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I've been asked, "Why the name, Deadfall?"
Well, each spring when I first hit the trails, there are many fallen trees and branches that need to be cleared. So the name simply refers to the fact that there is so much deadfall in the valley. (Credit goes to my beautiful wife, Pat Lee, for the name.)
Much of this is due to the geology of the valley. 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. Pressure on the sandy silt layer can cause the shearing resistance along the shearing surface to weaken and collapse under the weight of the water. 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 I need to clear trails because the path may be blocked by fallen trees, or the trail may have completely disappeared. This ensures that from year to year the trail will never be exactly the same.
For more information on the Park and the geology of the valley, go to: