Dore Lake is a tiny settlement of fewer than 100 people
located on the south shore of one of the largest and most beautiful
lakes in North-western Saskatchewan. Its very name is an anglicized
translation of the French word for "Golden" which is an accurate
portrayal of an aspect of the waters of this pristine northern lake.
Just as with every community there is a documented history for Dore
Lake but there is a largely untold history prior to the arrival
of settlers of European descent.
Deeply trod ancient portages and trails give telltale if
mute evidence to Dore Lake's pre-history. It is known that the abundance
of fish and game in the area drew Aboriginal people to the area
long before the arrival of others. The Lake area was a rich ground
in which to harvest fish, fur and game for centuries, and the old
trails linking it to other nearby lakes and settlements would seem
to say this was always so.
Just as the forestland and waters of the area provided an enjoyment
of life since the times when primitive but efficient hunter-gatherer
skills were enough to yield up a livelihood, it continues to do
so. Scattered fishing camps were established all around and on the
islands of Dore Lake by an influx of settlers from the south after
the turn of the last century. Those hardy settlers lived as well
as one could imagine by drawing on the magnificent fish resources
of the lake and the plentiful game that abounds in the region. Eventually
the needs of these new settlers for schools and other services that
only collective efforts can support led them to move to the present
day site of the community by 1960.
Lake is a community of people who are proud of their hardy
forbears and aware of the beauty of their surroundings but
they are also eager for others to know their history of triumphs
and struggles in making their community what it is today.
A look at the past