Day 19: Melville to Roblin

Church before Yorkton

Today you will make the transition from prairie to parkland as you cross from Saskatchewan into Manitoba. Parkland is generally covered with boreal forest and dotted with lakes, ponds and rivers.

Yorkton, population 15 038, gets its name from the group of settlers from York County, Ontario, that settled in this area in 1882. They came with hopes of farming the area’s fertile ground. If you need a bike store, check out Hometown Cycle & Sports. If you would like to spend the evening here, check out the city-run campground on the west end of the city on HWY 16. The Yorkton Library offers free internet to guests and is conveniently located on Broadway Street West / HWY 16.

Leave Yorkton and head east towards Manitoba. Soon after arriving in Manitoba, you will plunge dramatically into the Shell Valley, home to Lake of the Prairies, which is not a lake but the dammed Shellmouth River. This man-made reservoir was completed in 1972, as part of a strategy to reduce the risk of flooding on the Assiniboine River in the south of Manitoba. The Shellmouth Dam is located at the south end of Lake of the Prairies. It controls the quantity of water flowing south. Ricker’s Campground is located in the valley.

Climb out of the valley and cycle towards Roblin, population 964, which is also the Fly Fishing Capital of Manitoba. If you get into town early, check out the Roblin Leisure Aquatic Centre and enjoy the 112-foot water slide. Groceries are available in town.

Spend the night on the shores of Goose Lake at Roblin Kin Park and Campground. At $10.00 a night, the campground gets the nod as the most affordable on the trip.

Turn your clocks an hour forward when crossing the Manitoba border, unless you are crazy enough to be biking through this area between Fall and Spring!

Kilometre Log
0.0Leave Melville Regional Park heading north on Prince Edward Street.
0.6At the baseball diamond turn right on HWY 10.
36.1Enter Yorkton on HWY 10.
38.0Turn right on HWY 10 / Broadway Street West.
39.7Yorkton Public Library in between Haultain Avenue and Laurier Avenue.
40.1Broadway Street West turns into Broadway Street East.
40.4Hometown Cycle off of 3rd Avenue North.
42.4Exit Yorkton on HWY 10 / Broadway Street East.
80.1Intersection of HWY 10 & HWY 8 (N) / HWY 80 (S). Exit to Wroxton.
101.9Intersection of HWY 10 & HWY 369.
105.1Border of Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Enter Manitoba on HWY 5.
106.3Cross over Lake of the Prairies.
117.7Enter Roblin.
118.6Turn right at the intersection of HWY 5 & HWY 83.
118.9Turn right onto Queen Street.
119.6Turn right onto Goose Lake Drive.
119.7Roblin Kin Park and Campground.

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