Punnichy, Saskatchewan

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Village of Punnichy
Punnichy, Saskatchewan is located in Saskatchewan
Punnichy, Saskatchewan
Location of Punnichy in Saskatchewan
Coordinates: 51°22′18″N 104°17′35″W / 51.37163°N 104.29296°W / 51.37163; -104.29296Coordinates: 51°22′18″N 104°17′35″W / 51.37163°N 104.29296°W / 51.37163; -104.29296
Country Canada
Province Saskatchewan
Region Saskatchewan
Census division 6
Rural Municipality Mount Hope
Post office 1909
Incorporated (Village) 1909
Incorporated (Town) N/A
 • Governing body Punnichy Village Council
 • Total 0.68 km2 (0.26 sq mi)
Elevation 610 m (2,000 ft)
Population (2006)
 • Total 277
 • Density 409.0/km2 (1,059/sq mi)
Time zone CST (UTC−6)
Postal code S0A 3C0
Area code(s) 306
Highways Highway

Punnichy /ˈpʌnɨ/ is a village in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. It is approximately seventy-nine miles northeast of Regina. This town is part of the original "Alphabet Line" of the main Canadian National Railway line with Lestock to the east and Quinton to the west (the M, N, O towns have long since been deserted). Punnichy derived its name from panacay, "fledgling bird with few feathers", a Saulteaux joke referring to the appearance of a pioneer merchant.

Punnichy is located along provincial highway 15 in the heart of the Touchwood Hills between the villages of Quinton and Lestock. It is surrounded by four Indian reserves: Muskowekwan, Kawacatoose, Daystar First Nation and Gordon First Nation. As of the 2006 census, the population of Punnichy was 277.

Punnichy is surrounded by the rural municipality of Mount Hope No. 279 and is part of the provincial constituency Last Mountain-Touchwood and federal constituency Regina—Qu'Appelle.

Punnichy has an elementary school, high school and has a Carlton Trail Regional College centre. Punnichy Community High School is unique within the Horizon School Division, in that it is run on the pentamester system, with five terms in a school year. The students take two classes each pentamester, one all morning and one all afternoon. Each pentamester is roughly 38 days long. A satellite facility of Punnichy high school is the George Gordon Computer Education Centre located in the community centre on Gordon First Nation. The facility assists First Nations students to return to school or pick up extra classes to move into post-secondary or job training. The program is "at your own pace" and is similar to "store front" programs in urban centres.

The town has one of the largest RCMP detachments in the area.

In 2009, Punnichy celebrated its centennial.


Notable people[edit]

Nolan Yonkman, a defenceman for the Florida Panthers, was born in Punnichy. Ernest Luthi, noted Saskatchewan artist

See also[edit]


  1. ^ National Archives, Archivia Net, Post Offices and Postmasters 
  2. ^ Government of Saskatchewan, MRD Home, Municipal Directory System [dead link]
  3. ^ Canadian Textiles Institute. (2005), CTI Determine your provincial constituency 
  4. ^ Commissioner of Canada Elections, Chief Electoral Officer of Canada (2005), Elections Canada On-line 
  5. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". Canada 2006 Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2009-02-24.