Binscarth

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Binscarth is located in Manitoba
Binscarth
Binscarth
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Location of Binscarth in Manitoba

Binscarth is a village (pop. 425 in 2011) in the Canadian province of Manitoba. It is surrounded by the Rural Municipality of Russell. It is located approximately 167 kilometres (104 mi) northwest of Brandon and 16 kilometres (9.9 mi) south from the town of Russell, Manitoba.

The community was originally formed around a stock farm established by the Scottish Ontario and Manitoba Land Company some three miles northwest of the current townsite. It was named after the Company founder's ancestral home in the Orkney Islands. When the Manitoba and Northwestern Railway (later CPR) was built through the area in 1886, the railway station was established at the current site of SE15-19-28W, and the community soon relocated itself there.

The economic base of the town is a mix of agriculture and service businesses. Major industrial employers in the area include three potash mines nearby in Saskatchewan (PCS Rocanville, Mosaic K1 Esterhazy and K2 Gerald) and a canola crushing plant (Bunge) at Harrowby Manitoba.

Major attractions[edit]

The Binscarth & District Gordon Orr Memorial Museum has a large collection of Native artifacts. The museum is also one of only a handful of museums to exhibit an extinct bison skull. Also on display is a Massey-Harris tractor, a binder, a seed drill, and a 6 H.P. International Engine dating from 1905. There is also a general store, summer kitchen, chapel, and school room. The museum is open in July and August.[1]

Binscarth is home to the "largest outdoor swimming pool on the Yellowhead highway". The pool, park and campground are located just south of town, in the beautiful Silver Creek valley.

You can also take in the drama of the thriving local theatre group there. They have productions throughout the year and draw talent from all the surrounding communities. Check them out on Facebook, or Vagabond website (see below) to see what they are presenting this season.

Seekaywye[edit]

In 1964, Binscarth residents narrowly defeated (by ten votes) a proposal to rename itself Seekaywye, after the Winnipeg radio station CKY. If successful, the station would have promoted Binscarth/Seekaywye as a vacation resort. CKY also offered the same deal to La Riviere, Manitoba, who also said no.

For many years, the radio frequency of CKY 580 was remembered in local business names the 580 Hotel and 580 Plumbing and Heating

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Binscarth
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 6
(43)
12
(54)
21
(70)
34
(93)
37.5
(99.5)
38.5
(101.3)
37
(99)
37.5
(99.5)
36
(97)
32
(90)
21.1
(70)
11
(52)
38.5
(101.3)
Average high °C (°F) −12.7
(9.1)
−8.3
(17.1)
−1.8
(28.8)
9.3
(48.7)
17.8
(64)
22.1
(71.8)
24.7
(76.5)
23.9
(75)
17.4
(63.3)
10.1
(50.2)
−2
(28)
−10.2
(13.6)
7.5
(45.5)
Daily mean °C (°F) −17.7
(0.1)
−13.4
(7.9)
−6.8
(19.8)
3.2
(37.8)
11
(52)
15.5
(59.9)
18
(64)
16.9
(62.4)
11
(52)
4.3
(39.7)
−6.4
(20.5)
−14.8
(5.4)
1.7
(35.1)
Average low °C (°F) −24
(−11)
−20.1
(−4.2)
−11.9
(10.6)
−2.5
(27.5)
4.5
(40.1)
10.1
(50.2)
12.4
(54.3)
11.1
(52)
5.9
(42.6)
−0.2
(31.6)
−9.6
(14.7)
−20.5
(−4.9)
−3.7
(25.3)
Record low °C (°F) −43
(−45)
−42.5
(−44.5)
−36.1
(−33)
−25.5
(−13.9)
−14
(7)
−2
(28)
0
(32)
−4
(25)
−9
(16)
−23
(−9)
−36
(−33)
−44
(−47)
−44
(−47)
Precipitation mm (inches) 24.7
(0.972)
19.1
(0.752)
27.5
(1.083)
24.8
(0.976)
52.5
(2.067)
79.5
(3.13)
73.1
(2.878)
70.6
(2.78)
54.9
(2.161)
30.6
(1.205)
20.7
(0.815)
23.2
(0.913)
501
(19.72)
Source: Environment Canada[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Binscarth & District Gordon Orr Memorial Museum". VMC. Retrieved 6 April 2011. 
  2. ^ Environment Canada - Canadian Climate Normals 1971-2000—Canadian Climate Normals 1971–2000, accessed 6 April 2011
  • Billboard magazine, June 6, 1964, page 14 "CKY given a No vote"

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 50°37′36″N 101°16′58″W / 50.62667°N 101.28278°W / 50.62667; -101.28278