Weirdale, Saskatchewan

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Weirdale (2016 population: 50) is a village in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan within the Rural Municipality of Garden River No. 490 and Census Division No. 15. Weirdale is about 48 km northeast of the City of Prince Albert along Highway 55.

History[edit]

Weirdale was founded between 1929 and 1931. It was given life because of the Canadian Pacific Railway, which opened a new frontier on the Canadian Prairies. When the pioneers arrived in the area, they cleared out the thick forest and muskeg by hand creating rich farmland. The pioneers had large families that lived on every quarter of farmland. In turn, these large families brought the population to the area. In the early part of 20th century, transportation was much slower than it is today so it was much more difficult to travel long distances. Because of the difficulties in travelling, many small communities had to become self-sustaining in order to survive. At one point, Weirdale housed a hospital, school, flour mill, puffed wheat factory, and a lumber yard as well as numerous other small business that sustained the community. As transportation advanced and became more efficient, which was aided by the construction of modern highways, small villages across the prairies began to die economically.[1]

Weirdale incorporated as a village on April 1, 1948.[2]

Demographics[edit]

Population history
(1981–2016)
YearPop.±%
198190—    
198690+0.0%
199172−20.0%
199663−12.5%
200190+42.9%
200683−7.8%
201175−9.6%
201650−33.3%
Source: Statistics Canada via Saskatchewan Bureau of Statistics[3][4]

In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the Village of Weirdale recorded a population of 50 living in 23 of its 27 total private dwellings, a -50% change from its 2011 population of 75. With a land area of 1.36 km2 (0.53 sq mi), it had a population density of 36.8/km2 (95.2/sq mi) in 2016.[5]

In the 2011 Census of Population, the Village of Weirdale recorded a population of 75, a -9.6% change from its 2006 population of 83. With a land area of 1.36 km2 (0.53 sq mi), it had a population density of 55.1/km2 (142.8/sq mi) in 2011.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Village of Weirdale History.
  2. ^ "Urban Municipality Incorporations". Saskatchewan Ministry of Government Relations. Archived from the original on October 15, 2014. Retrieved June 1, 2020.
  3. ^ "Saskatchewan Census Population" (PDF). Saskatchewan Bureau of Statistics. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 24, 2015. Retrieved May 31, 2020.
  4. ^ "Saskatchewan Census Population". Saskatchewan Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved May 31, 2020.
  5. ^ "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2016 and 2011 censuses – 100% data (Saskatchewan)". Statistics Canada. February 8, 2017. Retrieved May 30, 2020.
  6. ^ "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2011 and 2006 censuses (Saskatchewan)". Statistics Canada. June 3, 2019. Retrieved May 30, 2020.

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Coordinates: 53°26′56″N 105°14′22″W / 53.44889°N 105.23944°W / 53.44889; -105.23944