Located in western Saskatchewan, North Battleford is a city that celebrates its aboriginal heritage, along with the smaller community of Battleford across the North Saskatchewan River. The Battlefords, as they are known, include the site of a tributary of the North Saskatchewan River named Battle River, which once marked the boundary between Blackfoot and Cree territory.
Today, North Battleford is a regional hub of education, health and service, pegged as the gateway to adventure in the heart of the old Northwest. The city retains a strong aboriginal presence in a friendly and diverse population of about 14,000. The area features many museums, cultural centres and events, including the Fort Battleford National Historic Site, Poundmaker Historical Centre and Sakicawasihk Pow Wow. North Battleford also houses the Allen Sapp Gallery, named for the well-known Cree painter, Order of Canada recipient and city resident. Outdoor activities include downhill and cross-country skiing, hiking, biking, and canoe tours. There are also parks, music festivals, shows by an award-winning amateur theatre group, and over 40 restaurants to enjoy in this historic region.