One of the historical gems and joys of the rolling countryside of the Bashaw district, east of Ponoka, is magnificent Buffalo Lake - a deep body of water 25 miles long and eight miles wide teaming with fish and surrounded by wooded shores and bountiful game. Many colourful centuries ago, it likely was the host of thousands of hardy First Nations tribe members and massive roaming herds of buffalo. But from the beginning of the 19th century and the initial development of the community of Bashaw and area, it would quickly become a social and recreational paradise for thousands of pioneer families and visitors. Over the years, the lake and the pristine surrounding area has continued to develop into a thriving agricultural community as well as a popular year-round resort, natural playground and home for generations of families. Photo courtesy Bashaw Museum

Remember When: Buffalo Lake

The storied history of Buffalo Lake east of Ponoka

The storied history of Buffalo Lake east of Ponoka

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