DescriptionSwift Current's beginnings date to the establishment of a North West Mounted Police encampment on Swift Current Creek in 1874. Soon after, the Canadian Pacific Railway built a depot, and the settlement became the freight terminus for western Canada. Beyond this point goods were hauled by wagon on overland trails; deep ruts still exist along the old North Battleford Trail north of the city.
Turn-of-the-20th-century farmers and ranchers bolstered the local economy. Oil was discovered in 1952, and in the succeeding decades Swift Current became a business hub for the oil, gas and agricultural industries as well as the major health care center for southwestern Saskatchewan.
Swift Current Creek runs through town, and two nearby lakes offer recreational facilities. At Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park, a plaque marks the spot where pioneers once forded the South Saskatchewan River on their way into the wilds of the northern province. In the park's hills are several First Nations grave sites and tepee rings.
Doc's Town Heritage Village, 17th Avenue S.E. and S. Railway Street in Kinetic Park, has a collection of buildings typical of early 20th-century prairie towns, including a blacksmith shop, church and school. Costumed staff are on hand to answer questions. It's open Fri.-Sun. 1-5, Father's Day-Labour Day; phone (306) 773-2944.
Visitor InfoTourism Swift Current 44 Robert St. W. SWIFT CURRENT, SK S9H 4M9. Phone:(306)778-9174
Self-guiding toursA brochure with details about a walking tour of historic buildings in downtown Swift Current is available at the Swift Current Museum and from downtown merchants.
Things to SeeArt Gallery of Swift Current