Vertical air photograph: A11569-169
Flight height: 7,920 feet a.s.l.; lens focal length: 152.4 mm
Scale: 1:15,100 (approx.)
Date: August 18, 1948
Location: Township 18; Range 21 WI
Map sheets: 1:250,000 62K Riding Mountain
1:50,000 62K/9 Elphinstone
Elphinstone is another hamlet with a road pattern determined by the railway line; but here the CP line 1 follows a curved route to cross the Little Saskatchewan River 2. As a result the road nearest the line is also curved 3 with other roads as near as possible at right angles. Surprisingly for such a small settlement (population 201 in 1986) in an agriculturally marginal area, there are three elevators 4 on the line. East of the settlement is a racetrack 5.
North and east of Elphinstone is the Keeseekoowenin First Nation (boundary marked by dashed line). Much of the area is wooded 6. In this topographically complicated area the rigid grid of the DLS breaks down under the influence of the topography. The CP line is curved to follow the Little Saskatchewan River valley. PTH 45 7 is curved, and PR 354 from the south 8 bends as it crosses the Little Saskatchewan River.