Broadview is a beautiful town, which draws tourists with its intrinsic beauty and colorful history. We invite visitors to come see the natural beauty Broadview holds which is accented by the esthetics of the colors of summer's flowers. The winter months in Broadview are just as beautiful. This small prairie town keeps active with many recreational events such as snowmobiling, hockey, figure skating and curling. Broadview creates a breathtaking prairie winter scene. The twinkle of the frost can be often seen lining the trees as the sun rises early on crisp winter mornings.
BROADVIEW AT A GLANCE
The provincial and local governments are dedicated to industry and development.
On the local scene, the Town of Broadview is very receptive to new business ventures in its community. To assist these businesses, the Town of Broadview currently offers tax incentives.
Broadview also offers the support services of the Broadview and District Economical Development Committee, and the East Central Development Corporation.
Saskatchewan has no health premium costs as all acute costs are covered by the provincial government.
Broadview is now attracting more support services that would benefit any incoming industry or business.
Broadview has excellent land for residential development.
Just 12 miles or 20 km north of Broadview is the famous and beautiful Qu'Appelle Valley that boasts ongoing development in and around the area, as well as excellent fishing and leisure areas using the two lakes fed by the Qu'Appelle River.
The most widely accepted reason for the choice of the name Broadview was the fact that Broadview was situated on a wide expanse of unexplored territory. The Native Indians had to traverse many miles to get wood for fuel. The name was bestowed upon it during the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1882 when this was the west end of rail and the only "view" was a vast expanse of prairie.
In 1905 the region known as the North West Territories become the Province of Saskatchewan and entered into the Confederation of Canada at that time.
Broadview always has been and still is a divisional point for the Canadian Pacific Railway. The site where the Town of Broadview exists was established in 1882 as the railway moved across Canada. The first known settlement and buildings began in 1883 with a general store, church, railroad buildings, log shanties and a few other residences and buildings.
Broadview has a strong native background that is evident even in today's society. Earlier settlers worked closely with the resident native population to learn survival skills. Plenty of fresh water, fertile soil, ample wildlife, and many kinds of berries were amongst some of Broadview's attributes passed on to the new settlers from the natives.
In 1898 Broadview became a recognized village and history was born. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police set up a division in Broadview in 1885 and has grown to today's 13 member force in a newer constructed facility. When speaking of Broadview's history it always begins with the CP Railway, native population, and the RCMP.
Broadview became the perfect location for many industries. In 1906 a brick plant was established to take advantage of the clay-like sub soil. 185,000 bricks were used in the provincial Legislature building.
TOURIST ATTRACTION: Qu'apPelle valley
Carved by Melt water from glaciers some 14,000 years ago, Saskatchewan's Qu'Appelle Valley is home to three of the province's smaller but very popular provincial parks - Crooked Lake, Echo Valley, and Katepwa Point.
Crooked Lake, located 20 kms north of Broadview on Highway 201 is situated in scenic Qu'Appelle Valley characterized by mixed grass prairie interspersed with groves of trembling aspen and patches of burr oak and birch. Wildlife photographers will discover a multitude of bird species and a variety of prairie mammals including ground squirrels and deer.
One of the smaller lakes in the Qu'Appelle Basin, Crooked Lake offers a variety of watersport opportunities, made accessible by the boat launch. Lakeside campsites, a sandy beach, a changehouse and convenient picnic sites are found in the core area of the park.
TOURIST ATTRACTION: POW WOW
Take in a First Nations pow-wow while in the Whitewood/Broadview/Grenfell district. See the colorful costumes and traditional dancing by First Nations peoples from across North America, to make your trip through the Canadian Prairies one to remember.
There are four First Nation bands just a few miles north of the TransCanada Highway who hold pow-wows during the summer. Routes to the pow-wow grounds are well marked and there are concession booths for light lunches. Tourists are welcome to attend.
Tourist attraction: HANG GLIDING
Location: Qu'Appelle Valley
One hundred and twenty meters below the level of the prairie lays a Saskatchewan secret. A hidden valley that's enchanting and beautiful.
With a drop of 120 meters (400 ft.), the Qu'Appelle Valley is the best spot for hang gliding from Ontario to the Rockies. The unique landforms that makes the valley such an appealing place is the reason for its suitability for hang gliding.
An abundance of steep hills provide ideal launch sites.
Air currents heated on the valley floor spiral upward allowing the gliders to stay aloft for long periods of time.
Enjoy prairie wildflowers, many varieties of trees, a colorful and peaceful tapestry of sparkling waters, lush meadows, and parklands as you glide across the "hidden valley."