Saskatchewan Highway 26
|Length:||203 km (126 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 northern portion of the Canadian province of Saskatchewan and begins at Hwy 4 north of North Battleford which sets the southern end of the highway. The concurrency of Highway 224 east with Highway 950 west separates at Highway 26 which demarks the northern extremity. Big Head 124 is just west of Highway 950. Highway 26 cruises through Goodsoil which is the last community on the highway. Meadow Lake Provincial Park is at the northern highway edge. This northern highway point is near Lac des Îles.
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 (c. 1932 to 1945) in Goodsoil, Saskatchewan 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.
- 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.
- Microsoft Streets and Tips (Map) (2004 ed.). Microsoft Corp. § Route Planner.
- Macdonald, Julian (1999–2003), Saskatchewan Highways Website - Provincial Highways, retrieved 2007-04-15
- http://www.historicplaces.ca/visit-visite/affichage-display.aspx?id=6999 Canadian Register of Historic Places.
- DMY (July 20, 2004), Town of Turtleford, retrieved 2007-04-17
- DMY (July 20, 2004), Village of Edam, retrieved 2007-04-17
- Heart of the Old Northwest (PDF), retrieved 2007-04-17
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