This town of 16,000 is the major population centre for southwest Saskatchewan, is nicknamed “speedy creek” (get it?), and lies midway between Regina and Medicine Hat (in Alberta). The area was once the site of a number of Indian and fur trader camps, but matured as a settlement when the Northwest Mounted Police (NWMP) camped beside Swift Current Creek in 1874 on their Long March West.
Soon after the CPR made the town a major railway depot, from which goods were hauled by wagon, as far away as North Battleford. Around the turn of the century more farmers and ranchers were attracted to the area, quickly growing the area’s economy. There is a Hutterite Colony just outside of town, demonstrating traditional agricultural techniques. In 1952, the discovery of oil in the area created a second economic boom.
The town has excellent recreational facilities, including a 50 metre indoor Olympic pool. The Swift Current Creek flows northward to join the South Saskatchewan River just as it becomes Lake Diefenbaker at Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park. The town celebrates its heritage with the Frontier days Celebration in July, including one of the biggest rodeos in the province. Swift Current also hosts the Old Tyme Fiddlers Championship in late September.
Doc’s Town Heritage Village
Kinetic Exhibition park
17th Ave & South Railway
The Pioneer Heritage Display shows a replica of a turn of the century prairie village. The village includes a blacksmith, church, dental office, farm house, general store, medical office, post office, school, telephone exchange and a tearoom/gift shop. Open July & August, Friday to Sunday (and holidays) 2 pm to 8 pm. Admission.
National Exhibition Centre
411 Herbert St E (in the RD Dahl Centre)
This centre showcases local artists and temporary exhibits of international art. Open July & August: Monday to Thursday 2 pm – 5 pm and 7 pm – 9 pm, Fridays 2 pm – 5 pm, and Saturday 1pm to 5 pm; the rest of the year: weekdays 2 pm – 5 pm, weekends 1 pm to 5 pm. Free admission.
Swift Current Museum
105 Chaplin St E
This museum showcases the area’s early heritage, including wildlife and Indian artifacts and weapons. Open Victoria Day – Labour Day weekdays 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm and 7 pm – 9 pm; the rest of the year: weekdays 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm. Free admission.