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Buffalo Narrows
Northern village[1]
New village centre in Buffalo Narrows
New village centre in Buffalo Narrows
Buffalo Narrows is located in Saskatchewan
Buffalo Narrows
Buffalo Narrows
Location of Buffalo Narrows in Saskatchewan
Coordinates: 55°51′14.4″N 108°29′2.4″W / 55.854000°N 108.484000°W / 55.854000; -108.484000Coordinates: 55°51′14.4″N 108°29′2.4″W / 55.854000°N 108.484000°W / 55.854000; -108.484000
Country  Canada
Province  Saskatchewan
Government
 • Mayor Estelle Laliberte
 • MLA Athabasca Buckley Belanger
 • MP Desnethé—Missinippi—Churchill River Georgina Jolibois
Area
 • Total 68.63 km2 (26.50 sq mi)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 1,153
 • Density 16.8/km2 (44/sq mi)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central Standard Time)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5
Postal code S0M 0J0
Highways Hwy 155
Post office established 1936
[3][4][5]

Buffalo Narrows is a northern village in Northern Saskatchewan. It is a community of 1,153 people.[6] Located at the "Narrows" between Peter Pond Lake and Churchill Lake, tourism and resource extraction (logging, fishing) are its main economic activities.

History[edit]

Buffalo Narrows or Détroit du Boeuf as it was called in French was founded in the early 20th century as a trapping, mink ranching and fishing settlement by Scandinavian traders.[7]

The community developed around an earlier Dene settlement. John Macoun, who was travelling the fur trade route from Methye Portage to Lac Île-à-la-Crosse visited the "Narrows" in September 1875. He described his visit to this old community in the following lines: "After sunrise, a head wind sprang up with which we battled all day and reached the "Narrows," that connect Buffalo and Clearwater lakes, before dark. Chipewyan House is situated at the eastern end of the "Narrows," and at the head of Clearwater Lake. Here the Chipewyans have built themselves a number of houses."[8]

Chipewyan House where Macoun stayed for about four days was probably a small outpost of the Hudson's Bay Company much like Buffalo House at Dillon and Bull's House on the La Loche River.

Clearwater Lake (or Clear Lake) was renamed Churchill Lake in 1944[9] and Buffalo Lake was renamed Peter Pond Lake in 1932.[9]

Demographics[edit]

Canada census – Buffalo Narrows community profile
2011 2006
Population: 1,153 (+6.7% from 2006) 1,081 (-4.9% from 2001)
Land area: 68.63 km2 (26.50 sq mi) 34.10 km2 (13.17 sq mi)
Population density: 16.8/km2 (44/sq mi) 31.7/km2 (82/sq mi)
Median age: 27.6 (M: 26.1, F: 30.2) 27.3 (M: 25.9, F: 28)
Total private dwellings: 449 430
Median household income:
References: 2011[10] 2006[11] earlier[12]

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Buffalo Narrows
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 13.0
(55.4)
15.0
(59)
18.0
(64.4)
29.6
(85.3)
31.5
(88.7)
36.0
(96.8)
33.5
(92.3)
35.0
(95)
30.9
(87.6)
27.2
(81)
13.5
(56.3)
10
(50)
36.0
(96.8)
Average high °C (°F) −12.7
(9.1)
−8.7
(16.3)
−1.4
(29.5)
7.6
(45.7)
14.8
(58.6)
20.1
(68.2)
22.8
(73)
21.1
(70)
14.7
(58.5)
6.3
(43.3)
−4.6
(23.7)
−10.7
(12.7)
5.8
(42.4)
Daily mean °C (°F) −17.5
(0.5)
−13.9
(7)
−7.1
(19.2)
2.0
(35.6)
9.1
(48.4)
14.9
(58.8)
17.7
(63.9)
16.3
(61.3)
10.3
(50.5)
2.7
(36.9)
−7.8
(18)
−14.9
(5.2)
1.0
(33.8)
Average low °C (°F) −22.3
(−8.1)
−19.1
(−2.4)
−12.8
(9)
−3.5
(25.7)
3.4
(38.1)
9.6
(49.3)
12.6
(54.7)
11.4
(52.5)
5.8
(42.4)
−0.9
(30.4)
−11.0
(12.2)
−19.1
(−2.4)
−3.8
(25.2)
Record low °C (°F) −47.0
(−52.6)
−44.0
(−47.2)
−43.5
(−46.3)
−31.8
(−25.2)
−11.5
(11.3)
−1.5
(29.3)
3.5
(38.3)
0.1
(32.2)
−5.5
(22.1)
−20.0
(−4)
−39.2
(−38.6)
−42.4
(−44.3)
−47.0
(−52.6)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 20.6
(0.811)
18.6
(0.732)
16.6
(0.654)
26.0
(1.024)
40.0
(1.575)
61.5
(2.421)
80.1
(3.154)
62.3
(2.453)
43.6
(1.717)
32.5
(1.28)
25.5
(1.004)
21.9
(0.862)
449.1
(17.681)
Average rainfall mm (inches) 0.5
(0.02)
0.4
(0.016)
2.1
(0.083)
9.5
(0.374)
35.8
(1.409)
61.5
(2.421)
80.1
(3.154)
62.3
(2.453)
43.0
(1.693)
19.3
(0.76)
2.0
(0.079)
0.8
(0.031)
317.4
(12.496)
Average snowfall cm (inches) 21.7
(8.54)
19.7
(7.76)
15.5
(6.1)
16.7
(6.57)
4.4
(1.73)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.6
(0.24)
13.2
(5.2)
24.7
(9.72)
22.4
(8.82)
138.8
(54.65)
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.2 mm) 12.7 10.5 8.7 7.7 9.8 12.9 14.9 12.9 12.1 11.6 13.0 11.3 138.0
Average rainy days (≥ 0.2 mm) 0.5 0.3 1.2 4.0 9.0 12.9 14.9 12.9 12.0 7.2 1.3 0.6 76.7
Average snowy days (≥ 0.2 cm) 12.6 10.5 8.0 4.8 1.7 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.41 5.5 12.2 11.5 67.3
Average relative humidity (%) (at 3pm) 72.3 67.1 57.8 50.7 48.3 52.4 55.6 57.2 59.7 64.4 76.8 77.0 61.6
Source: Environment Canada[13]

