There are many attractions & features in Borden and surrounding communities.

The Borden Museum
The Borden Bridge
The Diefenbaker Homestead
The Crooked Trees
Saskatchewan's Largest Tree

The Borden Museum

The Borden & District Historical Society invites your K to grade 8 classes to visit the Borden Historical Museum as a school tour.

 

The Borden Museum consists of 5 buildings, situated on Main Street, Borden SK. Our displays trace the development of an agricultural community since 1900. Special features include an original rural one-room school circa 1925, a replica of the Diefenbaker homestead house, an original barber shop, an original butcher shop both dating back to the 1920's, and a 1950's Masonic Lodge building. This year there will be a new display in the gallery area, featuring a handmade replica of "The Wensley Farm before Power", as well as other items from that time period.

 

Suggested tour time is 2 - 2.5 hours. There is no charge.

Contact Helen Sutherland 306-997-4517 or Sharon Assman 306-997-4829 to book a tour date.

 

For more information on the Museum and what we have to offer, see our page under the Community section.

 

 

The Borden Bridge

The old concrete bowstring-arch bridge was built as a Depression make-work project and opened in 1937, replacing a ferry service. It was designed by Bev Evans for his master's thesis while a graduate student at the University of Saskatchewan.

Construction took place between 1935 and 1937 by R. J. Arrand Company of Saskatoon. At 250 metres long, the bridge was the longest bow-string arch bridge in North America at construction.
The old Borden Bridge was sold to Orville Middleton in 2007. He plans to convert the old bridge into a dance hall.

The Borden Bridge is a wonderful historical landmark located on HWY #16 just East of the Village of Borden.

During spring, summer and yes, even fall months people can be found lounging on the banks getting in some fishing, and some even fishing from the old bridge itself.


For more information on the Borden Bridge, check out the following:
Borden Bridge at wikimapia.org
News Article on New Owner
The Story of the Bridge


The Diefenbaker Homestead

Borden has a replica of the original Diefenbaker Homestead where Prime Minister John Diefenbaker grew up in the early 1900's. The boyhood home of the late Right Honourable John G. Diefenbaker, P.C., Q.C. , was moved from Borden, Saskatchewan in 1967.

The house was restored with the advice of the former Prime Minister and his younger brother, the late Mr. Elmer Diefenbaker. It was dedicated as an historical site on August 31 of the same year. The original home is now located at The Sukanen Ship and Pioneer Village Museum in Regina, SK, the the replica which is part of the Borden Museum in downtown Borden still appears very authentic.

For More information on the Diefenbaker Homestead in Borden visit the Borden Museum or check out:
Sask Archives Photos
Info on John Diefenbaker

The Crooked Trees


A population of trembling aspen with a crooked architecture grows at the edge of an agricultural field near Hafford, Saskatchewan. These trees resemble trees from a "sci-fi" movie.

For years, local residents have speculated on the cause of this growth form - everything from soil contamination to effects of a meteorite crashing into the area and altering the development of the trees.

The Crooked Trees were even nominated as one of CBC's Seven Wonders of Canada!

For more on the crooked trees visit:
Seven Wonders of Canada - Crooked Trees on CBC
Crooked Trees
University of Manitoba - Plant Study on Crooked Trees

Saskatchewan's Largest Tree

Saskatchewan's largest tree is located South of Blaine Lake on Hwy #12 down Tree Road. This very old cottonwood/balsam poplar hybrid has been growing since before the first white settlers came to this area.

Saskatchewan's largest tree is often associated with Samuel J. Popoff who leased the crown land on which the tree is located.

A plains cottonwood cross, with black or balsam poplar, the Popoff tree stands nearly 21 meters (68 feet) high at the present time, as the top was sheared off by lightning. The tree has a girth of about 5 meters (over 16 feet) and a span reaching 32 meters (over 104 feet).

Estimates place the age of the tree at over 160 years. The tree is one of the few remaining giant cottonwoods as most have fallen to the saw and the axe.

For directions & more information visit:
Riverlands Heritage Region