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La Ronge is a community of about 3,500 people in Northern Saskatchewan, Canadamarker, 250 km north of Prince Albertmarker. There are an additional 2,000 people living in the Lac La Ronge Indian Reserve bordering the town, and another 1,000 people living in the neighbouring community of Air Rongemarker. It is the largest settlement in northern Saskatchewan.

The town lies on the western shore of Lac la Ronge and is adjacent to Lac la Ronge Provincial Park.

History

The name of the town is somewhat disputed. One theory suggests the name is derived from the French word "ronger" meaning "to gnaw". It has been suggested that the name was given to the lake by voyageurs who discovered evidence of beaver cutting in the La Ronge area.

In 1770, the early explorer Etienne Waden established the first white settlement on Lac La Ronge, not far from the current town site of La Ronge. La Ronge began in 1904 as a fur trading post and meeting place, but with the decline of hunting and the fur market, La Ronge has diversified into other areas. Many of the Dene, Cree, and white trappers used La Ronge as their central service point.

With the opening of Highway 2 in 1947, La Ronge became a major tourist fishing area.

In the early 1950s and 1960s, the mineral resources in the La Ronge area began to be explored and developed.

In 1976, the Town of La Ronge changed its municipal status from village to an incorporated town.

With access to all other points north, east and west, and transportation linkage to the south, La Ronge is also the northern hub for the Saskatchewan provincial government.

Several mining companies, government agencies, and airlines now keep offices in La Ronge, and the local Chamber of Commerce has many other retail and service businesses amongst its members.

La Ronge is surrounded by several First Nations reserves, with the Northern Villge of Air Ronge located just south of the town on Highway 2.

The community is also home to the La Ronge Ice Wolves junior "A" hockey team.

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See also



References

  1. La Lac Ronge Indian Reserve website, accessed 12 August 2007
  2. Town of La Rongewebsite



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