Welcome to the Town of Bashaw
Did you know?
Bashaw was incorporated as a Village in August 1911 and was called Forster. According to the Bashaw & District, Over 100 Years of Memories book, “there are conflicting reasons for its naming. One is it was called so after Mrs. Steers brother, or the other after a man who was killed when putting in the rail in 1910”. Given that there was also a Forster, Saskatchewan, it was decided that the name would be changed to Bashaw after the man that had done so much to develop it and keep it going.
The land where Bashaw is situated, was being homesteaded by Joe Louis, a Metis. Mr. Bashaw was involved in a very interesting land deal. According to the history book, Joe Louis, Frank Allan, Alec Salmon and Art Robinson were involved in a serious poker game. Joe Louis ran out of money and put the title to his land in as security for the pot. On the turn of a card, Joe Louis lost his land. Andy Allan, the victor, later sold the quarter section to Mr. Bashaw for five hundred dollars.
Mr. Bashaw started a homestead at the narrows. Mr. Bashaw started a lumber business in Alix. When the railroad started to develop in the area (1909), Mr. Bashaw took the opportunity to sell lots of the town section. He disposed of his lumber business in Alix and devoted his attention to this upcoming community, which was later named after him. Interestingly, the Railway would not have come through our town if not for Mr. Bashaw. When Eugene heard of plans for the Railway to extend to Jarvis rather than through Bashaw, he headed to Camrose and struck a deal with the GTP. This deal ensured the town would gain the railway. This was instrumental for the growth of our town.
The picture above is Mr. Eugene Bashaw’s family at the time of the Centennial Celebrations.
Mr. Eugene Bashaw died on December 19, 1938 in Spokane , Washington.
For more information on the history of Bashaw, there are books available at the Town office.
If you have any interesting pictures of Bashaw History, please submit them to us via email.
The Town of Bashaw now….
Bashaw is a small picturesque town with a big heart for country charm and warm, friendly atmosphere. Nestled in the valley near the shores of Buffalo Lake, at the crossroads of Highway 21 and 53, Bashaw is centrally located in Prairie Parkland Country. Being less than a one hour drive from Red Deer, Stettler, Ponoka, Lacombe and Camrose makes Bashaw perfectly situated for those who desire access to larger centers but value the small town lifestyle.
Primarily a farming community, the area around Bashaw is known for productive croplands and a diverse livestock industry. Lakes, campgrounds and golf courses skirt the surrounding area for added activity and relaxation.
Bashaw features an agricultural facility that is second to none. With its tree lined white rail fence and manicured grounds it welcomes visitors to our vibrant community.
Take a walk through the past as you visit our museum located in Bashaw’s original jailhouse. Sit in the same cell where the notorious Robert Raymond Cook, last man to be hung in Alberta, sat waiting for the authorities to take him to trial. Many still wonder whether young Cook was guilty of his charges. Stop by, check out the evidence and make your own conclusion. Look at some of our archives. Capital Punishment, Mortal Fear grips Bashaw Area, Murder Suspect Caught, Letter to RCMP, Some doubts remain.
The Majestic Theatre is another must to see as interested citizens formed ‘Friends of the Majestic’ and restored the old theatre back to its original form. Come and enjoy plays and concerts, dances and song; watch as characters come to life on stage as the Majestic Theatre Group entertains you with theatrical productions.
For the outdoor enthusiasts Bashaw offers beautiful nature trails, tennis courts, ball diamonds, a fitness park along with numerous other parks and playgrounds. Our summers are filled with Junior Cattle shows, ball tournaments and our new and growing sport – an annual bunnock tournament, not to mention street dances, show and shine car shows and community BBQ’s. Winter is not to be out done as we offer hockey, figure skating and curling that fill our local arena with indoor sports. For those who like the chill of the outdoors; there’s ample opportunity for ice fishing, cross country skiing, and snowmobiling.
Other amenities and services Bashaw is proud to offer is a well equipped fitness center, chiropractor, massage therapist, commercial and industrial business sector, medical clinic and pharmacy, ambulance services, fire department, school from pre-school to grade 12 and various home businesses. We have 2 grocery stores, 2 gas stations, multiple eateries, meat shop, thrift store, 2 banks, 2 insurance agencies and registry office, farm and industrial supply stores to mention just a few!
No matter what your age or your interest we have what you are looking for. We are definitely a small town, where BIG things happen!
Did you know that our Community won the BVJ Small Town Saturday Night? Small Town, Big things:
Did you know that our community entered and won:
The Aviva Community Fund – ‘Bashaw: A Place for Everyone’ project was a Prize winner and will receive $100,000! This completes our fundraising goal of $350,000 for our School Gymnasium!
There are no words to describe the pride and love we feel for this community as well as the commitment and heart of both the people who came before us and the people who live here now. Thank you to each and every one of you for choosing to strengthen our school, our youth and our community! Thank you to the Aviva Community Fund for their generosity and commitment to communities across Canada! If you would like to view the Video, click the link Bashaw: A Place for Everyone
Enjoy the following slideshow of Historical Pictures. We have come a long way Bashaw, and we are so proud of our Community!