Big River, Saskatchewan

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Big River
Motto: Gateway to the North
Big River is located in Saskatchewan
Big River
Big River
Location of Big River in Saskatchewan
Coordinates: 53°50′13″N 107°02′06″W / 53.837°N 107.035°W / 53.837; -107.035
Country Canada
Province Saskatchewan
Region Saskatchewan
Census division No. 16
Rural Municipality Big River
Post office founded 1910
 • Mayor Robert Buckingham
 • Administrator Noreen Olsen
 • MLA Saskatchewan Rivers Nadine Wilson
 • MP Desnethé—Missinippi—Churchill River Rob Clarke
 • Total 2.51 km2 (0.97 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 639
 • Density 255.0/km2 (660/sq mi)
Time zone Central Standard Time
Postal code S0J 0E0
Area code(s) 306
Highways Highway 55

Big River is a town located on the southern end of Cowan Lake in north central Saskatchewan, Canada. It is just north of Saskatchewan's extensive grain belt on Highway 55 (part of the inter-provincial Northern Woods and Water Route) and about sixteen kilometres west of Prince Albert National Park. Delaronde Lake is accessed east of the town. Big River is approximately 132 kilometres to Prince Albert.

Except for some land cleared for farming and a few natural meadows, the town is surrounded by the northern boreal forest.


Big River began as a company town created as a base for the lumber industry at the turn of the 20th century. Commercial fishing also played a major role in the town in the early years.[5] In 1910 a post office was opened in Big River.[6]


Notable people[edit]

Métis film producer and director Wil Campbell[9] was born here. He helped establish the first video program for Aboriginal people with Alberta Native Communications in 1968 and founded the Dreamspeakers Festival Society and the National Film Board's Native Studio.

Former NHL forward Barry Pederson was born here.


There are two schools in the community. Big River Public High School (Grade 7 to 12) & TD Michel Public School (Pre-K to Grade 6). They are part of the Saskatchewan Rivers School Division #119 out of Prince Albert.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "2011 Community Profiles". Statistics Canada. Government of Canada. Retrieved 2013-04-18. 
  2. ^ National Archives, Archivia Net. "Post Offices and Postmasters". Retrieved 2013-04-18. 
  3. ^ Government of Saskatchewan, MRD Home. "Municipal Directory System". Retrieved 2013-04-18. 
  4. ^ Commissioner of Canada Elections, Chief Electoral Officer of Canada (2005). "Elections Canada On-line". Retrieved 2013-04-18. 
  5. ^ "Timber Trails (A History of Big River)". Retrieved 2012-11-02. 
  6. ^ "Library and Archives Canada-Post Offices and Postmasters". Retrieved 2012-11-02. 
  7. ^ "2011 Community Profiles". Canada 2011 Census. Statistics Canada. July 5, 2013. Retrieved 2013-04-17. 
  8. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". Canada 2006 Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Dreamspeakers Film Festival-Walk of Honour". Retrieved 2012-11-02. 

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Coordinates: 53°50′13″N 107°02′06″W / 53.837°N 107.035°W / 53.837; -107.035