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Yellowhead Highway

The Yellowhead Highway is a 2,875 km east-west highway connecting the four western Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. It is designated as Highway 16 for its entire length, and cuts northwesterly through Saskatchewan at Langenburg, Yorkton, Wynyard, Saskatoon, North Battleford and Lloydminster. It was officially opened in 1962, and completed in 1965. The Yellowhead Highway and pass are named after Pierre Hatsinaton (also recorded as Pierre Bostonais), an Iroquois trapper who had blonde hair: also known as Tête Jaune Cache, he was born in Quebec and became a guide for the Hudson’s Bay Company at the turn of the 19th century. Hatsinaton has been credited with blazing the Old North-West Trail—the forerunner of the Yellowhead Highway.

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