The Cree and Saulteaux signed Treaty No 4 at this site in 1874, and a year later a NORTH-WEST MOUNTED POLICE outpost was established near the present townsite. In 1881 Chief SITTING BULL and a party of Sioux warriors travelled to Fort Qu'Appelle to secure provisions and negotiate with Supt James WALSH. The fort was chosen by General MIDDLETON as a temporary headquarters and base of operations for his troops on the way to BATOCHE during the NORTHWEST REBELLION of 1885.
Though it lost out to Regina in a bid to succeed BATTLEFORD as the territorial capital in 1882, the town has prospered through the exploitation of its considerable recreational potential and benefited from the mixed farming that predominates in the area.
Author GARTH PUGH
Links to Other Sites
The website for the Town of Fort Qu'Appelle. Check out the multimedia features about local history and attractions.
Main Street, Saskatchewan
Take a stroll down Main Street, Saskatchewan. This extensive compilation of photographs and other archival material highlights more than a century of Saskatchewan history. Search the Saskatchewan Archival Information Network or browse the Virtual Displays and the Town List. Produced by the Saskatchewan Council for Archives and Archivists.
Take a virtual tour of Qu'Appelle Valley to explore the fascinating wildlife and geological history of this picturesque region in southern Saskatchewan. Also provides clear explanations of basic ecological and geological concepts related to the natural features of this area. From the University of Regina.