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, cairns, fire pits, buffalo jumps, vision quest sites, graves, food caches, 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 and rock formations. 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. Close by is the Rainbow Culture Camp where you can rent a tipi to sleep in for the night.
- Hours of Operation (May 15 through September 1)
- 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 Echos 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.
- Hours of Operation (May through the end of Sept)
- Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
You can contact the Valley View Tea and Craft Room at 306-377-4551 for further information.
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.