Aerial view of Kindersley, Saskatchewan
|Nickname(s): The Hub of West Central Saskatchewan|
|Motto: "Experience Our Energy"|
|Census division||Division No. 13|
|Rural Municipality||RM No. 290 Kindersley|
|• Mayor||John Enns-Wind|
|• MLA||Bill Boyd|
|• MP||Gerry Ritz|
|• Total||12.55 km2 (4.85 sq mi)|
|• Density||370/km2 (970/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CST (UTC-6)|
|Postal Code||S0L 1S0|
|Highways||Hwy 7 / Hwy 21|
|^1 Source: Canada 2006 Census|
Kindersley is a town in west central Saskatchewan, Canada, located at Section 10, Township 29, Range 23, West of the 3rd Meridian, along highway 7, a primary highway linking Calgary, Alberta and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. It is an established industrial base for the resource-rich west central region of the province and a service center hub to the oil and gas industry and agriculture production.
The Bakken shale oil and gas boom underway since 2009, driven by hydraulic fracturing technologies, has contributed to record growth, high employment rates and increase in population, in the province of Saskatchewan. Hydraulic fracturing has benefited small towns like Kindersley which saw its population increase to over 5,000 with the boom. Kindersley sells its treated municipal wastewater to oilfield service companies to use in hydraulic fracturing. As the price of oil dropped dramatically in late 2014 partially in response to the shale oil boom, towns like Kinderslely are more vulnerable.
Kindersley is a growing community of almost 5,000 people. It was incorporated in 1910, and named after Sir Robert Kindersley, a major shareholder in the Canadian Northern Railway (later merged into Canadian National Railways). The town is surrounded by the Rural Municipality of Kindersley No. 290.
Kindersley experiences a semi-arid climate (Köppen climate classification BSk). Winters are long, cold and dry, while summers are short and warm. Precipitation is low, with an annual average of 328mm, and is heavily concentrated in the warmer months.
The coldest temperature ever recorded in Kindersley was −43.4° (−46 °F) on February 7, 1994. The hottest was 40.0° (104 °F) on August 16, 2003.
The record one-day rainfall is 77.2 mm (3 inches) on July 6, 1991. The record one-day snowfall is 21 cm (8.3 inches) on December 27, 1990.
Tourism Saskatchewan's Saskatchewan Discovery Guide 2010 claims a higher current population of 4,966 for the town and the Ministry of Health Covered Population gave Kindersley a population of 5,273 in 2010. However, these stats are in contradiction to the 2011 census data. In Saskatchewan towns may apply for city charters once they exceed 5,000 in population, and Kindersley unsuccessfully applied for such a charter in the early 2000s.
In recent years, Tim Horton's and Wal-Mart have joined Kindersley's diverse business sector. With its population of about 5,000, and with no other major centres nearby, Kindersley is one of the smallest non-suburban communities (in terms of population) in Canada, and the smallest in Saskatchewan, to have a Wal-Mart. As of 2010, the Wal-Mart is the only department store in the town, as the Zellers location in Kindersley Mall closed down a few years before. The Kindersley Mall includes an Extra Foods grocery store, and the aforementioned Zellers has been replaced by a Home Hardware store.
Annual events in Kindersley include the Indoor Rodeo and Trade Show in June and the four-day Goose Festival in September, among numerous sports and cultural activities throughout the rest of the year. Kindersley was chosen as the launch site for the da Vinci Project, Canada's entry to win the Ansari X Prize. The flight was scheduled for October 2004, but circumstances related to the project prevented the flight from taking place. Kindersley celebrated its 100th birthday in 2010.
Kindersley has three schools, all operating within the Sun West School Division. Westberry and Elizabeth are K-7 schools and the Kindersley Composite School is 8-12. There is also a regional college at the Great Plains Regional College location.
Kindersley is home to a full-service 9-hole golf course; two world class, fully irrigated baseball diamonds; a .3 mile, tri-oval speedway and the West Central Events Center (WCEC), currently with one ice surface and a curling rink. The WCEC is home to the local SJHL Klippers hockey team. Part of the WCEC, an older arena called Exhibition Stadium, was destroyed by fire on January 8, 2010.
Kindersley has also hosted many sporting events including the 1984 World Youth Baseball Championships, 1990 Men's Provincial Curling Championship, 1994 Saskatchewan Winter Games, 1997 Canadian Mixed Curling Championships, 2001 Men's Provincial Curling Championships, 2007 Provincial Mixed Curling Championships, 2008 Junior Men's and Women's Provincial Curling Championships, 2009 and 2010 Baseball Canada Cup and the 2010 Provincial Scotties Tournament of Hearts (the tournament was moved to Eston because of the fire on January 8, 2010). The arena also hosted Team Canada's World Juniors for the 1991 World Junior Championships in Saskatoon. They used the rink as a practice facility and it was also the venue for a game between Czechoslovakia and Switzerland. The most recent event was the 2014 World Jr. A Challenge put on by Hockey Canada that displayed the best Jr. A players from around the world. Teams from Canada, USA, Russia, Switzerland and Denmark participated
- Bill Baker — Canadian football
- Derek Dorsett — ice hockey
- John-James Ford — writer
- Curtis Glencross — ice hockey
- Glenda Goertzen — author
- Gordon Hahn (1919–2001) — California politician, born in Kindersley
- Dave Lewis — National Hockey League coach
- Greg Paslawski — ice hockey
- Population and dwelling counts, for Canada and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2006 and 2001 censuses - 100% data
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- "2001 Community Profiles". Canada 2001 Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012. Retrieved 2011-08-01.
- Town of Kindersley website
- Kindersley Gen Web Region
- Map of Kindersley at Statcan
- Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan