Saskatchewan Highway 32

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Highway 32
Route information
Length141.5 km[1] (87.9 mi)
Major junctions
West end Hwy 21 in Leader
  Hwy 37 in Cabri
East end Hwy 1 near Swift Current
Happyland, Clinworth, Miry Creek, Riverside, Saskatchewan Landing, Swift Current
Highway system
Provincial highways in Saskatchewan
Hwy 31Hwy 33

Highway 32 is a highway in southwestern Saskatchewan, connecting Leader and Swift Current. It is about 140 km (87 mi) long, connecting several rural communities along the route including Abbey, Cabri, Cantaur and Success.


The first travel in this area was by foot, and two wheeled ox cart and horse drawn freight wagon using trails on the sod. The first train arrived in Lancer in 1913. The late 1920s and 1930s saw the automobile arrive to a few families in the area.[2]

The subgrade construction of highway 32 was started in 1945 by E.R. Gibbs and gravelled 1947, 1955 and 1959. Oil treatment was commenced in 1965 and reoiled 1968.

  1. Improvements were made paving: Swift Current to Success 1969–71.
  2. Success to Cabri 1972–74
  3. Leader to Prelate by Wappell Construction 1986–87.
    — Our Heritage Recalled: Prelate, Saskatchewan, 1908–1990[3]


The winter of 2000 saw 6.4 kilometres (4.0 mi) resurfaced on this highway. The road west of Cabri to the east of Shackleton was repaired.[4]

In 2005, 10.1 kilometres (6.3 mi) were resurfaced. Construction work began on highway 32 at the entrance to Success and continued west for 10.1 kilometres (6.3 mi). Wheel ruts and surface detoriation were levelled and filled and a microsurface treatment was put into place to restore resistance to skidding.[5]

The highway has become infamous for its extremely poor condition, which can primarily be attributed to a substandard pavement design (not built for heavy trucks in the mostly agricultural and oil-producing area) and claims of lack of maintenance. The condition of the route is so bad that ambulances are avoiding the route as much as possible.[6]

On May 17, 2006, Southwest TV News produced a three part series regarding the highway and its road condition. A Letter of understanding (LOU) was signed by 22 southwest towns, municipalities and government offices.[7]

In 2006, 29 kilometres (18 mi) of highway 32 were converted to a gravel road to alleviate the asphalt surface potholes. Residents lobbying for highway repairs published a "Pothole of the Month" calendar, "I Survived Highway 32" bumper stickers and a billboard was erected on the roadside.[8] The Leader ambulance travels on another route a ​12-hour longer to the Regional Hospital in Swift Current because of bad road conditions.[9]

Action Southwest, Area Transportation Planning Council (ATPC), Department of Highways, Highway 37 partnership and Highway 32 partnership came together to resolve the transportation problems and it was decided to undertake

a regional study encompassing the entire southwest and comprising a complete analysis of the full transportation system (air, rail, road) would be the most beneficial to everyone in the region

— Action Southwest[10]

Action Southwest has appointed a transportation study steering committee as well as two consulting firms to monitor progress.

"Thin-membrane" highways are secondary routes providing a dust-free surface, but were never engineered for heavy truck traffic. Heavy trucks need to be rerouted to refurbished routes designed for truck traffice said Highways Minister Eldon Lautermilch. Saskatchewan comprises 6,400 kilometres (4,000 mi) of thin-membrane highway.[11]

From the southwest to the northeast of Cabri, 14.2 kilometres (8.8 mi) of the highway was resurfaced in the summer of 2007 a part of Phase I Saskatchewan Highways and Infrastructure's 2008 Tender Release.[12]

Highways and Transportation Minister Pat Atkinson allocated $1 million in the spring of 2001. Summer crews resurfaced 6.5 kilometres (4.0 mi) beginning 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) west of Cabri and further westerly. This repair would now handle heavier truck loads on the route.[13]

At a cost of $31.8 million, the 56-kilometre (35 mi) stretch of the Highway between Shackleton and Prelate was upgraded from thin membrane surface (TMS) road to a fully structural paved road designed for full regular highway traffic. This work started on May 4, 2009 and was completed on October 13, 2010.[14]



Great Sandhills Terminal is a Saskatchewan-based, locally owned rural agri-business operating an inland grain terminal located on highway 32 east of Leader

— Government of Saskatchewan Economic News Report for Two Weeks Ending October 6, 2006[15]

The Great Sandhills are located to the south of Highway 32, and the South Saskatchewan river runs to the north of Highway 32. The CPR allocated land along the rail line for the village of Prussia, and soon the RCMP and immigrants arrived to the area. During World War I, the village was renamed to Leader. Along the highway is the village of Sceptre, which hosts The Great Sandhills Museum, metal wheat sculpture, and is the gateway to the great sandhills of Saskatchewan.[16] Lemsford,[17] Portreeve,[18] Shackleton[19] and Battrum[20] are now considered ghost towns of Saskatchewan. The village of Lancer features the Lancer museum which hosts the history of the area, homestead artifacts and a couple of models of the Lancer.[21] George Jaegli was the sculptor who built the 21-foot-high (6.4 m) Chokecherry Cluster at Lancer. Abbey is a village of 130 residents.[22] The town of Cabri is located at the junction of Highway 32 and Highway 37 and features oversized goose, antelope and wheat sculptures. To the south on the South Saskatchewan River is the Cabri Regional Park. Southwest Saskatchewan is home to Saskatchewan's first oil fields, and the Fosterton Oilfield Museum at Cabri commemorates this history of the area.[21] The village of Success is home to 40 residents along Highway 32.[22] In 2006, a 5.3-cubic-foot (0.15 m3) gas storage facility was constructed at Cantuar.[23] The intersection of Highway 332 is to the south of Cantuar.

