Pulp River was once a bustling little community with a store, post office, Hall, Holy Ascension Ukrainian Catholic Church and Asquith School. Pulp River is located at the junction of Hwy. # 271 & # 489. There is a new bison ranch established in the area with over 3000 head. With the community gone the area residents depend on their community centre as a gathering place for special social activities (many bottles of the old white lightning have been past around here).
Today the Pulp River Community Centre owns the old one room country school “Asquith School”. The community centre is used for 4-H meeting, voting poll for provincial and federal elections, general and political meetings and parties. The party that the community centre and surrounding area look forward to each year is the Christmas Party.
The visitors experience old fashion family fun for the afternoon. The Centre is decorated the old fashion way with streamers and paper snowflakes. Everyone enjoys horse drawn sleigh rides, a bonfire to roast your wieners, hot chocolate, dainties, singing Christmas Carols, silent auction and best of all the famous visit from the jolly old man himself “Santa”, he distributes gifts and bags of candy. The children get a taste of the good old days, an experience that will warm your heart. Last year they had a potluck supper with 65 guests and graciously gave each person a uniquely wrapped gift. So next year in December plan on a Sunday afternoon in Pulp River, it’s sure to bring back wonderful memories of your childhood.
Article and photos submitted by Debbie Soloway
For more information on Pulp River contact the RM of Mountain office at 1-204-236-4222