Chapter 2 - Herding Sheep - 00 08 44

00 08 44
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Location: Hwy 1A, Stoney Native Reservation
GPS:   51d 8m 39.66s    -115d 0m 15.0s
Map / Satellite Image: Google Link
Site Name: Sheep Staging #1

Travel Directions:
From Hwy 1 (Trans-Canada Hwy), take Morley Road, Exit 131, north 3.6 km to Hwy 1A, turn left (west) on 1A, 12 km to “Stoney Indian Park / Buffalo Paddock” sign. Turn left (south) at the “Peacekeepers” building (now a burned ruin), proceed 0.8 km to gate, continue approximately 0.4 km to where there is a road, and a large rusted dumpster on your right, behind some birch trees. Turn right and proceed 0.2 km, passing the dumpster and two small wood buildings to the right. Note: If you pass the vandalized building with the peaked roof and the “WOMEN” and “MEN” signs on the front, you have gone too far.

[Alternately, if you are coming from the cliffs at Seebe (see Chapter 12, 01 09 28, and 01 09 38), turn right (north) onto 1X (the road you came in on), go 2.1 km to intersection of 1A; go right (east) 8.8 km; turn right (south) at “Peacekeepers” building, proceed as directed above.]

The park is officially closed during wintertime though access by foot is feasible, weather permitting. You might want to contact Ray Greenwood, (403) 881-2614, for access arrangements, which may require payment of a $5 fee. Security guards in the area have been known to save paperwork by collecting fees from visitors on the spot.

Not far from the spot where the Basque provisioner warned Ennis about bulky soup boxes, the magnificent Bow River forms a lovely small canyon. Named for the resilient trees which grow along its banks that were used by Native peoples to make hunting bows, the river has a distinctive turquoise color. It is fed by glaciers high in the Canadian Rockies to the west. From there, it makes its way to Calgary where it meets the Elbow River near the site of Fort Calgary.

The Bow River can be seen in Sheep Procession #1 (Chapter 2, 00 09 29), in the Sheep Rock scene (Ch. 6, 00 30 50), and the Diving Cliff scene (Ch.12, 01 09 28). The Elbow River is featured in the “Sweet Life” (Ch.12, 01 09 57) and “Maybe Texas” (Ch.15, 01 30 12, 01 30 26, 01 31 59) Riverside scenes, as well as Riding in the River (Ch. 15, 01 30 01).

Always obtain appropriate permission before entering private property and Native reserve lands. You may encounter horses roaming. Drive slowly and be prepared to stop. Do not leave valuables in parked cars.

“Only thing, don’t never order soup.”

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  Revised 24 September 2009