Balcarres, Saskatchewan

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Balcarres, Saskatchewan
Balcarres Main Street in 1968
Balcarres Main Street in 1968
Balcarres, Saskatchewan is located in Saskatchewan
Balcarres, Saskatchewan
Location of Balcarres in Saskatchewan
Coordinates: 50°48′00″N 103°32′40″W / 50.80000°N 103.54444°W / 50.80000; -103.54444
Country Canada
Province Saskatchewan
Rural Municipalities (R.M.) Abernethy No. 186
Post Office founded NWT 1884-04-01
Government
 • Mayor Dwight Dixon
 • Administrator Bev Gelech
 • Governing body Balcarres Town Council
Area
 • Total 1.57 km2 (0.61 sq mi)
Population (2011)
 • Total 617
 • Density 392.9/km2 (1,018/sq mi)
Postal code S0G 0C0
Area code(s) 306
Highways Highway 10 Highway 22 Highway 619 Highway 310
Website Town of Balcarres
[1][2][3] [4][5]

Balcarres (/bælˈkɛrəs/; 2006 population 598) is a town located in Southern Saskatchewan, Canada along Highway 10 and Highway 22, approximately 85 km northeast of Regina. Highway 619 and Highway 310 are nearby highways to this community.

Neighbouring communities include Fort Qu'Appelle to the west, to the southeast Abernethy, and to the north Ituna. The File Hills First Nation reserves Little Black Bear, Peepeekisis, Okanese, and Starblanket are also located to the northeast.

History[edit]

Historical view of Balcarres

Balcarres post office was established in the North-West Territories on 1 April 1884.[6] The name originates from the first postmaster, Balcarres Crawford, at the neighbouring community of Indian Head, North-West Territories (now, since 1905, Saskatchewan).[7] [8]

Sites of interest[edit]

Motherwell Homestead National Historic Site of Canada is within 8 miles or 12 kilometres of Balcarres.

Valley Centre Recreation Site, Lebret Recreation Site, and Katepwa Point Provincial Park are all within 20 kilometres as well.[9]

Demographics[edit]

Balcarres Main Street in 2002

Geography[edit]

  • Lat (DMS) 50°48′ N
  • Long (DMS) 103°33′ W
  • Dominion Land Survey 13-21-12-W2
  • Time zone (CST) UTC−6

Amenities[edit]

The town is home to several businesses including L&J Country Foods, Balcarres Country Inn, Henry's Family Fair, Baber's Pharmacy, a Royal Bank, as well as many others. Terminal 22, a large inland grain terminal, is located to the west of town along the Canadian National Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway rail lines.

Balcarres has a hospital and senior citizens home called the Balcarres Integrated Care Centre or BICC, and an elementary and high school, which educates children from the communities of Balcarres, Abernethy, and the File Hills Indian reserves. There is a United, an Anglican and a Baptist church.

Notable residents[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2011 Community Profiles". Statistics Canada. Government of Canada. Retrieved 2014-03-20. 
  2. ^ National Archives, Archivia Net. "Post Offices and Postmasters". Retrieved 2014-03-20. 
  3. ^ Government of Saskatchewan, MRD Home. "Municipal Directory System". Retrieved 2014-03-20. 
  4. ^ Canadian Textiles Institute (2005), CTI Determine your provincial constituency 
  5. ^ Commissioner of Canada Elections, Chief Electoral Officer of Canada (2005), Elections Canada On-line 
  6. ^ Library and Archives Canada, National Archives of Canada Archivia Net. "Post Offices and Postmasters". Retrieved 2007-07-02. 
  7. ^ Russell, E.T. (1975), What's in a Name?, Saskatoon: Western Producer Prairie books, ISBN 0-919306-39-X, page 17 
  8. ^ Furrows in Time: A History of Balcarres and District. Balcarres History Book Committee, 1987. ISBN 978-0-919781-37-5.
  9. ^ Government of Canada. "Geo Names Query". Retrieved 2007-07-02. 
  10. ^ "2011 Community Profiles". Canada 2011 Census. Statistics Canada. July 5, 2013. Retrieved 2014-03-21. 
  11. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". Canada 2006 Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2009-02-24. 

External links[edit]

North West: Lipton North: Ituna North East: Okanese
West: Fort Qu'Appelle Balcarres East: Melville
South West: South: Katepwa South East: Abernethy

Coordinates: 50°48′N 103°33′W / 50.800°N 103.550°W / 50.800; -103.550 (Balcarres, Saskatchewan)