Saskatchewan Highway 6
|CanAm Highway (segment)|
|Maintained by Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure
& Transport Canada
|Length:||518.4 km (322.1 mi)|
|North end:||Hwy 55 at Beaver House near Choiceland|
|South end:||MT 16, US-Canada border near Minton|
|Surprise Valley, The Gap, Norton, Caledonia, Bratt's Lake, Lumsden, Longlaketon, Cupar, Kutawa, Mount Hope, Prairie Rose, Spalding, Star City, Kinistino, Pleasantdale, Willow Creek, Nipawin, Torch River|
|Major cities:||Melfort, Regina|
Highway 6 is a paved undivided major provincial highway in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. It runs from Montana Highway 16 at the Saskatchewan border with the US near the Canada customs port of Regway to Highway 55 near Choiceland. Highway 6 is about 516.6 km (321.0 mi) long. The CanAm Highway comprises Saskatchewan Highways from south to north: SK 35, Sk 39, Sk 6, Sk 3, as well as Sk 2. 203.1 miles (326.9 km) of Saskatchewan Highway 6 contribute to the CanAm Highway between Corinne and Melfort.
Major provincial highways that Highway 6 intersects are Highway 18, Highway 13 (the Redcoat Trail), Highway 39, Highway 1 (The Trans-Canada), Highway 11, Highway 99, Highway 22, Highway 15, Highway 16 (the Yellowhead), Highway 5, Highway 3, Highway 41, and Highway 55.
Canada - United States border to Corinne
Highway 6 begins at the Canada – United States border. The border crossings are Raymond, Montana on Montana Highway 16 in the United States and at Regway, Saskatchewan on Hwy 6. Two early name choices for Meyer were Meyersville or Fort Comfort the name of the neighboring North-West Mounted Police (NWMP) post to the north. Minton, became a hamlet in 1930 and in 1951 Minton incorporated as a village. The initial stages of the journey are mixed grassland, and the main economy is ranching. This area traversed is the Big Muddy Badlands area of the Missouri Coteau. The terrain of the Missouri Coteau features low hummocky, undulating, rolling hills, potholes, and grasslands. This physiographic region of Saskatchewan is the uplands Missouri Coteau, a part of the Great Plains Province or Alberta Plateau Region which extends across the south east corner of the province of Saskatchewan. There are several unique geographical features. The Big Muddy Valley, The Hole in the Wall Coulee, Roan Mare Coulee are all deep valleys of the area. The Big Muddy Lake, an alkali lake, could be crossed at the Diamond Crossing was a rise in Big Muddy Lake. Outlaw gangs such as the Jones-Nelson Gang used this undulating landscape to cross the border and hide out. The Big Muddy Lake itself is as are West Coteau and East Coteau lake. Between the Canada customs port of Regway, and Minton are several points of interest such as an old schoolhouse, and the historic Ceylon Park Memorial Garden. Gibson Creek is dammed with Ceylon Dam providing water to the village of Ceylon, as well as the Ceylon Regional Park which is located just off Hwy 6. Besides passing ranches, oil and gas wells, agricultural lands producing feed, there are also Pregnant Mare Urine barns along this route. Hwy 6 intersects the Red Coat Trail near Pangman at Ceylon.
Highway 6 section of CanAm Highway begins
Corinne is located at the Sk Hwy 6 and Sk Hwy 39 junction.
It is here that the northern journey of the CanAm Highway continues on Sk Hwy 6. Sk Hwy 6 and Sk Hwy 1, the TransCanada Hwy Cloverleaf interchange south of Regina is one of the first two Saskatchewan interchanges which opened in 1967. Regina is the capital of Saskatchewan and is the second largest in the province (after Saskatoon). Regina was previously the headquarters of the North-West Territories, of which today's provinces of Saskatchewan and Alberta originally formed part, and of the District of Assiniboia.
The city is situated on a broad, flat, treeless plain. There is an abundance of parks and greenspaces: all of its trees — some 300,000 — shrubs and other plants were hand-planted and Regina's considerable beauty is entirely man-made. As in other prairie cities, American elms were planted in front yards in residential neighbourhoods and on boulevards along major traffic arteries and are the dominant species in the urban forest. The IPSCO Wildlife Park is located off Hwy 6 at Regina. The Qu'Appelle River flows east - west across the province, Highway 6 goes through the Qu'Appelle valley north of Regina. A crosswalk was installed at Southey with overhead lights giving higher visibility to pedestrians crossing Hwy 6 at Assiniboia Avenue.
