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Yellowhead Highway Itinerary: Yorkton to Minnedosa

What to See and do Yorkton to Minnedosa

This stretch of the Yellowhead Highway features the vast prairies and rolling hills of the region. This stretch touches on the fringe edge of prairie farnland and northern boreal forest, especially with Riding Mountain National Park a little to the north of the highway.

Yellowhead Highway Overview: Yorkton to Minnedosa portion

Yorkton to Minnedosa

This 241 km (3:30 hours) route goes through the vast prairies and rolling hills of the region.

The route begins in Yorkton, you may explore local attractions such as the Western Development Museum – Yorkton, which showcases the history of the region, or the Yorkton Film Festival if you happen to visit during its annual occurrence.

A little to the southwest of Yorkton, and off the Yellowead route, you’ll come across the town of Melville. It’s a small community with a rich agricultural history. Depending on the time of year, you might encounter local events or festivals.

Once you cross the Saskatchewan-Manitoba border, you’ll reach Russell, where visitors can explore the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame. And 23 km north is the Asessippi Provincial Park.  The park is home to aspen forests and the Lake of the Prairies,  which were home to the Cree and Anishinabe people who lived along the Assiniboine and Shell Rivers.  The park offers opportunities for outdoor activities like hiking and camping.  If you’re traveling during the winter, or if you’re interested in outdoor activities year-round, Asessippi Ski Area and Resort provides opportunities for skiing and snowboarding.

To the north of this stretch of the Yellowhead Highway is the Riding Mountain National Park. The park is also home to several important ecological features, including mixed-grass prairies, aspen parkland, and boreal forest.  The land is home to  a wide variety of plant and animal species, including bison, elk, moose, black bears, and more.

The town of Minnedosa in Manitoba is situated along the Little Saskatchewan River. Minnedosa offers a pleasant stop with parks, historic sites, and cultural attractions. The Minnedosa Museum and Heritage Village is a place to explore the local history.

Minnedosa Beach: If you’re traveling in the warmer months, Minnedosa Beach on Lake Minnedosa is a scenic spot to relax, swim, or enjoy water activities.

History of the Yellowhead Highway:  Yorkton to Minnedosa portion

The origin of this section of the Yellowhead is the Old North-West Trail, extending from the historic site of Upper Fort Garry (Winnipeg) to Edmonton.. In 1876, Battleford became the capital of the North-West Territories.

The highway’s route has  changed much over time. The highway first appeared on the 1928 Manitoba Highway Map. The road between Russell and Shoal Lake and Minnedosa was completed, in stages, over the 1950s.

The route was known as PTH (Provincial Trunk Highway) 4 until 1977, when it was renumbered to allow the entire length of the Yellowhead Highway to be Highway 16 across all four western provinces.

Route Elevation Chart

Yellowhead Elevation Chart for MB-Yorkton-Russell-Minnedosa
Yellowhead Elevation Chart for MB-Yorkton-Russell-Minnedosa

Map of Yellowhead Highway from Yorkton to Minnedosa

Route Itinerary Details

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