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Town of Wakaw
Elevator Road (2009)
Elevator Road (2009)
Town of Wakaw is located in Saskatchewan
Town of Wakaw
Town of Wakaw
Location of Wakaw in Saskatchewan
Town of Wakaw is located in Canada
Town of Wakaw
Town of Wakaw
Town of Wakaw (Canada)
Coordinates: 52°38′56″N 105°44′28″W / 52.649°N 105.741°W / 52.649; -105.741
Census divisionNo. 15
Rural MunicipalityFish Creek No. 402
Post office FoundedMay 1, 1905
Village IncorporatedDecember 26, 1911
Town IncorporatedAugust 1, 1953
 • MayorSteve Skoworodko
 • AdministratorLois Gartner
 • Governing bodyWakaw Town Council
 • Land3.12 km2 (1.20 sq mi)
 • Total985
Time zoneCST
Postal code
S0K 4P0
Area code(s)306
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.[3]


Small wooden shack, painted white, with sign "J.G. Diefenbaker Law Office 1919–1925
Re-creation of Diefenbaker's first office, Wakaw
Canadian National 6208 RDC2 at Wakaw, 1950-1970

The area was peopled primarily by settlers of Eastern European origin.[3] 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.[3]

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.[3]

The community recognized its 100th anniversary by holding Centennial Celebrations on July 21 to 31, 2011.[4]

There are about 800 cabins at nearby Wakaw Lake, some of which are occupied year round.[3]


Canada census – Wakaw community profile
2011 2006
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[5] 2006[6] earlier[7]


Businesses in Wakaw include grocery stores, a pharmacy, gas stations, restaurants, insurance agencies, tanning salon and six places of worship.

1st Street South

Notable residents[edit]

See also[edit]

Wakaw Post Office building in 2009


  1. ^ National Archives, Archivia Net, Post Offices and Postmasters, retrieved 2013-12-01
  2. ^ Government of Saskatchewan, MRD Home. "Municipal Directory System". Retrieved 2013-12-01.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Wakaw". Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan. Canadian Plains Research Center, University of Regina. 2006. Retrieved 2013-02-13.
  4. ^ Wakaw Recorder
  5. ^ "2011 Community Profiles". 2011 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. July 5, 2013. Retrieved 2012-12-22.
  6. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". 2006 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2012-12-22.
  7. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". 2001 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012.

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Coordinates: 52°39′N 105°44′W / 52.650°N 105.733°W / 52.650; -105.733 (Wakaw, Saskatchewan)