Rouleau, Saskatchewan

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Town of Rouleau
Nickname(s): Dog River (fictional)
Town of Rouleau is located in Saskatchewan
Town of Rouleau
Town of Rouleau
Location of Rouleau in Saskatchewan
Coordinates: 50°11′N 104°54′W / 50.183°N 104.900°W / 50.183; -104.900
Country Canada
Province Saskatchewan
Rural Municipalities (R.M.) Redburn No. 130
Post office Founded April 1, 1895
Village of North West Territories July 23, 1903
Town of Saskatchewan March 1, 1907
Government
 • Mayor Grant Clarke
 • Provincial Constituency Indian Head-Milestone M.L.A. Don McMorris
 • Federal Electoral District Palliser M.P. Ray Boughen
Area
 • Land 1.61 km2 (0.62 sq mi)
Population (2011)
 • Total 453
 • Density 282.2/km2 (731/sq mi)
Website Official Website
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Rouleau /ˈrl/ is a town in southern Saskatchewan, Canada located in a rural region known as the Breadbasket of Canada. It lies within census Division No. 6 and rural municipality Redburn No. 130.

As of 2011, the population was 453 (an increase of 13.3 percent from the 2006 census), in an area of 1.65 square kilometres. Rouleau is situated on Saskatchewan Highway 39 and is about 70 km southwest of Regina.

History[edit]

A post office was established at Rouleau in the provisional District of Assiniboia, North West Territories as early as April 1, 1895. It incorporated as a village on July 23, 1903.

Rouleau was named after Charles Borromée Rouleau (b.1840-d.1901). Rouleau was a magistrate on the Council of the North West Territories in Battleford from 1883 until 1887 when he became judge for the Northern Alberta district.[4][5]

Demographics[edit]

Climate[edit]

Corner Gas[edit]

Principal shooting set of Corner Gas in 2010

The town is best known as the main filming location for the CTV television series Corner Gas. The series' production team built a full-size mock gas station and coffee shop at the western entrance of the town for filming, causing confusion among visitors thinking Corner Gas and The Ruby were real establishments. The town's grain elevator was also repainted with the name "Dog River" as it appears in the background of many episodes of the series.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper stopped in Rouleau to play a cameo role in the television show Corner Gas for an episode which aired in early 2007.

The buildings used as sets for the program fell into disrepair after the show wrapped up production.[8] They were purchased by an entrepreneur, Sylvain Senecal, who converted them into a museum and souvenir shop.[9]

Notable natives[edit]

  • Edson Garfield Bahr, was a pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1946 to 1947.
  • Daryl Seaman, businessman and Hockey Hall of Fame member, was born in Rouleau in 1922.
  • Keith Aulie, professional NHL defenseman for the Tampa Bay Lightning

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Archives, Archivia Net. "Post Offices and Postmasters". Retrieved 29 September 2013. 
  2. ^ Government of Saskatchewan, MRD Home. "Municipal Directory System (Town of Rouleau)". Retrieved 29 September 2013. 
  3. ^ Canadian Textiles Institute. (2005), CTI Determine your provincial constituency, retrieved 2007-05-26 
  4. ^ Welcome to Rouleau Saskatchewan, AKA Dog River, Host to Corner Gas!, retrieved 2007-05-27 
  5. ^ ROULEAU, CHARLES-BORROMÉE. "Dictionary of Canadian Biography". Retrieved 22 October 2013. 
  6. ^ "2011 Community Profiles". Canada 2011 Census. Statistics Canada. July 5, 2013. Retrieved 2012-12-26. 
  7. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". Canada 2006 Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2009-02-24. 
  8. ^ "Disused Corner Gas set becoming eyesore: mayor". CBC News. July 9, 2009. Retrieved 2012-05-03. 
  9. ^ Healy, Don (May 3, 2012). "Photos: Corner Gas film set is back in business". Leader-Post (Postmedia Network). Retrieved 2012-05-03. 

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