Wynyard, Saskatchewan

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Wynyard, Saskatchewan
Town
Wynyard, Saskatchewan is located in Saskatchewan
Wynyard, Saskatchewan
Wynyard, Saskatchewan
Coordinates: 51°46′00″N 104°11′00″W / 51.766667°N 104.183333°W / 51.766667; -104.183333
Country Canada
Province Saskatchewan
Rural Municipality Big Quill No. 308
Settled 1905
Village 1908
Town 1911
Government
 • Mayor Ted Czarnecki
 • Administrator Jason Chorneyko
 • Governing body Wynyard Town Council
 • MLA Arm River-Watrous Greg Brkich
 • MP Regina-Qu'Appelle Andrew Scheer
Area
 • Total 5.29 km2 (2.04 sq mi)
Elevation 551 m (1,808 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 1,767
 • Density 334.1/km2 (865/sq mi)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
Postal code S0A 4T0
Area code(s) 306
Website Official Website
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Wynyard is a town in eastern Saskatchewan, Canada, 132 km west of Yorkton and 190 km east of Saskatoon.[4] Wynyard is in but not part of the rural municipality of Big Quill No. 308. It is located on the Yellowhead Highway just south of Big Quill Lake.

History[edit]

Many of the early settlers to the area around Big Quill Lake were of Icelandic origin, and the ethnic bloc settlement area was called the Vatnabyggd settlement. Sleipnir, a store and post office, was located at NE-30-22-15 and was the center of community life of the Vatnabyggd settlement until it was moved into Wynyard in 1908.[5]

The first wave of Icelandic settlers in the Wynyard area was soon followed by a large number of Ukrainian settlers and then British and Polish settlers. Also, there has always been a small number of Asian immigrants, mostly Chinese. More recently Wynyard has seen African and Filipino immigrants come to Wynyard. The ethnic diversity is not only seen in Wynyard but all across Canada.

Demographics[edit]

  • Lat (DMS) 51° 46' 00" N
  • Long (DMS) 104° 11' 00" W
  • Dominion Land Survey Section 27 - Township 32 - Range 16 West of the 2nd Meridian
  • Time zone (cst) UTC-6

Climate[edit]

Attractions[edit]

  • Frank Cameron Museum provides local historical artifacts as well as tourism information and is located in Wynyard.[9]
  • Wynyard Regional Park is the local camping site located a few kilometres from town.
  • Wynyard is located just to the south of Big Quill Lake which is the largest saline lake in Canada.[9]
  • Mud Lake Wildlife Refuge is 19 km (12 miles) from town.[4]
  • Wynyard Golf Club (a 9 hole golf course) offers the Wynyard Hole in One Tournament, Wynyard Ladies Night Golf and Wynyard Men's Night Golf.
  • The Wynyard Swimming Pool and the Wynyard Stingrays Synchronized Swimming Team

Heritage Sites[edit]

A number of designated heritage sites are located in or near Wynyard.

  • Wynyard Court House (built in 1927)[10]
  • Canadian Pacific Railway Station (built in 1909)[11]
  • Wynyard Federated Church (built in 1921)[12]
  • Amma's House on the Yellowhead Highway approximately 17 kilometres west of Wynyard was built by Icelandic carpenters in 1919.[13]
  • St. John Bohoslav Krasne Ukrainian Catholic Church approximately 20 kilometres southeast of Wynyard was built in 1940.[14]

Activities and sports[edit]

The Town of Wynyard has three sport teams: the Wynyard Blues Mens Fastball Team (baseball), the Wynyard Monarchs hockey team of the HHL (Highway Hockey League) and Wynyard Composite High School team the Wynyard Golden Bears.

Wynyard plays host to many activities and groups such as Wynyard Air Cadets, Wynyard Minor Baseball, Wynyard Minor Hockey, Wynyard Fireman's Association, Wynyard Kinettes, Wynyard Kinsmen, Wynyard Legion, Wynyard School of Dance, Wynyard Senior Appreciation Days, Wynyard Senior Centre and Wynyard Shriners.[15]

Media[edit]

  • The local news is reported in the Wynyard Advance Gazette.[16]
  • Television channel stations which reach Yorkton are CBC, CTV as well as all Yorkton channels.[9]

Transportation[edit]

Wynyard is located on Saskatchewan Highway 16. Wynyard was made a divisional point on the Canadian Pacific Railway when it came through. No longer providing passenger service the Wynyard railway station is a designated historical railway station.[17]

Wynyard/W. B. Needham Field Aerodrome and Greyhound buses also facilitate transportation in and out of Wynyard and area.[9]

Education[edit]

The town is home to the Wynyard Elementary School and Wynyard Composite High School in the Horizon School Division #205.[9] The high school team the Wynyard Golden Bears play basketball, football, volleyball, and soccer. The high school also participates in cross country, track, and badminton.

The one room school house of the early 1900s was called Wynyard School District # 2499 and Nordra school # 1947.[18] The latter offered a course in Icelandic when it was first constructed in 1907 as the early school administration allowed an hour each day from 3 pm to 4 pm for foreign language instruction.[5] Currently there are several venues for education in Wynyard.

Local history books[edit]

Reflections by the Quills by Quill Historical Society of Wynyard, Saskatchewan.[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Archives, Archivia Net. "Post Offices and Postmasters". Retrieved 2013-11-10. 
  2. ^ Government of Saskatchewan, MRD Home. "Municipal Directory System". Retrieved 6 September 2009. 
  3. ^ Commissioner of Canada Elections, Chief Electoral Officer of Canada (2005). "Elections Canada On-line". Retrieved 2013-11-10. 
  4. ^ a b Government of Canada (2007-08-15), GeoNames Query, retrieved 2007-08-17 
  5. ^ a b Olafson, Eric (2007), Vatnabyggd An Icelandic Settlement in Saskatchewan, retrieved 2007-08-15 
  6. ^ "2011 Community Profiles". Canada 2011 Census. Statistics Canada. July 5, 2013. Retrieved 2013-11-10. 
  7. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". Canada 2006 Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2009-02-24. 
  8. ^ Environment Canada - Canadian Climate Normals 1971-2000—Canadian Climate Normals 1971–2000, accessed 27 December 2010
  9. ^ a b c d e Town of Wynyard, retrieved 2007-08-17 
  10. ^ "Wynyard Court House". Retrieved 2013-11-10. 
  11. ^ "Canadian Pacific Railway Station". Retrieved 2013-11-10. 
  12. ^ "Wynyard Federated Church". Retrieved 2013-11-10. 
  13. ^ "Amma's House". Retrieved 2013-11-10. 
  14. ^ "St. John Bohoslav Krasne Church". Retrieved 2013-11-10. 
  15. ^ Credit Union, CU Flyer-Page1&4 (PDF), retrieved 2007-08-15 
  16. ^ Wynyard Advance Gazette, retrieved 2007-08-15 
  17. ^ "Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada - The Directory of Designated Heritage Railway Stations in Saskatchewan". Parks Canada. Retrieved 2011-02-07. 
  18. ^ Adamson (15 Mar 2006), Saskatchewan Gen Web One room School District Project, retrieved 2007-08-15 
  19. ^ Quill Historical Society (1981). Reflections by the Quills, Quill Historical Society of Wynyard, Canada. ISBN 0-88925-149-5.

External links[edit]

Location[edit]

Coordinates: 51°46′N 104°11′W / 51.767°N 104.183°W / 51.767; -104.183 (Wynyard, Saskatchewan)