The Village of Val Marie
Location: Val Marie, SK
Known as the “Gateway to Grasslands National Park”, Val Marie is a small village with a population of just over 100 people. Despite it’s population, Val Marie is bustling with places to explore, accommodations to fit any style of traveler and events to take part in. Adventure can be found around every corner of this quaint ranching and farming community. Explore the only place in Canada that is home to the Black-Tailed Prairie Dog, the Black-Footed Ferret and the Wild Plains Buffalo.
Val Marie was once used by many First Nations tribes seeking the bison. In 1803, the wild prairie was a part of the Louisiana Purchase and was considered to be a part of the United States. John Palliser, who explored the land in 1857, laid claim that the land there was a “barren desert wasteland” and so most of the land remained native prairie and undisturbed. In the 1880’s, the British North American Boundary Commission placed Val Marie in Canada and at the time was used as open range land for the 76 ranch.
It was named Val Marie by Father Passaplan and has since been settled as a ranching and farming community. Many of the land remains undisturbed generations later and is a retreat unlike any other.
Val Marie offers a variety of accommodations including camping in the local campground, Sky Story Bed and Breakfast and so much more. The village also houses many places to eat, a cardlock gas station and a grocery store. Val Marie hosts an annual indoor rodeo every fall as well as other events in the community throughout the year.
For more information please visit their website here!
Monchy Point of Entry
Second Sunday in March to May 31st – 9:00am – 6:00pm
June 1st to September 15th – 8:00am – 9:00pm
September 16th to the first Saturday in November 9:00am – 6:00pm
First Sunday in November to second Saturday in March 10:00am – 7:00pm.
Please visit www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca or call 1-306-298-2232 for more information regarding the point of entry.
Val Marie 53rd Annual Indoor Bob Larson Memorial Rodeo: Sept 15-16th – 7pm
Admission: Adults $10, 12 & Under $7, Preschool Free
Val Marie Little Britches Rodeo: Sunday, September 17, 2017 – 1:00 p.m.
Admission: Adults $5, 12 & Under $3, Preschool Free
Dance Saturday Night
Music by Electric Mayhem
Live Auction Fundraiser Saturday night during rodeo intermission
Municipal Campground Open until October 31st.