Foam Lake

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Foam Lake
Town
Foam Lake post office
Foam Lake post office
Foam Lake is located in Saskatchewan
Foam Lake
Foam Lake
Location of Foam Lake in Saskatchewan
Coordinates: 51°39′N 103°32′W / 51.65°N 103.53°W / 51.65; -103.53
Country Canada
Province Saskatchewan
Region Saskatchewan
Census division No. 10
Rural Municipality Foam Lake
Settled 1882
Incorporated (village) 1908
Incorporated (town) 1924
Government
 • Mayor Bob Johnson
 • Town Administrator Gloria Leader
Area
 • Total 6.06 km2 (2.34 sq mi)
Population (2011)
 • Total 1,148
 • Density 189.4/km2 (491/sq mi)
Time zone CST
Postal code S0A 1A0
Area code(s) 306
Post Office established 1900
Website Town of Foam Lake
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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]

It 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 3 businesses and one home. These included 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.

Attractions[edit]

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

Education[edit]

Foam Lake Elementary School and Foam Lake Composite School are in the Horizon School Division #205.[10]

In recent years Foam Lake's High School football team (Foam Lake Panthers) has been very successful. In the past five seasons, the Panthers have made 4 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.
  • Ashlyn George is a travel writer and currently the Saskatchewanderer
  • 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". Retrieved 6 September 2013. 
  2. ^ Government of Saskatchewan, MRD Home. "Municipal Directory System". 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". Canada 2011 Census. Statistics Canada. July 5, 2013. Retrieved 2013-09-06. 
  7. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". Canada 2006 Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-18. 
  8. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". Canada 2001 Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012. Retrieved 2011-09-18. 
  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)