Balcarres, Saskatchewan

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Balcarres Main Street in 1968
Balcarres Main Street in 1968
Balcarres is located in 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
 • Mayor Dwight Dixon
 • Administrator Bev Gelech
 • Governing body Balcarres Town Council
 • 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

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 Nations of Little Black Bear, Peepeekisis, Okanese, and Star Blanket are also located to the northeast.


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]


Balcarres Main Street in 2002
Canada census – Balcarres, Saskatchewan community profile
2011 2006
Population: 617 (+3.2% from 2006) 598 (-3.9% from 2001)
Land area: 1.57 km2 (0.61 sq mi) 1.57 km2 (0.61 sq mi)
Population density: 392.9/km2 (1,018/sq mi) 380.8/km2 (986/sq mi)
Median age: 47.6 (M: 46.1, F: 49.4) 43.6 (M: 42.4, F: 45.0)
Total private dwellings: 261 273
Median household income: $27,730
References: 2011[10] 2006[11] earlier[12]


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


The town is home to several businesses including L&J Country Foods, 2 Chinese restaurants, 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 rail line.

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]


  1. ^ "2011 Community Profiles". Statistics Canada. Government of Canada. Retrieved 2014-03-20. 
  2. ^ National Archives, Archivia Net. "Post Offices and Postmasters". Archived from the original on 2006-10-06. Retrieved 2014-03-20. 
  3. ^ Government of Saskatchewan, MRD Home. "Municipal Directory System". Archived from the original on 2016-01-15. Retrieved 2014-03-20. 
  4. ^ Canadian Textiles Institute (2005), CTI Determine your provincial constituency, archived from the original on 2007-09-11 
  5. ^ Commissioner of Canada Elections, Chief Electoral Officer of Canada (2005), Elections Canada On-line, archived from the original on 2007-04-21 
  6. ^ Library and Archives Canada, National Archives of Canada Archivia Net. "Post Offices and Postmasters". Retrieved 2007-07-02. [permanent dead link]
  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. [permanent dead link]
  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. 
  12. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". Canada 2001 Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012. 

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)