Latitude: 54 degrees North Longitude: 108 degrees West Elevation: 1,580 feet Road Map
The City of Meadow Lake is in the center of what was once a vast glacial lake. The present much smaller lake, also named Meadow Lake, measures about 6 miles (east to west) by 3 miles (north to south), with its deepest spot only about seven feet deep. The City of Meadow Lake is located on the lake's western shore.
While the immediate area is gently rolling meadow land suitable for grain and cattle production, the surrounding areas are up to 800 feet higher (elevation: 2,400 feet) and feature mixed-wood forests that supply our varied forestry industries.
Once past the forest and the height of land to our immediate south, the terrain turns to the flat, almost treeless terrain commonly associated with the Prairies. Incidentally, Saskatchewan, although considered a prairie province, is actually half covered in forests. Meadow Lake enjoys the benefit of both forests and grasslands.
The Meadow Lake area, dotted with many fine lakes, attracts tourists looking for attractive natural settings in winter as well as summer. Hunters come here for the bear, deer and moose. Commercial fishing and trapping are also part of our connection to the natural wealth of the area.
We are at the start of a road system that extends far into northwest Saskatchewan to the many Native communities and to the uranium mining industry. As such, Meadow Lake serves as an economic focal point for a large trading area. The city itself has 5,000 inhabitants, while the trading area includes another 15,000 people.
Being located so far inland from any of the moderating oceans, Meadow Lake has weather patterns that can vary dramatically. While not suffering from the tornadoes and drought sometimes experienced further south in the province, we do have to deal with dramatic temperature fluctuations.
Summer months are usually warm and dry, with the average mean July temperature being 17 degrees Celsius. Winters can be long and cold, with the average mean January temperature being minus 22 degrees Celsius, and temperatures often dropping to minus 40 or more. The average number of frost free days is 100.
Meadow Lake has enjoyed a moderate rate of growth over many years. However, we experienced a significant boost when Millar Western's Meadow Lake Pulp Mill was built in 1992. During the five-year period from 1991 to 1996, Statistics Canada measured an eleven percent increase in our population. This provided a major boost to house sales and construction, and to our business sector.
Forest-based industries play a key part in our regional economy, as does agriculture and tourism. With this varied underpinning of our economy, Meadow Lake should continue to prosper well into the future.
Aerial view looking northeast towards the lake.
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City of Meadow Lake Indoor Facilities Masking in Effect September 15, 2021
The City of Meadow Lake is advising residents that masks will be required at all indoor City facilities starting Wednesday September 15, 2021. Wearing masks is an effective way to limit the spread of COVID-19 while vaccination is still encouraged as the best protection against the virus. Residents are encouraged to bring their own masks when attending at City facilities.
City Council is working to determine what effect this mask mandate will have on the Civic Centre come November 1, once it is no longer being used by the Saskatchewan Health Authority.
While the vast majority of employees and visitors to City facilities will be required to mask up, please note the following exceptions: • children under 2 years of age, persons who are medically exempt and individuals who cannot place or remove masks without assistance are not required to wear a mask • masks are not required while in the pool • masks can be removed while seated to consume food or beverages
The City consults regularly with medical health experts to re-evaluate health and safety measures. We will continue to provide regular updates to our residents and employees. The City thanks all residents for their cooperation as we work together to keep our community healthy and safe.