Large valleys, such as the Qu'Appelle and Souris river valleys, are major landscape features of vital importance to southern Saskatchewan. These valleys provide for diverse uses - water storage, farmland, wetland habitat, woodlands, gravel pits, and even ski areas. Try to imagine Saskatchewan without its valleys!
Characteristics of a Saskatchewan valley
Duncairn Dam, near Swift Current
Valley-floor gravel pit, North Battleford
Wapiti Valley Ski Area, Saskatchewan River valley
Irrigated cropland, Qu'Appelle River valley
Deer in coulee
Many large valleys such as the Qu'Appelle, Souris, and Frenchman contain streams that are too small to have carved them. How did these valleys form?