What you will Discover…
The very routes traversed over 100 years ago by wagons supplying the illegal whiskey trade, by the U.S. Cavalry as they patrolled the international border, and by the NWMP who brought peace to a troubled west.
Discover the wealth and power of influential merchants IG Baker & TC Power, the dramatic campaigns north and south of the border by military leaders Colonel Miles & Colonel Otter, as well as how the distinguished careers of famous NWMP like James Macleod & James Morrow Walsh helped change the course of history.
Retrace the lives of Sitting Bull and the Lakota as they fled from the United States after the Battle of The Little Bighorn, Chief Crowfoot as he led the mighty Blackfoot Confederacy through the negotiation of Treaty #7, and the triumph and tragedy of the Cree & Métis as they struggled for recognition during the 1885 conflict.
Our Natural Beauty…
The trail also encompasses a unique part of the continent with natural beauty that can be found no where else. Fort Assinniboine and Fort Benton are located in the Russell Country Region of Montana. This rugged area is home to the vast Missouri river, mountain ranges, and valleys that date back to the prehistoric age.
Southern Alberta, home to Fort Calgary, Fort Whoop and Fort Macleod is rich in fossils, farm land, and the beauty of the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.
Fort Walsh is located in the Cypress Hills Inter-Provincial Park that spans the Alberta-Saskatchewan border. This rise sits approx. 600m above sea level and is the highest point in Canada between the Rocky Mountains and Labrador. Fort Battleford lies along the historic North Saskatchewan river in the Battlefords, while Wood Mountain Post is placed in the midst of ranch land and wild prairie grasslands.