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Gull Lake, Saskatchewan

Gull Lake
Town
Buildings on Main Street, Gull Lake
Buildings on Main Street, Gull Lake
Gull Lake is located in Saskatchewan
Gull Lake
Coordinates:
Country Canada
Province Saskatchewan
Region Southwest Saskatchewan
Census division 4
Rural Municipality Gull Lake
Post office Founded 1884
Incorporated (Village) 1909
Incorporated (Town) 1911
Government
 • Mayor Blake Campbell
 • Governing body Gull Lake Town Council
 • MP David L. Anderson
 • MLA Wayne Elhard
Area
 • Total 2.50 km2 (0.97 sq mi)
Population (2006)
 • Total 965
 • Density 386.0/km2 (1,000/sq mi)
Time zone CST
Postal code S0N 1A0
Area code(s) 306
Highways Highway 1
Highway 37
Website Official website
[1][2][3][4]

Gull Lake is a small town west of Swift Current situated on the junction of the Trans-Canada Highway and Highway 37. It is identified by some by the wind turbines that can be seen in the distance while driving along the Trans-Canada Highway. The SunBridge Wind Farm is near Gull Lake.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Demographics 2
  • Climate 3
  • Economy 4
  • Attractions 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

History

Main street in Gull Lake

The history of the Gull Lake community dates back to 1906, when a development company Conrad and Price acquired and surveyed the town site and subdivided it into blocks. Unlike most other towns located along the Canadian Pacific Railway main line, Gull Lake was not planned and established by the railroad. In fact, there was some animosity from the railroad towards this town that bucked their plan. The origin of the name Gull Lake comes from the Cree word for the area, Kiaskus (kiyaskos) which means "little gull".[5]

From 1906 to 1909 there was no municipal government or authority other than Conrad and Price: the company had full jurisdiction over civic affairs. In 1909 the citizens of Gull Lake had their community incorporated as a village.[6]

Before 1906 the town of Gull Lake was part of the famed Ranch 76 that stretched over most of southwestern Saskatchewan. There are still a few buildings in the town that were part of the ranch.

Demographics

Climate

Climate data for Gull Lake
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 14
(57)
15
(59)
20.6
(69.1)
30
(86)
38
(100)
39
(102)
37
(99)
40
(104)
37.8
(100)
29
(84)
21.5
(70.7)
14.4
(57.9)
40
(104)
Average high °C (°F) −6.1
(21)
−3.4
(25.9)
2.6
(36.7)
11.4
(52.5)
17.8
(64)
22.4
(72.3)
25.4
(77.7)
25
(77)
18.2
(64.8)
11.8
(53.2)
1.5
(34.7)
−4.7
(23.5)
10.2
(50.4)
Daily mean °C (°F) −11.5
(11.3)
−8.6
(16.5)
−2.9
(26.8)
4.6
(40.3)
10.6
(51.1)
15.1
(59.2)
17.6
(63.7)
17
(63)
10.8
(51.4)
4.9
(40.8)
−4
(25)
−10.1
(13.8)
3.6
(38.5)
Average low °C (°F) −16.8
(1.8)
−13.8
(7.2)
−8.5
(16.7)
−2.2
(28)
3.5
(38.3)
7.8
(46)
9.8
(49.6)
8.9
(48)
3.4
(38.1)
−1.9
(28.6)
−9.4
(15.1)
−15.4
(4.3)
−2.9
(26.8)
Record low °C (°F) −40.6
(−41.1)
−42.8
(−45)
−36.1
(−33)
−26.1
(−15)
−9
(16)
−5.6
(21.9)
0
(32)
−1.5
(29.3)
−10.6
(12.9)
−25.5
(−13.9)
−33.5
(−28.3)
−41.5
(−42.7)
−42.8
(−45)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 18.1
(0.713)
13.7
(0.539)
22.3
(0.878)
26.5
(1.043)
64.9
(2.555)
64.6
(2.543)
52.9
(2.083)
41.3
(1.626)
35.9
(1.413)
15.7
(0.618)
12.4
(0.488)
19.6
(0.772)
387.9
(15.272)
Source: Environment Canada[9]

Economy

Agriculture is the top employment field with many surrounding farms and ranches, with some work in the oil fields as well.

Attractions

Regional Attractions:

Great Sandhills Museum in Sceptre
  • Big Muddy Badlands, a series of badlands in southern Saskatchewan and northern Montana along Big Muddy Creek. They are found in the Big Muddy Valley, a cleft of erosion and sandstone along Big Muddy Creek. The valley is 55 kilometres (34 mi) long, 3.2 kilometres (2.0 mi) wide and 160 metres (520 ft) deep.[10] The valley was formed when it was part of an ancient glacial meltwater channel that carried great quantities of water southeastward during the last ice age.[11]
  • The Great Sandhills, is a sand dune rising 50 feet above the ground and covering 1,900 square kilometers. Native prairie grass helps keep the sand together. The sand dunes are fringed by small groves of aspen, birch, and willow trees, and by rose bushes, chokecherry and sagebrush. Subjected to strong winds, the dunes are always moving, creating an ever-changing landscape for photographers.[13]
  • Robsart Art Works, opens July 1 to August 28, 2010 from 1 to 4 p.m. and by appointment and features Saskatchewan artists featuring photographers of old buildings and towns throughout Saskatchewan.[14]
  • T.rex Discovery Centre, a world class facility to house the fossil record of the Eastend area started many years before the discovery of "Scotty" the T.Rex in 1994.[15]

See also

References

  1. ^ National Archives, Archivia Net, Post Offices and Postmasters 
  2. ^ Government of Saskatchewan, MRD Home, Municipal Directory System (– Scholar search) 
  3. ^ Canadian Textiles Institute. (2005), CTI Determine your provincial constituency 
  4. ^ Commissioner of Canada Elections, Chief Electoral Officer of Canada (2005), Elections Canada On-line 
  5. ^ Barry, Bill (October 1, 1998), The Dictionary of Saskatchewan Place Names, Betty K Books & Food,  
  6. ^ Town of Gull Lake History Committee. (1989). Gull Lake memories: a history of the town of Gull Lake. Regina: Focus, p37.
  7. ^ "2011 Community Profiles".  
  8. ^ "2006 Community Profiles".  
  9. ^ Environment Canada Canadian Climate Normals 1971–2000, accessed 27 July 2010
  10. ^ Yanko, Dave. "The Badlands". Virtual Saskatchewan. Retrieved 2010-05-11. 
  11. ^ Harel, Claude-Jean (2006). "Big Muddy Valley". Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan. Great Plains Research Center. Retrieved 2010-05-11. 
  12. ^ Cypress Hills Vineyard & Winery
  13. ^ Great Sandhills
  14. ^ Robsart Art Works
  15. ^ T.rex Discovery Centre

External links

  • Town of Gull Lake website

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