Foam Lake

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Foam Lake
Foam Lake post office
Foam Lake post office
Foam Lake is located in Saskatchewan
Foam Lake
Foam Lake
Location of Foam Lake in Saskatchewan
Foam Lake is located in Canada
Foam Lake
Foam Lake
Foam Lake (Canada)
Coordinates: 51°39′N 103°32′W / 51.65°N 103.53°W / 51.65; -103.53
CountryCanada
ProvinceSaskatchewan
RegionSaskatchewan
Census divisionNo. 10
Rural MunicipalityFoam Lake
Settled1882
Incorporated (village)1908
Incorporated (town)1924
Government
 • MayorLorne Hrehor
 • Town AdministratorKristine Marengere
Area
 • Total6.06 km2 (2.34 sq mi)
Population
 (2011)
 • Total1,148
 • Density189.4/km2 (491/sq mi)
Time zoneCST
Postal code
S0A 1A0
Area code(s)306
Post Office established1900
WebsiteTown of Foam Lake
[1][2]

Foam Lake is a town in Saskatchewan, Canada. It had a population of 1,123 in 2006. It is located in a mixed agricultural area approximately 220 km southeast of Saskatoon on the Yellowhead Highway.

History[edit]

Foam Lake was founded in 1882 by Joshua Milligan, an English fur trader. It was subsequently settled by Icelanders, Ukrainians and various English-speaking nationalities. It was incorporated as a town in 1924.

The Foam Lake Museum (c. 1926) is a Municipal Heritage Property on the Canadian Register of Historic Places.[3]

In the summer of 2006, two major fires destroyed a major part of Main Street in Foam Lake. The first fire destroyed three businesses and one home. These included the water fountain/Sears outlet/Backyard Studios, the doctor's office and Dennis' Cafe, which was also the owner's home.[4] The second fire started in one of the three grain elevators. The first elevator burned to the ground and also spread to the second one. The volunteer fire department was able to put out the blaze with the help of two water bombers and volunteer fire departments from surrounding communities.[5]

Demographics[edit]

98% of the residents are of Ukrainian (45.2%), English (21.2%), German (12.0%), Scottish (11.6%) and Icelandic (8.0%) descent.

Canada census – Foam Lake community profile
2011 2006
Population: 1,148 (+2.2% from 2006) 1,123 (-7.8% from 2001)
Land area: 6.06 km2 (2.34 sq mi) 6.06 km2 (2.34 sq mi)
Population density: 189.4/km2 (491/sq mi) 185.3/km2 (480/sq mi)
Median age: 50.9 (M: 47.9, F: 53.9) 51.7 (M: 47.0, F: 56.2)
Total private dwellings: 599 605
Median household income: $32,790
References: 2011[6] 2006[7] earlier[8]

Attractions[edit]

  • Quill Lakes International Bird Area northwest of Foam Lake attracts bird watchers from all over the world.[9]

Foam Lake Water Park features a 128ft waterslide, hot tub, vortex and beach entry and is the summer hub of the community.

Education[edit]

Foam Lake Elementary School and Foam Lake Composite School are in the Horizon School Division No. 205.[10]

In recent years Foam Lake's high school football team (Foam Lake Panthers) has been successful. In the past five seasons, the Panthers have made four trips to the provincial final, winning twice.

Notable people[edit]

  • Bernie Federko, professional ice hockey player. Bernie was born and raised in Foam Lake.
  • Pat Elynuik, professional ice hockey player.
  • Dennis Polonich, professional ice hockey player.
  • Ted Hargreaves, professional ice hockey player.
  • Tania Miller is another famous Foam Laker. She is the youngest person and first woman to become conductor of a major Canadian Symphony Orchestra.[11]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Archives, Archivia Net. "Post Offices and Postmasters". Archived from the original on 6 October 2006. Retrieved 6 September 2013.
  2. ^ Government of Saskatchewan, MRD Home. "Municipal Directory System". Archived from the original on 15 January 2016. Retrieved 6 September 2013.
  3. ^ Foam Lake Museum. "Canadian Register of Historic Places". Retrieved 6 September 2013.
  4. ^ CBC News, June 29, 2006. "Fire destroys businesses in Foam Lake". Retrieved 6 September 2013.
  5. ^ Foam Lake, SK, 2006-07-31. "Fire Canada". Retrieved 6 September 2013.
  6. ^ "2011 Community Profiles". 2011 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. July 5, 2013. Retrieved 2013-09-06.
  7. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". 2006 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-18.
  8. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". 2001 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012.
  9. ^ "Quill Lakes International Bird Area" (PDF). Retrieved 6 September 2013.
  10. ^ Foam Lake Schools. "Horizon School Division #205". Retrieved 6 September 2013.
  11. ^ Tania Miller. "The Canadian Encyclopedia". Retrieved 6 September 2013.

Coordinates: 51°39′N 103°32′W / 51.650°N 103.533°W / 51.650; -103.533 (Foam Lake, Saskatchewan)