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Fort Qu'Appelle, Saskatchewan

Fort Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan is located on highway 10, a mere 45 minutes from the capital city of Regina which is home to 30 per cent of the province's population.  The town is located in the Qu'Appelle Valley in southern Saskatchewan and was originally established as a Hudson's Bay Company trading post in 1855.

Fort Qu’Appelle is located between Echo Lake and Mission Lake and is in close proximity to Pasqua and Katepwa Lake. It is accessible from the following highway systems:  SK Hwy 35, SK Hwy 10, SK Hwy 22, HWY 210, SK Hwy 35, SK Hwy 56, and SK Hwy 215. It is the first major center along HWY 10 which is a major highway connecting Regina and Yorkton.  

Fast Facts

  • The population of Fort Qu'appelle is 2034 with a trading area population of over 12,000 people.
  • The town is part of the Calling Lakes Qu’Appelle Valley region which comprises lush green hills and clean,clear lakes.
  • The natural beauty of the area attracts thousands of tourists all year long.
  • Parkland College offers a broad range of programs that include bachelor’s degrees, diplomas and adult basic education.
  • The All Nations Healing Hospital is a unique health facility providing holistic and integrated approaches to health care.

Getting Down to Business

The stores and services in Fort Qu’Appelle serve residents in over 15 communities along Highway 10 and Highway 35. Fort Qu’Appelle is centrally located between Regina and Yorkton. The valley and lakes in the area make it a popular tourist destination; therefore Fort Qu’appelle also attracts shoppers from Regina, areas across Saskatchewan and Canada.

The specific needs of consumers within the trading area are: retail, grocery, agriculture, tourism, health care, automotive and marine services. The population of permanent residents within the Fort Qu’Appelle trading area is approximately: 12,158. During the summer months the number of residents in the trading area is projected to increase by 3000-6000 people at peak times.

Fort Qu’Appelle has an active business sector featuring a variety of shops, dining and services. The business community offers spacious retail space, attractive store fronts and friendly neighbors. The town's main street is a gathering place for residents, visitors and adventure seekers. 

Fort Qu'Appelle offers unique enterprise opportunities for those looking to invest in the arts, heritage, hospitality and tourism programs.  An active community and economic development strategy is in place to ensure that growth and development is a vital part of the future of the community. 

Arts, Culture and Social Scene

History and culture surround vistors and residents of Fort Qu’Appelle. From the early days of Hudson Bay trading to the signing of Treaty 4, there is history in every step you take.

Fort Qu'Appelle is central to vibrant First Nation communities who provide regional, provincial and national leadership in education, health care, governance, economics, culture and the arts. The merging of traditional and modern thinking and skill demonstrates strength in diversity for today and tomorrow. Fort Qu'Appelle is home to the File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council Head Office, the Treaty 4 Governance Centre, and the All Nations Healing Hospital.

As a four-season destination, Fort Qu'Appelle offers festivals and events, live music and cultural performances all year long.

Recreation and Outdoors

The natural beauty of the area attracts thousands of tourists all year long.  With four beautiful lakes and lush hillsides it is the ideal Valley Playground.  Tourism Businesses and attractions include:

  • Mission Ridge Winter Park
  • Echo Ridge Golf Course
  • Katepwa Beach Golf Club
  • Ravine Adventures
  • Echo Valley Provincial Park
  • Katepwa Point Provincial Park 

Fort Qu'Appelle offers boundless outdoor activities for all ages in a park like setting, including cross country ski trails, ice fishing and a maintained snowmobile trail system with a world-class snowmobile club.

In the summer, residents and visitors enjoy picnic spaces, boating, biking, golfing, hiking, fishing and so much more. 

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