To take a step further in the past, visit Herschel, located 30 kilometres northwest of Rosetown, which has a legacy of archaeological, paleontology and historical sites.
Take a guided tour through the ravines to discover tipi rings, fire pits, vision quest sites, food caches, buffalo rubbing stones, effigies and much more. Wildlife, birds and flowers inhabit the streams and ravine. There was even a fossilized skeleton of a 25-foot plesiosaur discovered and excavated.
In the ravines there are three rare petroglyphs. Petroglyphs are carvings on limestone rocks deposited by the last glacier, which is believed to be 1,300 years old. There were artifacts found near the petroglyphs dating back to the 1700's. They help indicate the site as a sacred site and meeting place for the aboriginal people.
Ancient Echoes Interpretive Centre
The Ancient Echoes Interpretive Centre houses a collection of ancient tools, arrowheads, rare rocks and an array of taxidermy animals and birds including a full-mount buffalo. Marine fossils, including the vertebrae of a plesiosaur are there to view. A video of the ravine hikes is also available if the weather is poor or a person cannot handle the walk. You can also view Jo Coopers 2018 painting exhibit Disappearance and Resurgence of the Plains Buffalo.
Ancient Echoes can arrange for an overnight experience to sleep in a tipi.
- Hours of Operation (May to the end of August)
- Monday to Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For more information or to book a time outside of regular hours, contact the Ancient Echoes Interpretive Centre at 306-377-2045 or by email Ancient Echoes Centre.
Valley View Tea & Craft Room
When you are finished viewing all the exciting artifacts at the Interpretive Centre visit the Valley View Tea and Craft Room. They offer various types of crafts, tea and baking including their specialty, home-made Saskatoon Berry Pie.
Summer Visiting Hours
- Hours of Operation (June to the end of August)
- Sunday, Wednesday, Friday 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Other Visiting Hours
- November to May long weekend: open Friday's only, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
- September and October: Wednesday and Friday's, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
You can contact the Valley View Tea and Craft Room at 306 377-2038 for further information, or 306-377-4224 to book an event.
Prairie Echoes Gallery
The gallery features art in form of paintings and photography.
On the way to Ancient Echoes stop by the Herschel Museum. A collection of local pioneer tools, household articles, school and R.M. memorabilia can be viewed.
Making an Appointment
To arrange an access time, contact the Ancient Echoes staff and volunteers at 306-377-2045.