Day 18: Regina to Melville

Justification for detour

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Leave Kings Acres Campground on HWY 1 heading west. At Qu’Appelle head north towards Fort Qu’Appelle and the Qu’Appelle Valley. Qu’appelle was once a bustling, significant town. It was expected to be the capital city of the Northwest Territories, which in the 1880s included this area, until Lieutenant Governor Edgar Dewdney made present-day Regina the capital. Qu’appelle is now a quiet prairie town.

You can shave 12 kilometres off of your total distance for the day by heading northwest on HWY 10 at Balgonie, but this is a notoriously rough highway. Make the decision based on your tolerance for bumps, long distance riding and type of bike that you are riding.

Zoom down the south side of the stunning Qu’Appelle Valley into the town of Fort Qu’Appelle, which sits nestled between Echo and Mission Lake. The Qu’Appelle Valley runs from west to east, starting at Diefenbaker Lake in Saskatchewan and ending where it meets the Assiniboine River Valley in Manitoba.

Legend states that the Qu’Appelle River and Valley got its name from a young Cree warrior named Three Eagles. Three Eagles was paddling up the river, having left his girlfriend behind at his camp. From his canoe he heard his name called. “Kâ-têpwêt??” Kâ-têpwê is the Cree word for “who calls” in English and translates to “qu’appelle” in French. The next day, Three Eagles returned to camp to find that his girlfriend had passed away in the evening, but not before calling his name into the night.

Fort Qu’Appelle is a friendly town tucked in a valley that overflows with tourists during summer months. There is a good grocery store and many restaurants available here, as well as the Fort Qu’Appelle Campground.

Highway conditions transition from good to marginal in this area. When roads are rough, take your time and make sure you don’t hurt your wrists.

Climb out of the valley and head towards Melville. Melville is a quiet town that is growing rapidly due to the commodities boom currently happening in Saskatchewan.

If you need bike repairs check out Melville’s Hometown Cycle & Sports. Your destination for the evening is Melville Regional Park, located on the northwest side of town set next to the baseball diamonds. Showers are available through a separate entrance to the small house at the entrance of the park.

Kilometre Log
0.0Leave Kings Acres Campground heading west on Eastgate Drive.
1.9Turn left onto Prince of Wales Drive.
2.2Turn left onto East Victoria Avenue / HWY 1.
14.8Intersection of HWY 48 / HWY 1. Exit to White City.
21.2Intersection of HWY 1 & HWY 46.
22.0Intersection of HWY 1 & HWY 364.
50.7Intersection of HWY 1 & HWY 35. Turn left here.
52.7Enter Qu’Appelle on HWY 35.
70.6HWY 35 & HWY 10 merge to become HWY 10 / HWY 35.
80.2Enter Fort Qu’Appelle on HWY 10 / HWY 35.
81.0HWY 10 / HWY 35 becomes HWY 10 as HWY 35 heads north. Remain on HWY 10.
81.6Pass over the Qu’Appelle River.
82.6Intersection of HWY 10 and HWY 56 E / HWY 22 W.
98.8Intersection of HWY 10 & HWY 310. Exit to Balcarres.
151.9Enter Melville on HWY 10.
154.8Intersection of HWY 10 & HWY 47.
155.2Turn right off of HWY 10 onto Prince Edward Street at the baseball diamond.
155.4Welcome to Melville Regional Park & Campground.

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