Watrous, Saskatchewan

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Town of Watrous
Town
Main Street
Main Street
Town of Watrous is located in Saskatchewan
Town of Watrous
Town of Watrous
Coordinates: 51°40′40″N 105°27′51″W / 51.67778°N 105.46417°W / 51.67778; -105.46417
Country Canada
Province Saskatchewan
Region Saskatchewan
Founded 1906
Village Incorporated October 15, 1908
Town Incorporated December 30, 1909
Government
 • Mayor Ed Collins
 • Governing body Watrous Town Council
Area
 • Land 11.17 km2 (4.31 sq mi)
Elevation 536 m (1,759 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 1,857
 • Density 166.2/km2 (430/sq mi)
Time zone CST (UTC−6)
Postal code S0K 4T0
Area code(s) 306
Highways Highway 2
Website Official Site
[1][2]
Grain elevator

Watrous /ˈwɑːtrəs/ is a small town in Saskatchewan, Canada, approximately 100 km east of Saskatoon.

Its economy is based on agriculture and tourism, due to its proximity to Manitou Beach, home of the Mineral Spa and Danceland dance hall (known as the "Home of the World Famous Dance Floor Built on Horsehair"). Watrous was named after Frank Watrous Morse. The town has many restaurants, a hospital, medical clinic, two schools, community college, bowling alley, RCMP detachment, banks, grocery stores, co-operatives, tea store and motels.

Watrous is also notable for being the location of the transmitter of CBK, CBC Radio One's primary station in Saskatchewan. The transmitter was originally located at Watrous in 1939 in order to cover most of the Prairie Provinces with a strong nighttime signal (the station, then as now, is a 50,000-watt clear-channel station). It was also intended to serve most of the province's populated area, including Regina and Saskatoon, from one transmitter. While Watrous is the station's city of license, its actual studios are located in Regina. The Watrous transmitter is still considered the station's primary signal, even though both of the larger urban areas are now served by separate FM rebroadcasters.

Demographics[edit]

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Watrous
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 7.2
(45)
9
(48)
20
(68)
30.5
(86.9)
37
(99)
39.5
(103.1)
37.5
(99.5)
38.9
(102)
36.1
(97)
31.1
(88)
22.2
(72)
14.5
(58.1)
39.5
(103.1)
Average high °C (°F) −11.7
(10.9)
−7.6
(18.3)
−0.8
(30.6)
10.2
(50.4)
18.2
(64.8)
22.4
(72.3)
24.8
(76.6)
24.4
(75.9)
17.9
(64.2)
10.5
(50.9)
−1.5
(29.3)
−9.2
(15.4)
8.1
(46.6)
Daily mean °C (°F) −16.8
(1.8)
−12.5
(9.5)
−5.8
(21.6)
4
(39)
11.3
(52.3)
15.9
(60.6)
18.1
(64.6)
17.3
(63.1)
11.3
(52.3)
4.5
(40.1)
−6
(21)
−13.9
(7)
2.3
(36.1)
Average low °C (°F) −21.8
(−7.2)
−17.3
(0.9)
−10.8
(12.6)
−2.2
(28)
4.4
(39.9)
9.4
(48.9)
11.4
(52.5)
10.1
(50.2)
4.7
(40.5)
−1.5
(29.3)
−10.4
(13.3)
−18.6
(−1.5)
−3.6
(25.5)
Record low °C (°F) −43
(−45)
−41.5
(−42.7)
−40.6
(−41.1)
−28.3
(−18.9)
−11.1
(12)
−3.3
(26.1)
1.7
(35.1)
−1.5
(29.3)
−16.1
(3)
−22.2
(−8)
−34
(−29)
−41
(−42)
−43
(−45)
Precipitation mm (inches) 17.5
(0.689)
10.9
(0.429)
17.1
(0.673)
30.3
(1.193)
53.5
(2.106)
83.9
(3.303)
66.1
(2.602)
53
(2.09)
42.6
(1.677)
28
(1.1)
13
(0.51)
18.6
(0.732)
434.5
(17.106)
Source: Environment Canada[6]

Transportation[edit]

Via Rail's The Canadian serves the former Watrous railway station site as a flag stop three times per week (in each direction),

Attractions[edit]

The Jubilee Drive-In - The drive in theatre, open from the Victoria Day weekend, until October. The drive-in also hosts a weekly flea market on Sundays.

Anglican Stained Glass Window - The All Saints Anglican church on main street has a stained glass window that could be over 500 years old. The window may have come from St John the Baptist Anglican Church, Latton, Wiltshire, England.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Archives, Archivia Net. "Post Offices and Postmasters". Retrieved 6 September 2009. 
  2. ^ Government of Saskatchewan, MRD Home. "Municipal Directory System". Retrieved 2014-03-11. 
  3. ^ "2011 Community Profiles". Canada 2011 Census. Statistics Canada. July 5, 2013. Retrieved 2013-01-07. 
  4. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". Canada 2006 Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2013-01-07. 
  5. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". Canada 2001 Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012. Retrieved 2013-01-07. 
  6. ^ Environment Canada - Canadian Climate Normals 1971-2000—Canadian Climate Normals 1971–2000, accessed 27 December 2010
  7. ^ "Stain Glass Institute of Canada". Retrieved 2012-12-20. 

External links[edit]


North: Manitou Beach
West: Young Watrous East: Drake
South: Simpson