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Phone:
1-306-445-8033

Location:
Highways 16 & 40
North Battleford, SK

American-Abell steam traction engine with threshing crew of several men
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Those Were
 The Days

Children playing around a wooden gazebo in front of the large brown Wheat Pool elevator on the North Battleford WDM grounds
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Natural Resources


Hidden under the snow-covered hill is an underground mining exhibit which features potash, coal, uranium and other types of mineral extraction. Visitors go “underground” through a simulated “elevator,” a motion chamber, giving an illusion of descent. Children can enter on hands-and-knees through a “gopher hole,” a tunnel in the hillside reminiscent of the holes for coal dug by settlers in southeastern Saskatchewan. A door at the end of the diorama provides alternate entrance and exit. The Saskatchewan stories of coal, potash, uranium and other mining are told within the underground cavern.

Geologic history has endowed Saskatchewan with a wealth of natural resources. Both renewable and non-renewable resources continue to grow in importance to the province. Saskatchewan firsts and foremosts, along with Saskatchewan innovations, have made world-wide contributions.

Forestry

One half of Saskatchewan is forest; it is a major industry in the province. This part of the exhibit showcases the beginning of the forestry industry in the province, First Nations use of the forest is told, along with facts like the Big River sawmill was, at one time, the biggest in the British Empire. Details explore the lives of men on an early 20th century log hauler crew, the age of steam power and ice roads.

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Mining 

Oil

Saskatchewan is Canada’s second largest producer of oil. This story is represented by a pumpjack retrieved from oilfields near Lloydminster. Visitors see a map of oil reserves and learn what oil is and what its uses are. A model demonstrates how oil is extracted. Innovations developed in Saskatchewan are highlighted.

Natural Gas

Saskatchewan is Canada’s second largest producer of natural gas. This section includes a map of gas reserves and deposits, and explains what natural gas is, and its uses. It explores how gas is extracted, including innovative methods used in Saskatchewan.
Signs and touchscreen computer presentations offer visitors information, photographs and film, enriching their knowledge of, and appreciation for, the resources of Saskatchewan.

Coal

The Estevan Strike and riot story figure prominently here. The terrible working and living conditions of miners in southeast Saskatchewan around Bienfait are explored, including their attempts to negotiate better conditions and the beginning of a union movement. The strike and riot of 1931 are examined, along with the aftermath.

This section also looks at how coal is mined, including early deep seam mining, open pit mining, and modern coal mining uses huge machines, draglines, and massive trucks.

Potash

Saskatchewan is a world producer of potash. Potash is defined and described, including deposits and Saskatchewan potash mines. The uses of potash are explored. Potash is mined in one of two methods: conventional or solution. Saskatchewan innovations include the Blairmore ring to control flooding.

Uranium

Saskatchewan is world leader. Graphic panels feature a map of uranium deposits, explain what uranium is, and the uses of uranium.

Other Mining

 

Saskatchewan has a wealth of resources including diamonds, gold, peat, clay, sand, gravel and stone, and water. Saskatchewan mining products are used around the world. A world map shows how far products from Saskatchewan mines travel.