Morning Commute, Uranium City, Saskatchewan. Photo by JJ Bougie

Morning Commute

Photo Credit: ©JJ Bougie

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Welcome to the Uranium City History website, covering past and present.

Uranium City is located in the northernmost corner of Saskatchewan. Originally a Cold War town, Uranium City came to life in the early 1950s, rapidly growing to more than a dozen mines, some with townsites for their own, and reached a population of nearly 10,000. By the 1960s, Canadian uranium could no longer be used for military purposes, and Uranium City supplied ore Canada’s Candu Reactor, then just beginning to come online.

The sudden closure of its last mine, the mammoth Beaverlodge Mine owned and run by Eldorado Nuclear, in 1982, saw the towns’s population plunge from 4000 to less than 400. Since then Uranium City has survived as, variously, a regional hub, the site of ongoing exploration, and mine reclamation. Tourism also supplies some visitors who come to fish in the many lakes, hunt in season, and generally enjoy some of the most spectacular landscape in Canada, if not the world. Depending on the time of year, 50 – 80 residents remain.

This site is dedicated to the history and present of Uranium City and area, and history of the Canadian North generally. For a general Uranium City history, please visit our About Page.

Latest Posts

  • page from the Queen's Review

    Goldfields Hockey League

    Jeffrey Street was kind enough to send these on to me last year and finally publishing them now. Not the headline ‘Near Arctic Circle’. Guess it’s all relative I guess, given Yellowknife barely existed at the time and transportation links were minimal. For the full articles: “Graduates Play Hockey Near Arctic Circle,” The Queen’s Review, […]

  • Photo of John Grasley

    RIP John (Jack) Grasley

    From the memorial in Prince Albert Now: It is with heavy hearts the family announces the passing of John (Jack) Edward Grasley, late of Uranium City, SK at the age of 67 years from cancer, on Wednesday, July 19, 2023, in Prince Albert, SK, with the love of his life, Cathy Hartley by his side. […]

  • Welcome to La Ronge, entry sign, La Ronge, Saskatchewan
  • book cover of "Somewhere Safe: Uranium City - the Lure and the Lore"

    New Book: Somewhere Safe – Uranium City

    Author CC Phillips has a new book out, based on his time living in Uranium City from 1986 to 1994. Interestingly, his book stops just before my first trip back in 1996. From the website: Uranium City, the lure and the lore … Though the path has led a circuitous route, the town that would not […]

  • Beaverlodge Lake, red haze of smoke in the morning.

    Wildfires Burning Across Saskatchewan, Air Quality Warnings in Fond Du Lac and Uranium City

    19 wildfires burning around Saskatchewan as of Saturday, May 27. Five not contained, 10 undergoing assessment, three are being watched to protect valuable equipment in the area. Air quality alerts are in effect across the province, including Fond-du-Lac, Stony Rapids and Uranium City.

  • Uranium City Pennant

    Goin’ Back to UC

    by Vince Kreiser – young resident from 1958-62 All images @copyright Vince Kreiser Our family moved to Uranium City in 1958. As with many other people, our trip “up north” involved flying into the area on a DC-3 airplane. My father Jack Kreiser was the first Principal and one of the teachers at the new […]

  • Rix Athabasca Campsite

    Del Trobak’s Photographs Of Rix-Athabsca Mine and Uranium City 57-60

    click on any image to open lightbox These photographs come from Del Trobak. Most are included in his piece on living in Uranium City and working at the Rix Athabasca Mine from 1957 to 1960, but I couldn’t fit in all of them due to space. @copyright Del Trobak.

Latest Places

  • Gunnar Mines, early 1960s

    Gunnar Mines Part 1

  • Goldfields, Saskatchewan, circa mid -'30s

    Goldfields: The First Boom Town

  • Cover of Patricia Sandberg's Sun Dogs and Yellowcake

    Sun Dogs and Yellowcake, Extract from Chapter 8: 

  • Rix Athabasca Headframe, 1959

    My Memories of Rix Athabasca Mines and Uranium City 1957 – ’60

  • Dr. Colin Dafoe, Dogsled Doctor

Latest Photos

  1. I remember Fiona . I was a young GP who worked with Dr Sharpe for a couple of years around…

  2. Hi, My fathers family lived in Uranium City in the 50’s. I have some family photos when they were there.…