In the aspen parkland ecoregion, deer and other large ungulates are a hazard to traffic resulting in potential animal or human deaths especially in the autumn mating months or when deer are searching for feeding grounds in the spring. The defense mechanism of deer in the face of a threat is to freeze. There are over 3,500 deer - auto collisions per year in Saskatchewan. A number of measures have been implemented to increase awareness such as fencing, feeding programs, automobile whistles. Deer mirrors along the edges of highways were installed for reducing deer-vehicle collisions. The Wildlife Warning System is triggered by highway vehicles, setting off lights, sounds and or odours ahead of the approaching vehicle to frighten away animals. A system that detects vehicle was installed in 2002 near Harris to reduce the quantity of mule deer - automobile accidents for a two year testing period. Another system detects large animals and sets off a warning system to drivers of vehicles alerting them that an animal is on or near the highway ahead of time.
The projects on Highways 39 and 6 will help to improve traffic flow through these Canada/U.S. ports. "Highways 6 and 39 are very important to Saskatchewan – serving as tourism links and major north-south trade corridors to the U.S.," Sonntag said.
— NDP 
At the Hwy 39 concurrency, Hwy 6 becomes a part of the CanAm Highway. The historic Wood Mountain - FortQu'Appelle Trail is marked with a point of interest marker. McNab Regional Park is located south of Watson featuring pool and golf course. Watson is located amid the junction of Hwy 5 and Hwy 6. In this area Hwy 6 is traveling through the boreal-transition ecoregion.
Highway 6 is a major north/south highway that has been experiencing higher volumes of truck traffic and general traffic, ... By strengthening the base of this section, we are ensuring Highway 6 will be able to support these heavier loads.
— Highways and Transportation Minister Pat Atkinson
The highway travels east of Lake Charron upon which Lake Charron Regional Park offers camping, fishing, nature trails and snowmobiling trails. Naicam is served by Hwy 6, and Hwy 349. This area is sustained by agriculture with the ecosystem changing from the rolling parkland to boreal forest. The Barrier river valley, Kipabiskau Regional Park, and Lake Charron Regional Park are nearby features.
Highway No. 6 has a much higher traffic count, many more trucks in and out from the States than Highway No. 35 would have.’’
— The Highway Minister Maynard Sonntag 
Highway 6 section of CanAmHighway ends
The South Saskatchewan and North Saskatchewan Rivers join together west of the highway. The highway thus crosses the Saskatchewan River. The Fort à la Corne Provincial Park and the confluence of the Saskatchewan River Basin are two major attractions in this area. Choiceland is located 1 mile (1.6 km) north of Hwy 55, the terminus junction of Hwy 6. The rural municipality of Torch River No. 488 is located past the tree line of Saskatchewan. There are several recreational sites in the area such as Scot's Landing on the Saskatchewan River and Carrolls Cove Campground, Pruden's Point at Tobin Lake.
In 1999 the asphalt concrete pavement section of Highway 6 north of Raymore was tested with a Cold in-place recycling or “CIR” method to rehabilitate highways. This CIR process is a cost-effective method which recycles the top surface of a road. This pulverized material is mixed with asphalt emulsion and spread and compacted back onto the highway surface. This surface is then recovered with a new seal dependent on traffic volume.
