Waldheim, Saskatchewan

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Waldheim
Central Avenue and Main Street
Central Avenue and Main Street
Nickname(s): Home in the woods
Waldheim, Saskatchewan is located in Saskatchewan
Waldheim, Saskatchewan
Town of Waldheim in Saskatchewan
Coordinates: 52°39′N 106°37′W / 52.650°N 106.617°W / 52.650; -106.617
Country Canada
Provinces and territories of Canada Saskatchewan
Rural Municipalities (R.M.) Laird No. 404
Hamlet and Post office Founded in the NWT 1900-06-01
Village 1908
Town 1967
Government
 • Federal Electoral District Saskatoon—Wanuskewin
 • M.P. Maurice Vellacott
 • Provincial Constituency Martensville
 • M.L.A. Nancy Heppner
Area
 • Total 1.97 km2 (0.76 sq mi)
Population (2011)
 • Total 1,035
 • Density 525.5/km2 (1,361/sq mi)
Time zone CST (UTC−6)
Website http://waldheim.ca/
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Waldheim is a town of 1,035 residents in the rural municipality of Laird No. 404, in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, located 57 km north of Saskatoon. Waldheim is located on Highway 312 in central Saskatchewan, the "Heart of the Old Northwest". Fort Carlton, Batoche, Battle of Fish Creek, and Seager Wheeler's Maple Grove Farm are all near Waldheim.

History[edit]

Mennonites from Manitoba and South Dakota arrived here to settle and farm in 1893. The Canadian Northern Railway arrived in 1908.[5]

Mennonites arrive in Canada[edit]

Particularly in the 1870s, Mennonites of Dutch-German origins residing in colonies in the Black Sea region of present day Ukraine became alarmed at the rising nationalism in the Russian Empire. Along with land shortages in these growing colonies, pressure toward Russification of minorities was threatening Mennonite values in education. Similarly, the promise made by Catherine the Great to exempt them from military service was quite clearly being challenged and rewritten by the then current Russian government. Canada was seeking farming immigrants, and about 7,000 Mennonites chose to immigrate to Manitoba where the government of Canada set aside two reserves for their resettlement. In the early 1890s, some of these families decided to move on to District of Saskatchewan, thereby establishing a trend that would see considerable Mennonite immigration to the Saskatchewan Valley area before the turn of the century. Many came from Manitoba, but others arrived directly from colonies in Russia, from the Danzig region of Prussia and from Kansas, Nebraska and Minnesota where they had settled in the 1870s.

Thriving Mennonite farming communities were quickly established in the Saskatchewan Valley area in the vicinities of Aberdeen, Laird, Waldheim, Langham, Dalmeny, and Rosthern particularly. Churches were established, land was broken and cropped and roads were built.

Demographics[edit]


Sports[edit]

Fort Carlton Hockey League serves a large area in the vicinity of Waldheim, such as Rosthern, Warman, Dalmeny, Shellbrook, Bruno, Martensville, Aberdeen, Blaine Lake, and Cudworth.[9] Sask Valley Minor Hockey League offers level of hockey for Novice,Atoms, Pee Wee, Bantams and Midget.[10]

Recreational facilities[edit]

Waldheim features a green space in its downtown area: Sam Wendland Heritage Park. The Waldheim Pineridge Golf and Country Club is a neighbour to the recreational facility. Westview Jubilee Seniors Centre offers events and services to Waldheim's senior population.

Museum and library
in the former Waldheim railway station

Attractions[edit]

  • Valley Regional Park offers a 9 hole sand green golf course as well as camping facilities.
  • Valley - Waldheim regional park[11]
  • Valley - Rosthern regional park[12]
  • Martins Lake regional park[13]

Provincial parks in the area of Waldheim are:

Camps and retreats near Waldheim are:

  • Shekinah Retreat Centre
  • Redberry Bible Camp
  • Camp Kadesh

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Archives, Archivia Net. "Post Offices and Postmasters". Retrieved 2007-05-26. 
  2. ^ Government of Saskatchewan, MRD Home. "Municipal Directory System". Retrieved 2007-05-26. 
  3. ^ Canadian Textiles Institute. (2005). "CTI Determine your provincial constituency". Retrieved 2007-05-26. 
  4. ^ Commissioner of Canada Elections, Chief Electoral Officer of Canada (2005). "Elections Canada On-line". Retrieved 2007-04-24. 
  5. ^ Sally Chernoby, Town of Waldheim. "Town of Waldheim - history". Retrieved 2007-05-27. 
  6. ^ "2011 Community Profiles". Canada 2011 Census. Statistics Canada. July 5, 2013. Retrieved 2012-05-14. 
  7. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". Canada 2006 Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2011-03-06. 
  8. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". Canada 2001 Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012. Retrieved 2011-03-06. 
  9. ^ "Fort Carlton Hockey League". Retrieved 2007-05-27. 
  10. ^ "Sask Valley Minor Hockey League". Retrieved 2007-05-27. 
  11. ^ "Valley - Waldheim regional park". Archived from the original on 2007-01-28. Retrieved 2007-05-27. 
  12. ^ "Valley - Rosthern regional park". Archived from the original on 2007-01-28. Retrieved 2007-05-27. 
  13. ^ "Martins Lake regional park". Archived from the original on 2007-01-29. Retrieved 2007-05-27. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 52°39′00″N 106°37′00″W / 52.65°N 106.616667°W / 52.65; -106.616667