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City of Estevan
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Nickname(s): The Energy City
Estevan is located in Saskatchewan
Location of Estevan in Saskatchewan
Country Canada
Province Saskatchewan
First settler 1892
Village 1899
Town 1906
City March 1, 1957
 • Type Mayor–council government
 • Mayor Roy Ludwig
 • Total 18.85 km2 (7.28 sq mi)
Population (2011)
 • Total 11,054
 • Density 586.6/km2 (1,519/sq mi)

Estevan (Assiniboine: į́yoȟnoga [1]) is the eighth largest city in Saskatchewan, Canada. It is located approximately 16 km (9.9 mi) north of the Canada–United States border. The Souris River runs by the city. This city is surrounded by the Rural Municipality of Estevan No. 5.


  • History 1
    • 1981 History Book 1.1
  • Economy 2
  • Local media 3
    • Newspapers 3.1
    • Radio 3.2
  • Arts and Culture 4
    • Museums and Galleries 4.1
    • Arts Council 4.2
  • Demographics 5
  • Climate 6
  • Notable residents 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9


The first settlers in what was to become Estevan arrived in 1892, along with the expansion of the Canadian Pacific Railway. It was incorporated as a village in 1899, and later became a town in 1906. On March 1, 1957, Estevan acquired the status of a city, which, in Saskatchewan terms, is any community of 5,000 or more.[2]

The name origin is attributed to

  • The City of Estevan
  • Tourism Estevan
  • Estevan Mercury Newspaper
  • Estevan Art Gallery & Museum
  • Souris Valley Museum
  • Estevan Arts Council
  • Map of Estevan at Statcan
  • The Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan - Estevan

External links

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  6. ^ Estevan Lifestyles
  7. ^ Sain Collections - Estevan National Exhibition Centre
  8. ^ Estevan Art Gallery & Museum - Permanent Collection
  9. ^ Estevan Art Gallery & Museum - North West Mounted Police Museum
  10. ^ Souris Valley Museum - About
  11. ^ Estevan Arts Council - About
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  15. ^ Spring is March, April and May. Summer is June, July and August. Autumn is September, October and November. Winter is December, January and February.
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Notable residents

Estevan has a humid continental climate (Köppen climate classification Dfb), characterized by cold, long and dry winters and warm, short and relatively humid summers. The mean temperature in January, the coldest month, is −13.7 °C (7.3 °F).[14] The precipitation in winter[15] is chiefly snow, averaging 56.0 cm (22.05 in).[14] The spring is a short transitional season, with a mean temperature of 4.4 °C (39.9 °F) and 107.3 mm (4.22 in) of precipitation, with significant snowfall in April.[14] The summer is usually warm (the mean average high temperature is 25.3 °C (77.5 °F) (average high in July, the warmest month, is 26.5 °C (79.7 °F) and humid (190.8 mm (7.51 in) of total precipitation).[14] Autumn, as spring, is transitional, being warm in September and cooler in October and November. At this time of the year, the average temperature is 4.6 °C (40.3 °F) and the total precipitation is 85.9 mm (3.38 in).[14] The extreme low and high temperatures are, respectively, −42.2 °C (−44.0 °F), recorded on January 20, 1954, and 41.1 °C (106.0 °F), recorded on August 8, 1958.[14] Estevan is the sunniest city year-round in Canada, and it is also the city with the clearest skies year round in Canada.[16]


SaskPower Boundary Dam Power Station one of two coal fired generating stations in Estevan.
Census Population
1901 181
1911 1,981
1921 2,290
1931 2,936
1941 3,120
1951 3,935
1961 7,728
1971 9,150
1981 9,174
1991 10,240
2001 10,242
2006 10,084
2011 11,054


The city of Estevan also has a local arts council, founded in 1967. The Estevan Arts Council is a non-profit organisation that offers art classes and workshops, adjudicates art shows, hosts concerts and provides a youth art scholarships through the work of volunteers and community donations and grants.[11]

Arts Council

The Souris Valley Museum, SVM, is a local and regional history museum that focuses on human development and daily life within Southeast Saskatchewan. It was founded in 2001, primarily from the collection of Stan Durr. The Museum provides an engaging depiction of the social and cultural influences and economic development of Southeast Saskatchewan. The collection includes the Schneller Schoolhouse, a Threshing Cook Car, a Homesteader Shack, two of Estevan's original Firetrucks and a Heritage Mining Display.[10]

The Estevan Art Gallery and Museum, formerly the Estevan National Exhibition Centre, was founded in 1978.[7] The Estevan Art Gallery is a free public gallery that showcases contemporary art. The Galleries permanent collection includes woodblock-print works by Andrew King.[8] The Estevan Art Gallery and Museum, EAGM, also features the North West Mounted Police Wood End Post Historical Site, NWMP Museum. This Museum is located in a house which is the oldest known North West Mounted Police Detachment Post in Saskatchewan and holds a collection that relates to the North West Mounted Police and the 1874 March West from Roche Percee to Estevan.[9]

The city of Estevan has two Museums, one of which is primarily a gallery.

Museums and Galleries

Arts and Culture

CJSL AM 1150, CHSN-FM 102.3, and CKSE-FM 106.1 Discover Estevan is also run by the radio station offering up to date news, weather and sports. All are owned by Golden West Broadcasting.


Estevan Lifestyles is a free circulation weekly publication that shares the stories of the people in the Estevan area and the southeast corner of Saskatchewan. The publication also publishes NewsBreak, a daily coffee paper that is geared towards a lighter reading.[6]

Pipeline News, Saskatchewan Petroleum Monthly newspaper is also based out of Estevan. Southeast Saskatchewan has a significant amount of oil production, and the Pipeline News' main office is situated locally to report on these matters.[5]

The Estevan Mercury, the newspaper in Estevan since 1903, provides weekly distribution to every household in the City free of charge. The newspaper also provides up-to-date news via online editorial copy and local videos.[4] It also has as free TMC newspaper circulated throughout southeast Saskatchewan to over 9,000 homes; the Southeast Trader Express.


Local media

The major industries in Estevan are coal mining, power generation, oil and gas.


Estevan, and the Estevan Coalfield, along the Souris River, viewed from the Space Shuttle, February 2001

To help celebrate the centenary of settlement in the Estevan area, the Estevan History Book Committee published a handsome, two-volume history of the city entitled A Tale that is Told in 1981. The two volumes present a detailed history of the city and the surrounding area, including information about early pioneers, homesteaders, railroads, churches, schools, and businesses.

1981 History Book

Estevan was the site of the notorious Workers' Unity League.

On December 22, 1915, the 152nd (Weyburn-Estevan) Battalion, CEF was authorised and recruited men from the area before departing to Great Britain on October 3, 1916.

George Stephen was the first President of the Canadian Pacific Railway from 1881 to 1888. [3]

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