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Why the name, "Deadfall?"

About 15,000 years ago, the Qu'Appelle area was cut by a glacier, and 14,000 years ago the glacier melted. It left behind a unique valley which cuts through the Saskatchewan landscape. The land is very unstable under the surface and in some cases is constantly sliding downward due to gravity.  This means that the valley is constantly shifting - sometimes causing very slow moving landslides - but always changing the landscape of the valley. So each spring we need to clear the trails of deadfall because some may be blocked by fallen trees, or a trail may have completely disappeared. It's a lot of work but this also ensures that, from year to year, the race course will never be exactly the same.

For more information on the Park and the geology of the valley, go to: