The Saskatchewan River - Highway Through History

Creator(s): Sam Waller Museum

The "Highway Through History" exhibition recounts the extraordinary importance of the lower Saskatchewan River to the region around The Pas, Manitoba. This iconic river was a vital route for the exploration and industry that opened the territory now known as western Canada. From the time of pre-contact First Nations travel through the fur trade era to the settlement and industrialization of the first half of the 20th century, it was the main transportation artery for people of the area.

This exhibition uses photographs, narratives and the wealth of information in The Pas on travel, trade and the people who settled along the Saskatchewan River to interpret the rich history of the waterway. By incorporating research and information from the oral histories and reminiscences of community members, the presentation brings alive the story of Canada's first "highway system" and its crucial impact on this corner of the country and beyond.

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