Canora, Saskatchewan

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The "Welcome to Canora" statue, "Lesia"
The "Welcome to Canora" statue, "Lesia"
Flag of Canora
Motto(s): "Heart of Good Spirit Country"
Canora is located in Saskatchewan
Canora is located in Canada
Coordinates: 51°38′02″N 102°26′13″W / 51.63394°N 102.43691°W / 51.63394; -102.43691
RegionEast Central
Census divisionNo. 9
Rural MunicipalityGood Lake
Post Office Founded1904
Incorporated (Village)1905
Incorporated (Town)1910
 • Town ManagerMichael Mykytyshyn
 • Governing bodyCanora Town Council
 • M.P., Yorkton—MelvilleCathay Wagantall (2015)
 • M.L.A., Canora-PellyTerry Dennis (2016)
 • Total7.31 km2 (2.82 sq mi)
Elevation[1]487 m (1,598 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total2,219
 • Density303.7/km2 (787/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-6 (CST)
Postal codeS0A 0L0
Area code(s)306/639
Highways Hwy 5 / Hwy 9
RailwaysCanadian National (freight),
Via Rail (passenger)
WaterwaysWhitesand River Assiniboine River

Canora is located at the junction of highways No. 5 and 9 in east central Saskatchewan.

Centrally located on the corners of four adjacent rural municipalities, the community is home to approximately 2,200 residents and draws upon a substantial trading area. Canora's name comes from the first two letters of the words "Canadian Northern Railway", as the original village was incorporated in 1905 around a station of the Canadian Northern Railway (CNoR). (A school in the village of West Jasper Place, Alberta, was named in the same way in 1948, with that name adopted by the surrounding neighbourhood of Canora, Edmonton.)

The CNoR was one of the companies that evolved into the Canadian National Railway Company (CN), and two CN freight lines (one east-west branch line to Saskatoon and one line going north) still run through Canora. The Canora railway station, downtown on the CN east-west line before the switch to the northbound line, is served by Via Rail on its passenger service from Winnipeg to Churchill, Manitoba.


Canora became a village in 1905 and was incorporated as a town in 1910.

Canada census – Canora community profile
2011 2006
Population: 2219 (10.2% from 2006) 2013 (-8.5% from 2001)
Land area: 7.31 km2 (2.82 sq mi) 7.31 km2 (2.82 sq mi)
Population density: 303.7/km2 (787/sq mi) 275.5/km2 (714/sq mi)
Median age: 52.1 (M: 50.3, F: 53.7) 55.0 (M: 51.6, F: 57.3)
Total private dwellings: 1166 1142
Median household income:
References: 2011[4] 2006[5] earlier[6]
Historical population of Canora, Saskatchewan
(Source: [7])


A historical marker for the old Canora Hospital.

Canora is known as the "Heart of Good Spirit Country" as a result of its proximity to several lakes and parks, including Crystal Lake, Good Spirit Lake and Duck Mountain Provincial Park. The area is home to Saskatchewan's greatest number of golf courses per capita and boasts one of the highest tee traffic counts in the province.

The town was judged to have the best-tasting municipal water in Canada at the 13th annual international water tasting competition held in 2003 in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, USA. Canora's water, supplied by several ground wells northeast of the community, also placed fourth internationally at the competition that received entries from eight countries and 23 states. Free samples of this great-tasting water are available at the CN Station House Museum during the summer months.

Protective Services[edit]

Canora is protected by the Canora-Sturgis RCMP detachment. The detachment has 8 members, between Canora and Sturgis.

Canora and area is served by a full-time Ambulance service – consisting of 3 PCP's, 3 ICP's, and two ACP's.

Canora's fire protection is provided by 21 professionally trained and certified paid-per-call staff. Along with fire protection they also provide rescue services such as vehicle extrication. Their services are also utilised in surrounding Rural Municipalities.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Atlas of Canada". Archived from the original on 2015-04-02. Retrieved 2015-03-13.
  2. ^ National Archives, Archivia Net. "Post Offices and Postmasters". Archived from the original on 2006-10-06. Retrieved 2014-03-20.
  3. ^ Government of Saskatchewan, MRD Home. "Municipal Directory System". Archived from the original on 2016-01-15. Retrieved 2014-03-20.
  4. ^ "2011 Community Profiles". Canada 2011 Census. Statistics Canada. July 5, 2013. Retrieved February 27, 2015.
  5. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". Canada 2006 Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved February 27, 2015.
  6. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". Canada 2001 Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012.
  7. ^ "Population of the Prairie Provinces, 1901,1906,1911 and 1916" (PDF). 2011. Retrieved 2015-02-27.

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