NipawinNipawin, Sask, incorporated as a town in 1936, population 4265 (2011c), 4076 (2006c). The Town of Nipawin is located on the east bank of the SASKATCHEWAN RIVER 274 km northeast of Saskatoon. The town is named for a height on the river just upstream from the present townsite (in Cree, "place where one stands"), which commands a wide view of plain and river and served as a popular lookout point for the native bands that frequented the area. A trading post was established in 1912, but development did not occur until the railway pushed its way north in 1924. The railway brought settlers who took up lumbering and farming.
Nipawin is situated at a point on the Saskatchewan River where the prairie and woodland meet. It also lies between 2 lakes (Tobin, 1963 and Codette, 1986) that are the result of hydroelectricity development on the river. Camping, fishing and other recreational activities are popular and Nipawin Regional Park is located nearby. The soil to the south of the town is rich, and crops grown in the region include wheat, oats, barley, alfalfa and canola. Honey production is one of the town's main industries. Lumbering also continues to play a significant role in the town's economy.