This area is bordering on one of the most productive gas and oil fields in the province. Major operators being, Nexen Energy, Murphy Oil, Husky Energy, and more. There are hundreds of oil and gas wells, oil batteries and compressor stations surrounding the town. The first two oilfields to be developed in Canada using horizontal drilling technology are also located nearby. With the increasing oil activity in the area, new businesses to service this industry, are opening.
Agriculture is the other backbone of the local economy. This area is one of the most productive mixed farming areas in Saskatchewan. The average farm size and capital value are greater than the provincial average. Most crops that are adapted to Saskatchewan can be grown in this area. Diversification has become common; alongside the usual crops such as wheat, etc. we now see specialized varieties like peas, sunflower, etc. The livestock industry has also diversified into specialties like ostrich and bison. Median family income for all census families in the Town of Macklin is $54,488 comparing to the provincial average of $49,264.
Welcome to the Magnificent Prairies. Experience a land of fabled sunsets stretching far into the horizon. The friendly people of Macklin invite you to enjoy our good time, great hospitality and unique attractions.
Beginning with the World's Largest Bunnock which also doubles as our tourism booth you will begin to understand the rich heritage of our area. This booth is a must see on any tourist's agenda as it has been listed on many worldwide travel guides as a worthwhile stop.
Whether you are driving along the highway or taking a quiet country road into our secluded hills and valleys you will experience our natural beauty. Archaeological sites are scattered around the area with various burial sites, ghost towns, stone cairns and more.
The historical bells of St. Anthony's church are another must see if your are in the area. The three bells produced by the Bell Foundry of Fritz Hamm in Augsburg, Germany were made in 1914 and weigh an astonishing 544 kilograms.
If you're interested in natural history the area boasts a wide variety of plants, wildlife and migratory birds. From the rare Piping Plover to garter snake hibernation dens every turn provides for an exciting adventure. The area is ideal for hunters of big game (white tail deer, mule deer, etc.) as well as geese and ducks. Every year hunters from all over the world come to the area for the opportunity, which is not available in most parts of the world.
Macklin, famous for it's World Bunnock Championship, welcomes you to visit our town. For travel, tourism, or business, you will find it worth your time. Macklin is situated along the Saskatchewan / Alberta, border approximately 108 km south of Lloydminster. Macklin was incorporated as a Village in 1909, and as a town in 1912. Macklin was named for an executive of the Winnipeg Free Press, Harry Macklin, who was following the railway construction and reporting for his paper. We are presently, and have been for the past twenty years, in the middle of a large oilfield expansion. The population of the community has steadily risen with the addition of many new, young families to the area. The average population growth of 3.3 % per year makes Macklin one of the fastest growing communities in the province. With 73% of our population under the age of 45, we remain one of the youngest as well. The area in and around Macklin has been extremely active in creating new and stable employment opportunities. In the past two years we have seen families from Newfoundland, Manitoba, Ontario and Alberta, to name a few, relocate to our community to secure employment. The location of the community, being on the border, provides the residents the best advantages of the two competing provinces. The mainstays of the economic growth within the region have been agriculture and oilfield related businesses. With all the services of a big city, but with the comfort and safety of small town living Macklin is on the move.