Duck Lake, Saskatchewan

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Town of Duck Lake
Duck Lake Town Office
Duck Lake Town Office
Duck Lake, Saskatchewan is located in Saskatchewan
Duck Lake, Saskatchewan
Duck Lake, Saskatchewan is located in Canada
Duck Lake, Saskatchewan
Location of Duck Lake in Saskatchewan
Coordinates: 52°49′N 106°14′W / 52.82°N 106.23°W / 52.82; -106.23
Country Canada
Province Saskatchewan
Region Saskatchewan
Post office established 1879
Village Incorporated 1898
Town Incorporated 1911
 • Mayor Denis Poirier
 • Town Administrator Betty Fiolleau
 • Governing body Duck Lake Town Council
 • Land 2.86 km2 (1.10 sq mi)
Population (2006)
 • Total 610
 • Density 213.5/km2 (553/sq mi)
Time zone CST
Postal code S0K 1J0
Area code(s) 306
Highways Highway 11
Highway 212
Website Official Site

Duck Lake is a town in the boreal forest of central Saskatchewan, Canada. Its location is eighty-eight kilometres north of Saskatoon and forty-four kilometres south of Prince Albert on highway 11, in the rural municipality of Duck Lake. Immediately to the north of Duck Lake is the south block of the Nisbet Provincial Forest.

It is also the administrative centre of the Beardy's and Okemasis Cree First Nations band government.

Duck Lake was home to one of the last operating Residential Schools in Canada, St. Michael’s Indian Residential School (Duck Lake Indian Residential School), which closed in 1996.


Duck Lake was one of the 5 Southbranch settlements settled by French speaking Métis from Manitoba in the 1860s and 1870s. A Roman Catholic Mission was established in Duck Lake in 1874 by Father André O.M.I. and by 1888 the village had a school, a post office (called Stobart), a flour mill (gristmill) and a trading post. From 1882 to 1905 Duck Lake was within the District of Saskatchewan of the North-West Territories.[3]

In 1885, Duck Lake was the site of the Battle of Duck Lake, a conflict between Métis warriors and the Government of Canada, at the start of the Northwest Rebellion. At Duck Lake, the Prince Albert Trail, which ran from Regina to Prince Albert, crossed the Carlton Trail and it marked the halfway point between the Métis headquarters at Batoche and the North-West Mounted Police at Fort Carlton.[4]

Historic Carpenter Gothic style All Saints Anglican Church built in 1896 is a municipal heritage site. Its historic cemetery contains the graves of some of those who fought in the Battle of Duck Lake as well as those of other pioneers of the community.[5]

The 1973 western Alien Thunder was partially filmed here.

One of the murals documenting the region's history
Duck Lake Regional Interpretive Centre


Canada census – Duck Lake, Saskatchewan community profile
2011 2006
Population: 577 (-4.6% from 2006) 610 (-2.2% from 2001)
Land area: 2.73 km2 (1.05 sq mi) 2.86 km2 (1.10 sq mi)
Population density: 211.6/km2 (548/sq mi) 213.5/km2 (553/sq mi)
Median age: 41.2 (M: 41.1, F: 41.2) 33.8 (M: 33.0, F: 34.3)
Total private dwellings: 227 254
Median household income:
References: 2011[6] 2006[7] earlier[8]

Notable people from Duck Lake[edit]

  • Gabriel Dumont - Leader of Métis forces in the North-West Rebellion 1885.


  1. ^ National Archives, Archivia Net. "Post Offices and Postmasters". Archived from the original on 6 October 2006. Retrieved 25 September 2013. 
  2. ^ Government of Saskatchewan, MRD Home. "Municipal Directory System". Archived from the original on 15 January 2016. Retrieved 25 September 2013. 
  3. ^ Henry Thomas McPhillips (1888), McPhillips' alphabetical and business directory of the district of Saskatchewan, N.W.T.: Together with brief historical sketches of Prince Albert, Battleford and the other settlements in the district, 1888 (pages 93-97), Prince Albert, NWT: Henry Thomas McPhillips 
  4. ^ "Canadian Plains Research Center Mapping Division" (PDF). Retrieved 13 Sep 2013. 
  5. ^ Canada's Historic Places: All Saints Anglican Church
  6. ^ "2011 Community Profiles". Canada 2011 Census. Statistics Canada. July 5, 2013. Retrieved 2013-09-25. 
  7. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". Canada 2006 Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2013-09-25. 
  8. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". Canada 2001 Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012. 

External links[edit]

Further reading[edit]

Barnholden, Michael. (2009). Circumstances Alter Photographs: Captain James Peters' Reports from the War of 1885. Vancouver, BC: Talonbooks. ISBN 978-0-88922-621-0.

Coordinates: 52°49′N 106°14′W / 52.817°N 106.233°W / 52.817; -106.233 (Duck Lake, Saskatchewan)