Shellbrook, Saskatchewan

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Shellbrook is located in Saskatchewan
Location of Shellbrook, Saskatchewan
Shellbrook is located in Canada
Shellbrook (Canada)
Coordinates: 53°13′23″N 106°23′18″W / 53.22306°N 106.38833°W / 53.22306; -106.38833
Country Canada
Province Saskatchewan
 • MayorGeorge Tomporowski
 • MLA Rosthern-ShellbrookScott Moe
 • Total3.67 km2 (1.42 sq mi)
 • Total1,433
 • Density390.3/km2 (1,011/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central Standard Time)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5
Postal code
S0J 2E0
Area code(s)306
HighwaysHwy 3, Hwy 40, Hwy 55
WebsiteOfficial Website
For more information see also the Rural Municipality of Shellbrook No. 493, Saskatchewan

Shellbrook is a rural community in Saskatchewan, Canada located 44.5 km W of Prince Albert. The population of the town was 1,433 in 2011. Highways 3, 40, and 55 provide access to the community. Approximately 50 businesses provide a wide range of goods, services, and professional expertise.[1]


Settlers began arriving in the area in the late 19th century and, in 1894, a post office named after the Shell Brook was established. Larger numbers of settlers began to arrive in the district in the early 20th century, with significant representation from people of British and Scandinavian origins. In 1910, the Canadian Northern Railway reached Shellbrook from Prince Albert and the community developed as a service centre for the surrounding agricultural region.


The Shell Brook (more of a river) passes just to the north of the present community, flowing east to the Sturgeon River, which in turn flows into the North Saskatchewan River west of Prince Albert. The community is situated near the northern edge of agricultural settlement in the transition zone between the aspen parkland and boreal forest biomes and as the early settlers arrived the land had to be cleared of the jack pine forests before crops could be planted. The trees, however, provided an early cash crop and logs were rafted into Prince Albert where many were converted into railway ties.


Canada census – Shellbrook, Saskatchewan community profile
2011 2006
Population: 1,433 (+16.5% from 2006) 1,215 (-4.8% from 2001)
Land area: 3.67 km2 (1.42 sq mi) 2.13 km2 (0.82 sq mi)
Population density: 390.3/km2 (1,011/sq mi) 570.4/km2 (1,477/sq mi)
Median age: 45.3 (M: 41.4, F: 48.0) 47.1 (M: 44.9, F: 49.4)
Total private dwellings: 662 567
Median household income:
References: 2011[5] 2006[6] earlier[7]


The town has a library, and a museum located in the former Canadian Northern Railway station built in 1909. The town's golf course is rated as one of the finest in the province. Additionally, Prince Albert National Park is just a short drive north of the community and there are seven Regional Parks and numerous lakes in the district, accommodating fishing, swimming, boating and camping.

Notable people[edit]

  • One of Canada's most respected writers, James Sinclair Ross, was born in the Wild Rose School District just northeast of Shellbrook in 1908.
  • Curling champion Marliese Miller (Kasner) is a resident of Shellbrook.
  • Scott Moe - 15th and current Premier of Saskatchewan

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Town of Shellbrook - Its A Place You Can Really Call Home". Archived from the original on 2008-07-05. Retrieved 2012-11-25.
  2. ^ "2011 Community Profiles". Statistics Canada. Government of Canada. Retrieved 2012-11-25.
  3. ^ Government of Saskatchewan, MRD Home. "Municipal Directory System". Retrieved 2012-11-25.
  4. ^ Commissioner of Canada Elections, Chief Electoral Officer of Canada (2005). "Elections Canada On-line". Retrieved 2012-11-09.
  5. ^ "2011 Community Profiles". 2011 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. July 5, 2013. Retrieved 2012-11-25.
  6. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". 2006 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2012-05-30.
  7. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". 2001 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012.

External links[edit]

  North: Big River | Debden | Clonfert  
West: Shell Lake | Spiritwood | North Battleford Shellbrook East: Holbein | Prince Albert
  South: Parkside/Willis | Kilwinning| Wingard  

Coordinates: 53°13′N 106°24′W / 53.217°N 106.400°W / 53.217; -106.400 (Shellbrook, Saskatchewan)