Major intersections[edit]

From west to east:[24]

Rural municipalityLocationkm[1]miDestinationsNotes
Happyland No. 231Leader0.00.0 Hwy 21 to Hwy 741 west – Kindersley, Maple Creek
Prelate10.26.3Range Road 3253
Clinworth No. 230Lemsford29.918.6 Hwy 649 north – Lemsford Ferry
Miry Creek No. 229Lancer47.529.5 Hwy 639 north – Lancer Ferry
Abbey60.037.3 Hwy 738 south
Shackleton71.344.3 Hwy 633 south – Hazlet
Riverside No. 168Cabri86.453.7 Hwy 37 south / Hwy 639 – Gull Lake
Pennant105.665.6 Hwy 632
Saskatchewan Landing No. 167
No major junctions
Swift Current No. 137Cantuar131.481.6 Hwy 332 west – Hazlet
138.686.1 Hwy 728 west – Nadeauville
140.087.0 To Hwy 1 (TCH) west (Range Road 3152) – Medicine HatAccess from Hwy 1 east
141.587.9 Hwy 1 (TCH) east – Swift Current, ReginaInterchange; westbound exit, eastbound entrance
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Google (October 2, 2017). "Highway 32 in Saskatchewan" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved October 2, 2017.
  2. ^ Miry Creek Area History Book Committee; Our Roots / Nos Racines University of Calgary, Université Laval (1990). "Bridging the centuries: Shackleton, Abbey, Lancer, Portreeve. Vol. 1".
  3. ^ Prelate, Saskatchewan: Prelate History Book Committee,; Our Roots / Nos Racines University of Calgary, Université Laval (1990). "Our Heritage Recalled: Prelate, Saskatchewan, 1908-1990".CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  4. ^ "WINTER TENDER SCHEDULE FOR SOUTHERN HIGHWAYS - Government of Saskatchewan". Government of Saskatchewan. November 14, 2000. Retrieved 2008-01-18.
  5. ^ "IMPROVING HIGHWAYS IN WEST CENTRAL SASKATCHEWAN". Government of Saskatchewan. June 2005. Retrieved 2008-01-18.
  6. ^ "Saskatchewan's Highway 32: Feature Stories:". mooseworld inc. Retrieved 2008-01-18.
  7. ^ "Highway 32, the forgotten highway". Southwest TV News - Swift Current - Saskatchewan - hwy32. Retrieved 2008-01-18.
  8. ^ Marshall, Aasa (November 30, 2007). "Hope for Highway 32". Prairie Post. mooseworld inc. Retrieved 2008-01-18.
  9. ^ Wieler, Jordi (November 30, 2007). "Frustrations over Highway #32 channeled into action". Southwest Booster. mooseworld inc. Retrieved 2008-01-18.
  10. ^ "Action Southwest - Transportation Study". Action Southwest Business Action coalition. Retrieved 2008-01-18.
  11. ^ "Highway network not sustainable, minister says". CBC. June 12, 2006. Retrieved 2008-01-18.
  12. ^ "The Southwest Booster: Rural". The Southwest Booster. A division of Transcontinental Media Inc. 2007-12-20. Retrieved 2008-01-18.[dead link]
  13. ^ "RESURFACING ON HIGHWAY 32 WEST OF CABRI - Government of Saskatchewan". Government of Saskatchewan. February 19, 2001. Retrieved 2008-01-18.
  14. ^ "HIGHWAY 32 REBUILT FROM ROUGH ROAD TO SMOOTH HIGHWAY - Government of Saskatchewan". Government of Saskatchewan. November 5, 2010. Retrieved 2011-01-24.
  15. ^ "Government of Saskatchewan Economic News Report for Two Weeks Ending October 6, 2006". Retrieved 2008-01-18.[dead link]
  16. ^ "The Great Sandhills Museum - Sceptre, Saskatchewan, Canada". Retrieved 2008-01-18.
  17. ^ "Ghost Towns Canada - Lemsford Saskatchewan". All Enthusiast, Inc. 2006. Archived from the original on 2008-01-15. Retrieved 2008-01-18.
  18. ^ "Ghost Towns Canada - Portreeve Saskatchewan". All Enthusiast, Inc. 2006. Archived from the original on 2008-01-15. Retrieved 2008-01-18.
  19. ^ "Ghost Towns Canada - Shackleton Saskatchewan Ghost Town". All Enthusiast, Inc. 2006. Archived from the original on 2008-04-13. Retrieved 2008-01-18.
  20. ^ "Ghost Towns Canada - Battrum Saskatchewan Ghost Town". All Enthusiast, Inc. 2006. Retrieved 2008-01-18.[dead link]
  21. ^ a b "Sask Biz Lancer". Community Profiles. Saskatchewan Government. 2006. Retrieved 2008-01-18.
  22. ^ a b "Community Profiles". Statistics Canada. Government of Saskatchewan. 2006. Retrieved 2008-01-18.
  23. ^ "Infrastructure and Marketing" (PDF). Husky Energy. 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-11-07. Retrieved 2008-01-18.
  24. ^ MapArt; Peter Heiler (2007). Saskatchewan Road Atlas (Map) (2007 ed.). 1:540,000. Oshawa, ON: Peter Heiler Ltd. pp. 38–39. ISBN 1-55368-020-0.

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