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Doukhobor settlers at Blaine Lake

Photo: Saskatchewan Archives Board S-B9563

Watch for this large painted rock at the entrance to the site

Help complete Donna's prayer home project. Those who contribute online will receive free admission to our 2021 Theme Day on July 3, 2021. We appreciate your support.

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Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we will not
be open in 2020.

Our next
Theme Day is July 3, 2021

Tours conducted
by guides in traditional Doukhobor dress
will also be held
July 10, 17, 24 and 31, 2021

In 1899, the sweep of a religious ideal came to the wide prairies of western Canada.

Russian Doukhobors fled their homeland and settled in the Blaine Lake area of Saskatchewan, Canada.

They adapted to the harshness of their environment by digging into the North Saskatchewan River ravine, where they built a dugout house, in the style of houses in the Caucasus.

Used until 1904 when log houses were built and a village established nearby, it remains a witness to the tenacity of our settlers. It tells a dramatic, compelling tale from the heart of prairie Doukhobor culture.

This historic site was chosen for scholarly study, as a unique combination of built heritage and natural history.

Remembering Donna

and carrying on her

work and passion

Relive the Doukhobor Past

Experience the grit of our Doukhobor pioneers when reality was not a TV show

National Historic Site designation program.

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