Balcarres, Saskatchewan

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Location
50°48'00"N
103°33'00"W
Country
 Canada
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Balcarres ( bel-KAIR-is); 2006 population 598) is a town located in Southern Saskatchewan, Canada along Highway 10 and Highway 22, approximately 85 km northeast of Regina. Highway 619 and Highway 310 are nearby highways to this community. Neighbouring communities include Fort Qu'Appelle to the west, to the southeast Abernethy, and to the north Ituna. The File Hills First Nations of Little Black Bear, Peepeekisis, Okanese, and Star Blanket are also located to the northeast.

History

Balcarres post office was established in the North-West Territories on 1 April 1884. The name originates from the first postmaster, Balcarres Crawford, at the neighbouring community of Indian Head, North-West Territories (now, since 1905, Saskatchewan).

Sites of interest

Motherwell Homestead National Historic Site of Canada is within 10.5 miles, or 17 kilometres, of Balcarres. Valley Centre Recreation Site, Lebret Recreation Site, and Katepwa Point Provincial Park are all within 20 kilometres as well.

Demographics

Geography

Lat (DMS) 50°48′ N Long (DMS) 103°33′ W Dominion Land Survey 13-21-12-W2 Time zone (CST) UTC−6

Amenities

The town is home to several businesses including L&J Country Foods, 2 Chinese restaurants, Balcarres Country Inn, Henry's Family Fair, Baber's Pharmacy, a Royal Bank, as well as many others. Terminal 22, a large inland grain terminal, is located to the west of town along the Canadian National Railway rail line. Balcarres has a hospital and senior citizens home called the Balcarres Integrated Care Centre or BICC, and an elementary and high school, which educates children from the communities of Balcarres, Abernethy, and the File Hills Indian reserves. There is a United, an Anglican and a Baptist church.

Notable residents

Walter Dieter of the Peepeekisis Reserve near Balcarres, Saskatchewan. He was the founding Chief of the National Indian Brotherhood in 1968, which is today known as the Assembly of First Nations. James Garfield Gardiner was a premier of Saskatchewan and minister in the Canadian Cabinet. Mandy Meyer was a guitar player for both Asia and Krokus. Kenneth Moore played hockey for Canada in the 1932 Winter Olympics. Noel Starblanket of the Star Blanket Cree Nation near Balcarres, Saskatchewan. He was Chief of the National Indian Brotherhood (today known as the Assembly of First Nations). Doug Trapp was a professional ice hockey left wing for the Buffalo Sabres.
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