Memories Of Deep River

Memories Of Deep River

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


alvor 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 career trapping 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, and eighteen miles east of Buffalo Narrows 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 and unable to speak English, he became a very successful, well known and highly respected businessman.

He accomplished this by sheer will and determination to succeed under the most difficult of circumstances without any help, or, handouts from anyone, other than his family and hired help.

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Map of Ausland Lake

Ausland Lake       

Deep River Fur Farm, Ile-a-la-Crosse, Saskatchewan.

Mink Ranch       

Hunting and Trapping web page.


Fishing on Deep River web page.


My Norwegian Roots, Family history.


Norway Roots photo gallery.


Deep River from the air video.


A History of Buffalo Narrows webpage.


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, mink ranchers, bush pilots, as well as other groups, such as the Roman Catholic Church, various government officials and agencies, law enforcement agencies and needless to say, the local native population, consisting mainly of Cree, Dene and Metis.

Please be aware, any errors, or omissions, found in these books are the responsibility of the books authors, not the webmaster of this website. However, I do try to correct any obvious errors wherever possible.

Webmasters Note.

Although there are a number of books and other interesting on-line links on this website, I do not sell books. The books shown here have been reproduced strictly for the reading pleasure of any interested online viewers.

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


A Century in the Making - History of Big River and District.


Timber Trails - History of Big River and District.


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


Lost Land of The Caribou webpage.


The Manager's Tale, Hudson's Bay Company history.


History of the Early Mink People in Canada webpage.


True Lies of Frontier Charactors and Practical Jokers webpage


True Lies of a Northern Bush Pilot webpage.


True Lies of a Northern Fur Trader webpage.


Ron Clancy, Northern Fur Trader and Author webpage.


These Are The Prairies book webpage.


Religous History of St. John The Baptiste Parish webpage.


Saskatchewan Pictorial History book webpage.


Wings Beyond Road's End book webpage.


Who's Who in Furs webpage.


Joe Anstett webpage.


The truth about fur webpage link.


George Abbott link.

George Abbott       

Interesting Links, webpage of links to interesting websites.

Interesting Links       

My e-mail form link.
This is my Guestbook link.

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| Ausland Lake | Deep River Fur Farm | Trapping Page | Fishing Page | Norway Roots |
| The Manager's Tale | Sakitawak Bi-Centennial | Lost Land of the Caribou |
| History of Buffalo Narrows | Northern Bush Pilot | Timber Trails |
| Face the North Wind | North to Cree Lake | A Look at the Past |
| These are the Prairies | Links Page | Saskatchewan Pictorial History |
| A Century in the Making | Wings Beyond Road's End | Photo Gallery |

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