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Abraham Lake Saskatchewan

August 9, 2013 by  

Abraham Lake Saskatchewan, For those who are familiar with Alberta’s David Thompson Highway (Highway 11), you know that Lake Abraham is a beautiful part of that area. This photo, taken by my father (circa 1942) shows the Upper North Saskatchewan River Valley, looking southwest from Windy Point. This Windy Point, from where the photo was taken, is now submerged. The huge rock wall that used to block vehicles from traveling further, has been blasted through to make way for today’s highway. .

Native people lived on the Plains, beyond Windy Point, as no Reserve then existed in this region. The Nakoda/Stoney people lived the same life as their ancestors had, except for an occasional trip (wagon or horseback) into Nordegg.

On the left is the toe of Mount Michener, and center-left is the odd shaped mountain, that looks a bit like a locomotive engine. The present-day David Thompson Resort lies just beyond that mountain.

This valley now is covered by the waters of Lake Abraham, named after Silas Abraham, one of the Nakoda/Stoney Elders who once lived on Kootenay Plains. Lake Abraham was created by construction of the Bighorn Dam to hold back the Saskatchewan. The lake began to fill in 1972.

Despite the desecration of a large portion of the original Kootenay Plains, the resultant Lake Abraham is hauntingly beautiful, although extremely dangerous.

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