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Last Mountain Lake

Last Mountain Lake

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The historic Metis wintering site at Last Mountain Lake.
The historic Metis wintering site at Last Mountain Lake.

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Categories:Types, Research, History
Published by: Lawrence J. Barkwell on Jun 11, 2012
Copyright:Attribution Non-commercial


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Last Mountain Lake
Last Mountain Lake, also called Long Lake, is located 48 km northwest of Regina,Saskatchewan. It was a well-known wintering site for Metis bison hunters. Its namecommemorates a Cree legend describing how the Great Spirit made the last hills (east of Duval) from soil scooped from the valley now occupied by the lake. Scientists say itformed c. 11,000 years ago from meltwaters of the continental ice sheet draining southinto the Qu’Appelle glacial spillway.In 1869, the Hudson’s Bay Company built Last Mountain House at the southern end of the lake; Isaac Cowie, clerk for the HBC, described one of the last great herds of buffaloin the region. In his book “The Company of Adventurers..” (Toronto: William Briggs,1913).
The Steamboat “Qu’Appelle” on Last Mountain Lake.
Cowie, writing in 1867-1874, describes the winter activities of the Metis at this site:

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