Balgonie

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Balgonie
Town
Intersection of Main and Railway Streets
Intersection of Main and Railway Streets
Balgonie is located in Saskatchewan
Balgonie
Balgonie
Balgonie is located in Canada
Balgonie
Balgonie
Location of Balgonie in Saskatchewan
Coordinates: 50°29′17″N 104°16′08″W / 50.488°N 104.269°W / 50.488; -104.269Coordinates: 50°29′17″N 104°16′08″W / 50.488°N 104.269°W / 50.488; -104.269
Country Canada
Province Saskatchewan
Region Southeast Saskatchewan
Census division Division No. 6
Post office Founded 1883
Village incorporated 1903
Town incorporated 1907
Government
 • Mayor Frank Thauberger
 • Administrator Valerie Hubbard
 • Governing body Town Council
Area
 • Total 3.15 km2 (1.22 sq mi)
Population (2011)
 • Total 1,625
 • Density 515.8/km2 (1,336/sq mi)
Postal code S0G 0E0
Area code(s) 306
Website Official website
[1][2][3]

Balgonie (2006 population 1,384; UA population 1,384) is a town in located in the White Butte area of south-eastern Saskatchewan.

Balgonie has a Subway Restaurant, 2 gas stations, an outdoor pool, and a large new arena. It is also home to Greenall School.

History[edit]

Balgonie was named for Balgonie Castle in Scotland.[4] In 1882, the first train ran through the area on the Canadian Pacific Railway. A post office was established in 1883, and a school was built in 1891. Balgonie was incorporated as a village in 1903 and as a town in 1907.[4] The town's population plummeted during the 1930s and 1940s, but the completion of the Trans-Canada Highway in the late 1950s brought new growth.[4]

One of Balgonie's most famous residents was William Wallace Gibson (1876–1965), who created the first Canadian-built airplane. Gibson successfully flew his airplane in Victoria in 1910.[5] Gibson was the subject of the 1991 stop-motion animated short The Balgonie Birdman, directed by Brian Duchscherer and produced by the National Film Board of Canada.[6]

Demographics[edit]

The municipality's growth has been both rapid and consistent. Between 1996 and 2001 the population grew 9.5%. Between 2001 and 2006 the growth rate increased even further, to 11.7%.[7]

Canada census – Balgonie community profile
2011 2006
Population: 1,625 (+17.4% from 2006) 1,384 (+11.7% from 2001)
Land area: 3.15 km2 (1.22 sq mi) 3.15 km2 (1.22 sq mi)
Population density: 515.8/km2 (1,336/sq mi) 439.3/km2 (1,138/sq mi)
Median age: 33.3 (M: 32.6, F: 34.3) 32.5 (M: 32.5, F: 32.5)
Total private dwellings: 574 474
Median household income: $57,544
References: 2011[8] 2006[9]

Sports[edit]

Home of Team Selzer, World Women's Curling Silver Medalists, and consistently competitive high school football.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2011 Community Profiles". Statistics Canada. Government of Canada. Retrieved 2014-04-09. 
  2. ^ National Archives, Archivia Net. "Post Offices and Postmasters". Retrieved 6 September 2009. 
  3. ^ Government of Saskatchewan, MRD Home. "Municipal Directory System". Retrieved 2014-03-11. 
  4. ^ a b c McLennan, David (2008). Our Town: Saskatchewan Communities from Abbey to Zenon Park. Regina, Saskatchewan: Canadian Plains Research Center, University of Regina. pp. 19–20. ISBN 978-0-88977-209-0. 
  5. ^ Phillipson, Donald J. C. (2010). "William Wallace Gibson". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Historica-Dominion. Retrieved 2010-05-26. 
  6. ^ Brian Duchscherer (director) (1991). The Balgonie Birdman (Stop-motion animated film). National Film Board of Canada. 
  7. ^ Balgonie versus other cities' Community Profile
  8. ^ "2011 Community Profiles". Canada 2011 Census. Statistics Canada. July 5, 2013. Retrieved 2014-03-11. 
  9. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". Canada 2006 Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2009-02-24. 

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