White Butte is a collection of bedroom communities east of the provincial capital, Regina in southern Saskatchewan. It consists of the towns of White City, Pilot Butte, and Balgonie, plus the surrounding area. It is in the Southeastern part of the province and is located on the Trans-Canada Highway (Highway 1). With about 12,000 people (2016), White Butte is a similar size to Estevan.
White Butte is pronounced so that it rhymes with “cute”. The name of the region comes from combining the names of its two largest towns, White City and Pilot Butte.
White Butte is not one city. Rather, it consists of three towns:
- 1 White City – with about 5,000 people, home to most of the services and places of accommodation in the region
- 2 Balgonie – with about 1,500 people, home to the high school in the region
- 3 Pilot Butte – with about 2,000 people
In between and surrounding each of these towns consists of farmland and acerages.
Indigenous peoples inhabited the area for many years before any European settlement. European settlement in the area can be traced back to the 1840s. The Canadian Pacific Rilway was constructed through the region in 1882, and in that same year the towns of Pilot Butte and Balgonie were founded along the railway (which is still in operation).
World War II had a harmful effect on the towns, as residents moved to the nearby city Regina. After World War II, people became more reliant on cars, so living in Pilot Butte and Balgonie began to become a popular option for those who wanted to commute to work in the city. In the late 1950s, the Trans-Canada Highway was completed around the two towns. At this time, White City was formed along this new highway.
All three towns in White Butte have experienced substantial growth since 2011. White City has taken over as the largest town from Pilot Butte was.
- Airplane services are available to nearby Regina.
- Highway 1 (Trans-Canada Highway) − White Butte sits along the Trans-Canada Highway (Highway 1 in Saskatchewan) and is a 10-minute drive east of Regina. Calgary is 7 hours to the west on Highway 1, and Winnipeg is a 5-hour drive to the east on Highway 1.
- Highway 10 − Fort Qu’Appelle is 45 minutes to the northeast on Highway 10, and it continues to Melville then Yorkton.
- Higwhay 48 – runs further into southeast Saskatchewan toward Kipling and Wawota.
- Highway 46 is a short commuter highway into Regina.
- Highway 364 is a short commuter highway to Edenwold.
- Bus services are available to nearby Regina.
There is no Via Rail services to White Butte.
To navigate White Butte, you need a car.
1 Pilot Butte parks and Butte Hill. The two main parks in Pilot Butte (Inland and Discovery Ridge parks), located on either side of Butte Street. These parks are home to the Butte Hill, pathways around around a small lake, ball diamonds, geocaches, and playgrounds. Free.
2 White Butte Trails. 12.7 km of trails open year-round. In the winter: groomed skate and classic cross-country ski trails plus a hiking trail. In the summer: hiking and cycling trails. Pet-friendly, accessible via two parking lots (one at each trailhead), two warm-up shelters and an outdoor pit toilet. Free.
4 Green Acres Golf Course, 100 South, Ladysmith Rd, ☏ . 8AM to 7PM. 9-hole golf course with grass greens located between Pilot Butte and Balgonie. Also a place to catch a bite to eat, or practice at the driving range.
5 Westfalia Golf Course, Butte Road, Pilot Butte. 9-hole golf course with sand greens located directly north of Pilot Butte.
6 Balgonie Curling Rink, 114 King Street, Balgonie, ☏ .
7 Balgonie Swimming Pool, 137 King Street, Balgonie, ☏ .
The legal drinking age in Saskatchewan is 19 years.
3 Comfort Plus Campground. Campground located north (across Highway 1) of White City
4 Dyer Straits Campground, ☏ . Campground located north (across Highway 1) of White City
White Butte is a safe area.
|Routes through White Butte|
|Medicine Hat ← Regina ←||W E||→ Whitewood → Brandon|
|END ←||W E||→ Fort Qu'Appelle → Yorkton|