Kinistino is situated in north-central Saskatchewan. It lies on rich agricultural soil in the valley of the Carrot River which flows a mere mile east of the town.
Kinistino is located 30 kilometres northwest of the City of Melfort on provincial highway #3, and is approximately 62 kilometres southeast of Prince Albert.
The population of Kinistino, as reported in the 1998 census, is 702. Although this figures fluctuates from year to year, an approximate level of 700 residents has been maintained for years. The population of Kinistino is stablized by the communities and rural municipalities surrounding it including James Smith Reserve; comprises of a combined population of over another 4000 people. Currently, a change over from second to third generation farmers is occuring in the locality; this in turn offers to Kinistino years of future stability.
Similar to the rest of Saskatchewan, Kinistino experiences a high variance in the seasonal temperatures. However, Kinistino is not in an area of high storm activity and the Town usually experiences only 3 blizzards per year (as compared to Saskatoon 7, and Qu’Appelle 14). Fewer thunderstorms are experienced in Kinistino than in the southern areas of Saskatchewan.
The frost-free period extends, on a 30 year average, from June 1 to September 6; hours of sunshine amount to 2,280. The precipitation averages are: rain 271.0 mm (10.67 inches); and snowfall 131.0 cm (51.6 inches).
GEOLOGY AND TOPOGRAPHY
The Town of Kinistino rests upon a bedrock of shale in an area of maximum glacial lake coverage.
Kinistino is located in the Parklands division of the Saskatchewan Plains Region of our province. The immediate area is one of moderate rolling hills and level stretches. The excellent soil is interspersed occasionally with bluffs of aspen and some sloughs. To the south-west lies the Waterhen Marsh and Lake (now drained and utilized for various farming purposes), while to the north approximately 20 miles the Saskatchewan River and the Forks of the north and south branches provide a beautiful spot of coniferous forest growth.
The marketing area of Kinistino includes parts of the rural municipalities of Kinistino #459, Flett Springs #429, and Invergordon #430, plus the James Smith Reserve. Although the market area along the #3 highway is not that large to either the east or west, as one continues north and south of the Town site a fanning out process occurs. This puts the area of marketing for Kinistino at somewhere near 800 square miles.