Town of Wakaw
Elevator Road (2009)
|Census division||No. 15|
|Rural Municipality||Fish Creek No. 402|
|Post office Founded||May 1, 1905|
|Village Incorporated||December 26, 1911|
|Town Incorporated||August 1, 1953|
|• Mayor||Steve Skoworodko|
|• Administrator||Lois Gartner|
|• Governing body||Wakaw Town Council|
|• Land||3.12 km2 (1.20 sq mi)|
|Highways||Hwy 2 / Hwy 41 / Hwy 312|
Wakaw, Saskatchewan, is a small town 90 km (56 miles) northeast of Saskatoon and 66 km (41 miles) south of Prince Albert. It is about halfway between the two cities and is served by Highway 2, Highway 41 and Highway 312. Wakaw is in hilly partially forested country east of the South Saskatchewan River. The area is part of the aspen parkland biome. Wakaw is about 11 miles north of the town of Cudworth. Wakaw is a Cree word meaning "crooked", the name being taken from nearby Wakaw Lake and applied to the town.
The area was peopled primarily by settlers of Eastern European origin. The town was home to Prime Minister John Diefenbaker and his first wife Edna Brower. Diefenbaker opened his first law office in Wakaw from 1919 to 1925.
Wakaw was founded on December 26, 1911 after 21 residents petitioned the Department of Municipal Affairs, asking for the incorporation of the Village of Wakaw. It was located on Section 30, Township 42, Range 26, west of the 2nd Meridian, land donated to the town by Anthony Goller who immigrated to Canada in 1902. When the railroad was built the town was moved to its present location. On August 1, 1953 Wakaw was incorporated as a town.
The community recognized its 100th anniversary by holding Centennial Celebrations on July 21 to 31, 2011.
There are about 800 cabins at nearby Wakaw Lake, some of which are occupied year round.
|Canada census – Wakaw community profile|
|Population:||985 (+14.0% from 2006)||864 (-2.3% from 2001)|
|Land area:||3.12 km2 (1.20 sq mi)||3.12 km2 (1.20 sq mi)|
|Population density:||315.9/km2 (818/sq mi)||277.1/km2 (718/sq mi)|
|Median age:||49.5 (M: 48.2, F: 51.1)||54.4 (M: 49.5, F: 59.5)|
|Total private dwellings:||473||460|
|Median household income:||$26,451|
|References: 2011 2006 earlier|
Businesses in Wakaw include grocery stores, a pharmacy, gas stations, restaurants, insurance agencies, tanning salon and six places of worship.
- Dave Balon - professional ice hockey player and coach
- Harvey Cenaiko - former Solicitor General of Alberta and policeman
- Tom Courchene - economist and professor; Officer of the Order of Canada
- John Diefenbaker - 13th Prime Minister of Canada
- James Latos - professional ice hockey player for the New York Rangers and coach
- Dave Michayluk - professional ice hockey player for the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins
- Linden Vey - professional ice hockey player for the ZSC Lions organization in the National League (NL); Olympic bronze medalist PyeongChang 2018
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- Government of Saskatchewan, MRD Home. "Municipal Directory System". Retrieved 2013-12-01.
- "Wakaw". Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan. Canadian Plains Research Center, University of Regina. 2006. Retrieved 2013-02-13.
- Wakaw Recorder
- "2011 Community Profiles". 2011 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. July 5, 2013. Retrieved 2012-12-22.
- "2006 Community Profiles". 2006 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2012-12-22.
- "2001 Community Profiles". 2001 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012.