The Town of Gull Lake
Location: Gull Lake, SK
The Town of Gull Lake is a progressive community, located 56 km SW of SWIFT CURRENT at the junction of Highways 1 and 37 in the heart of oil country.The town site is situated on what was once part of the 76 Ranch, established in 1887. The 76 Ranch House, built in 1888, is one of southwestern Saskatchewan’s oldest existing buildings. The 10,000-acre 76 Ranch at Gull Lake was one of several massive ranches established by Sir John Lister-Kay’s Canadian Agricultural, COAL and Colonization Company.In 1905 the Gull Lake block was sold to American millionaire developers Conrad and Price; they surveyed the town site and put up the lots for sale. Settlers began to pour in, agriculture superseded ranching as the main local industry and between 1906 and 1912 Gull Lake was booming. In 1912, Gull Lake already had a well-established school, many businesses and services, a doctor, a hospital and a newspaper.
A highly developed and prosperous community Gull Lake boasts many local amenities such as a full service campground, swimming pool, mini-golf, modern ice arena and recreational complex, local dining, community ball diamonds, local museum, a historic walking tour of Gull Lake, and the Gull Lake Lyceum Theatre, a fully upgraded digital movie theater. In addition, the Town also hosts a number of services including: a health centre with on-site doctor, a weekly community newspaper, and town library. It is also the nearest town for supplies and services for those visiting the nearby Antelope Lake Regional Park.
Each year the community focuses on providing visitors with a number of family-friendly, fun and innovative celebrations including:
- Drone-Fest (click to learn more) – the first of its kind in Canada, this festival looks to connect those interested in the hobby of Drone flight, with the practical applications that these newest additions to the Sky can offer. Featuring workshops, displays, opportunities to purchase hobby level drones, and a number of children’s activities, it’s a chance to see what these units can really do.
- Harvest Festival – A time to celebrate the bounty of the season. Calling on its strong agricultural ties, the Harvest Festival in Gull Lake has family fun at it’s heart.
- Winterfest – Learning to love winter and celebrate its fun elements is a difficult thing for Canadians to do sometimes, but the Gull Lake Winterfest makes it easy. Take a spin on the luge run, try your hand at snow-golf, or explore your creative side with snow painting. Starting with a pancake breakfast and ending with fireworks, with a bonfire and hot chocolate and many more activities thrown in for good measure, it’s the perfect way to throw off the winter doldrums.