Balgonie

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Balgonie
Town
Intersection of Main and Railway Streets
Intersection of Main and Railway Streets
Balgonie is located in Saskatchewan
Balgonie
Balgonie
Location of Balgonie in Saskatchewan
Coordinates: 50°17′31″N 104°09′21″W / 50.291938°N 104.155929°W / 50.291938; -104.155929Coordinates: 50°17′31″N 104°09′21″W / 50.291938°N 104.155929°W / 50.291938; -104.155929
Country Canada
Province Saskatchewan
Region Southeast Saskatchewan
Census division Division No. 6
Post office Founded 1883
Village incorporated 1903
Town incorporated 1907
Government
 • Mayor Frank Thauberger
 • Administrator Valerie Hubbard
 • Governing body Town Council
Area
 • Total 3.15 km2 (1.22 sq mi)
Population (2011)
 • Total 1,625
 • Density 515.8/km2 (1,336/sq mi)
Postal code S0G 0E0
Area code(s) 306
Website Official website
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Balgonie (2006 population 1,384; UA population 1,384) is a town in south-eastern Saskatchewan, Canada, 23 km east of Regina beside the Trans-Canada Highway.

Balgonie has a Subway Restaurant, 2 gas stations, an outdoor pool, and a large new arena. It is also home to Greenall School.

History[edit]

Balgonie was named for Balgonie Castle in Scotland.[4] In 1882, the first train ran through the area on the Canadian Pacific Railway. A post office was established in 1883, and a school was built in 1891. Balgonie was incorporated as a village in 1903 and as a town in 1907.[4] The town's population plummeted during the 1930s and 1940s, but the completion of the Trans-Canada Highway in the late 1950s brought new growth.[4]

One of Balgonie's most famous residents was William Wallace Gibson (1876–1965), who created the first Canadian-built airplane. Gibson successfully flew his airplane in Victoria in 1910.[5] Gibson was the subject of the 1991 stop-motion animated short The Balgonie Birdman, directed by Brian Duchscherer and produced by the National Film Board of Canada.[6]

Demographics[edit]

The municipality's growth has been both rapid and consistent. Between 1996 and 2001 the population grew 9.5%. Between 2001 and 2006 the growth rate increased even further, to 11.7%.[7]

Sports[edit]

Home of Team Selzer, World Women's Curling Silver Medalists, and consistently competitive high school football.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2011 Community Profiles". Statistics Canada. Government of Canada. Retrieved 2014-04-09. 
  2. ^ National Archives, Archivia Net. "Post Offices and Postmasters". Retrieved 6 September 2009. 
  3. ^ Government of Saskatchewan, MRD Home. "Municipal Directory System". Retrieved 2014-03-11. 
  4. ^ a b c McLennan, David (2008). Our Town: Saskatchewan Communities from Abbey to Zenon Park. Regina, Saskatchewan: Canadian Plains Research Center, University of Regina. pp. 19–20. ISBN 978-0-88977-209-0. 
  5. ^ Phillipson, Donald J. C. (2010). "William Wallace Gibson". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Historica-Dominion. Retrieved 2010-05-26. 
  6. ^ Brian Duchscherer (director) (1991). The Balgonie Birdman (Stop-motion animated film). National Film Board of Canada. 
  7. ^ Balgonie versus other cities' Community Profile
  8. ^ "2011 Community Profiles". Canada 2011 Census. Statistics Canada. July 5, 2013. Retrieved 2014-03-11. 
  9. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". Canada 2006 Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2009-02-24. 

External links[edit]


North: Fort Qu'Appelle
West: Regina Balgonie East: Indian Head
South: Weyburn