Hudson Bay is nestled in the Red Deer Valley, between the Porcupine and Pasquia Hills in northeastern Saskatchewan. European settlement began in the 18th century, with fur trading posts being established east and south of the present-day townsite. The town of Hudson Bay was established when the Canadian Northern Railway, a predecessor to the Canadian National Railway (CN), arrived in 1909.
Hudson Bay's economy is based on forestry, agriculture, processing and eco-tourism, and has claimed the title of "Forestry Capital of Canada" as well as "Moose Capital of the World" due to the abundance of wildlife in the area.
Hudson Bay is located at the junction of Highways 3 and 9, about 250 km (160 mi) east of Prince Albert, 325 km (202 mi) northeast of Sasktoon, and 385 km (239 mi) northeast of Regina.
Saskota Flyway (Highway 9) is known as "the International Road to Adventure" as it starts in Bismarck, North Dakota. Between the Manitoba border and Hudson Bay, the road is gravel, passing through northern forest, prairie parkland, vast stretches of wheat-production, parks and coal mining country.
Take Highway 3 or 41 comes west from Saskatoon. Take Highway 3 east from Manitoba.
- 1 Hudson Bay Airport. No commercial flights but used for recreational flights; also used as a base for the provincial water bombers. Contains a 5,000 ft (1,500 m) runway and a 2,000 ft (610 m)
- See also: Rail travel in Canada
- 2 Hudson Bay station (Marcotte St (Hwy 3/9) at Railway Ave).
- Al Mazur Memorial Heritage Park (Jct Hwy 3 west & Hwy 9 south), ☏ , email@example.com. May 15-Sep 15: daily 9AM-5PM. Re-creation of Hudson Bay circa 1909. Buildings include general store, two churches, settler homestead, barn, original CN train station with train rides and tea house. Antique tractor collection dating back to 1927. Adults $5; seniors $4; students $3; under 5 free.
- Hudson Bay Museum, 512 Churchill Street, ☏ . June: F Sa 1-5PM; July & August: Tu-Sa 1-5PM. Housed in the first school built in Hudson Bay in 1913. It features replicas of an early settler's home and rural drugstore, ethnic artifacts and local art.
Hudson Bay offers many outdoor recreational opportunities unspoiled wilderness and abundant wildlife.
- ATVing − Many of the scenic trails that are available for snowmobiles in the winter are available for ATVs and trail bikes in the spring and summer. Hudson Bay is surrounded by the Porcupine Provincial Forest and the Pasquia Provincial Forest giving opportunities to explore the back country.
- Fishing − the Hudson Bay area has a wide variety of fish species and an abundance of clear water lakes, rivers, streams and stocked ponds.
- Hunting – The Porcupine Provincial Forest and the Pasquia Provincial Forest offer hunting for elk, white tail deer, moose and bear.
- Red Deer River Route − The Red Deer River makes its way from Hudson Bay Saskatchewan to Red Deer Lake in Manitoba and has a historical significance for the fur trade and for early logging history. The river is suitable for those wanting to explore the waters by canoe or kayak.
- Recreational snowmobiling in winter
- Lynns Drive Inn, 525 Hwy 3, ☏ . Daily 10AM-10PM. Burgers, chicken, pizza, wraps, salads.
- Take Ten Restaurant, 501 Main St, ☏ . Tu-Su 8AM-8PM.
- The Pines Restaurant, 104 Churchill St, ☏ . Su-Th 8AM-8PM, F Sa 8AM-9PM.
- The Railway Ave Pub, 102 Hudson St, ☏ . W-Su 5-9PM. Craft beer on tap, pub menu, special events nights.
- Hudson Bay Regional Park. Includes Regional Park (2 km S of Hudson Bay), Ruby Lake (N of Hudson Bay), Dagg Creek (30 km S of Hudson Bay), Greenbush River (15 km E of Hudson Bay) and Saginas Lake recreation sites. Multiple campsites available.
- Jackpine Cabins & Storage, 1008 Wardle Drive, ☏ , firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Norwood Motel, 802 Churchill Street, ☏ , email@example.com.
- Treeline Motel, Hwy 3 West, ☏ . Small motel with dining room and lounge.
- Hudson Bay Health Care Facility, 614 Prince Street, ☏ . 24-hour emergency outpatient care.
- Information Centre (Al Mazur Memorial Heritage Park; Jct Hwy 3 west & Hwy 9 south), ☏ , firstname.lastname@example.org. May 15-Sep 15: daily 9AM-5PM.
|Routes through Hudson Bay|
|Churchill ← The Pas ←||N S||→ Canora → Winnipeg|
|Prince Albert ← Melfort ←||W E||→ becomes → ENDS at N S|
|The Pas ← becomes ← Jct W ←||N S||→ Canora → Yorkton|