Friendly Community, Small Town Haven
By Kacie Kushniruk
When you think of “small-town living” many things come to mind: the smell of green, rich spruce trees, the peace and quiet of streets at night time, and the feeling of friends and family close by, within the heart of a beautiful community. Hudson Bay is exactly that, and so much more. Located in the East-central part of Saskatchewan, Hudson Bay holds its vibrant population and breathtaking scenic views within the Red Deer Valley. Hudson Bay was not always a town, however; in 1907 it was formally known as a village, which was established by a man by the name of Mr. B.F. Noble. Over a number of years, more and more people began to come together to make Hudson Bay what it truly is today: a fresh, modern community, still with an educated and appreciated sense of the pioneer olden days.
Hudson Bay is really the most versatile place to live when it comes to hobbies and interests. Whether you enjoy snow-mobiling and ATVing, or you have a knack for artwork and experimenting with your creative side, Hudson Bay offers it all. We provide tourists with almost 600 km of well-groomed and extremely cautious snow-mobile trails and warm-up shacks, as well as hundreds of extra miles of un-groomed trails to ride on. Hudson Bay is surrounded by the Porcupine Provincial Forest and the Pasquia Provincial Forest, which let certain adventurers get a feel for the real meaning of “backwoods” entertainment. There are also a number of various fishing and camping lakes nearby that are of popularity to local residents; Elbow Lake, McBride Lake, Parr Hill Lake, Saginas Lake, and Townsend Lake are just to name a few. Even if you are the type of nature-folk who enjoys the abundance of wildlife, extraordinary scenic views, and the richest of soil for farming, Hudson Bay is the place to be. The Hudson Bay Allied Arts Council never fails to bring in the most successful and artistic performances to entertain for the community. A widely known event they sponsor is the “Visual Art” show that is showcased in the council chambers at the Town of Hudson Bay. They also host the annual Carol Festival in which local people showcase their very own talents to the community. These few attractions and festivities are few of the many kinds of hobbies and clubs that Hudson Bay has to offer. There are over eighty organizations which enable individuals with different interests to grasp all of the opportunities Hudson Bay has to offer. Service clubs include Rotary Club, Lions Club, Knights of Columbus, Masons, Elks and Royal Purple, Royal Canadian Legion: Legion Ladies Auxiliary, Health Care Auxiliary, and the Hudson Bay Branch of the Sask. Wildlife Federation. Many of the youth activities would not be possible if it weren’t for the number of different centres available. These include: Hudson Bay Aquatic Centre, Curling Rink, and community Wally Dawyduk Arena. There is also a skateboard park, numerous baseball diamonds, a fitness center, and the Regional Park. Youth organizations include 4-H, Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Hudson Bay Dance Club, Gymnastics Club, Minor Hockey, Figure Skating, Darts, Karate, and Minor Ball and Softball. This town continues to grow as a fun and exciting place for people of all ages because of the many activities and organizations we have access to.
The education systems Hudson Bay provides is fantastic. With a number of pre-school programs, an elementary school from Kindergarten to Grade 6, and a high school from Grades 7-12, students get the privilege of smaller class sizes, one on one time with their teachers, and a student body small enough to get to know their fellow peers and classmates on a personal level that brings everyone in the school come together. The youth is extremely important to this town, and there are a number of programs such as the DARE and PARTY programs that help students become aware of safety and how to prevent trauma and accidents from occurring. The Fire department, RCMP, and family and community hospital are all involved together, in helping to educate and inform the youth of this community. There are also opportunities to attend Cumberland Regional College. Whether you are looking to start an education, change your career path, or upgrade your high school marks, our college has a local co-ordinator and qualified instructors that can help you pursue and reach your goals.
Growing up in Hudson Bay has given me a great appreciation for the perks and advantages of small town living. It has influenced me to become the person I am today, with the values and beliefs that I hold for myself. In a small town, you don’t have to deal with all of the “hustle and bustle” that goes on in a big city. In Hudson Bay streets are often quiet and peaceful, but anytime you see someone you always stop to chat and greet each other. Everyone is always interested in people’s daily lives and what is going on with each other. In a small town, everybody knows everybody, and there is a sense of belonging and caring between citizens. The neighbourhoods in Hudson Bay offer older homes, newerhomes, and the option of living in town or on a beautiful acreage. There are plenty of opportunities for families to take a house and make it a home.
With a population of 1800 people, Hudson Bay carries a genuine charm that initiates its members to become close and personal in a friendly manner. Whenever someone is in need, there are always people there to help. Whenever somebody new comes along, there are always people there to welcome them. Sometimes events occur, and we are forced to face different types of setbacks. When this happens, we are also forced to come together, and learn that it is important to help each other out to succeed as one big family. We experience both the hard times, and the good times, but we do it together, and that is what is important. With its relaxed, laid-back feeling, Hudson Bay brings the most admirable qualities possible out of a person. It subconsciously makes you whole-hearted towards everyone else around you. It also educates a person on the importance of supporting and encouraging one another. We continue to grow and strive for community spirit in a rich and positive way.
Hudson Bay is a great place to live for many reasons. It offers a number of activities and organizations that help people to become involved as a contributing member of society.Hudson Bay is without a doubt, the best place to create memories. I have lived in this town my entire life, and would not have it any other way. Some of my most fondest memories of not only childhood, but high school as well, have occurred in my very hometown, some that include: sledding out at Hardy’s Hill, picnics with my grandma in Bennett’s Park, heading down to Lynn’s Drive-Thru with a car load of friends, and hitting up the awesome snow-mobile trails to roast hotdogs and sip hot chocolate at the warm-up shacks with family and friends. It provides and promotes opportunities for citizens to explore interests, hobbies, and talents. Hudson Bay gives peoplethe feeling of small-town living, and the sense and true-meaning of friendship, community pride, and most importantly, what it really means to feel at home.