Beauval, Saskatchewan

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Northern village[1]
Beauval is located in Saskatchewan
Coordinates: 55°08′42″N 107°36′44″W / 55.14500°N 107.61222°W / 55.14500; -107.61222Coordinates: 55°08′42″N 107°36′44″W / 55.14500°N 107.61222°W / 55.14500; -107.61222
Country Canada
Province Saskatchewan
Settled 1905
Post office established 1910
 • Type Municipal council
 • Mayor Fred Roy
 • MLA Athabasca Buckley Belanger
 • MP Desnethé—Missinippi—Churchill River Rob Clarke
 • Land 6.71 km2 (2.59 sq mi)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 756
 • Density 112.6/km2 (292/sq mi)
Time zone UTC (UTC-6)
Postal code S0M 0G0
Highways Hwy 165

Beauval, Saskatchewan is a northern village located in Northern Saskatchewan, near Lac Île-à-la-Crosse. It was founded in the early 20th century as a Roman Catholic mission and as a transportation center.

Highway 165 goes through the community. Highway 918 three kilometres east leads north to Patuanak. Eight kilometres east is the hamlet of Lac La Plonge on Lac La Plonge. Eight kilometres west where Highway 165 joins Highway 155 is Beauval Forks. The Beauval Airport along with several businesses are located there.

Beauval is situated in the valley of the Beaver River hence the name "beautiful valley" or "beau val" in French. The population of Beauval was 756 in 2011.[5]


The earliest known settler was Philip Yew who arrived in 1905, by 1907, others have arrived, mainly from Dore Lake. In 1910, Alexander Laliberte opened a fur trading store to serve the local trappers. It served as an outpost. In 1969, the community established the 'Beauval Local Community Authority', which elected council to oversee bylaws, collect taxes and maintain law and order. Unlike most Northern Saskatchewan communities, Beauval has seen a population growth over the years. By the end of the Second World War, Beauval had a population of approximately 350 residents, today the population is over 1,000 residents with an additional 200 living in the surrounding area.

Beauval Residential School[edit]

La Plonge 192 (Indian Reserve) where the Beauval Residential School was located is across the river from Beauval and had 115 residents in 2011.[6] La Plonge 192 is part of the English River Dene Nation.

Beauval Indian Residential School opened in 1895 and closed in 1983. It then became the Meadow Lake Tribal Council’s Beauval Indian Education Centre which closed in 1995. The building has since been demolished.[7]

1927 Beauval Residential School Fire[edit]

"In the night of the 19 and 20 of September" "The fire started at the centre of the building close to the furnaces. It spread into the hallway and into the boys dormitory and closed the outside exits. The children tried to save themselves through an inside staircase but were stopped by the flames. The whole boys dormitory was in flames. The older girls were heroic in guiding the younger girls to safety. Father Francois Gagnon almost suffocated. In the blink of an eye the building was totally engulfed in flames. The furnaces had been checked just three days previously. Sister Lea (Bellerose) and 19 boys, from the ages of 7 to 12, died." wrote the principal of the school Father Mederic Adam. (translation) "The burnt remains of the twenty victims were buried in two caskets." wrote Father Penard.(translation)[8]

The following list of boys who died in the fire was taken from the memorial monument.

  • Marcel Lemaigre age 7
  • Jimmy Iron age 8
  • Alex Opikokew age 8
  • Simon Sayers (Sayesc) age 8
  • Raphael Corrigal age 9
  • Jules Coulionner age 9
  • Samuel Gardiner age 9
  • Roderique Iron age 10
  • Joseph Sayers (Sayesc) age 10
  • Thomas Alcrow age 11
  • Freddy Bishop age 11
  • Antoine Durocher age 11
  • Patrice Grosventre age 11
  • Frank Kimbley age 11
  • Alfred Laliberte age 11
  • Moise Lariviere age 11
  • Zephrin Morin age 11
  • Albert Sylvestre age 11
  • Ernest Bishop age 12

1936 Epidemic at the Beauval Residential School[edit]

"In the course of last winter an epidemic of influenza and measles ravaged the north-west part of the Vicariate. It first started in Beauval and struck almost all the population. Our Indian school and the rectory were immediately converted into hospitals and despite the heroic efforts of the religious personnel there were 60 victims, 20 at the school and more than 40 among the families of the Mission. With an equal violence the epidemic arrived rapidly to our other Missions of the north particularly Ile a la Crosse, Buffalo River (Dillon) and Portage La Loche. In each of these Missions the death toll was around 50 people." wrote Bishop Lajeunesse in 1937 (translation).[9]


  • Latitude 55°9′ N
  • Longitude - 107°37′ W
  • Dominion Land Survey 71-11-W3
  • Time zone (CST) UTC−6


Today, Beauval derives its economic resources from limited commercial fishing, very little trapping, local and provincial government subsidies, grants and programs, the mines, local businesses and the school. Tourism and recreation activities also provides economic resources.


The community is served by Beauval Airport. There are dirt roads which connect Beauval to neighbouring communities.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Search for Municipal Information". Government of Saskatchewan. Retrieved April 7, 2014. 
  2. ^ "2011 Community Profiles". Statistics Canada. Government of Canada. Retrieved 30 May 2012. 
  3. ^ National Archives, Archivia Net. "Post Offices and Postmasters". Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  4. ^ Government of Saskatchewan, MRD Home. "Municipal Directory System (Northern Village of BEAUVAL)". Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "Statistics Canada (Community profiles)". Retrieved 2012-10-12. 
  6. ^ "Canada Census 2011". Retrieved 2012-10-19. 
  7. ^ "History of La Loche (Beauval Residential School)". 2012-10-12. 
  8. ^ "Peel's Prairie Provinces (Peel 8273)". Retrieved 2012-10-12. 
  9. ^ "Peel's Prairie Provinces (Peel 9816)". Retrieved 2012-10-12. 
  10. ^ "2011 Community Profiles". Canada 2011 Census. Statistics Canada. July 5, 2013. Retrieved 2012-08-12. 
  11. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". Canada 2006 Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2009-02-24. 

External links[edit]

North: Île-à-la-Crosse
West: Jans Bay Beauval East: La Ronge
South: Dore Lake