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North Battleford is a city of about 15,000 in northwestern Saskatchewan, Canada. The name Battleford is derived from the nearby river of the same name which was known as the "Fighting River" because it once marked the boundary between the Cree and Blackfoot Aboriginal Nations. In 1905, North Battleford came into being when the CNR built a railroad on the north side of the North Saskatchewan River. The city is located adjacent to the original town of Battleford (population about 4,000). The two communities are politically separate entities, but in Saskatchewan they are known collectively as The Battlefords. (There has been talk of the two communities merging, but as of 2012 that has yet to happen.)

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  • North Battleford is at the junction of the Yellowhead Highway branch of the Trans-Canada Highway (Hwy. 16) and Highway 4. It is approximately halfway between Saskatoon and Lloydminster on Hwy. 16, which connects to Edmonton to the west. Highway 4 is the north-south route, connecting with Swift Current to the south (as well as the quickest link to Calgary) and to northern communities in the other direction.

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  • North Battleford is a compact city, and it doesn't take much to traverse it by car or even by foot, though there is a local transit service. At the present time only one road bridge connects North Battleford with neighboring Battleford, a second bridge having been closed to vehicular traffic several years ago.

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  • Allen Sapp Gallery, #1 Railway Ave. E., (306) 445-1760. Displays artwork of renowned Cree artist Allen Sapp. Gallery has a mixture of world class art, native artifacts, and audio visual shows. It has a unique museum which offers a blend of Cree culture, history, and deeply personal insights into one man's experience of growing up Cree at the turn of the century. The gallery was the winner of the 1999 and 2002 Attractions Canada "Best Provincial Indoor Site" award. free admission.  edit
  • Western Development Museum, Juntion Hwys. 16 & 40 E., (306) 445-8033, [1]. 9AM - 5PM. The museum tells the story of agriculture through preservation of farm equipment as well as a 1920s outdoor farm and village complete with steam locomotive and annual festivals.  edit

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  • Battlefords Wildlife Federation Nature Centre, Rivervalley Drive (southwest of North Battleford), (306) 445-4244. noon - 8PM Tu-Sa. Located in the North Saskatchewan River Valley. The Battlefords is nestled in the heart of the Aspen Parkland between the boreal forests and the prairies, the centre is home to a wealth of plant and animal species. Experience more nature across the road at the Battlefords Goose Project. free admission.  edit
  • Gold Eagle Casino, Highway 16 (eastern entrance), (306) 446-3833, [2]. 9AM - 3AM Su-W and until 4AM Th-Su. The Gold Eagle Casino has 267 slot machines, 3 Card Poker, Texas Hold Em, Phil'em Up and Let It Ride. There is also 10 live game tables,Black Jack, Roulette and Poker Tables.  edit

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Battlefords Provincial Park. Set in rolling hills and woodland areas on the shores of Jackfish Lake. Lush lawns, golfing, camping, a beautiful beach, store, mini-golf, boat rentals and playground area. Open May long weekend to September long weekend. (306) 386-2212. www.saskparks.net

Blue Mountain Outdoor Adventure Centre. Located on 1,440 acres of wooded hills, it features 30km of cross-country skiing and mountain bike trails, paintball, zip line, climbing wall, fear factor course, chalet, cabins, camping and a private lake. (306) 445-4941. [3]

Table Mountain Regional Park.This alpine ski area features a quad chairlift,variety of runs, terrain and tubing parks and is open early December to the end of March each year. (306) 937-2920. www.tablemountainregionalpark.com

Fort Battleford National Historic Site is located just east of downtown Battleford.


Routes through North Battleford
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