The town was site of an early fur-trading fort Fort Espérance, now an archaeological site with the remains of two late 18th- and early 19th-century fur trade forts. This was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1944.
Rocanville is a community in Saskatchewan, Canada, and home to the largest oil can in the world. Rocanville is also the home of the Symons Oiler factory which during World War II produced over 1 million oil cans. The town erected the giant oil can to commemorate the factory.
Rocanville is also known for the crop circles that were discovered there in the fall of 1996.
Fort Esperance National Historic Site
Rocanville No. 151, Rocanville, SK S0A 3W0
(4.8 km north of Rocanville)
The trading post at this location was opened by Robert Grant in 1787 for the Northwest Company until 1819, and was the most southern post in the Northwest Territories. There is an interpretive plaque, and the site is open continuously, with free admission.
Rocanville and District Museum
220 Qu’Appelle Ave, Rocanville, SK S0A 3L0
(Qu’Appelle Ave & Saint Albert St)
(306) 645-2113 (May – Sept) or year round at (306) 645-2164
This museum showcases local history and includes five working steam tractors. There is also a fully-equipped 1896 school house. The Museum grounds also has a restored CPR station, Rocanville first commercial building, and a restored country church. Visit for the annual Threshing Day the 2nd Saturday in September each year with demonstrations, displays, etc. Open daily 1 pm – 5 pm from Many to September. Admission fee.