Steele Narrows Park

Steele Narrows Provincial Park is the spot where the North West Resistance of 1885 came to an end on June 3, 1885.


Often called the Battle of Loon Lake, it was a confrontation between 65 men under the leadership of North-West Mounted Police Superintendent Sam Steele (photo lower right)and the Woods and the Plains Cree under the leadership of Big Bear (photo lower left), after they retreated from the Battle of Frenchman Butte.


None of Steele's men died but Cree losses were heavy. Four were killed, including prominent Woods Cree Chief Cut Arm. The battlefield is a provincial historic site, marked with interpretive plaques.


Steele’s advance party and the Cree were both surprised when they came upon each other at the Narrows. The Cree withdrew to an entrenched position on a hill overlooking the Narrows and, low in ammunition, Steele’s troops withdrew also. A peace delegation from the Cree camp approached Steele’s Scouts but was fired upon. A battle followed, where several Scouts were wounded and at least five Cree were killed.


Today, Steele Narrows is a provincial park located approximately 10 km west of Loon Lake, Saskatchewan.


The Resistance ended in July of 1885 when Wandering Spirit, the war chief leading the Cree military campaign, surrendered to authorities at Fort Pitt. Big Bear, the aging peacetime chief of this band of Cree, eluded capture until July 2.


The Battle of Loon Lake is commemorated today by interpretive signs placed by the Government of Saskatchewan and a plaque placed by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada.


Steele Narrows Provincial Park is open from Victoria Day long weekend in May until Labour Day long weekend in September.


Loon Lake SK.
Ph: (306) 837-7410

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