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The town of Burstall is located in
the heart of the 'gas patch' on highway 321 close to the Alberta
border. It is one hour to Medicine Hat Alberta, four and one half
hours to Regina, and three and one half hours to Saskatoon. The
South Saskatchewan river is 15 minutes to the west. Five large gas
plants are located within 10 minutes of town
The Sandhills are just five minutes
north of town and are home to a great many wildlife species. The
Burstall area is blessed with an abundance of wildlide including the
Richardson Ground Squirrel, Prairie Rattlesnake, White Tail and Mule
Deer, Moose, Sharp-Tailed Grouse, Horned Owls, Prairie Coyotes,
Antelope, Cedar Waxwings, Canada Geese and a great many other birds
too numerous to mention.
Burstall is known as the Turbo Expander Capital of the world. A turbo expander is a turbine-like
device used to cool plant inlet gas by reducing its pressure. It is
used by all gas plants in the Burstall area.
Burstall is a thriving community
thanks in part to the strong gas industry in the area: Spectra
Energy, Bp Canada, Provident Energy, Atco Midstream, and TransCanada
have gas plants within 5 to 10 minutes of Burstall.
Burstall boasts many recreation
facilities for its size. It has a large Solar Heated indoor swimming
pool with wading pool and jacuzzi, artificial ice arena, a 4 sheet
curling rink, a ball park with 5 diamonds, 2 children's playgrounds,
a large well equipped fitness centre, a community hall, a 3 lane
bowling alley and a 9 hole grass greens golf course with clubhouse
and large deck.
There are a number of attractions in
the area as well. A pipeline suspension bridge, built in 1957 spans
the South Saskatchewan River 19 kms west of town. It is just under .4
kilometer from pier to pier. At the time that was the best way to
transport natural gas across the river. There are five huge gas
plants in the Burstall area with the oldest being the TransCanada
Compressor Station #2 built in 1957.
Sandy Point Park on the banks of the
South Saskatchewan River is 20 minutes west of town. Facilities
include BBQ's, picnic tables, playground, camp kitchen and camp
sites. Hiking trails and great fishing along the river provide
relaxing diversions for everyone.
Burstall has one school serving
Kindergarten to Grade 8. The small classroom size means a lot of
individual attention for students.
Although Burstall has a volunteer
Fire Department and First Responders, Police protection
is currently provided through the Leader Detatchment with regular
visits to Burstall.
The Burstall branch of the Chinook Regional Library is open 3 days a week
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