In September 1857 a British Parliamentary committee commissioned Captain John Palliser to explore the possibility of colonizing the North-West.
The Qu’Appelle leg of the expedition followed a route that crossed the western extremity of the Qu’Appelle watershed to the South Saskatchewan River, just above the river’s elbow. Palliser continued eastward into the Aiktow Valley, connecting to the headwaters of the Qu’Appelle.
Palliser declared most of the land in South Saskatchewan unsuitable for agricultural use.
Pages from Palliser’s account of his voyage
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Palliser, John. Exploration—British North America: Further Papers Relative to the Exploration by the Expedition Under Captain Palliser of That Portion of British North America Which Lies Between the Northern Branch of the River Saskatchewan and the Frontier of the United States and Between the Red River and the Rocky Mountains and Thence to the Pacific Ocean. London: Printed by G.E. Eyre and W. Spottiswoode for Her Majesty’s Stationery Office, 1860.
Source: National Library of Canada