The Town of Shoal Lake (population 680 in 2006) is located at the north end of ShoalLake1 in an area of ground moraine topography. Although the CP line 2 runs through the town, the road pattern is principally a grid in harmony with the DLS system in contrast to Strathclair (figures 8.11 and 8.12) in a very similar situation about 8 miles (13 km) to the east. In the town two roads 3 run parallel to the line—one to the north, one to the south—with railway-oriented buildings between them. Most of the road grid is south of the line with a wider north/south main street 4. This is part of the north/south PTH 21 5. Highway 16 6—the Yellowhead Route—bypasses ShoalLake to the north.
At the small scale of the photo, individual items are not easily identified. However, two large buildings 7 may be schools; a large building in the northwest 8 is probably the rink; a racetrack is obvious in the south 9; and a cemetery is located north of town 10.