My virtual cycling tour across Canada landed me just west of “Indian Head” at 1801km from Horseshoe Bay, BC. Indian Head? Yep I kid you not! And what does every town need when named from a First Nation’s part of their anatomy – a INDIAN HEAD? YEP!
Indian Head is a town in southeast Saskatchewan, Canada, 69 km east of Regina. The town is directly north of the Trans-Canada Highway. The town is known for its federally-operated Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration (PFRA) experimental farm and tree nursery that produces seedlings for shelter belts.
So there you go. I’ve been riding into the darnedest towns!
My virtual tour lands me in Moose Jaw at 1663km across Canada. How did this place get its name? Wiki (gotta love Wiki!) says “Marked on a map as Moose Jaw Bone Creek in an 1857 survey by surveyor John Palliser, there are two theories as to how the city got its name. The first one is that it comes from the Plains Cree namemoscâstani-sîpiy meaning “a warm place by the river”, indicative of the protection from the weather that the Coteau Range provides to the river valley containing the cityand also the Plains Cree wordMoose Gaw meaning warm breezes. The other is that on the map of the city the Moose Jaw river is shaped like a moose‘s jaw.” I like the first version rather than the obvious. Traveling luck has a better break down of Moose Jaw here . Of course every town aptly named from a moose’s anatomy should have a giant statue of it!
Regina is a mere 70km away and Winnipeg is 550km. There is a whole load of km still to ride!