Placed 383 km southwest from Saskatoon, the RM of Val Marie No. 17 has a population of 413 and has a population density of 0.1/km². Within the RM lies the village of Val Marie, the hamlet of Orkney, and the localities of Beaver Valley, Gergovia, Hillandale, Masefield, Monchy, Roche Plain, and Rosefield. The area also features the Sand Lake and Butte Hutterite Colonies. Attractions in the area include the Grasslands National Park, found in the western portion of the RM.