Intersections from south to north
|Surprise Valley No. 9||United States border||0||0||MT 16||United States border; continues south as Hwy 16 north of Plentywood, Montana
Hwy 6 begins
|6.7||4.2||Hwy 18 west – Coronach, Rockglen, Mankota||Begins concurrency with Hwy 18 east|
|16.4||10.2||Hwy 18 east – Lake Alma, Oungre, Estevan||Concurrency with Hwy 18 east ends|
|The Gap No. 39||42.8||26.6||Hwy 705 east – Souris Valley, Colgate|
|49.9||31.0||Hwy 705 west – Bengough|
|Village||Ceylon||51.8||32.2||Hwy 377 east – Radville|
|Norton No. 69||72.3||44.9||Hwy 13 – Assiniboia, Weyburn, Stoughton||Red Coat Trail|
|Caledonia No. 99||94.2||58.5||Hwy 712 west – Parry|
|94.2||58.5||Hwy 710 east – Milestone, Lewvan|
|115.6||71.8||Hwy 39 east – Milestone, Weyburn, Estevan, North Portal||Begins concurrency Hwy 39 west
Beginning CanAm Highway segment
|Corinne||118.5||73.6||Hwy 334 west – Avonlea||An unincorporated area.|
|Bratt's Lake No. 129||119.3||74.1||Hwy 39 west – Rouleau, Moose Jaw||Ends concurrency Hwy 39 west|
|134.7||83.7||Hwy 714 west – Rouleau|
|141.2||87.7||Hwy 306 east – Estlin, Lewvan, Colfax|
|City||Regina||158.3||98.4||Hwy 1 west – Moose Jaw, Swift Current, Medicine Hat, Calgary||Parclo intersection (Albert Street)
Concurrency begins with Hwy 1 east
Ring Road Regina
|164.9||102.5||Hwy 33 east – Kronau, Stoughton, Carlyle||Arcola Avenue|
|166.6||103.5|| Hwy 1 east – Indian Head, Whitewood, Brandon, Winnipeg
Hwy 11 north – Lumsden, Chamberlain, Saskatoon
Concurrency ends with Hwy 1 east
Concurrency begins with Hwy 11 north
|170.1||105.7||Hwy 46 east – Pilot Butte, Balgonie||McDonald Street|
3 leaf cloverleaf Ring Road Regina
|175.8||109.2||Hwy 11 turns northwest
Concurrency ends with Hwy 11 north
|Lumsden No. 189||183.8||114.2||Hwy 734 – Lumsden, Zehner|
|199.6||124.0||Hwy 729 – Craven, Edenwold|
|204.4||127.0||Hwy 624 south – Zehner, Pilot Butte|
|Longlaketon No. 219||210.9||131.0||Hwy 99 west – Craven|
|Town||Southey||228.0||141.7||Hwy 22 – Earl Grey, Cupar, Fort Qu'Appelle|
|Cupar No. 218||242.9||150.9||Hwy 731 west – Strasbourg|
|Touchwood No. 248||250.0||155.3||Hwy 731 east – Ituna|
|Kutawa No. 278||279.1||173.4||Hwy 15 east – Leross, Ituna, Melville||Concurrency with Hwy 15 west begins|
|Town||Raymore||281.7||175.0||Hwy 15 west – Nokomis, Kenaston, Outlook||Concurrency with Hwy 15 west ends|
|Mount Hope No. 279||291.4||181.1||Hwy 744 west – Nokomis|
|Big Quill No. 308||305.5||189.8||Hwy 743 east – Wishart|
|319.6||198.6||Hwy 16 east – Wynyard, Foam Lake, Yorkton||Concurrency with Hwy 16 west begins|
|Prairie Rose No. 309||324.8||201.8||Hwy 16 west – Lanigan, Saskatoon||Concurrency with Hwy 16 west ends|
|Lakeside No. 338||347.4||215.9||Leroy access road|
|Town||Watson||362.7||225.4||Hwy 5 east – Quill Lake, Wadena, Canora||Concurrency with Hwy 5 west begins|
|362.9||225.5||Hwy 5 west – Humboldt, Saskatoon||Concurrency with Hwy 5 west ends|
|Spalding No. 368||384.2||238.7||Hwy 756 west – Annaheim, Marysburg||Concurrency with Hwy 756 east begins|
|385.8||239.7||Hwy 756 east – Rose Valley||Concurrency with Hwy 756 east ends|
|Town||Naicam||395.5||245.8|| Hwy 349 east – Archerwill
Hwy 777 west – Lake Lenore
|Pleasantdale No. 398||Silver Park||423.7||263.3||Hwy 773 – St. Brieux, McKague|
|Star City No. 428||439.6||273.2||Hwy 776 east – Resource|
|City||Melfort||446.1||277.2|| Hwy 3 east – Star City, Tisdale, Hudson Bay
Hwy 41 west – Wakaw, Aberdeen, Saskatoon
|Concurrency with Hwy 3 west begins|
|449.4||279.2||Hwy 3 west – Kinistino, Birch Hills, Prince Albert||Concurrency with Hwy 3 west ends
CanAm Highway segment ends.
|Kinistino No. 459||466.7||290.0||Hwy 778 west – Kinistino|
|Willow Creek No. 458||Gronlid||482.5||299.8||Hwy 335 east – Nicklen|
|Nipawin No. 487||482.5||299.8||Hwy 789 east – Lost River|
|495.9||308.1||Bridge across Saskatchewan River|
|Torch River No. 488||south of Choiceland||516.6||321.0||Hwy 55 – Prince Albert, Meath Park, Nipawin||Hwy 6 ends|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
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