Saturday, August 25, 2012

Road Trip, Part 1 - Willow Bunch and St. Victor

On Sunday, August 12th, we left Avonlea and headed south.  We wanted to stop at the Big Muddy, near Coronach, but we found out that most of the things to see are on private property so the best way to see anything is to book a tour of the Big Muddy.  Good to know.

So, we headed off to Willow Bunch to visit their museum.  We'd heard it was a good little museum so we figured we'd have a look.

We started off in the most popular gallery about the renowned giant from Willow Bunch, Édouard Beaupré.  He was born in 1881, the eldest of 20 children.  At the age of four, he began to grow more than normal.  By age 9, he was 6 feet tall and by the time he was 21 years old, he was 8 feet 2.5 inches.  He was an excellent horseman and initially wanted to do that for his living.  However, he decided to go on the road and became a star of the Barnum and Bailey Circus.  In 1902, he contracted tuberculosis and in 1904, he died in St. Louis where he was to perform at the St. Louis World's Fair.

Derwin and the Willow Bunch Giant:  8' 3" compared to 6' 4"

Bison Hair Coat

Kirsi and Aidan in front of a replication of a tipi

Here is what the poles in the tipi represent.

After visiting the museum, we headed to St. Victor to see the petroglyphs carved into the sandstone outcropping.  The carvings are of bear paw, human footprints, animal tracks and human faces.  First we stopped for a picnic lunch.

Coulee at St. Victor


Bird house on a fence post

On our way to see the Petroglyphs

It was quite difficult to see the petroglyphs since they are carved on a horizontal surface and because we were there in the middle of the day.  But we did see a couple:

A view of the surrounding area:

One of the few remaining grain elevators.  Such a symbol of southern Saskatchewan.

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