Memories Of Deep River

Memories Of Deep River

Hunting, Trapping, Fishing and Fur Farming

in Northern Saskatchewan, Canada


Deep River Fur Farm ceased operations some 50 years ago.
This web site is a collection of memories and stories of a time long since passed.
Please do not submit requests for employment, purchase of fur animals, or advice on fur farming.


       Halvor Ausland emigrated to Canada from Evje, Norway in 1920, After working at odd jobs in the Watrous and Shellbrook area, he travelled to northern Saskatchewan. He began his trapping career at Grand Rapids on the Beaver River and then moved further north, trapping at such places as Skeleton Bay on Frobisher Lake and the Mudjatik River, (also known as Deer River) south of Cree Lake.
      In 1925, Halvor Ausland moved to Deep River (MacBeth Channel on the map) and founded Deep River Fur Farm. It was located 24 miles west of the village of Ile-A-La-Crosse on the Churchill River system. Along with mink and fox ranching, he continued to trap and carry on commercial fishing operations. From humble beginnings, Deep River Fur Farm was to become one of the largest and most successful fur farms in northern Saskatchewan.
     Halvor Ausland was not one to keep success to himself. Over the years, he helped many northerners establish fur farms of their own. By 1956, there were 30-40, and possibly as many as 55 mink ranches in the Buffalo Narrows, Ile-A-La-Crosse area, the vast majority started with his help. From a poor Norwegian immigrant, who came to Canada at 17 years of age, unable to speak English, he became a very successful, well known and respected businessman. He accomplished this by sheer will and determination to succeed under the most difficult of circumstances.


     A number of books have been add to this website. They deal with the life and times of many Saskatchewan residents, homesteaders, trappers, fur traders, bush pilots, as well as other groups, such as the Roman Catholic Church, government officials and law enforcement agencies.


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Ausland Lake Deep River Fur Farm Hunting and Trapping Page. Fishing on Deep River.

Ausland Lake

Deep River

Trapping Page

Fishing Page

My Norwegian Roots. Welcome to Our House. Deep River from the air. A History of Buffalo Narrows.

Ausland Family

Daughter Carol

Deep River Video

Buffalo Narrows

Sakitawak Bi-Centennial, Ile-A-La-Crosse 1776 - 1976. Timber Trails - History of Big River and Ditrict. A Look at the Past - History of Dore Lake, Saskatchewan Lost Land of The Caribou. The Manager's Tale.


Big River

Dore Lake



True Lies of Frontier Charactors and Practical Jokers True Lies of a Northern Bush Pilot True Lies of a Northern Fur Trader Ron Clancy, Northern Fur Trader and Author.


George Greening

Fur Trader

Author Ron Clancy

Religous History of St. John The Baptiste Parish, ILe a la Crosse, 150 Years. The Church The People Of God History of the Early Mink People in Canada.

St. John Parish

Mink People

The Metis Man

Metis Man


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