Big River

Community Profile of Big River, April 2002



The Town of Big River is situated approximately 136km. Northwest of the City of Prince Albert, just to the West of the Prince Albert National Park. The town derives its name from the translation of the Aboriginal "Oklemow Cee Pee" which refers to the Cowan River. When the North end of the river was dammed. Cowan Lake was formed. This lake runs alongside the West side of Big River before continuing Northward. The lake and river are named after an early sawmill official, William Cowan. Big River is located in the very heart of the forest area of the province and was one of the first places in Saskatchewan where lumbering was established.

The history of Big River began with the opening of the sawmill in 1910. The fish from lakes in the Big River area first went on the market in 1908. The community has grown steadily since 1910 and was incorporated as a village in 1921, and as a town in 1966. Big River's proximity to Cowan and Delaronde Lakes, as well as the other smaller lakes in the area allows for the potential to greater expansion. This expansion could mean growth in size as well as economically, due to the wealth of resources around the area.




Population:

- 2001 - 741
- 1996 - 826
- Dwellings - 342

Town of Big River Assessment: 2001

- Residential $10.638.670
- Commercial 9.088.400
- Railways 16,500
- Total Taxable 12,220,630

2000 - Mill Rates

- Municipal 20.0814
- School 18.00

Municipal Government - Contacts:

- Mayor Digger Pond
- Administrator Gail Gear

- Councillors
- Grace Cromartie
- Sandra Gilbert
- Andrew Hallidie-Smith
- John Kuxhaus
- Kyle Screda
- Jeanette Wicinski-Dunn

Location: - Elevation - 500 M

Distance from Major Center:

- Prince Albert - 136 km
- Highway serving community - No. 55
- Air Traffic - Local
- Bus Service - Crossland Trailways. everyday

Utilities:

- Water treatment plant
- Sewage

Fire

- volunteer
- 2 trucks
- rescue van
- agreement with R.M
- Jaws of Life

Police

- R.C.M.P. - 8 members

Garbage Disposal - weekly

Landfill - joint with R.M.

Sask. Power and Gas

Regional Cable Service

Cellular Service

Medical Services:

- Big River Health Centre:
- Acute Care and Special Care Lodge
- Volunteer First Responders
- Big River Ambulance Care
- Big River Medical Clinic - 2 Doctors

Education:

- T.D. Michel Elementary School - K - 6. Enrollment 185
- 19 teachers and support staff
- Big River High School - 7 - 12. Enrollment 174
- 12 teachers and support staff
- Northwest Regional College - 2 teachers

Housing: Houses/Apartments:

- Average purchase price new $120.000: existing $25,000 - $100,000
- Rental $370 - $500
- 22 Low Income houses for rent
- 6 Apartments for rent $450 average - 2 bedroom
- 4 suites - 1 bedroom average $325
- Motels: 1 - 10 units
- Hotels: 1 - 13 units
- Mobile Home Court: 1 - 17 lots: Rental $90.00 per month plus trailer license fees

Financial Institutions:

- Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
- Debden Credit Union

Church Denominations:

- United
- Roman Catholic
- Anglican
- Jehovah's Witness
- Evangelical Free Church
- Apostolic

Recreational Facilities:

- Curling Rink - 3 sheets artificial ice
- Skating Rink - artificial icc
- 9 Hole Golf Course
- Regional Park - camping, laundry facilities
- Govt. Dock at end of Main Street - fishing, day camping
- Snowmobile trails, groomed. signed. warm up shelters
- Ski Timber Ridge
- Rodeo Grounds
- Ball Diamonds
- Football/Soccer field
- Numerous lakes for fishing, boating. camping

RM of Big River No.555 No.139 - Fact Sheet as of October, 2002

30 Township municipality
- Residential sites - 243
- Population - 883
- Seasonal Residential sites - 168
- Cemetery - in Town of Big River
- Motels - 1
- Service Stations - 3
- Restaurants - 4

Miles of Road

- 130
- Primary Grid - 7 miles
- Grid - 24 miles
- Main Farm Access - 25 miles
- Special Gravel - 6 miles
- Municipal - 61 miles
- Municipal Trail - 7 miles

Gravel Pits and Stockpiles:

- Location ---- Name ---- Yards
- SW 36-56-08 - West Cowan - 12,403
- NE 01-56-06 - Stinking Lake - 2.284

Assessment

- Taxable 2002 - 29.596.910
- Agriculture Range Land - 2,572,550
- Agriculture Land - 3.620.320
- Residential - 7,898,730
- Seasonal Residential - 3.723.460
- Comm & Ind - 11.704.600
- Railway & Pipeline - 77,250

Current Budget - 2002

- S443.029

Reeve:

- John Teer

Councilors:

- Richard Crashley
- Holly Reimer
- Elloyd Block
- Steve Raymond



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