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Estevan
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Nickname(s): The Energy City
Estevan is located in Saskatchewan
Estevan
Location of Estevan in Saskatchewan
Coordinates: 49°8′24″N 103°0′36″W / 49.14°N 103.01°W / 49.14; -103.01
Country  Canada
Province  Saskatchewan
Area
 - Total 6.8 sq mi (17.56 km2)
Population (2001)
 - Total 10,084
 Density 1,487.7/sq mi (574.4/km2)

Estevan is the eighth largest city in Saskatchewan, Canada. It is located at 49°08′N 103°01′W / 49.14°N 103.01°W / 49.14; -103.01, which is near the southeastern corner of the province. The Souris River runs by the city.

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Origin

The first settlers in what was to become Estevan arrived in 1892, along with the expansion of the Canadian Pacific Railway. It was incorporated as a village in 1899, and later became a town in 1906. On March 1, 1957, Estevan acquired the status of a city, which, in Saskatchewan terms, is any community of 5,000 or more.

The name origin is attributed to George Stephen's Registered Telegraphic Address, Estevan.[1] George Stephen was the first President of the Canadian Pacific Railway from 1881 to 1888.

The major industries in Estevan are coal mining, power generation and oil and gas. Estevan's current population is 11,242.

It is also the city with the clearest skies year round in Canada. [2]

Demographics

According to the Canada 2006 Census:[3]

Population: 10,084 (-1.5% from 2001)
Land area: 17.56 km2 (6.78 sq mi)
Population density: 574.4 inhabitants per square kilometre (1,488 /sq mi)
Median age: 35.3 (males: 33.6, females: 36.8)
Total private dwellings: 4,455
Dwellings occupied by permanent residents: 4,238
Median household income: $53,841

Civic government

SaskPower Boundary Dam Power Station one of two coal fired generating stations in Estevan.
  • Mayor: Gary St. Onge
  • City Manager: James Puffalt
  • Councillor: Rodney Beatty
  • Councillor: Lynn Chipley
  • Councillor: Chris Istace
  • Councillor: Brian Johnson
  • Councillor: Roy Ludwig
  • Councillor: Dennis Moore

[4]

Local Media

CJSL AM 1280 and CHSN FM 102.3 are the two local radio outlets. Both are owned by Golden West Broadcasting.

Coal miners' strike

Estevan was the site of the notorious Estevan Riot in 1931. Although most of the strikers were from nearby Bienfait, the strike is associated with Estevan because it was in this city that the demonstrators were met by members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. After the subsequent riot, which lasted 45 minutes, three strikers lay dead. It was later proven that the three miners had been killed by the RCMP. The miners had been organized by the Workers' Unity League.

Notable people linked to Estevan

Estevan, and the Estevan Coalfield, along the Souris River, viewed from the Space Shuttle, February 2001

Climate

Estevan has a semi-arid continental climate, characterized by cold, long and dry winters and warm, short and relatively humid summers. The mean temperature in January, the coldest month, is -14.8°C (5.4°F). The precipitation in winter is chiefly snow, averaging 55.2 mm (2.17 inches). The spring is a short transitional season, with a mean temperature of 11.3°C (52.3°F) and 160.6 mm (6.32 inches) of precipitation, with significant snowfall in April. The summer is usually warm (the mean average high temperature is 23.9°C (75.1°F) (average high in July, the warmest month, is 26.5°C (79.7°F)) and humid (158.4 mm (6.24 inches) of total precipitation). Autumn, as spring, is transitional, being cool in October, but cold in November and severely cold in December. At this time of the year, the average temperature is -3.5°C (25.7°F) and the total precipitation is 59.2 mm (2.33 inches), with snowfall more common than rainfall considering the whole season. The extreme low and high temperatures are, respectively, -42.2°C (-44°F), recorded on January 20, 1954, and 41.1°C (106°F), recorded on August 8, 1958. Estevan is the second sunniest city year-round in Canada, after Medicine Hat, Alberta. [5]

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Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Estevan[1] is a city in Saskatchewan, Canada.

Get in

The Saskatchewan Transportation Company (STC) offers Saskatchewan's equivalent to Greyhound Bus Lines into the city of Estevan. Greyhound does run through Saskatchewan, however a transfer will be required in Regina or other major city. There is no passenger train service into the city.

The closest international/regional airports are Regina (approximately 2 hours away) and Minot, North Dakota, USA (approximately 2 hours away).

If driving from the USA, closest ports of entry are Noonan, North Dakota and Portal, North Dakota. The North Portal customs office is open 24 hours a day, while the Estevan/Noonan port closes at 9PM.

Get around

There is no public transit in Estevan. While the city is relatively walkable due to its size, one may choose to rent a car.

  • Sask Power power plant tours- free go to tourist info booth
  • Roche Percee rock formations- South 5min in village of Roche Percee
  • The Estevan Art Gallery and Museum is open, offering monthly exhibitions and a small RCMP Museum.

Get out

The Beef Bar is attached to the Estevan Days Inn, in addition to an off sale vendor, Blackbeard's Restaurant and Granby's fine dining. Theme nights, poker nights, and daily specials make the Beef Bar a popular hang out for all ages. Estevan night life can be experienced in its truest form on Friday and Saturday nights at "The Beef".

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