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The Village of Leask is strategically situated on Highway 40 in the broad commuter shed of Prince Albert and within a one hour drive to Saskatoon and North Battleford. Located in the beautiful Boreal Forest in central Saskatchewan, Leask is proud to offer an above average quality of life with all the core amenities.

The village is located only minutes away from the magnificent North Saskatchewan River as well as a plethora of fishing lakes, resorts and multiple regional and provincial parks . Mixed grain and cattle farming is the predominant industry in the area.

Two Hutterite Brethrans - Green Leaf and Leask Colonies - offer a wide variety of services to our market. We are also proud to have the progressive Muskeg Lake and Mistasiswis First Nations located within our trading area.

UTILITIES and TAXES

  • Water, sewer, recycling and garbage collection is provided by the Village.
  • A managed landfill is available a short distance from the community.
  • Electricity Provider - SaskPower
  • Natural Gas Provider - Sask Energy
  • SaskTel Landline, Cellphone Service and High Speed Internet
  • Yourlink and Explornet are alternate internet providers
  • The Village Mill Rate is 9 mill and a base tax of $350 is in place

DEVELOPMENT

The Village has an Official Community Plan in place as well as up to date zoning bylaws.
Prime serviced lots for residential development:

  • Free lots for new construction only
  • No Municipal taxes for three years from signing of agreement
  • $1,000 deposit refundable when construction complete
  • Construction must begin within two years of agreement
  • Serviced and un-serviced commercial lots are also available for sale and development.

TRADING AREA

The immediate trading area for Leask extends to a 20 km radius of the community. The population base in this area is 3205. During the spring and summer, the village benefits from the regional cottage and resort industry. Saskatchewan Health 2014 Average Daily Traffic Count going through Leask on Highway 40 is 1410 vehicles. Saskatchewan Highways 2014

Travel Distance from Leask:

  • Prince Albert: 80 km
  • Saskatoon: 106 km
  • North Battleford: 127 km
  • Regina: 364 km
  • Calgary: 707 km
  • Edmonton: 515 km
  • Winnipeg: 933 km
  • Leask is conveniently located within an easy commute to Prince Albert, Saskatoon and North Battleford.

Transportation

The village is served by Highway 40 and is a one hour drive from Saskatoon's John G. Diefenbaker International Airport
Couriers: Purolator and UPS
Bus Service is provided three days per week.

FIRST NATION NEIGHBOURS

Mistawasis First Nation

Mistawasis is located immediately west of the Rural Municipality of Leask and covers an area of 125 square kilometers. In the past, Mistawasis First Nation has utilized its land base for agriculture, fishing, hunting, fur trapping, silviculture, logging, herbs and craft materials.

This First Nation has approximately 800 members living on-reserve. Off-reserve Band members live primarily in Saskatoon, Leask, and Prince Albert. The First Nation recently established a development corporation Misty Ventures Inc. and is evaluating a number of ventures on select land within the Leask trading area:

  1. Feasibility and environmental analysis has been completed for a gas station and store development to be located on Highway 40 immediately north of Leask.
  2. Feasibility and environmental analysis is currently being undertaken for a residential development on reserve land.
  3. Preliminary discussions have begun with respect to development of a recreational resort to be comprised of a golf course, cabins, cultural village and campground.

Muskeg Lake Cree Nation

Muskeg Lake Cree Nation is a progressive band that owns and manages a total of 35,123 acres in urban and rural lands. The First Nation is located southwest of Leask. First established in 1881, the core reserve is still home to approximately 367 community members and 1,481 additional members live across Saskatchewan and Canada.

With the creation of an urban reserve in Saskatoon, MLCN has been successful in creating a number of enterprises and partnerships that have provided the band with additional resources to support community programs and services. With 15 acres of undeveloped urban reserve land, the band continues to look for opportunities to create partnerships in the development of the property.

 

 

EDUCATION

Leask Community School offers kindergarten to grade 12 classes and is part of the Prairie Spirit School Division. An amazing Health Hut serves healthy and delicious school snacks and meals to the entire school. Many extra-curricular activities are offered for our youth, during and after school.

Post Secondary education is accessible via a Storefront School which is linked to Northwest Regional College, offering a GED program. Additional opportunities are located in nearby Warman, Prince Albert, Battleford, Spiritwood and Saskatoon.

Leask is home to the wheelchair accessible Waipiti Library, located in the newly constructed Butler Building.

