Gull Lake 2016 Community Profile
Gull Lake is a progressive community, located at the junction of Highways #1 and #37 in the heart of oil country. The town site is situated on what was once part of the 76 ranch, established in 1887. In 1905 the Gull Lake block was sold to American millionaire developers Conrad and Price. The town site was surveyed and settlers began to pour in. The discovery of oil and gas in the 1950’s added to the booming farming and ranching economy.
Gull Lake continues to prosper with a very active oil and gas industry along with farming, ranching and wind power. Gull Lake’s convenient location makes it perfectly situated for business and residence with easy access to larger communities such as Swift Current to the east or Medicine Hat to the west. Gull Lake is a highly developed and prosperous community boasting excellent recreational, medical and educational facilities. Sitting at the crossroads of major highways, in the heart of oil territory, Gull Lake is primed to be a place for development in Saskatchewan.
Gull Lake is situated on two major highways: Highway #37 from the U.S. border, north to Cabri, and the TransCanada (#1) highway. There is scheduled bus, courier, transport and Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR).
Surrounding Rural Municipalities & Villages:
R.M. of Gull Lake: 201
R.M. of Carmichael: 440
R.M. of Webb: 533
Village of Tompkins: 170
Village of Carmichael: 30
Village of Webb: 58
Services & Amenities:
Gull Lake offers an array of services and amenities including a Post Office, two financial institutions, legal services, local weekly newspaper, SGI/ insurance agent, grocery store, pharmacy, convenience store, Co-op Farm Centre, Bulk Fuel & C-Store, liquor store, three restaurants, bakery, hairdressers & esthetics, quilt shop, gift shop, Sears depot, bar, massage therapist, quilt shop, Laundromat, Sarcan, motel, and auto repair. 24 oilfield and gas service related businesses operate out of Gull Lake along with 12 carpentry/ electrical and welding businesses. Our ideal location in the heart of the oil and gas industry, makes Gull Lake an attractive place to do business. Viterra and Southwest Terminal both operate inland grain terminals at Gull Lake.
The Town of Gull Lake continues to update and expand its infrastructure including a lagoon expansion and new water well in 2012, and an ongoing pavement recapping program. The Gull Lake Volunteer Fire Department has 14 volunteer firefighter providing 24 hour fire and rescue services to Gull Lake and surrounding municipalities. R.C.M.P. services are provided through Swift Current Rural Detachment with two officers living in the community. Gull Lake Ambulance Services is community owned and operated with a team of three full time EMTs.
Gull Lake School is a modern K-12 facility that provides unique opportunities, services and support to all children. Unlike many rural schools, Gull Lake School has seen an increase in enrollment in recent years largely due to families choosing to make Gull Lake their home. Kreative Kidz Early Learning Center Inc. is a newly licensed child care facility with 25 spaces
Gull Lake Special Care Centre is a joint long term care/ health centre. The Care Centre has 33 long term care beds and 3 multipurpose. The Health Centre offers emergency, outpatient, lab/x-ray, physiotherapy, home care, dietitian and other health related services. Gull Lake has a resident physician with regular office hours. Autumn House Independent Living Facility is a licensed non-profit community owned personal care home providing care to Level 1 and 2 residents.
Recreation plays a large role in the day to day lives of Gull Lake residents. The Gull Lake &
District Recreation Complex houses a hockey arena, bowling alley, gym and community hall. This facility is kept busy in the winter months with minor hockey, figure skating, senior hockey and recreational no-hit hockey. Adjacent to the Recreation Complex is a ball park with 4 ball diamonds. Gull Lake Curling Rink has four sheet of artificial ice and offers ladies, mens, mixed and school curling. Gull Lake Swimming Pool operates from June 1 to August 31st and provides two sessions of swimming lessons each summer. Other facilities include tennis court, mini-golf, 9 hole sand green golf course. In addition to these facilities, programs offered include slo-pitch, work-out classes, yoga, volleyball, gymnastics, dance and karate.
The Town of Gull Lake offers a range of incentives designed to stimulate the building and expansion of new businesses. New residential construction is also eligible for tax incentives.
The real estate market in Gull Lake remains very active. 2012-2013 has seen 45 residential sales. Centennial Place subdivision is a 15 lot residential subdivision built in 2008. An appraisal was done in August of 2012 on four of the lots in the subdivision and it was determined that the current pricing is fair and supported by the surrounding market. The appraisal recommended that the current pricing be maintained. Four new construction homes have been built in the subdivision with an additional home to be constructed in 2014.
Quality of Life