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Canada : Saskatchewan

14.8 km (9.2 miles) SW of Francis, SK, Canada
Approx. altitude: 580 m (1902 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo topo250 world confnav)
Antipode: 50°S 76°E

Accuracy: 6 m (19 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: Looking East from the Confluence #3: Looking South from the Confluence #4: Looking West from the Confluence #5: GPS showing location #6: Looking North down the road we drove in on. #7: The bridge ... the only real scenery in the area #8: The three of us just west of the confluence

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  50°N 104°W (secondary) 

#1: Looking North from the Confluence

(visited by Alan Fox, Carolyn Fox and Max)

11-Jun-2001 -- After our successful visit to N50° W105° we decided we would like to try for at least one more. Although a secondary point, we thought that it was within reach so headed out early afternoon to find the spot. Our journey took us south east along highway 33 to Lajord (about 37 km) where we turned south for another 30 km on grid road 621. Fortunately my GPS receiver has an excellent set of maps loaded in to it so we had no trouble following our path along local roads to a point just north of the confluence.

We stopped at the farm and asked permission to continue south since the "road" at this point turned into more or less a trail across the field. Rural Saskatchewan is laid out on a grid road system with roads running every mile as you drive east and west and every two miles north and south. In theory this is an excellent set-up but sometimes the roads barely exist ... as in this case. The people we talked to were quite willing to let us proceed through their property and requested only that we not drive through the fields. I assured them we would be on foot once the road could get us no further.

Approximately 1.3 km south of the farm we came upon N50° W149°59'26" so we knew we could drive no further. It was a beautiful day for a walk ... a comfortable 21°C but windy! When you live on the prairies you get used to a wind blowing and today was certainly no exception. Gusting from the NW at around 44 km/h we felt a little wind blown as we trekked out across the field. About 800 metres in, we reached our chosen spot, took pictures and headed back. You will see from the pictures the spot is indeed "on the prairie" with one thing quite obvious in each picture ... flat. We returned to our van, took a few pictures of the road we came in on and an old bridge that was just about right on N50°. The creek it was built over had pretty well dried up, although there was water underneath it that was providing a great nesting place for several species of birds. It also provided about the only real "scenic" view in the area.

We headed home, continuing south from where we had parked knowing that before long we would reach a main road. We soon found highway 306 which took us back to Regina. As a "reward" for a job well done, we stopped in and treated ourselves to ice cream cones. Our total trip was around four hours and 180 km. All in all, an enjoyable afternoon.


 All pictures
#1: Looking North from the Confluence
#2: Looking East from the Confluence
#3: Looking South from the Confluence
#4: Looking West from the Confluence
#5: GPS showing location
#6: Looking North down the road we drove in on.
#7: The bridge ... the only real scenery in the area
#8: The three of us just west of the confluence
ALL: All pictures on one page (broadband access recommended)