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2. Garson Lake

1977 map showing Garson Lake, West La Loche and La Loche. The map is based on 1952 air photographs.
Note the old trail from Garson Lake to West La Loche and the trails and winter roads around La Loche. 
This old Highway 155 was a gravel road all the way to Meadow Lake. It was later rebuilt, straightened and paved.


Garson Lake, Saskatchewan

Whitefish Lake now called Garson Lake was already an old established Dene village of 50 people in 1880.
The families lived in log homes by the lake and cultivated small fields of potatoes.
On August 4, 1899 the residents were gathered in Fort McMurray and selected Adam Boucher as headman to represent them in the signing of Treaty 8.
The descendants of this group "became known as the Portage La Loche Band".
At the La Loche Mission in 1907 these families asked that treaty payments be made to them at La Loche or Buffalo River so they wouldn't have to 
travel all the way to Fort McMurray.  
On July 17, 1911 they received their treaty payments at Portage La Loche (West La Loche). 
In 1920 the Portage La Loche Band had 66 members. 
In 1944 the village had seventeen families with 50 children under the age of 18 or about 85 people. 
The village had no services of any kind and was not accessible by road.
In 1999 Saskatchewan Highway 956 (also called the Garson Lake Road) reached Garson Lake.

Name Changes: 
Garson Lake was at one time called Swan Lake, Whitefish Lake and Lac Poisson Blanc (Whitefish Lake in French).
In 1911 it was named Garson Lake after a HBC post manager at Onion Lake, Saskatchewan.

Location:
Garson Lake is located near the Alberta border and can be reached by the Garson Lake Road/Highway 956 off of Highway 155. 
A winter road connects it to Fort McMurray, Alberta in the winter months......read more.. The Garson Lake Road

Garson Lake like La Loche has been occupied for several centuries.  
(Photo Garson Lake in 1908)

Garson Lake in 1918 taken by the Blanchet Survey Expedition 

1959 news story  Three die in plane crash. Two are from Garson Lake (Philip Laprise and Couronne Lemaigre).



                                                              


Population in 1906

Whitefish Lake  had 61 people in the Canada Census of 1906.                           ...1906 Canada Census for Whitefish Lake pages 19-20-21-22-23

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Population in 1944

In 1944 there were about 85 people at Garson Lake or 17 families with 50 children.
Note: Above is a page from the Piercy Report of 1944 on Garson Lake. 



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