Kipling, Saskatchewan

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Kipling is located in Saskatchewan
Location of Kipling in Saskatchewan
Coordinates: 50°6′5.36″N 102°37′56.64″W / 50.1014889°N 102.6324000°W / 50.1014889; -102.6324000
Country Canada
Province Saskatchewan
District Kingsley Municipality
 • Total 1,140
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC−6)

Kipling is a town in southeast Saskatchewan, Canada. In provincial politics, Kipling is in the constituency of Moosomin.



The town was named after author Rudyard Kipling, who had made several visits to Canada. In 1889, while crossing North America en route from India, he paid a visit to Vancouver; he travelled by train through Winnipeg during his honeymoon in 1892; and he crossed the whole country in a private Pullman in 1907. During the latter visit he delivered a great many speeches, and was received with adulation, particularly at McGill University in Montreal.

During one of Kipling's voyages across Canada he passed through the town of Broadview, which is located north of Kipling. The publicity resulting from his passing through that town was a significant reason for his name being used for the town that is now called Kipling. Today, portraits of Rudyard Kipling can be found on various buildings in the town. Rudyard Manor, a home for senior citizens, has also been named after him.

Rudyard later visited the town of his name and was quoted as saying "I liked it very much, it reminded me of breakfasts I ate in my youth.".


On many early maps, Kipling bears the name "Kipling Station"; it was a divisional point on the Canadian National Railway line, and the community grew in a more substantial way after the arrival of the railway in 1907–08. The main initial settlement in the Kipling area had taken place in the 1890s and the first two decades of the twentieth century. One of Canada's largest Hungarian settlements formed in the Bekevar District. The central point of that community was the Bekevar church, the architectural design of which was inspired by the Great Church in Debrecen, Hungary; this church, constructed in 1911–12, still stands, and has been designated a Municipal Heritage Property. The first residents settled in the Bekevar district in 1900. In other districts around Kipling, settlers from various European countries made their homes. There was a very sizable German-speaking community (mainly consisting of families who had come from the Russian Empire, and who named their district "Edenland"); in other districts the most significant ethnic groups were the Scandinavians (concentrated around the Neelby School District) and the British.

In the past decades, many Saskatchewan towns and villages have shrunk or disappeared, but Kipling has defied this pattern, although it did suffer a considerable decline during the 1930s. While the number of rural residents in the surrounding districts has dropped very noticeably, the population of the town itself has now gradually increased, and is served by a substantial number of vibrant business enterprises. Kipling attained the status of a town on January 1, 1954, and serves a large trading area.

A very significant development related to the livestock industry has been the creation of several large hog operations in recent years, and Kipling has become the headquarters for one of the world’s leading companies which is conducting research on swine genetics.

Kipling sites which can be classed as 'heritage properties' include the former CN station, built in 1908–09, and the Kingsley rural municipality office, built in 1919. In addition, a major and highly interesting group of pioneer-era buildings can be viewed on the spacious sites belonging to the Kipling and District Historical Society Museum. The Kipling and District Museum (1903–59) is a Municipal Heritage Property on the Canadian Register of Historic Places.[1]

Schneeberger case[edit]

In 1999 town physician Dr. John Schneeberger, a South African immigrant, pleaded guilty on two counts of sexual assault and one of obstructing justice after one of his patients came forward claiming that he had drugged her and raped her while she was in a disoriented state. The original case was dropped for lack of evidence. His wife later came forward, revealing he was doing the same thing to his patient, this time he was doing it to his 15-year-old daughter, forcing the case to be re-opened; Schneeberger then admitted that he had injected a tube of another person's blood into his arm in order to deceive the authorities. He was deported from Canada in 2003.[2][3]

Child abduction[edit]

