Frog Lake Historical Site

This weekend I went to Frog Lake to see the memorial site and interpretive trail for the Frog Lake Massacre that happened on April 2, 1885. I read the stone cairn, and the eight gravestones and then accidentally found the cache when I wasn’t looking for it. I was surprised when I opened it to sign the log book. Out came a pair of red and white earrings. When I walked toward the trail, it started to thunder. The trail is 340 m long and lined with wild roses. I could smell them as I walked all along the gravel path.

 

The signs along the trail provide information about the history of Frog Lake and the North-West Rebellion. They include black and white photographs, old maps, and drawings. Along the way, there are a few wooden benches you can sit on to see the views of the Frog Lake hills. When I went home, I found out there is a book called Blood Red The Sun. It’s was published in 1926 and was written by William Bleasdell Cameron, a survivor of the massacre. He was held hostage for two months. The book recounts what happened on April 2, 1885, and his months in captivity. He died in Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan. I signed it out from the library so I could read it. (That book and Alberta History Along the Highway by Ted Stone).

I was supposed to go to one more site for geocaching, but I found something when I was near the area, so I called the police. They came and took away what I found. I decided to head back home and save that other geocache for another day. On my drive back I saw a hand painted sign in the woods that said Happy Canada 150, but I had used up all my camera space, and didn’t know what to delete. So that too I am saving for another day.