Duck Lake

About this community

Duck Lake, nestled in the heart of the boreal forest in central Saskatchewan, lies 88 kilometers north of Saskatoon and 44 kilometers south of Prince Albert along Highway 11. The town is bordered to the north by the southern block of the Nisbet Provincial Forest.

The local First Nations community comprises Cree people, with the governmental authority of the Beardy's and Okemasis' Cree Nation also situated here.

Duck Lake holds historical significance as the site of one of the final operating schools within the Canadian Indian residential school system, St. Michael's Indian Residential School, which ceased operations in 1996.

Established by French-speaking Métis from Manitoba during the 1860s and 1870s, Duck Lake flourished by 1888, boasting essential amenities such as a school, post office, flour mill, and trading post.

In 1885, Duck Lake became embroiled in the Battle of Duck Lake, a pivotal conflict between Métis warriors and the Government of Canada at the outset of the North-West Rebellion. Positioned at the crossroads of the Prince Albert Trail and the Carlton Trail, Duck Lake served as a crucial midpoint between Métis headquarters at Batoche and the North-West Mounted Police at Fort Carlton.

As of 2021, Duck Lake is home to a population of 579 residents, residing in 202 of its 232 total private dwellings.


• Most Services
Stobart Community School & North West Regional College
• Ball Diamonds, Sports Grounds, Race Track, Rink

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