Roche Percée

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Roche Percée
Roche Percée is located in Saskatchewan
Roche Percée
Roche Percée
Location of Roche Percée
Roche Percée is located in Canada
Roche Percée
Roche Percée
Roche Percée (Canada)
Coordinates: 49°02′27″N 102°28′50″W / 49.040731°N 102.480451°W / 49.040731; -102.480451Coordinates: 49°02′27″N 102°28′50″W / 49.040731°N 102.480451°W / 49.040731; -102.480451
Rural MunicipalityCoalfields No. 4
Post Office Established1890 August 01
 • Total149
Time zoneCST
Area code(s)306

Roche Percée is a village in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. The village is situated near the Canada–United States border just off of Highway 39. Roche Percée is 20 km (12 miles) east of Estevan in the valley of the Souris River.

Roche Percée Provincial Historic Site[2] is located nearby. Referred to by local residents as "The Rocks", it has large sandstone deposits in which some caves have formed. The name of the village comes from the Métis French name of the rock formations,[3] which means "pierced rock" in French. Another similar formation Rocher Percé is located in Quebec.


During the 1874 westward trek of the North-West Mounted Police, the force established its first camp (called Short Creek Camp) at this location. The town began being served by the SOO Line in 1893, permitting the coal mines in the region to become operational.

In 2010, the provincial government signed an agreement with Southeast Tour & Trails Inc. to restore Roche Percée Park after being closed for over a decade.[4]

In 2011, flooding on the Souris River inundated the village, forcing its residents to evacuate.[5][6] Over half of the 64 homes in Roche Percee were damaged beyond repair, and will have to be demolished.[7]


Canada census – Roche Percée community profile
2011 2006
Population: 153 (+2.7% from 2006) 149 (-8.0% from 2001)
Land area: 2.83 km2 (1.09 sq mi) 2.59 km2 (1.00 sq mi)
Population density: 54.1/km2 (140/sq mi) 57.5/km2 (149/sq mi)
Median age: 31.6 (M: 31.8, F: 31.3) 37.5 (M: 35.5, F: 39.2)
Total private dwellings: 64 59
Median household income:
References: 2011[8] 2006[9] earlier[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Roche Percée". Post Offices and Postmasters. Library and Archives Canada. January 31, 2007. Archived from the original on October 15, 2012. Retrieved 2011-06-21.
  2. ^ "La Roche Percee Provincial Historic Site & Short Creek Cairn". Tourism Saskatchewan. Retrieved 2013-03-12.
  3. ^ McLennan, David. "Roche Percée". Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan. Canadian Plains Research Center, University of Regina. Retrieved 2011-06-21.
  4. ^ Saxon, Chad (May 26, 2010). "Roche Percee Park plans moving forward". Estevan Mercury. Glacier Media Group. Retrieved 2011-06-21.
  5. ^ Varano, Lisa (June 19, 2011). "Village underwater in Saskatchewan". The Weather Network. Retrieved 2011-06-20.
  6. ^ "Tiny town submerged by Saskatchewan flood". CBC News. June 21, 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-21.
  7. ^ "Majority of Roche Percee homes to be demolished". CBC News. October 28, 2011. Retrieved 2011-10-28.
  8. ^ "2011 Community Profiles". Canada 2011 Census. Statistics Canada. July 5, 2013. Retrieved 2013-01-27.
  9. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". Canada 2006 Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2009-02-24.
  10. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". Canada 2001 Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012.