Memories Of Deep River

Memories Of Deep River

Hunting, Trapping, Fishing and Fur Farming
in Northern Saskatchewan, Canada

Halvor Ausland emigrated to Canada from Evje, Norway in 1920, After working at odd jobs in the Watrous and Shellbrook area, he travelled to northern Saskatchewan. He began his trapping career at Grand Rapids on the Beaver River and then moved further north, trapping at such places as Skeleton Bay on Frobisher Lake and the Mudjatik River, known locally as Deer River, south of Cree Lake, Saskatchewan.

In 1925, Halvor Ausland moved to Deep River (MacBeth Channel on the map) and founded Deep River Fur Farm. It was located 24 miles west of the village of Ile-a-la-Crosse on the Churchill River system. Along with mink and fox ranching, he continued to trap and carry on commercial fishing operations. From humble beginnings, Deep River Fur Farm was to become one of the largest and most successful fur farms in northern Saskatchewan.

Halvor Ausland was not one to keep success to himself. Over the years, he helped many northerners establish fur farms of their own. By 1956, there were 30-40, and possibly as many as 55 mink ranches in the Buffalo Narrows, Ile-a-la-Crosse area, the vast majority started with his help. From a poor Norwegian immigrant, who came to Canada at 17 years of age, unable to speak English, he became a very successful, well known and respected businessman. He accomplished this by sheer will and determination to succeed under the most difficult of circumstances.

Ausland Lake

Ausland Lake

Deep River Fur Farm

Deep River

Hunting and Trapping Page.

Trapping Page

Fishing on Deep River.

Fishing Page

My Norwegian Roots.

Norwegian Roots

Welcome to Our House.

Photo Gallery

Deep River from the air.

Video Deep River

A History of Buffalo Narrows.

Buffalo Narrows

A number of books have been added to this website. They deal with the life and times of many Saskatchewan residents, homesteaders, trappers, fur traders, bush pilots, as well as other groups, such as the Roman Catholic Church, government officials, law enforcement agencies and needless to say, the local native population, consisting mostly of Cree, Dene and Metis.

Sakitawak Bi-Centennial, Ile-a-la-Crosse 1776 - 1976.


Timber Trails - History of Big River and Ditrict.

Timber Trails

A Look at the Past - History of Dore Lake, Saskatchewan

Dore Lake

Lost Land of The Caribou.

Lost Land

The Manager's Tale.


True Lies of Frontier Charactors and Practical Jokers


True Lies of a Northern Bush Pilot


True Lies of a Northern Fur Trader

Fur Trader

Ron Clancy, Northern Fur Trader and Author.

Ron Clancy

These Are The Prairies.


Religous History of St. John The Baptiste Parish

St. John Baptiste

History of the Early Mink People in Canada.

Mink People

The truth about fur.

Truth About Fur

The Metis Man

Mike Durocher

Interesting Links

Interesting Links

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