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Batoche
Church, rectory and cemetery of Saint Antoine de Padoue in Batoche
Church, rectory and cemetery of Saint Antoine de Padoue in Batoche
Country Canada
Province Saskatchewan
Region Southcentral Saskatchewan
Census division 17
Rural Municipality St. Louis No. 431
Established 1872
Incorporated (village) 1885
Designation (National Historic Site) 1923
Time zone CST
Postal code
S0J 1E0
Area code(s) 306
Highways Highway 225
Waterways South Saskatchewan River
Official name: Batoche National Historic Site of Canada
Designated: 1923

Batoche, Saskatchewan was the site of the historic Battle of Batoche during the North-West Rebellion of 1885. The battle resulted in the defeat of Louis Riel and his Métis forces by Major General Frederick Middleton and his Northwest Field Force. At the time it was a small village of some 500 residents. It has since become depopulated and now has few residents. The 1885 church building and a few other historic buildings have been preserved and the site is a National Historic Site.

History

Batoche 1885 Restored
Batoche in 1885
Batoche Battle Field 1885
Batoche battlefield map 1885

The Métis settlement of Batoche (named after Xavier Letendre dit Batoche) was established in 1872. By 1885 it numbered 500 people. The Métis of the area settled on river lots, and the community contained several stores as well as the Roman Catholic Church of St. Antoine de Padoue at the time of the Rebellion. Batoche was the de facto capital of Riel's Provisional Government of Saskatchewan.

Batoche is a Southbranch Settlement. It is situated mainly along the east bank of the South Saskatchewan River between St. Laurent and Fish Creek. This area is part of the aspen parkland biome.

This community consisted mostly of Francophones and Roman Catholics.

Batoche National Historic Site

Batoche was declared a National Historic Site in 1923. The visitor centre features a multimedia presentation about the history of the community and its inhabitants. There are several restored buildings with costumed interpreters who depict the lifestyles of the Métis of Batoche between 1860 and 1900. The sites include a North-West Mounted Police encampment, a church and rectory complex, and a farm home. The sites are set at different locations around the community. The complex is open from mid-May through mid-September.

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