Saskatchewan Highway 34

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Highway 34
Route information
Length: 62 km[1] (39 mi)
Major junctions
South end: S-511 at Port of Big Beaver
48°59′57″N 105°09′44″W / 48.9993°N 105.1623°W / 48.9993; -105.1623 (Saskatchewan Highway 34, southern end)
North end: Hwy 13 west of Ogema
49°33′07″N 105°07′22″W / 49.5519°N 105.1229°W / 49.5519; -105.1229 (Saskatchewan Highway 34, northern end)
Highway system

Provincial highways in Saskatchewan

Hwy 33 Hwy 35

Highway 34 designates major roads intended for travel by the public between Highway 13 just to the west of Ogema to the US border. At the Port of Big Beaver the road changes name and becomes Montana Secondary Highway 511. Saskatchewan's main roadways are located in the central/southern geographical land area of rugged badlands, and rolling prairie and grass land in a western Canadian prairie province. This paved highway along with Red Coat Trail and Outlaw Tail, early Red river cart trails encompassed the Big Muddy Badlands.



Communities along route 34 travelling from south to north includes firstly, the Port of Big Beaver, a community on the United States - Canada border. Big Beaver is a hamlet of about 21 people in southwestern Saskatchewan.[2] Bengough is a town of about 337 people in 2006.[3] Prairie South School Division No, 210 supports Bengough School which has about 180 students. This consolidated school K-12 supports children from rural areas via school bus. Bengough also is home to the SouthEast Regional College. Route 34 passes near Glasnevin, which is an unincorporated area.

Rural municipalities[edit]

Rural municipalities

A list of rural municipalities that the route enters from south to north would begin with Happy Valley No. 10. Happy Valley R.M. incorporated January 1, 1913[4] and serves 174 rural residents who live within its area encompassing 812.74 square kilometers.[5] Bengough No. 40 was also incorporated January 1, 1913[4] serving 337 rural residents within its area encompassing 1,036.91 square kilometers.[6] Key West No. 70 was incorporated December 12, 1910, serves 309 residents in an area of 825.26 square kilometers. [7]


Gas and oil exploration has resulted in large number of wells in the area.[8] Coal mining, tourism and agriculture are the main economic mainstays of the area.[9]


St. Victor Petroglyphs[10] and Grasslands National Park [11] are in the vicinity. Bengough Regional Park offers Ball diamonds, horseshoe pitches, cook shack, swimming pool, paddle pool and whirlpool and gold course.[12][13] Big Beaver Regional Park offers camping and picnic facilities.


The Big Muddy Badlands were home to outlaws such as Butch Cassidy, Sundance Kid, Sam Kelley and Dutch Henry which came to Canada, across the border to escape from the U.S. marshalls.[14][15] Bengough was the western terminus of the Radville - Bengough CNR rail line in 1924.[16] It is still situated on the CPR/CN Railway. Glasnevin near the northern terminus of route 34 was located on the Assiniboia Branch CPR rail line.[17] This east-west route connected Weyburn and Altawan continuing westerly into Alberta to Manyberries. These rail junctions and highways combined to serve communities and industries in the area.

Major Attractions[edit]

Big Beaver Regional Park west of highway near Highway 18 intersection. Big Muddy Badlands is a 55-km cleft (35 miles) long, 3.2-kilometre wide, and 160 metres (500 ft) deep valley of erosion and sandstone along Big Muddy Creek.[18] Big Muddy Lake lies to the west of highway 34. Route 34 passes through the Missouri Coteau which is a plateau of low hummocky, undulating, rolling hills, potholes, and grasslands.[19] Bengough Regional Park is west of highway 34 near Highway 705 19 km south of Bengough. Along this highway is Castle Butte a 60-metre (200 ft) high outcrop of sandstone and compressed clay which protrudes from the flat prairie.[18][20] Willow Bunch Lake is to the east of highway 34. Channel Lake to west of highway near Highway 13


Travel along the big muddy area on route 34 may give glimpses of wildlife indigenous to the area. Some may be Badger, Bobcat, Cottontail Rabbit, Coyote, gopher, Jack Rabbit, Lynx, Mule Deer, Pronghorn Antelope, Raccoon, Red Fox, Weasel, and White Tail Deer.[9]

List/Junctions/Major Intersections[edit]




−0.3 Depart from Whitetail, Montana on SR-511 (North)
0.0 Entering Saskatchewan, road name changes to Highway 34
0.2 Entering the Rural Municipality of Happy Vally No. 10
10.3 Junction with Highway 18
30.1 Entering the Rural Municipality of Bengough No 40
40.0 Junction with Highway 705. Continues on as Highway 34 (705)
44.9 Entering Bengough
46.5 Junction with Highways 624 and 705. Continues on as Highway 624.
64.0 Arrive at Highway 13.


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  10. ^ "St. Victor Petroglyphs". Retrieved April 23, 3007. 
  11. ^ "Grasslands National Park". Retrieved April 23, 3007. 
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  13. ^ Bengough & District Regional Park. Saskatchewan Regional Parks Association. Retrieved April 23, 3007.  [dead link]
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External links[edit]

Coordinates: 49°16′05″N 105°07′49″W / 49.2681°N 105.1304°W / 49.2681; -105.1304