HEALTH CARE

The Leask Community Health Centre provides chiropractic services, massage therapy, nurse practitioner, community resource representative, and doctor services every Tuesday and Thursday accompanied by full pharmacy services on those days. Home Care and Laboratory services are provided via the Parkland Health Region. The Wheatland Lodge is a special care home for level 3 and 4 residents with a full slate of events for the residents, staff and community. The 30-bed Lodge has 29 LTC beds and one respite.

COMMUNITY SERVICES

Emergency Services

The Leask Fire Department worked in conjunction with the Village and Rural Municipality of Leask No. 464 to construct a new fire hall. It boasts two fire trucks, a rescue van, and a water tanker. The new building has a meeting room for use of ongoing training not only for local volunteer fire fighters, but for surrounding fire departments as well.

Through a joint effort of the Village, Rural Municipality and the History Book Committee, an AED (automated external defibrillator) is also available in the community

Places of Worship

  • Anglican Church
  • Leask Gospel Tabernacle
  • St. Henry's Roman Catholic Church

Media

Newspapers:

  • Western Producer
  • Saskatoon Star Phoenix
  • Sask Valley News
  • Shellbrook Chronicle

Television

  • Access and Shaw cable are available

Radio

  • Leask is well within range of multiple radio stations based in the larger centres

RECREATION AND TOURISM

The Leask golf course is a nine hole, easy walking, sand green, well maintained and beautiful relaxing place. It boasts a 900-sq ft clubhouse with kitchen facilities, which can also be rented for special occasions.

Additional recreation opportunities include:

  • Botchy's Campground & R.V. Park offers a privately owned Lake with hiking trails, trout fishing, canoe, paddleboat and row boat rentals.
  • Damour Lake located 17 kms west of Leask is home to walleye, northern pike and perch. There is also a Country-Residential development at this lake.
  • Emerald Lake Regional Campground is 30 kms north west of Leask. The lake offers camping, beaches, fishing, boat launch, 9 hole golf course, and nature trails.
  • Iroquois Lake is located 35 kms north west of Leask. The lake offers beaches, boat launch, fishing, playground, restrooms and filleting shack.
  • Lac la Peche is approximately 30 km south west of Leask. Offers cabin and boat rentals, camping, and hiking.
  • Martin's Lake Regional Park is 25 kms west of Leask. Offers camping, beaches, fishing, playground, concession and restaurant, and a 9 hole golf course.
  • Memorial Lake Regional Park is 40 kms north of Leask by the village of Shell Lake. Lake offers camping, beaches, fishing, mini-golf, Laundromat, and an 18 hole golf course.
  • Big Shell Lake is located approximately 40 km to the north west and has extensive facilities for families and visitors.

HERITAGE AND TOURISM

Local Honeywood Heritage Nurseries is renowned for its prize winning lilies, bulbs and heritage gardens. Founded by Dr. A J Porter in 1934. It is a horticultural and historical nursery.

  • The Riverlands Heritage Region Tour is accessed from the west side of the North Saskatchewan River between Petrofka Bridge and Wingard Ferry. The nearby towns of Blaine Lake, Marcelin, and Leask are considered staging areas for the full day tour and maps are available at no charge at these locations. The self-guided tour includes cultural and historical sites as well as areas of natural history. The area is rich in flora and fauna with over 280 species of birds that may be sighted at various times of the year
  • Petrofka Orchard currently has over 1,200 apple trees on 15 acres of farmland and is located 34 minutes south of Leask. Our goal is to produce fresh, healthy and sustainably grown fruit and vegetables for our local customers. Petrofka Orchard is a Saskatchewan apple orchard supporting the prairie hardy apple research of the University of Saskatchewan Horticulture Program
  • 12-40 and Beyond - "An Adventure in Rural Life" is a self-guided tour through Leask, Marcelin, Blaine Lake and Hafford countrysides. This tour includes a variety of art, orchards, museum, blacksmithing, jewelry, stone carving, wool works, denim creations, and much more.
  • General Store Memories-Museum, Antiques and Summer Kitchen. Located approximately 18 miles southwest of Leask, this two-story building is filled with collectibles, antiques and treasures. For more information and hours of operation of the General Store Memories please contact Bill
  • Neighbouring First Nation Reserves Mistawasis and Muskeg Lake have annual Pow-Wow's and much to offer their people and surrounding area

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  • Regional Industry
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