Colonsay, Saskatchewan

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Colonsay (Canada)
Coordinates: 51°59′N 105°53′W / 51.983°N 105.883°W / 51.983; -105.883
Rural Municipalities (R.M.)Colonsay No. 342, Saskatchewan
Post office Founded1908-05-21
Village established1907
Town incorporated1910
 • MayorJames Gray[1]
 • Federal Electoral District Blackstrap (historical riding Rosthern) M.P.Lynne Yelich
 • provincial electoral districts Constituency of Humboldt M.L.A.Donna Harpauer
 • Total6.4 km2 (2.46 sq mi)
 • Total475
 • Density193.1/km2 (500/sq mi)
 • Summer (DST)CST
WebsiteTown Website

Colonsay /kəˈlɒnz/ is a town in the rural municipality of Colonsay No. 342, Saskatchewan, in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. Colonsay is located on Highway 16 (the Yellowhead Highway part of the Trans-Canada Highway) running east-west in central Saskatchewan near the intersection with Highway 2.

Colonsay derived its name from the Inner Hebrides Scottish island of Colonsay [5] All the streets in the village are also named after islands located along the west coast of Scotland.


Colonsay experienced a record setting 167-day-long frost-free period in 1978, which was, to the dismay of a number of residents, still not a long enough growing season for yams or sweet potatoes.[6]

The ship U-Sea Colonsay is named after the local potash mine.[7][8]


Canada census – Colonsay, Saskatchewan community profile
2011 2006
Population: 475 (+11.8% from 2006) 425 (-0.2% from 2001)
Land area: 2.46 km2 (0.95 sq mi) 2.46 km2 (0.95 sq mi)
Population density: 193.1/km2 (500/sq mi) 172.8/km2 (448/sq mi)
Median age: 38.8 (M: 37.6, F: 39.6) 41.9 (M: 40.4, F: 43.2)
Total private dwellings: 202 184
Median household income: $65,700
References: 2011[9] 2006[10] earlier[11]
  • Lat (DMS) 51°59′00″ N
  • Long (DMS) 105°53′00″ W
  • Dominion Land Survey Section 1, Township 35, Range 28 West of the 2nd Meridian
  • Time zone (cst) UTC−6



The main economy of the area is agriculture featuring grain crops such as wheat, canola, barley, oats, rye, as well as lentils and peas. Livestock raised in the vicinity are cattle, hogs, sheep, and buffalo.[13] The potash mine of Colonsay was first named Noranda Mines Potash Division then separately constituted as Central Canada Potash. Central Canada Potash was acquired by Imc. Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan, Colonsay, IMC Potash Colonsay and is now Mosaic Potash Colonsay.[14] Potash is mined and sold to crop nutrient manufacturers for fertilizer, as well as for use as icemelter ingredient and water softener regenerant.[15]


Colonsay & District Sports Centre was re-opened in 2006 following fund raising efforts by the community as well as funding initiatives such as the Green Municipal Investment Fund, a joint venture of the Government of Canada and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. The Sports Centre has a new heating system as well as ice-cube heat which will allow a longer artificial ice season for skaters, curlers and ice hockey players.[16]

The Colonsay Monarchs were a team that played for the Northern Saskatchewan Baseball League as of 1951.[17][18]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Municipal Directory System". Archived from the original on 2016-01-15. Retrieved 2012-12-24.
  2. ^ National Archives, Archivia Net, Post Offices and Postmasters, archived from the original on 2006-10-06
  3. ^ Canadian Textiles Institute. (2005), CTI Determine your provincial constituency, archived from the original on 2007-09-11
  4. ^ Commissioner of Canada Elections, Chief Electoral Officer of Canada (2005), Elections Canada On-line, archived from the original on 2007-04-21
  5. ^ Colonsay Home, archived from the original on 2007-07-28, retrieved 2007-08-01
  6. ^ Welcome to Weyburn's Community Atlas "WEYBURN ON THE WEB" produced by the students of St. Dominic ; Savio Elementary School (2006–2007), Canadian Communities Atlas, archived from the original on 2007-09-27, retrieved 2007-08-01
  7. ^ "U-SEA COLONSAY Sets Sail". iStockAnalyist. October 24, 2011. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved November 10, 2011.
  8. ^ "North Van to see new jobs from potash trade". Business Today. 9 November 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-10.
  9. ^ "2011 Community Profiles". 2011 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. July 5, 2013. Retrieved 2012-12-24.
  10. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". 2006 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2012-12-24.
  11. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". 2001 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012.
  12. ^ Environment Canada Canadian Climate Normals 1971–2000, accessed 24 July 2010
  13. ^ Saskatchewan Government Sask Biz (2004), Colonsay Geography The Town of Colonsay is located in Central ..., archived from the original on 2007-09-27, retrieved 2007-08-01
  14. ^ Mining Communications Ltd, r: Peter McCready (2007), Saskatchewan A Mining Journal supplement (– Scholar search), retrieved 2007-08-01[dead link]
  15. ^ "IMC GLOBAL INC, Form 10-K, Annual Report, Filing Date Mar 12, 2004". Retrieved May 14, 2018.
  16. ^ The Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (2006), Rural Councillor Back Issues Colonsay's Arena: A Community Effort and Environmentally Responsible Example, retrieved 2007-08-01
  17. ^ Hrynkiw—One-Name Family History Study, 2006–2007, archived from the original on 2007-09-29, retrieved 2007-08-01
  18. ^ Western Canada Baseball (2007) [2003], 1951, archived from the original on 2006-11-08, retrieved 2007-08-01

Published works[edit]

  • Book Title Colonsay memoirs, 1905–1955

Author Colonsay, Saskatchewan. High School

  • Book Title Milestones and memories : Colonsay and Meacham Districts, 1905–1980

Published Colonsay, Sask. : R.M. 342 Celebrate Saskatchewan 1980 Committees, 1980

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 51°59′N 105°53′W / 51.983°N 105.883°W / 51.983; -105.883 (Colonsay, Saskatchewan)