Turtleford – The Heart of Lake Country!
Directions: From Lloydminster, go south east on the TransCanada Yellowhead to the junction of Hwy 303, then east to the junction of Hwy 21, go north across the North Saskatchewan River and at the junction of Hwy 303 go east to Turtleford. Approximately a 1 hour drive from the City.
Hunting, fishing, swimming, boating, quadding or snowmobiling; you can do it all here! With a population of over 500 people, the town of Turtleford is located along the scenic Turtle River. This pleasant community is only minutes away from two popular lake destinations – Turtle Lake and Brightsand Lake.
While most people who live here are employed in the oil and gas industries, there are a large number of farming and ranching families as well. There are also jobs in the area’s outfitting and guiding operations, logging, tourism and in the retail/service sector. There are enough shops and stores that residents can fulfill all of their needs in town, and don’t need to shop in the city.
An interesting monument stands near the tourist information centre. Canada’s largest turtle, Ernie, is over eight feet tall and 28 feet long! He was built in the early 1980’s to mark the occasion of Turtleford being granted town status.
The town boasts a recently constructed hospital / nursing home, an RCMP detachment, Fire Department, Veterinary Clinic and a K-12 school.
Every August long weekend the community hosts a Country Fair. The fair has been voted the Best Little Country Fair in Canada. A highlight of the event is the chuckwagon races.
One of Turtleford’s points of pride is that there are so many talented artists that call this area home. Dave Hiebert and Bonny Macnab are two well-known painters from the Turtelford area. There are several other artists throughout the Lake Country. Spend enough time in the area and you’ll hear of people who build log furniture, make leather clothing, do abstract art projects and have all sorts of other talents.
Turtleford is like any other small town in Canada – hockey rules! The rink is where the action is for the winter months. Families can take part in lots of different sporting events throughout the year in Turtleford; hockey, curling and ball are just a few of the choices. A 9-hole golf course is located in the Village of Mervin, only about a five minute drive south east. The golf course allows you to practice your game in a setting of natural beauty. Any avid golfer should also visit the Blueberry Hill course, located nearby at Turtle Lake.