Churchbridge, Saskatchewan

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Churchbridge
Churchbridge is located in Saskatchewan
Churchbridge
Churchbridge
Coordinates: 50°53′51″N 101°53′13″W / 50.89750°N 101.88694°W / 50.89750; -101.88694
Country Canada
Province Saskatchewan
Rural Municipality Churchbridge No. 211, Saskatchewan
Post office, NWT April 1, 1889
Village Incoporporated 1903
Town incorporated 1964
Government
 • Mayor Jim Gallant
 • Federal Electoral District M.P. Garry Breitkreuz
 • provincial electoral districts M.L.A. Bob Bjornerud
Area
 • Total 2.76 km2 (1.07 sq mi)
Population (2011)
 • Total 743
 • Density 269.2/km2 (697/sq mi)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
Postal code S0A 0M0
Area code(s) 306
Website http://www.churchbridge.com/
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Churchbridge is a Canadian town in the province of Saskatchewan, located at the junction of the Yellowhead Highway (Highway 16), and Highway 80. Churchbridge is a part of the rural municipality of Churchbridge No. 211, Saskatchewan, which is located within Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities SARM Division No. 1 and Census Division No. 5, Saskatchewan.

History[edit]

Churchbridge began with the arrival of settlers from the Anglican Colonization Society, with director and missionary Rev. Robert Bridger.

In 1887, the society combined the word " church" from the name of the society, and the name "bridge" in recognition of Rev. Robert Bridger, one of the prominent directors, to name the new settlement "Churchbridge".

The village of Churchbridge was incorporated in 1903 with James Heasman as the overseer. He was solely responsible for the affairs of the Village. There was no council, but M. Thorlakson and A.O. Berger, both hotel keepers, were trustees, which meant they made themselves responsible for the honesty and integrity of the overseer in his financial duties. In 1962, there were 260 people residing the village, and by 1964, the population had risen to 600. The village became a town in 1964.

Geography[edit]

Churchbridge is located North of Big Cut Arm Creek and Deer Creek which drain into the Assiniboine River.[4]

Demographics[edit]

  • Lat (DMS) 50° 54' 00" N
  • Long (DMS) 101° 54' 00" W
  • Dominion Land Survey Section. 17, Township 22, Range 32, West of the 1st Meridian
  • Time zone (cst) UTC−6

Economy[edit]

Churchbridge is a community with an excellent location along Highway 16 for business. The Mosaic Potash mines to the south of employ many of the residents of Churchbridge and surrounding area, including nearby towns Esterhazy, SK , Langenburg, SK , and Bredenbury, SK.

Amenities[edit]

Over the years Churchbridge has grown. The community has a school (Churchbridge Public School), a library (Parkland Regional Library - Churchbridge Branch), a fire department (Churchbridge Fire Department), a daycare (Churchbridge Daycare), and recreation facilities (including a new swimming pool).

Sites of interest[edit]

Sites of interest in the town include the 125th Anniversary of the Canadian Confederation Coin Monument, Veteran’s Memorial Wall, Photo Archives and the many Heritage Murals displayed throughout the community. These displays of art were created by local artists to help commemorate various events, as well as to honor former residents (see Notable People, below).

Camping:

Duck Mountain Regional Park is located north on Highway 80; Asessippi Ski Resort and Lake of the Prairies is located just east on Highway 16.

Churchbridge Campground is located south of the junction of Highway 16 and 80. The campground offers 33 Sites - 29 electrified, pull through sites, grass covered sites for tents, sewer dump, washroom and shower facility. Across the road is a picnic area, swimming pool, playground and ball diamonds.

Located within a travelling distance of 15 km (20 mi) is the Langenburg Recreation Site.

The Saltcoats Game Preserve is within 19 km (12 mi).[7]

Transportation[edit]

Churchbridge Airport supplies limited air service to this Saskatchewan town. The main mode of transportation would be via Saskatchewan Highway 16, the Yellowhead Route, and to a lesser extent via the North/South secondary highway, Saskatchewan Highway 80.

As of the early 1900's, Churchbridge was a part of the Minnedosa, Saskatoon, Edmonton Section of the Canadian Pacific Railway.[8]

Publications[edit]

Local history and family biography book written for the province's 75th anniversary is entitled:

The first hundred years: around Churchbridge, 1880-1980 Author, Ruth Swanson and the Churchbridge History Committee. Published Churchbridge, Sask.: Churchbridge History Committee, 1980 Other Auth ISBN 0889251657[9]

Media[edit]

Bredenbury, Churchbridge, Langenburg, and Saltcoats are all served by The Four-Town Journal.

Notable people[edit]

  • Dr. W.G. McKenzie was a family physician for the area from 1898 to 1976.[10]
  • Lionel G. Heinrich, professional Canadian ice hockey player.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2011 Community Profiles". Statistics Canada. Government of Canada. Retrieved 2014-03-20. 
  2. ^ National Archives, Archivia Net. "Post Offices and Postmasters". Retrieved 2014-03-20. 
  3. ^ Government of Saskatchewan, MRD Home. "Municipal Directory System". Retrieved 2014-03-20. 
  4. ^ Canadian Maps: January 1925 Waghorn's Guide. Post Offices in Man. Sask. Alta. and West Ontario., January 15, 2005, retrieved 2007-10-03 
  5. ^ "2011 Community Profiles". Canada 2011 Census. Statistics Canada. July 5, 2013. Retrieved 2014-03-22. 
  6. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". Canada 2006 Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2009-02-24. 
  7. ^ National Resources Canada (2007-10-03), GeoNames Query - Current Names : Radius - Churchbridge, Saskatchewan 
  8. ^ Canadian Maps: January 1925 Waghorn's Guide. Post Offices in Man. Sask. Alta. and West Ontario., January 15, 2005, retrieved 2007-10-03 
  9. ^ WebPAC PRO © Innovative Interfaces, Inc., University of Saskatchewan Online Library Database, retrieved 2007-10-03 
  10. ^ Welcome to Churchbridge!, archived from the original on 2007-10-04, retrieved 2007-10-05 
  11. ^ Hockey Hall of Fame and Museum, Network Entertainment Inc. / Produced by The Learning Edge Corporation (2001–2007), Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Kevin Kaminski, retrieved 2007-10-03 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 50°54′N 101°54′W / 50.900°N 101.900°W / 50.900; -101.900 (Churchbridge, Saskatchewan)