crooked bush, Saskatchewan, aspen grove, crooked trees, travel

Canadian Crumbs – Crooked Bush

Hello 2018!!!  You are a beautiful sight for sore eyes!!!!  I love the dawn of a new year.  It brings with it all sorts of possibilities.  And the possibilities in 2018 are endless for Q and I as we continue on our nomadic journey.  This year will be the beginning of TNN’s Cross Country Portage!  Oh ya, baby!!!  So it only seems appropriate that our first post of 2018 be written about something TNN love oh so much….. travel!

crooked bush, Saskatchewan, aspen grove, crooked trees, travel

crooked bush, Saskatchewan, aspen grove, crooked trees, travel

For most, a cluster of crooked trees would arouse nothing more than a creepy awareness of their spooky surroundings.  But when the cluster of serpentine saplings is surrounded by their straight as an arrow brethren, it causes one to pause, not out of fear but curiosity.  Such is the case for the wooded area known as The Crooked Bush near Hafford, Saskatchewan.

crooked bush, Saskatchewan, aspen grove, crooked trees, travel

This gnarly Aspen grove which defies nature by growing down and sideways are within a road width of their straight-laced Aspen cousins, with the entirety of the woodland surrounded by farmland.  Scientists believe this lab experiment “gone awry” is due to genetic mutation although legends attribute the tree’s abnormal, other-worldly appearance to UFOs.  Local lore suggests those who enter The Crooked Bush will experience episodes of dizziness.  Cattle have even been known to refrain from entering and wandering through this patch of crazy forest.

Granted, this natural wonder is found quite literally in the middle of nowhere it is a popular tourist attraction.  The day we stopped by there were five other families visiting these peculiar trees.  Don’t expect any alone time regardless of the location’s remoteness.

crooked bush, Saskatchewan, aspen grove, crooked trees, travel

crooked bush, Saskatchewan, aspen grove, crooked trees, travel

A small parking lot and outhouse greet you at the entrance where a short trail meanders through the woods allowing you to gaze upon these scientific marvels.  As the signs suggest stay on the boardwalk to prevent killing any seedlings and keep your children off the trees.

crooked bush, Saskatchewan, aspen grove, crooked trees, travel

To reach the Crooked Bush head west past Hafford on highway 40 for 8.2 km.  Turn right and travel another 16.2 km where you will come to a smaller gravel road that looks like a private drive.  Turn left and you’ll find these twisty trees about 3.9 km on your left.

crooked bush, Saskatchewan, aspen grove, crooked trees, travel

~ True North Nomad

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29 thoughts on “Canadian Crumbs – Crooked Bush

    1. If you are ever in that neck of the woods you now have something to go see… other than the endless hours of driving across flatness… but I digress. Take care Rich!

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  1. Wonderful place to invite Nature to tell history only she knows … so far from my usual travels, but your images let me stroll vicariously (and you managed to capture what LOOKS like solitude, though that wasn’t actually part of your experience.)

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    1. It’s so funny. Driving to this place we never saw a car. It was quite literally out in the middle of nowhere. I was certain we’d be alone… Just goes to show if something is interesting enough to find,,, people will find it.

      Take care!

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