Batoche, Saskatchewan

Batoche, Saskatchewan was the site of the historic Battle of Batoche during the North-West Rebellion of 1885. The battle resulted in the defeat of Louis Riel and his Métis forces by Major General Frederick Middleton and his Northwest Field Force. At the time it was a small village of some 500 residents. It has since become depopulated and now has few residents. The 1885 church building and a few other historic buildings have been preserved and the site is a National Historic Site.

Church, rectory and cemetery of Saint Antoine de Padoue in Batoche
Coordinates: 52.755°N 106.116°W / 52.755; -106.116
RegionSouthcentral Saskatchewan
Census division17
Rural MunicipalitySt. Louis No. 431
Incorporated (village)1885
Designation (National Historic Site)1923
  administratorLouise Hodgson
  Governing bodySt. Louis No. 431
Time zoneCST
Postal code
S0J 1E0
Area code(s)306
HighwaysHighway 225
WaterwaysSouth Saskatchewan River
Official nameBatoche National Historic Site of Canada


Batoche in 1885
Batoche battlefield map 1885

The Métis settlement of Batoche (named after Xavier Letendre dit Batoche) was established in 1872. By 1885 it numbered 500 people. The Métis of the area settled on river lots, and the community contained several stores as well as the Roman Catholic Church of St. Antoine de Padoue at the time of the Rebellion. Batoche was the de facto capital of Riel's Provisional Government of Saskatchewan.

Batoche is a Southbranch Settlement. It is situated mainly along the east bank of the South Saskatchewan River between St. Laurent and Fish Creek. This area is part of the aspen parkland biome.

This community consisted mostly of Francophones and Roman Catholics.[4][5]

Batoche National Historic Site

Batoche was declared a National Historic Site in 1923.[6] The visitor centre features a multimedia presentation about the history of the community and its inhabitants. There are several restored buildings with costumed interpreters who depict the lifestyles of the Métis of Batoche between 1860 and 1900. The sites include a North-West Mounted Police encampment, a church and rectory complex, and a farm home. The sites are set at different locations around the community. The complex is open from mid-May through mid-September.

See also


  1. National Archives, Archivia Net, Post Offices and Postmasters, archived from the original on 2006-10-06
  2. Government of Saskatchewan, MRD Home, Municipal Directory System, archived from the original on 2016-01-15
  3. Canadian Textiles Institute. (2005), CTI Determine your provincial constituency, archived from the original on 2007-09-11
  4. "FRENCH AND MÉTIS SETTLEMENTS". Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan. Canadian Plains Research Center, University of Regina. 2006. Archived from the original on 2013-11-09. Retrieved 2013-09-17.
  5. Henry Thomas McPhillips (1888), McPhillips' alphabetical and business directory of the district of Saskatchewan, N.W.T.: Together with brief historical sketches of Prince Albert, Battleford and the other settlements in the district, 1888 (pages 93-97), Prince Albert, NWT: Henry Thomas McPhillips
  6. Batoche. Canadian Register of Historic Places. Retrieved 6 August 2012.
  7. Smith, Wendell (1989). "Wendell Smith Reads Ralph D. Witten's 'Batoche'". CBC Radio: Alberta Anthology.

Further reading

  • Barnholden, Michael. (2009). Circumstances Alter Photographs: Captain James Peters' Reports from the War of 1885. Vancouver, BC: Talonbooks. ISBN 978-0-88922-621-0.
  • Dumont, Gabriel. GABRIEL DUMONT SPEAKS. Talonbooks, 2009. ISBN 978-0-88922-625-8.
  • Payment, Diane p. (2009). The Free People - Li Gens Libres University of Calgary Press. ISBN 978-1-55238-239-4.
This article is issued from Wikipedia. The text is licensed under Creative Commons - Attribution - Sharealike. Additional terms may apply for the media files.