Estevan is the eighth largest city in Saskatchewan with a population of roughly 10,100 residents, based on the 2006 numbers. It is located near the southeastern corner of the province. The Souris River runs by the city of Estevan. The city is surrounded by the Rural Municipality of Estevan No. 5.
The first settlers in what was to become Estevan arrived during the year 1892, along with the expansion of the Canadian Pacific Railway. It was incorporated as a village during 1899, and later became a town in 1906. On March 1, 1957, Estevan obtained the status of a city, that, in Saskatchewan terms, is any community of at least 5,000.
The name of "Estevan" was attributed to George Stephen's Registered Telegraphic Address. George Stephen was from the year 1881 to 1888, the very first President of the Canadian Pacific Railway.
Estevan was the site of the notorious Estevan Riot during the year 1913. Even though nearly all of the strikers were from nearby Bienfait, the strike is associated with Estevan because it was within this particular city which the demonstrators were met by members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. After the subsequent riot, that lasted 45 minutes, three strikers lay dead. It was later proven that the three miners had been killed by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The miners had been organized by the Workers' Unity League.
The Estevan Mercury, the newspaper in Estevan since the year 1903, provides weekly distribution to its more than 3,600 paid readers. The newspaper likewise provides up-to-date news through online editorial copy and local videos at estevanmercury.ca. It likewise has as free distribution newspaper circulated throughout Southeast Saskatchewan to over 9,000 homes; the Southeast Trader Express.
Pipeline News, Saskatchewan Petroleum Monthly newspaper is also based out of Estevan. Southeast Saskatchewan has a significant amount of oil production, and the Pipeline News' main office is located locally to report on these matters. The entire edition of Pipeline News can be read at pipelinenews.ca.
Estevan Lifestyles is a free circulation weekly publication that shares the stories of the residents in the Estevan region and the southeast corner of Saskatchewan. The publication also publishes NewsBreak, a daily coffee paper which is geared towards a lighter reading.
The two local radio outlets, CHSN FM 102.3 and CJSLAM AM 1280, are both owned by Golden West Broadcasting.
The weather of Estevan is characterized by cold, long and dry winters and warm, short and somewhat humid summer months. This humid continental weather has a mean temperature during the month of January of -14.8 C or 5.4 F. The precipitation during wintertime is mainly snow, averaging 55.2 mm or 2.17 inches. Springtime is a short transitional season, with a mean temperature of 11.3 C or 52.3 F and 160.6 mm or 6.32 inches of precipitation, with significant snowfall in April.