Showcasing Saskatchewan hospitality in the Land of Living Skies

Line 3 Replacement Program activity gives Rosetown an economic shot in the arm

The prairie vistas are fairly spectacular in the Land of Living Skies.

If you asked April and Darryl Anderson, they would probably tell you that it’s “bin”-credible.

The Andersons opened Alive Sky Lodge near Rosetown, Saskatchewan, in December 2014 as a way to diversify their farming operation—and last year, they expanded their bed-and-breakfast by unveiling a luxury suite housed inside a rustic metal grain bin.

“We wanted to provide a quintessential prairie experience for our guests,” says April. “It’s an alternative to a motel or hotel. We’re set up for families or individuals who are traveling through, and we’re trying to showcase Saskatchewan hospitality.”

Right now, hospitality is the name of the game in Rosetown, as well as other communities in Saskatchewan and Alberta, following the August launch of Canadian construction on Enbridge’s Line 3 Replacement Program (L3RP).

One of the largest private infrastructure projects that Canada has seen, the L3RP—with a cost of $5.3 billion north of the border—will replace about 1,660 kilometres’ worth of existing pipe, from Hardisty, Alberta to Superior, Wisconsin, with modern pipe materials using modern construction methods.

Towns along Enbridge’s Line 3 right-of-way are seeing an influx of pipeline and facility construction crews—numbering in the hundreds, in some cases, and staying at inns like the Alive Sky Lodge. Local businesses supplying goods and services—groceries, accommodation, restaurant meals, dry goods, laundry services—are already reaping the benefits.

“I’m on the (Rosetown and District) Chamber of Commerce, and in our discussions, the directors have been very positive. They all have good memories of the economic benefits to Rosetown and district the last time Enbridge came through with a project (the Alberta Clipper line in 2009 and 2010),” says April.

The Andersons are also Enbridge landowners, with our Mainline right-of-way passing through their property. “The last time Enbridge came through, they did a great job. They earned our trust,” says Darryl. “The land was left better than it was before. We’re thankful they’re here this time.”

The L3RP will promote responsible energy development—with much-needed incremental capacity to support Canadian crude oil production growth, as well as U.S. and Canadian refinery demand.

It’s also expected to create nearly 25,000 temporary full-time equivalent jobs, generate more than $514 million in tax revenue, and contribute more than $2.8 billion to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in Canada.

“It’s creating jobs. It’s creating money. It’s creating excitement. And being in a small community of just under 3,000 people, that’s what we need,” says Garrett Thiessen, general sales manager at Rosetown Mainline Motor Products. “Obviously, the economic benefit is massive.”