When you say the words 'Saskatchewan' and 'mountains' in the same sentence, people may froth at the mouth in offense. While some are entirely convinced that the mid-west is a topographically boring place worth ignoring, others frantically defend the hill or two they saw while camping.
We don't have frosted peaks or rocky skylines blotting out the sun, but topography does exist on the prairies in the form of valleys, canyons and escarpments. There are several land features that stand in contrast to the flat plains after millions of years of tectonic and glacial activity. The Prairie Peaks series investigates scenic viewpoints that put the prairies' often dramatic, but understated elevation changes into perspective.
About Brockelbank Hill
Pictured above: the view near the highest point in Saskatchewan's Porcupine Hills, situated close to the Manitoba border. This point is easily accessed by driving along the Woody River Road (980) north of Townsend Lake. What you see is an expanse of the Red Deer River Valley and the lowlands east of the Pasquia Hills. There is a difference of nearly 500m (1,617 ft.) between the peak and the plain below.
Prairie Peaks is an article series documenting noteworthy land features and viewpoints found in the Canadian plains.