road, so don’t try traveling it during the winter or after a big rain. It’s a lovely drive on a nice day, though, and worth doing if you have a free afternoon.
Little Church at Lebret
Spring is a beautiful time to visit the Qu’Appelle Valley. If you are lucky you might come across some wild crocus’ that grow among the native grasses. Last summer, Dave and I hiked up to the tiny old church that ‘s overlooking Mission Lake at Lebret. I am ashamed at how much I was huffing and puffing when I got to the top of the hill, but I didn’t pass out, so that’s a success, in my opinion.
The church is part of the Sacred Heart Parish. It was constructed in 1929 and you follow a procession of 14 crosses to get to the chapel. The crosses symbolize the road to Calvary that Christ walked on the day of his crucifixion. The old (now unused) church overlooks the more majestic Sacred Heart Church which is right in the middle of Lebret. Can you imagine how devout the parishioners were to climb that hill every Sunday???
If you don’t want to walk up to the church, it’s still pretty to see it from the bottom of the hill.
North of Balcarres, the Violette School building stands. All alone on the side of the highway, the school is a stone structure that was built in 1819. We don’t have that many buildings that survive for 200 years in Saskatchewan, so this seemed like an accomplishment to me. There is wire surrounding the building, presumably so it doesn’t collapse with the big winds we get here in the prairies. Can you imagine walking to that one room school in the middle of a Saskatchewan winter? You would really have to want to learn in order to make it all that way.
I looked for some information on Violette School but Google failed me. If you know anything about it, leave a comment.
I know I missed a ton of interesting places east of Regina! Feel free to leave a comment so I can continue building my Saskatchewan bucket list!
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