Third Meridian of the Dominion Land Survey

The third Meridian marker is on Highway 1 near the Saskatchewan Alberta border.

This marker indicates the beginning of the Third Meridian. All homesteads from this point to the middle of Alberta are in the Third Meridian.

This marker is located at:
50.466197, -106.005049

Copy the above latitude and longitude into the search box of Google Maps to identify the exact location.

The following photo is from Google Maps.
Turn off for the monument looking west.. East bound lane in the far left.

This photo illustrates the size of the monument and location on the ground.

Transcript of plaque


The marker at the Third Meridian, which is a major control survey line upon which the survey of Saskatchewan's lands to the west depends, honors the work of pioneer surveyors who overcame great difficulties in establishing a vast survey system on the prairies.

Basic to land settlement and the free homestead policy, the survey system of townships, sections and quarter sections, with allowance for roads, permitted ready location of lands and registration of titles.

Most of the provincial survey system was completed between 1880 and 1905 and now covers more than 110,000 square miles. The pioneer land surveyors made a notable contribution to the development of Canada by establishing one of the world's more efficient survey systems, unique in its uniformity, simplicity and practicality.

Government of Saskatchewan

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