Town of Shaunavon

Grand Coteau Heritage & Cultural Centre

440 Centre St.        Phone: (306)297-3882


The Grand Coteau Heritage & Cultural Centre houses the Shaunavon Branch of the Chinook Regional Library,
an art gallery, natural history and heritage rooms as well as a community meeting room. 
The Centre is open year round and continues to provide visitors with a variety of cultural experiences.

The Grand Coteau Centre is a hub of activity, as evidenced by the number of vistors which reached an astonishing 10,000 in 2008.

Hours of Operation:
May 1 to September 30: Monday to Saturday 9:00a.m. - 5:00p.m.
October 1 to April 30: Tuesday to Saturday 1:30p.m.- 5:00p.m.

Art Gallery

Our spacious 1000 ft. gallery features art exhibitions by local, Saskatchewan and Canadian artists.  Many of our shows are from the Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Council’s (OSAC) Arts on the Move program. A full listing of OSAC visual arts touring exhibitions can be found on their website,
New exhibitions are featured every one or two months. Exhibitions are subject to change without advance notice. A donation box and guest book are located in the gallery. Please be sure to sign your name and leave us your comments regarding the current show!
For information on exhibition criteria, please see the Art Gallery Exhibition Criteria.

Museum - Natural History Room
Natural Sciences: The GCHCC natural history collection features mammal and bird specimens common to southwest Saskatchewan. The natural history collection was the focus of the Museum during its early years and continues to appeal to tourists and local residents. Many of the specimens date back to the origins of the museum in the 1930’s. Many of the exhibits are displayed in a diorama depicting the natural habitat of the species on display.

Museum - Heritage Exhibits

The Museum houses archaeological material from a primary butchering site in South Western Saskatchewan that contains bison material and some stone tools.
Our early settlement collection features artifacts significant to Shaunavon's history. Permanent exhibits include The Crystal Bakery, Agriculture, One-Room Schoolhouse, Everett Baker, Communication, Illerbrun Church, Textiles, Home Life, Work Life, Early Policing and General Store.
A photographic exhibit entitled, “Why Here”, highlights the establishment of Shaunavon in 1913. From bald prairie to town status in less than six months, Shaunavon earned the title of Boomtown. Other exhibits we have displayed at this time are Millinery and Shaunavon Memorabilia.
A future permanent photographic Coal Mining exhibit is under construction.

Community Meeting Room
A meeting room is located in the basement of the GCHCC, and is available for rental. The space can accommodate up to 50 individuals. A television, DVD/VCR, slide projector and screen, coffee pots and washrooms are available for use. The space is well-lit with a great deal of natural light as well.

Full day: $50 plus GST
Half Day: $30 plus GST

Call 306-297-3882 for booking information.

Art programming and tours of pioneer exhibits can be arranged at any time by contacting our Programmer at 306-297-3882. 

 - The entire collection of The Shaunavon Standard, dating back to 1913
 - Obituaries
 - Photographs including collections from local residents, past and present
 - Old town photos
 - History Books - a large collection of history books from all over the Southwest and Saskatchewan

Research Requests:
GCHCC offers research services concerning individuals, organizations and/or businesses from Shaunavon's past. The Centre's staff & volunteers can assist individuals or organizations seeking this information and we will attempt to fill each request as best as possible.

Please contact us if you wish to discover more about Shaunavon's past.

Donations for research requests are welcomed!

Shaunavon Library

The Shaunavon Branch of the Chinook Regional Library is located in the GCHCC, adjacent to our gallery space. The library is another hub of our community and offers free internet access, regular children’s programming and Kid’s Corner area. The Shaunavon Library an inviting and cozy locale for meeting friends and relaxing with a good book.
The friendly librarians will be happy to help you with research and computer usage. Interlibrary loans are available for titles not currently held on location.

Services Provided: Four Public Computers With Internet, Wireless Access
Phone: (306)297-3844
Story Time - Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. 
Hours of Operation:
Monday 12:00 Noon - 5:00 p.m.        Tuesday 12:00 Noon - 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday 12:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.   Thursday 12:00 Noon - 7:30 p.m. 
Friday 12:00 Noon - 5:00 p.m.           Saturday 12:00 Noon - 5:00 p.m.

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