Saskatchewan Highway 26
|Length:||197 km (122 mi)|
|South end:||Hwy 4 near North Battleford|
|North end:||Hwy 224 / Hwy 950 near Goodsoil|
|North Battleford RM, Meota RM, Turtle River RM, Mervin RM, Frenchman Butte RM, Loon Lake RM, Beaver River RM|
Highway 26 is a highway in the western portion of the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. The southernmost point is a junction with Highway 4, north of North Battleford. From there, it runs generally northwest, including a 29 km concurrency with Highway 3 from just north of Turtleford to just south of St. Walburg, where it turns to a more northerly route (while Highway 3 continues west). Highway 26 continues north until it terminates at a junction with Highway 224 and Highway 950, at the northern edge of the village of Goodsoil.
Communities along the route
The southern 100 km (62 mi) of the 200 km (120 mi) Highway 26 runs beside a former Canadian Northern Railway (CNoR) branch line from Prince to St. Walburg, which CNoR built out from North Battleford and steadily extended until 1919. The rail line, and adjoining roads, caused a boom in the area, as early homesteaders were then able to deliver their production to grain elevators. The Canadian National Railway abandoned the entire branch line in 2005, when the remaining grain elevators closed, with grain now transported by truck on Highway 26.
- Prince is just west off the highway.
- Cavalier (former hamlet, Pioneer grain elevator closed 1999)
- Spruce Lake
- St. Walburg
- Loon Lake
- Makwa Lake First Nation: 129, 129B
- Flat Valley (former hamlet)
- North Battleford No 437
- Meota No 468
- Turtle River No 469
- Mervin No 499
- Frenchman Butte No 501
- Loon Lake No 561
- Beaver River No 622
Highway 26 piggybacks or shares its route with these other highways, also named a concurrency.
Along Highway 26 these are a listing of lakes, big things, statues, historical markers, beaches, historical sites and buildings, national, regional and provincial parks.
- The Goodsoil Historical Museum Site, in Goodsoil, is a Municipal Heritage Property on the Canadian Register of Historic Places.
- Makwa Lake Provincial Park
- Makwa Lake
- Jackfish Lake just to the east of route near Meota.
- The Battlefords Provincial Park, which borders Jackfish Lake
- Meadow Lake Provincial Park
- Ernie the Turtle at Turtleford
- Windmill at Village of Edam
- Russell, Edmund T. (1973), What's In a Name: The Story Behind Saskatchewan Place Names (3rd edition), Saskatoon, Saskatchewan: Western Producer Prairie Books, p. 200, ISBN 0-88833-053-7
- Waghorn's Guide (1914). "Map of Western Canada showing part of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta". Stovel Co. Ltd. Retrieved 2015-06-24.
- Troy A. M. Zimmer (2008-09-14). "Abandoned Rail Lines in Saskatchewan" (PDF). Saskatchewan Trails Association. Retrieved 2015-06-24.
- "About Cavalier Agrow - Our History". Cavalier Agrow. 2015. Retrieved 2015-06-25.
- Macdonald, Julian (1999–2003), Saskatchewan Highways Website - Provincial Highways, retrieved 2007-04-15
- "Goodsoil Historical Museum Site". Canada's Historic Places. Parks Canada. Retrieved 2016-09-27.
- Yanciw, David (2004-07-20), Town of Turtleford, Saskatchewan, retrieved 2016-09-27
- Yanciw, David (2004-07-20), Village of Edam, Saskatchewan, retrieved 2016-09-27
- Sask Tourism, Heart of the Old Northwest (PDF), retrieved 2007-04-17