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We are open Saturdays in July.
The dates are July 4, 11, 18 and 25, 2020.
Tours begin at 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm.
We are open rain or shine.
The site is only open on Saturdays as indicated above. It is closed during the week because of ongoing research and work in the area.
The site is located on private property, and we ask you to respect the hours of operation and the privacy of the owners and residents of the land.
Bread, salt and water are important symbols in Doukhobor worship.
When you arrive at the site, you will be greeted by persons in period costume, and our guides, also dressed as the settlers would have been, will provide you with a wealth of information about the site and those who settled there.
As you stand on the high ground, under the Canadian flag, you will be able to overlook the river valley which so much reminded them of home.
As you walk through your tour you will hear acappella Doukhobor songs of the past. You will visit the new building project, the Doukhobor Prayer Home, and learn about their religious beliefs and traditions. You will then walk to the ravine and Oospenia Spring.
You will learn all about the survival and struggles of the Doukhobors who lived in these dugout houses, and watch the re-enactment of clothes being washed at the spring.
At the dugout house ruins you will learn about its structure, the archaeological work that still continues, and view one of the digs that is still open. You will be able to enter the reconstructed dugout house with the original walls (with a roof and supports added for public safety).
You will then go to the display building on the site, to see the artifacts found in the archaeological exploration, to give you a better understanding of what life was like for the 46 families, 300 people, of which nine families lived in one dugout cave.
You will be able to see wool carting to make blankets and experience first-hand the pulling of the Doukhobor plow to plant crops and gardens. You will also be able to visit various Doukhobor buildings of the past.
You may wish to end your visit by purchasing a slice of freshly-baked Doukhobor bread and jam, and take your food and a blanket to a quiet spot overlooking the river valley for a picnic.
The costumes of the servers, the food, and the ambience will be true to the tradition of the people who first came here at the end of the 19th century. Doukhobor bread to take home with you is also for sale on site.
Come and enjoy the peacefulness and beauty, and be intrigued by this little-known bit of Saskatchewan history.
We have available educational packets for school groups.
Group tours are welcome. Only large groups of 20 or more are asked to book in advance by calling 306-497-7740 or completing the form on the Tours page. Smaller groups do not need to reserve in advance, and are welcome to come for the 11 a.m., 1 p.m. or 3 p.m. tours.