Rural Municipality of Val Marie No. 17

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Val Marie No. 17
West Block of Grasslands National Park
Location within Saskatchewan
Location within Saskatchewan
Federal ridingCypress Hills--Grasslands
Provincial ridingWood River
 • ReeveLarry Grant[1]
 • Governing bodyRM Council
 • Office locationVal Marie
 • Total413
Time zoneCST
Postal code
S0N 2T0

Val Marie No. 17 is a rural municipality in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, located in the southwestern part of the province on the United States border. It includes the western portion ("West Block") of Grasslands National Park in its southeastern portion. The RM lies adjacent to the United States border at Phillips County, Montana. It is part of Division No. 4, Saskatchewan.


Fr. Louis-Pierre Gravel, missionary and promoter of much French Catholic immigration to southwestern Saskatchewan, originally called the settlement Rivière des Français after the nearby Frenchman River. But for an unknown reason, in a 1911 report to the superintendent of immigration, his formally proposed name became Libreval ("Free Valley"). Ultimately, neither of Gravel's suggestions was used, and Val Marie ("Valley of Mary"), was coined by Fr. Claude Passaplan, missionary priest in the area. Before coming to Val Marie, Passaplan served as the first Roman Catholic parish priest in Swift Current.[2]


According to the Canada 2001 Census:

  • Population: 481
  • Dwellings: 136
  • Area (km².): 3,103.56
  • Density (persons per km².): 0.2

Communities and localities[edit]

The following urban municipalities are surrounded by the Rural Municipality:

  • none
  • none
Resort villages
  • none

The following hamlets are located within the Rural Municipality:

  • none
special service areas
  • none
Organized hamlet
  • none
Unincorporated hamlets


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Government of Saskatchewan. "Municipal Directory System". Retrieved 2019-05-28.
  2. ^ Barry, Bill (2005). Geographic Names of Saskatchewan. Regina, Saskatchewan: People Places Publishing Ltd. ISBN 1-897010-19-2.

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Coordinates: 49°15′42″N 107°50′00″W / 49.26167°N 107.83333°W / 49.26167; -107.83333