Broadview Off The Beaten Path
Once, while hitchhiking from St. John's Newfoundland to Vancouver British Columbia, I was lucky enough to be picked up by two gentlewomen from Ochawpoaise Indian Reserve. I stayed in Broadview and Ochawpoaise for several days.
Broadview is on the Trans-Canada Highway, 78km west of the Manitoba border and 155km east of Regina.
Broadview is in the middle of some of the best farmland on the planet. Fields of wheat are interspersed with sloughs and lines of trees.
The town was a "Divisional point" for CP Railway. Today the Trans Canada highway runs parallel to the tracks and Broadview's population is 800 persons.
There is a school, a chinese restaurant, a small main strip, a liquor store etc.
Across the highway from Broadview is Ochawpoaise Indian Reserve. Ochawpoaise is physically large; sprawling. Nice houses are on large wooded lots. There is a store, a school and associated services.
Broadview provides many of the services to Ochopowaise and the region.
The people of the Ochawpoaise Nation were very nice and accomodating. And was pawned off among different people in and around the area for a couple of days.
In Broadview I went on a drinking binge with Mr. Gabriel in the hot summer sun. It was a bender with all of the hijinks and high drama that you can expect in a small Sasakatchewan town on a tuesday afternoon.
Saskatchewan is dotted with small agricultural oriented towns like Broadview. Many have had their heyday but because of it's location Broadview has held it's own.
The people are kind and hospitable to visitors.Related to:
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