If you're as passionate about storytelling as I am, the incredible journey of the Doukhobor community will keep you on the edge of your seat. Join me in Blaine Lake, Saskatchewan as I step back in time for a history lesson about adapting to a new land, embracing the weather, and creating a new community in this beautiful province!
Visitors to the Doukhobor Dugout House National Historic Site of Canada are greeted by guides wearing traditional Doukhobor attire.
Brenda Cheveldayoff, dressed in her intricately adorned traditional dress, Brenda expertly guided me through the site.
As a newcomer to Canada myself, I was moved by the extreme determination of the Doukhobors to overcome adversity with an indomitable spirit. They adapted to their new home, using a combination of innovation and tradition to incorporate locally sourced materials to build their new communities in Saskatchewan during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
I was surprised to learn that the famous writer Leon Tolstoy, the author of my favourite book when I was a kid (Stories of a Horse), donated some of his royalties to support the Doukhobors in Canada.
In addition to the dugout houses, visitors can experience harvest-time re-enactments, explore prayer houses, and try out man-powered farm technology. But the visit isn't complete until you've enjoyed the famous Doukhobor bread at the delicatessen!
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