Spencer, Jesse, Katarina, Stuti, and Cheryl were assigned to The theme of the Western Development Museum branch in Saskatoon is 1910 Boomtown Street. This recreation of a typical prairie town in 1910 contains replicas of over 30 typical businesses. Other exhibits include the transportation gallery, the Cancer Bomb, Votes for Women: Towards Equality and tractors and farm machinery. The feature exhibit, Winning the Prairie Gamble, celebrates 100 years of Saskatchewan.
|Jesse likes the selfies|
|Jesse was afraid of the ticks|
|Katarina walking on the prairie|
Spencer took good care of our younger Finalists. It was a long bus ride back to the University of Regina. Spencer, Cheryl, and Stuti were exhausted.
Susan, Winnie and Jenny went on Tour #11 Regina to Yorkton is 191 km northeast, the three left at 7:45 after a quick breakfast and a very reluctant wakeup! This tour kicks off a visit to Young’s Equipment – a leading agricultural equipment dealer that services farmers in southern Saskatchewan. The mechanization of farming is considered one of the top ten engineering accomplishments of the 20th century. During their visit at Young’s Equipment, they were able to see some of the latest technology in agriculture machinery – and learn about career options in this field as well!
|The 620 Case tractor Jenny and Winnie are pictured with can cost up to $900,000 and has 620 horsepower that can boost to 900 hp|
After a wonderful home-cooked lunch, prepared with Colony harvested food, the group got on the open road and travel to Yorkton. It is the largest city in east-central Saskatchewan. Located 120 km east of Regina, the community of 16,000 has a large Ukrainian and German population. The Western development museum in Yorkton reflects the history of people settling this region with artifacts from their homes and farms. Quite a contrast to Young's Equipment! This day gave Susan, Winnie and Jenny some insight into settlement, early farming, modern agriculture and an alternative way of living in Saskatchewan. Distances between stops allowed time to appreciate the open spaces and prairie skies. An interesting observation today...,,gas is $.96-99 / litre in Saskatchewan!
We stopped into the chapel which has been here since 1885. Originally, it was a mess hall and canteen, but one of the past commissioners felt there needed a place of faith within the RCMP.
|One of the beautiful stained glass windows at the RCMP Depot Chapel|
The RCMP academy uses simulators to train their cadets. Here are about a dozen cadets learning maneuvers virtually.
|Cadets learning how to deploy spike belts|
Our guide demonstrated how an arrest is made on one of Team BC's Finalists. We also stopped at the pool and fitness training course. The Physical Abilities Requirement Evaluation (PARE) is an occupational test used to assess a person's ability to perform the physical demands of police work by simulating a critical incident of chasing, controlling, and apprehending a suspect. Our guide performed a demonstration of the circuit.
Our Finalists and Delegates, had a very long day. With a number of us having left this morning at 6AM and returned back to the residences at 7PM, Susan and I felt that the scheduled "night out on the town" would be too exhausting to them. Instead we ordered pizza and had supper together as a team in our residence lounge.