Attractions[edit]

Park on Churchill Lake
Rare piping plover
Highway 155 bridge over the Kisis Channel
Churchill Lake viewed from Buffalo Narrows

Buffalo Narrows is notable for its scenery and its bridge that crosses the Kisis Channel.[9] The bridge was officially opened in 1981 replacing a ferry that was set up in 1957. This channel links Peter Pond Lake and Churchill Lake.

Buffalo Narrows Sand Dunes Park[edit]

The dunes of Buffalo Narrows Sand Dunes Park located 5 km north of downtown create a 10 km fine sandy beach along the southwest shore of Big Peter Pond Lake (55°53′35.90″N 108°36′39.64″W / 55.8933056°N 108.6110111°W / 55.8933056; -108.6110111). The park, which is 3,650 hectares (14.1 square miles) in size, includes the peninsula that nearly cuts Peter Pond Lake in two creating Little Peter Pond, the southern section and Big Peter Pond, the northern section. Formerly Crown land, the recreation area was transferred to the Northern Village of Buffalo Narrows in 2003. The community has assumed the responsibility for its maintenance and development.[14][15] The beach is a nesting site of the vulnerable sparrow-sized piping plover.[16]

Transportation[edit]

Buffalo Narrows is connected to the rest of Saskatchewan by Highway 155. Highway 155 is paved along its whole length. The community is served by the Buffalo Narrows Airport and the Buffalo Narrows Water Aerodrome.

Financial Services[edit]

Innovation Credit Union has an Advice Centre located at #3-1491 Pederson Ave. The location includes a full service automated teller machine.[17]

Education[edit]

The school in Buffalo Narrows is called Twin Lakes Community School or "TLCS". The K-12 school has approximately 310 students and about 30 teachers and is part of the Northern Lights School Division # 113.[16] Northlands College maintains a satellite campus in Buffalo Narrows.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Search for Municipal Information". Government of Saskatchewan. Archived from the original on 10 March 2014. Retrieved 7 April 2014.
  2. ^ "2011 Community Profiles". Statistics Canada. Government of Canada. Retrieved 30 May 2012.
  3. ^ National Archives, Archivia Net. "Post Offices and Postmasters". Archived from the original on 6 October 2006. Retrieved 6 September 2009.
  4. ^ Government of Saskatchewan, MRD Home. "Municipal Directory System". Archived from the original on 15 January 2016. Retrieved 6 September 2009.
  5. ^ Commissioner of Canada Elections, Chief Electoral Officer of Canada (2005). "Elections Canada On-line". Archived from the original on 21 April 2007. Retrieved 6 September 2009.
  6. ^ "Statistics Canada (Community profiles)". Retrieved 12 October 2012.
  7. ^ "History of Buffalo Narrows". Retrieved 31 March 2013.
  8. ^ John Macoun (1922), Autobiography of John Macoun, M.A (page 121), Ottawa: Ottawa Field-Naturalists' Club, Library of Congress QH31.M15
  9. ^ a b c "Geographical Names Query". Retrieved 16 April 2013.
  10. ^ "2011 Community Profiles". Canada 2011 Census. Statistics Canada. July 5, 2013. Retrieved 2012-05-30.
  11. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". Canada 2006 Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2012-05-30.
  12. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". Canada 2001 Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012.
  13. ^ Environment Canada Canadian Climate Normals 1981–2010, accessed 10 November 2016
  14. ^ "Government of Saskatchewan (COMMUNITY OF BUFFALO NARROWS WILL BE GETTING NEW RECREATION SITE)". 7 October 2003. Archived from the original on 23 February 2014. Retrieved 17 February 2014.
  15. ^ "Buffalo Narrows Assumes Control of Beach Site". 2010-08-01. Retrieved 2014-02-17.
  16. ^ a b "Northern Lights School Division # 113". Retrieved 2014-07-02.
  17. ^ Innovation Credit Union Branch and ATM locator. https://www.innovationcu.ca/ToolsAndCalculators/FindBranchATM/

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