Bredenbury, Saskatchewan

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A wire frame Christmas tree and a sign welcoming people to the town of Bredenbury.
Signs and Christmas tree at the eastern entrance to Bredenbury, SK off Highway 16.
Bredenbury is located in Saskatchewan
Coordinates: 50°56′29″N 102°2′39″W / 50.94139°N 102.04417°W / 50.94139; -102.04417
Rural MunicipalityRural Municipality of Saltcoats No. 213
 • MayorJonas St. Marie
 • Governing Body
Bredenbury Town Council
  • Terry Kitzul
  • Ken Morrison
  • Russell Slowski
  • Jonas St.Marie
 • Federal Electoral District M.P.Gary Breitkreuz
 • Provincial Constituency M.L.A.Bob Bjornerud
Time zoneCST
WebsiteTown of Bredenbury

Bredenbury is a town, in the rural municipality of Saltcoats No. 213, in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. Bredenbury is located on Highway 16 in eastern Saskatchewan. As of the 2016 Canadian Census, the population of Bredenbury was 372.[1] The main industries in the area are farming as well as potash mining near Esterhazy. The community is known in the area for its enthusiastic Christmas light displays which have won national awards.


Bredenbury received a post office in 1890 and was incorporated in 1913. The town was named for Bredenbury Court, located near Bredenbury, Herefordshire. The court was the manor home of William Henry Barneby, who traveled three times (in 1881, 1883, 1888) to western Canada and wrote books about his experiences.[2]


Bredenbury is located on the Yellowhead Highway (#16). It is 41 kilometres southeast of Yorkton and 50 km west of the Manitoba border. Bredenbury is approximately 2.5 hours from Regina and four hours from Winnipeg. The surrounding land is mainly used for agriculture and ranching.


Bredenbury has an economy based largely on agriculture, potash mining and the railway, along with their supporting businesses. A CPR main line runs through the town. There are railway car cleaning and fertilizer plants in Bredenbury as well.


Canada census – Bredenbury, Saskatchewan community profile
Population: 329 (-7.1% from 2001)
Land area: 4.80 km2 (1.85 sq mi)
Population density: 68.5/km2 (177/sq mi)
Median age: 42.6 (M: 40.8, F: 46.0)
Total private dwellings: 159
Median household income: $43,056
References: 2006[3] earlier[4]


There are no public schools in Bredenbury itself. Students are bussed to Saltcoats for elementary school and to Yorkton for high school. Bredenbury Elementary School closed in 2001. The school building in the town is currently empty. The Mennonites operate a private parochial school: the Countryside School.

Christmas lights[edit]

Christmas in Bredenbury started out relatively small with a single street that dubbed itself 'Candy Cane Lane' and sported matching red and white candy canes down the length of the entire street. In subsequent years, the rest of the town has caught that same spirit, and the town is home to a special 'Light Up' ceremony at the beginning of December each year, along with elaborate displays at private homes, businesses and empty lots throughout the town.

Bredenbury has won the national WinterLights competition for communities with populations under 1,000 in 2001, 2002 and 2005. As a result of the community involvement with the Christmas celebrations, Bredenbury has hosted the CPR Holiday Train, with performers such as Tom Jackson. Bredenbury hosted the Holiday Train again in 2007, when the featured performers were Wide Mouth Mason and Melanie Doane.[5]

Sports teams and other athletic attractions[edit]

  • Bredenbury Cougars - Triangle Hockey League (Senior Men's)
  • Bredenbury Golf Course - a nine-hole golf course with artificial greens, maintained by local volunteers.


Notes and sources[edit]

  1. ^ Canada, Government of Canada, Statistics. "Census Profile, 2016 Census - Bredenbury, Town [Census subdivision], Saskatchewan and Ontario [Province]". Retrieved 2017-10-05.
  2. ^ Barry, Bill (September 2005). Geographic Names of Saskatchewan. Regina, Saskatchewan: People Places Publishing, Ltd. p. 57. ISBN 1-897010-19-2.
  3. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". 2006 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2009-02-24.
  4. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". 2001 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012.
  5. ^ Canadian Pacific Railway, Saskatchewan and Manitoba Holiday Train Schedule, archived from the original on 2007-11-10, retrieved 2007-11-14
  6. ^ Becquet's Custom Programming (August 17, 2005), Saskatchewan City & Town Maps - Directory, archived from the original on 2007-07-04, retrieved 2007-10-03

Published works[edit]

  • Bredenbury Senior Citizens (1978), Memory Lane: A Local History of Bredenbury and Districts, Bredenbury, Sask: Bredenbury History Book Committee, p. 164, ISBN 0-88925-028-6

See also[edit]

Coordinates: 50°56′30″N 102°03′1″W / 50.94167°N 102.05028°W / 50.94167; -102.05028 (Bredenbury, Saskatchewan)