Wakaw

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Town of Wakaw
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Town of Wakaw is located in Saskatchewan
Town of Wakaw
Town of Wakaw
Location of Wakaw in Saskatchewan
Coordinates: 52°15′47″N 105°31′55″W / 52.263°N 105.532°W / 52.263; -105.532
Country Canada
Province Saskatchewan
Region Saskatchewan
Census division No. 15
Rural Municipality No. 402
Post office Founded May 1, 1905
Village Incorporated December 26, 1911
Town Incorporated August 1, 1953
Government
 • Mayor Ed Kidd
 • Administrator Rick Kindrachuk
 • Governing body Wakaw Town Council
Area
 • Land 3.12 km2 (1.20 sq mi)
Population (2011)
 • Total 985
Time zone CST
Postal code S0K 4P0
Area code(s) 306
Highways Hwy 2 / Hwy 41 / Hwy 312
Website Wakaw
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Wakaw, Saskatchewan, is a small town 90 km (56 miles) northeast of Saskatoon and 66 km (41 miles) south of Prince Albert. It is about halfway between the two cities and is served by Highway 2, Highway 41 and Highway 312. Wakaw is in hilly partially forested country east of the South Saskatchewan River. The area is part of the aspen parkland biome.

Wakaw is a Cree word meaning "crooked", the name being taken from nearby Wakaw Lake and applied to the town.[3]

History[edit]

Small wooden shack, painted white, with sign "J.G. Diefenbaker Law Office 1919–1925
Re-creation of Diefenbaker's first office, Wakaw

The area was peopled primarily by settlers of Eastern European origin.[3] The town was home to Prime Minister John Diefenbaker and his first wife Edna Brower. Diefenbaker opened his first law office in Wakaw from 1919 to 1925.[3]

Wakaw was founded on December 26, 1911 after 21 residents petitioned the Department of Municipal Affairs, asking for the incorporation of the Village of Wakaw. It was located on Section 30, Township 42, Range 26, West of the 2nd Meridian. When the railroad was built the town was moved to its present location. On August 1, 1953 Wakaw was incorporated as a town.[3]

The community recognized its 100th anniversary by holding Centennial Celebrations on July 21 to 31, 2011.[4]

There are about 800 cabins at nearby Wakaw Lake, some are occupied year round.[3]

Demographics[edit]

Amenities[edit]

Businesses in Wakaw include grocery stores, a pharmacy, gas station, restaurants, insurance agencies, tanning salon and 6 places of worship.

1st Street South

Notable residents[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Archives, Archivia Net, Post Offices and Postmasters, retrieved 2013-12-01 
  2. ^ Government of Saskatchewan, MRD Home. "Municipal Directory System". Retrieved 2013-12-01. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Wakaw". Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan. Canadian Plains Research Center, University of Regina. 2006. Retrieved 2013-02-13. 
  4. ^ Wakaw Recorder
  5. ^ "2011 Community Profiles". Canada 2011 Census. Statistics Canada. July 5, 2013. Retrieved 2012-12-22. 
  6. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". Canada 2006 Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2012-12-22. 

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Coordinates: 52°39′N 105°44′W / 52.650°N 105.733°W / 52.650; -105.733 (Wakaw, Saskatchewan)