The old Spirit River Mission still stands on the original town site along the Spirit River. Built in 1880, this three storey building was a residence, stopping place and shelter for many pioneers. Now open to the sunshine and the frost, the Mission is still in remarkable condition for a wooden building out on the prairie.
Ah, a step back into summer! Judy’s painting shows the St. Charles Mission at Dunvegan Provincial Park. You are looking up from the river below, catching a hint of the northern lights in the evening sky as dusk creeps into the giant spruces. What a welcome sight this small settlement would have been to a weary canoeist or rafting trader. Things would certainly seem to be looking up.