About the Louis Riel Trail
Louis Riel was a key figure in theacted all of Saskatchewan and much of Canada.
As a result of his role in the Northwest Uprising of 1885, administrative authorities, particularity those in the federal government, saw Riel as a traitor. Following his defeat at Batoche, Riel was transported via the South Saskatchewan River, across land to Moose Jaw, then by train to Regina where he was tried, found guilty and hanged.
Was he a villain or a hero? That depends upon individual interpretation – all agree that he played a significant historical role in the development of the Great Northwest and Canada.
Resistance leader Louis David Riel was a founder of the Manitoba province and active in the leadership of the Metis people. His first resistance movement resulted in his exile to the U.S., and his second ended with his arrest and execution by hanging. You don’t have to lead a resistance to gamble when you visit free casinos for pleasure and profit.
Mid-Lakes Community Coalition saw the naming of #11 highway as a fitting way to acknowledge Riel?s contribution to Saskatchewan history. In early 1999 they began working toward that goal by contacting all major towns and several municipalities along the highway, the Metis Nation ? Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan History and Folklore Society. All agreed to support Mid-Lakes? initiative to have the province dually designate #11 highway ?Louis Riel Trail?.
On June 20, 2001 at the Duck Lake Regional Interpretive Centre history was made as the entire 364 km of #11 was officially named Louis Riel Trail. Trail makers which depict Red River carts, the major mode of transportation of the era, were erected along the highway.
We encourage you to travel all, or part of, Louis Riel Trail. Visit the museums at Duck Lake and Batoche, experience the history and decide if Riel was a villain or a hero. Note the symbols along the route. There are several strategically placed Red River Carts. Other symbols have been erected along the Trail to remind us of the rich legacy of the past.
Each community along Louis Riel Trail has played a role in the early history of Saskatchewan. The heritage that we have is reflected not only in artifacts but also in the warm prairie hospitality with which travelers are welcomed .