- 800-strong government forces
- 300 Métis defenders
- 1 historic battleground
As you walk the grounds of the famous Batoche historic site, you'll see bullet holes above the doorway to the church. Close your eyes and you can almost smell the gunpowder,hear bullets buzzing overhead. Deep in their rifle pits, the outnumbered rebel forces led by Metis leader, Louis Riel, are fighting off British soldiers. The soldiers are armed with better artillery and a rapid-fire Gatling gun. You're immersed in the three-day uprisings of the North-West Rebellion of 1885, where the Metis nation found its identity, and changed the course of Canadian history.
Costumed interpreters will take you back to the days of battle, and village life of the Méis between 1860 and 1900.
- Visit the Riel Rebellion’s heartland and tour the battlefields that shaped Canada and the course of Métis history.
- Go on guided walking tour of the village and grounds--from church to farmhouse--along the same paths the Metis followed between 1860 and 1900.
- Mingle with costumed interpreters who'll share the details of Métis life and Canada's greatest rebellion.
- Explore the original battlefield, trenches and rifle pits.
- Check out the new multimedia exhibit at the award-winning visitor centre.
- Take along the kids who'll love the site's Xplorers Club or try geocaching; they can even "join" the North West Field Force and build a red river frame.
- Walk scenic hiking trails through stands of willow and trembling aspen following the North Saskatchewan River.
- Take a break and enjoy a picnic lunch at the visitor centre.
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- April and May are a prime season for looking a rare wildflowers.
- June through August bring the warmest weather.
- Check out the site's annual special events.
- Bring your hiking shoes, bikes or canoes and explore the amazing views of the South Saskatchewan River along the scenic site's trails.
- Don't miss the nearby Back to Batoche Days, a celebration of Métis culture in July.
- Wear comfortable walking footwear and apparel.
- Children’s programs are available.
- Plan on spending a full morning or afternoon there and take along some water.
- Buildings at the site are wheelchair accessible.
- A few motorized wheelchairs and one golf cart are available upon request for visitors with special needs.
- Located 88 km, approximately 1 hour drive, northeast of Saskatoon.
- Follow Louis Riel Trail/Highway #11 north to Rosthern, then Highway #312 east to junction 225. Batoche is 11 km north of this junction.