White Bear, Saskatchewan

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White Bear, Saskatchewan
Organized hamlet
White Bear, Saskatchewan is located in Saskatchewan
White Bear, Saskatchewan
White Bear, Saskatchewan
Coordinates: 50°52′51″N 108°13′07″W / 50.88083°N 108.21861°W / 50.88083; -108.21861
Country Canada
Province Saskatchewan
Region Southwest Saskatchewan
Census division 4
Rural Municipality Lacadena
Government
 • Governing body Lacadena No. 228
Population (2006)
 • Total 13
 • Density 8.8/km2 (23/sq mi)
Time zone CST
Area code(s) 306
Highways Highway 342
Waterways South Saskatchewan River
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White Bear is a hamlet in Lacadena Rural Municipality No. 228, Saskatchewan, Canada. Listed as a designated place by Statistics Canada, the hamlet had a population of 13 in the Canada 2006 Census.[5] The hamlet is located approximately 55 miles (89 km) northwest of Swift Current on the north side of the South Saskatchewan River.

History[edit]

The hamlet's name comes from the sighting of a probable but now extirpated white prairie grizzly bear by an Assiniboine warrior on the shores of a neighbouring lake during the Palliser Expedition of the 1850s. Records from early Metis settlers and the NWMP state the last roaming herd of American buffalo being slaughtered in the hills of the Missouri Coteau located 25 miles (40 km) northeast around 1879.

During the 1930s White Bear was a bustling community of approximately 250 residents with two grocery stores, a school, four grain elevators and three garages servicing an area of 200 families, but has since dwindled to a population of 13 in 2006. Part of the death is attributed to federal policy CN Rail line in that area of Saskatchewan. It is interesting to note that the region rarely suffered poor crops, except during the droughts of the Great Depression and 1988. It is connected to the rest of the province through Highway 342, albeit a now-decrepit road featuring signs with Imperial units in portions. Farmers from the area played prominently in the socialism that would later define Saskatchewan then Canada through the introduction of Medicare and state-ran insurance. The White Bear Hotel remains the only business in operation, noted for its hot wings and hospitality.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ National Archives, Archivia Net, Post Offices and Postmasters 
  2. ^ Government of Saskatchewan, MRD Home, Municipal Directory System, archived from the original on November 21, 2008 
  3. ^ Canadian Textiles Institute. (2005), CTI Determine your provincial constituency 
  4. ^ Commissioner of Canada Elections, Chief Electoral Officer of Canada (2005), Elections Canada On-line 
  5. ^ Canada 2006 Census: Designated places in Saskatchewan

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Coordinates: 50°52′51″N 108°13′07″W / 50.88083°N 108.21861°W / 50.88083; -108.21861