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Rosthern is located in Saskatchewan
Town of Rosthern in Saskatchewan
Coordinates: 52°40′00″N 106°20′00″W / 52.66667°N 106.33333°W / 52.66667; -106.33333
Country Canada
Province Saskatchewan
Rural municipality Rosthern No. 403
Post office Founded 1893-09-01
Village established 1898
Town incorporated 1903
 • Mayor Dennis Helmuth
 • M.P. Saskatoon-Wanuskewin Maurice Vellacott
 • M.L.A. Rosthern-Shellbrook Scott Moe
 • Total 4.01 km2 (1.55 sq mi)
Population (2011)
 • Total 1,572
 • Density 365.0/km2 (945/sq mi)
Postal code S0K 3R0
Area code(s) 306
Highways Hwy 11 / Hwy 312
Website Official website

Rosthern is a town at the juncture of Highway 11 and Highway 312 in the central area of Saskatchewan, Canada. It is located roughly halfway between the cities of Prince Albert and Saskatoon.


Rosthern was 100 years old in 2003. Its history is strongly tied to the farming industry. Famous experimental farmer and author Seager Wheeler lived just outside of Rosthern.

There are several apocryphal versions of the story about how the town got its name. One is that in the late 1880s when the railroad ran through from Regina to Prince Albert a man by the name of Ross drowned in the creek that flows through the town. Terne is old English for tarn meaning a pool, and the name stuck.[6] In all likelihood, however, the town's name echoes an old world name brought over by a homesick worker on the railroad, in this case that of "Rostherne", a village in the United Kingdom.[7]



Mennonite Heritage Museum (1910)
Valley Regional Park
Grain elevator

The Seager Wheeler Farm, a National Historic Site of Canada, is 7 km east of Rosthern. The Rosthern Mennonite Heritage Museum (c. 1909-10) is a Municipal Heritage Property on the Canadian Register of Historic Places.[11]

Rosthern is home to the Station Arts Centre and Tea Room. The Station Arts Centre hosts frequent musical and dramatic performances. There is also public library.


In addition to the nearby Valley Regional Park with an 18 hole grass green golf course, there are two ball-diamonds, two indoor hockey rinks, a curling rink, bowling alley, and three school gyms. A new outdoor swimming pool completed in 2005. Rosthern is also home to the Youth Farm Bible Camp.

Popular sporting activities include baseball, soccer, badminton, basketball, hockey, swimming, volleyball, floor hockey and Tae Kwon Do.

Professional ice hockey players Robyn Regehr and Richie Regehr grew up in Rosthern.


Health care[edit]

Rosthern is one of the few rural Saskatchewan towns to still have a hospital. Rosthern also has a medical clinic, several retirement homes and a nursing home.

Local businesses[edit]

The Station Arts Centre and Tea Room serves daily home-made bread and soups. The Rosthern Hotel & Bar, and King's Fried Chicken serve typical North American fare. Mackie's Asian Grill has a daily Chinese buffet and a full lunch and supper menu.

  • Saskatchewan Valley News - a newspaper and print shop
  • Friesens Bigway - a grocery store
  • Friesens Drugstore
  • Rosthern Pharmacy
  • Golden Valley Sewing Store
  • Lucky Dollar - a convenience store
  • 312 Petro Canada - a gas station
  • TR Petroleum - a gas station
  • Harv's Autobody
  • MCC Clothes Basket - a thrift store
  • Subway
  • Rosthern Bowling Alley
  • Impressions Salon & Gym
  • Jomarans Kennel reg'd 1990
  • Brook Vista Developments


Rosthern is home to over ten churches including Mennonite, Ukrainian Orthodox, Swedenborgian, Pentecostal, Anglican, Catholic, Lutheran, Seventh-day Adventist, Christian & Missionary Alliance, and Baptist.


Rosthern has four schools. Rosthern High School, and Rosthern Elementary School are both part of the Prairie Spirit School Division#206. Rosthern also has a private high school, Rosthern Junior College. There is also a small Seventh-day Adventist school in town.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "2011 Community Profiles". Statistics Canada. Government of Canada. Retrieved 2014-08-02. 
  2. ^ National Archives, Archivia Net, Post Offices and Postmasters 
  3. ^ Government of Saskatchewan, MRD Home. "Municipal Directory System". Retrieved 2014-08-02. 
  4. ^ Canadian Textiles Institute. (2005), CTI Determine your provincial constituency 
  5. ^ Commissioner of Canada Elections, Chief Electoral Officer of Canada (2005), Elections Canada On-line 
  6. ^ Russell, E.T. (1975), What's in a Name?, Saskatoon, Sk: Western Producer Prairie Books, p. 276, ISBN 1-894022-92-0 
  7. ^ Barry, Bill (2003), People Places Contemporary Saskatchewan Placenames, Regina, Canada: Print West communications, p. 230, ISBN 1-894022-92-0 
  8. ^ "2011 Community Profiles". Canada 2011 Census. Statistics Canada. July 5, 2013. Retrieved 2012-07-01. 
  9. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". Canada 2006 Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2009-02-24. 
  10. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". Canada 2001 Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012. 
  11. ^ Canadian Register of Historic Places.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 52°39′N 106°20′W / 52.650°N 106.333°W / 52.650; -106.333 (Rosthern, Saskatchewan)