Crossing Canada Day #11: Hello Rouleau!
We continue our Chronicles of Crossing Canada. Welcome back!
We set our first destination of the day on Rouleau Saskatchewan where CTV Show, "Corner Gas" was set.
We woke up to a break in the rain. We were already packed thanks to the previous evening’s preparation, so we just hit the comfort station, then headed off. We left the park under some dramatic clouds, our view from the Cypress Hills plateau was phenomenal. Magpies were up early, bouncing from the road shoulder to the fenceposts, looking for breakfast and watching us curiously as we drove by. We set our first destination of the day on Rouleau Saskatchewan where CTV's "Corner Gas" was set. If you're a fan, you know about "Dog River".
After Swift Current, we started seeing salinized lakes. The water was milky with crusts of salt on the banks. Bird sanctuary, Reed Lake and Champlin Lake were close by. We stopped for gas and ice at a friendly gas bar across from one of the lakes. I took a photo of the salt lake with the truck in the foreground while James filled the truck up.
At some point before we turned off the trans-Canada, we saw some Pronghorn on the side of the highway. At Moose Jaw we turned sights on ‘Dog River’ and made a right on to a two-lane highway that ran parallel to the rail line.
Rouleau, like the ‘Dog River’ depicted on ‘Corner Gas’ is truly a quintessential small, Saskatchewan town. They are not bold and boastful of their fame derived from a CTV show; however, they did have a mural and photo area where you could stick your head through a hold to pose for a photo as a character from the show.
Dog River Hotel, Rouleau Saskatchewan (Photo credit: Jaime Lee Lightle)
The Dog River Hotel – it’s real and it’s authentic. The brick building that was used as the police department in the show, however, it did not fare well to the revenges of age and neglect. We took some photos of these iconic buildings before we jumped back in the truck. We doubled back to the Trans-Canada highway, avoiding the good ‘ol Saskatchewan dirt road connectors, continuing our drive west to Moosomin Saskatchewan: home of the living sky.
Dog River Grain Elevator, Brick building, Rouleau Saskatchewan (Photo credit: James Lightle)