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Turtleford is located in Saskatchewan
Location of Turtleford in Saskatchewan
Coordinates: 53°23′N 108°57′W / 53.383°N 108.950°W / 53.383; -108.950
Country Canada
Province Saskatchewan
Rural Municipalities (R.M.) Mervin No. 499
Post office Founded 1913-12-01
Town July 1, 1983
 • Mayor Olson, Roland (2012)
 • M.L.A. of Cut Knife-Turtleford Larry Doke
 • MP of Battlefords—Lloydminster Gerry Ritz
 • Total 1.69 km2 (0.65 sq mi)
Population (2011)
 • Total 525
 • Density 311.6/km2 (807/sq mi)
Time zone Central Standard Time (UTC−6)
Postal code S0M 2Y0
Highways Hwy 26 / Hwy 3 / Hwy 301
Website Official Website

Turtleford is a town in the rural municipality of Mervin No. 499, in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. Turtleford is located on Highway 26 near the intersection / concurrency with Highway 3 and Highway 303. The nearest large communities are North Battleford and Lloydminster. The Turtle River runs through Turtleford, and nearby are Bright Sand Lake and Turtle Lake.

Turtleford boasts the nation's largest turtle statue (more than eight feet tall), named Ernie.[5] "Ernie the Turtle" is located on Hwy 26 near the south edge of town.

A small vulnerable songbird called Sprague's pipit has a breeding range in the northern Great Plains of North America, and amongst their breeding spots is Turtleford, Saskatchewan. [6]


First settled in 1907 and 1908 the town was named for its proximity to the early river crossing (or ford) on the Turtle River.[7] A post office opened in 1913 and by 1914 the ongoing extension of a Canadian Northern Railway (CNoR) branch from North Battleford had reached Turtleford.[8][9] By 1915 dozens of businesses had opened and Turtleford became a major centre for the area population. [7]

The North Battleford - Turtleford Branch of the CNoR (later merged into Canadian National Railway), which primarily serviced the grain elevators used by the farmers northwest of North Battleford, ceased operation by 2005, when the remaining elevators closed.[10] The branch had served Hamlin, Prince, Meota (1910 extension), Cavalier, Vawn, Edam, Mervin and Turtleford, and had been extended farther northwest to Cleeves, Spruce Lake, St. Walburg (1919 extension), with a fork to Paradise Hill and Frenchman Butte.[9][10] The rail line and Saskatchewan Highway 26 ran beside each other from Prince to St. Walburg.


Canada census – Turtleford community profile
2011 2006
Population: 525 (+13.9% from 2006) 461 (-0.9% from 2001)
Land area: 1.69 km2 (0.65 sq mi) 1.64 km2 (0.63 sq mi)
Population density: 311.6/km2 (807/sq mi) 280.4/km2 (726/sq mi)
Median age: 40.9 (M: 36.5, F: 43.0) 39.8 (M: 36.3, F: 42.1)
Total private dwellings: 227 215
Median household income:
References: 2011[11] 2006[12] earlier[13]
  • Lat (DMS) 53°23′00″ N
  • Long (DMS) 108°57′00″ W
  • Dominion Land Survey 12-51-21-W3

Time zone (cst) UTC−6


Turtleford (Turtleford Community School) belongs to Turtleford School Division #65 a part of Northwest School Division.[14][15][16] Turtleford is served by Lakeland Library Region - Turtleford Branch[17]


  • Durold Textor recipient of Saskatchewan Co-operative Merit Award for his involvement with leading and promoting co-operatives.[18]
  • Roger Deegan of the Turtleford Brass Band who played here from 1926 to 1941[19]


  • Turtleford is served by The Northwest News weekly newspaper.


  1. ^ National Archives, Archivia Net, Post Offices and Postmasters, archived from the original on 2006-10-06, retrieved 2007-05-26 
  2. ^ Government of Saskatchewan, MRD Home. "Municipal Directory System". Archived from the original on 2016-01-15. Retrieved 2009-09-06. 
  3. ^ Canadian Textiles Institute (2005), CTI Determine your provincial constituency, archived from the original on 2007-09-11, retrieved 2007-05-26 
  4. ^ Commissioner of Canada Elections, Chief Electoral Officer of Canada (2005), Elections Canada On-line, archived from the original on 2007-04-21, retrieved 2007-04-24 
  5. ^ LARGE CANADIAN ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONS, Ed Solonyka (1998–2006), Ernie - Canada's Largest Turtle Turtleford, Saskatchewan 
  6. ^ Sprague's Pipit
  7. ^ a b CANADIAN PLAINS RESEARCH CENTER, UNIVERSITY OF REGINA (2006), The Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan (Turtleford), retrieved 2007-05-27 
  8. ^ 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 
  9. ^ a b Waghorn's Guide (1914). "Map of Western Canada showing part of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta". Stovel Co. Ltd. Retrieved 2015-06-24. 
  10. ^ a b Troy A. M. Zimmer (2008-09-14). "Abandoned Rail Lines in Saskatchewan" (PDF). Saskatchewan Trails Association. Retrieved 2015-06-24. 
  11. ^ "2011 Community Profiles". Canada 2011 Census. Statistics Canada. July 5, 2013. Retrieved 2013-06-21. 
  12. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". Canada 2006 Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2009-02-24. 
  13. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". Canada 2001 Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012. 
  14. ^ GrassRoots - Project Gallery Search Results, retrieved 2007-05-27 [permanent dead link]
  15. ^ Turtleford Community School, retrieved 2007-05-27 
  16. ^ NWSD, retrieved 2007-05-27 
  17. ^ Libdex - the library index, Lakeland Library Region - Turtleford Branch, archived from the original (– Scholar search) on 2004-08-16, retrieved 2007-05-27 
  18. ^ Government of Saskatchewan, TURTLEFORD RESIDENT HONOURED - Government of Saskatchewan, retrieved 2007-05-27 
  19. ^ Roger Deegan, retrieved 2007-05-27 

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Coordinates: 53°23′N 108°57′W / 53.383°N 108.950°W / 53.383; -108.950 (Turtleford, Saskatchewan)