On 1 August 2006, convicted child molester Peter Whitmore was holed up with a 14-year-old child in an abandoned farmhouse. RCMP officers and SWAT teams surrounded the farmhouse. The ten-year-old child had been abducted the previous week and when a local resident saw the van described on TV and radio, the resident went to inspect the car, at which time one of the abducted came running out, saying that Whitmore and the other abducted teen were inside the home. Approximately 10 hours later, Whitmore surrendered to police and the other abducted teen was taken into police protection.[4] Whitmore was convicted on charges of sexual assault causing bodily harm and other sex offences, kidnapping, making death threats and child pornography. He was sentenced to life in prison in 2007; he requested to be chemically castrated.[5]

Kyle MacDonald residence

One red paperclip[edit]

The website One red paperclip was created by Kyle MacDonald, who bartered his way to a house in a series of online trades over the course of a year. On 12 July 2006, Kyle MacDonald made his final trade with the town of Kipling after a successful series of trades from one red paperclip. The house is located on 503 Main Street.

Kyle bartered the right to a role in a film to be produced by Corbin Bernsen called Donna on Demand for his house. Kyle and his girlfriend, Dominique Dupuis moved into Kipling around Labor Day, 2006. Open auditions for the movie role were held in Kipling, with Bernsen selecting 19-year-old local resident Nolan Hubbard for the role.


Corbin Bernsen developed a script specifically for Kipling, with production on the film project entitled Rust which was released on October 5, 2010. It was bankrolled by the citizens of Kipling, who raised close to C$250,000 and created a new company, Kipling Film Productions, for the chance to see their town on the screen. Production of the film also took advantage of Saskatchewan film incentives, including a rural tax rebate for shooting outside Regina.[6][7][8]


There is a town council whose members as of December 2011 were Mayor Patricia Jackson, elected via by-election in late November 2011, and aldermen Terry Barath, Kevin Kish, Wayne Huzina, Max Krescy, Duane Leicht, and Darren Szakacs.

As of 2011 Kipling is within the provincial constituency of Moosomin, and is represented in the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan by Don Toth of the Saskatchewan Party.

Federally, Kipling is in the riding of Souris-Moose Mountain, and is represented in the 41st parliament by The Honourable Ed Komarnicki, of the Conservative Party of Canada.


Climate data for Kipling
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 6.7
Average high °C (°F) −11
Daily mean °C (°F) −16.5
Average low °C (°F) −21.9
Record low °C (°F) −44.4
Average precipitation mm (inches) 20.4
Source: Environment Canada[9]


  1. ^ "Kipling and District Historical Museum". Canadian Register of Historic Places. Parks Canada. Retrieved 2011-03-29. 
  2. ^ "Dead Men Talking". Autopsy. Season 1. Episode 7. HBO. 
  3. ^ "Sask. doctor sentenced for rape". CBC News. November 10, 2000. Retrieved 2011-03-29. 
  4. ^ "Police negotiating with suspect after missing boy found". CBC News. August 1, 2006. Retrieved 2011-03-29. 
  5. ^ "Whitmore asks to be chemically castrated: report". CBC News. July 27, 2007. Retrieved 2011-03-29. 
  6. ^ "About Kipling". Sony Pictures Entertainment. Retrieved 2011-03-29. 
  7. ^ "Saskatchewan town parlays paper clip fame into film deal". CBC News. January 27, 2009. Retrieved 2011-03-29. 
  8. ^ "The Saskatchewan Film Employment Tax Credit Program". Saskatchewan Film and Video Development Corporation (SaskFilm). Retrieved 2011-03-29. 
  9. ^ Environment Canada Canadian Climate Normals 1971–2000, accessed 4 August 2010

Other sources[edit]

  • The Unforgiving Minute – A Life of Rudyard Kipling Harry Ricketts, Pimlico, 2000 ISBN 0-7126-6471-8[unreliable source?]
  • What was he doing out?- The Province, Page A8, Vancouver BC Brett Popplewell, Canadian Press, August 3, 2006

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Coordinates: 50°6′5.3634″N 102°37′56.64″W / 50.101489833°N 102.6324000°W / 50.101489833; -102.6324000