How it really is in Saskatchewan
Saskatchewan Wind Scale:
- Wind Speed Weather Category
- 0-50 kmh Calm
- 50-100 kmh Slight air movement
- 100-150 kmh Light breeze
- 150-200 kmh Breezy
- 200-225 kmh Light Wind
- 225-250 kmh Gusty
- 250-300 kmh Windy
- 300+ kmh Hide the chickens
The Canadian National Temperature Conversion Guide:
- 10C = Vancouverites try to turn on the heat. Saskatchewanians plant
- 5C = Victorians shiver uncontrollably. Regina people sunbathe.
- 3C = Italian cars won't start. Regina people drive with the windows down.
- 0C = Distilled water freezes. Regina water gets thicker
- -5C = Torontonians wear coats, gloves and wool hats. Saskatchewanians
throw on a t-shirt
- -10C = Quebecers begin to evacuate the province. Saskatchewanians go
- -20C = Toronto landlords finally turn up the heat. Saskatchewanians have
the last cook out before it gets cold.
- -25C = People in Vancouver cease to exist. Saskatoonians lick flagpoles.
- -30C = Calgarians fly away to Mexico. Regina people throw on a light
- -40C = Hamilton disintegrates. Regina people rent some videos.
- -60C = Mt. St. Helens freezes. Regina Girl Scouts begin selling cookies
door to door.
- -80C = Polar bears begin to evacuate the arctic. Saskatoon Boy Scouts
postpone their campout.
Some Facts about Saskatchewan
Tom Sukanen, a Finnish immigrant, built an ocean-going boat near Macrorie
during the middle of the dust-bowl years. He was 15 miles from the South
Sk. River. He intended to take a load of wheat back to Finland. He hand
made every part, including boiler and steam engine. he died before
completion. The assembled ship can now been seen
on Highway 2 south of Moose Jaw.
Wynyard is the chicken capital of Canada because they export the highest
amount of chicken per capita. Every summer during the carnival days they
host the "chicken chariot race" where chickens are hooked up to a
chariot and they are raced down
lanes to see which one is the fastest.
Regina is in the Guinness Book Of Records - It has the longest bridge
(Albert Street Bridge) over the shortest body of water (Wascana Creek).
The railway track from Regina to Stoughton used to be the longest stretch
of perfectly straight track in the world.
The very first Dairy Queen was started in Melville Sk. in 1953. The
original Owner was Donald M. Patrick.
Turtleford, Saskatchewan has a giant Turtle in the town.
In Saskatchewan there are over 100,000 lakes, rivers, and bogs.
The Province has three major river systems all of which empty into Hudson
Bay; the Assiniboine, the North and South Saskatchewan and the Churchill.
Famed theorist/physicist Albert Einstein played goalie for the
Canwood(Sk.) Canucks one winter while sojourning north to Canada to "find
peace and silence" for his work on the Theory of Relativity. He had played
hockey in his younger yrs. in Germany.
The MOP was invented in Wolseley (and, to this very day, Wolseley is the
silicon valley of mop development...)
Dr. Ballard of dog food fame was a veterinarian in Wolsely which,
incidentally, was also the home of the very first Beaver Lumber.
Dad's Cookies were once made at the former roller skating rink in White
Brett Hull lived in a little log house a few miles out of Whitewood.
Gordie Howe was born near Saskatoon.
Saskatchewan has several waterfalls (the most interesting is probably
Hunt's Falls) and the only active sand dunes in Western Canada (just
like the Sahara) although both of these are Up North and no one has ever
seen them so they may be a government conspiracy to make our travel
brochures look interesting.
Wallace Stegner, Pulitzer Prize winning author of Wolf Willow and Big Rock
Candy Mountain homesteaded in Eastend in 1914.
The TV show Unsolved Mysteries once visited to investigate the mysterious
"St. Louis Ghost Light" for which they tried to dismiss as swamp
gas....funny thing is there's really no swamps around. Apparently the
Unsolved Mysteries crack investigative team was undeterred by this fact
(slough gas maybe???)
There's a beautiful round stone barn by Indian Head.
Grey Owl lived in a little log cabin in what is now the PA Park and is
buried there beside his wife.
In the 20's Moose Jaw's (AKA "Little Chicago") River Street was the
of gambling, prostitutes and the bootleg center of booze running into the
States. The tunnels under the streets there connected the various
"businesses" and were used by various gangsters, and rumour has it,
including Al Capone. The tunnels were believed to have
been dug years earlier by Chinese immigrants as a way to escape. (Canada
had Chinese concentration camps although no one ever brags about that)
W.O. Mitchell wrote who Has Seen the Wind and Jake and the Kid (both of
which are regularly read in classrooms across Canada) grew up in Weyburn.
Saskatoon was not named after the berry. It was originally a plains Cree
word that means "gathering place." The indian people in the old days
to gather here to trade goods and eventually it was settled by the white
Estevan, Sask. is the sunshine capital of Canada.
Saskatchewan has the largest kimberlite field, (diamond-bearing rock) in
the world! (Near Prince Albert, where DeBeers & other companies are
Wilkie is home to the worlds largest Grasshopper - which everyone hates
because it IS a farming community. Apparently you can fit eight people and
three cases of beer comfortably on his back.
A small town called Saltcoats (16 miles south of Yorkton) has been titled
the salamander capital of Canada. The town is nestled on the side of
Anderson Lake which where thousands and thousands (varies from year to
year) of salamanders also call home. On rainy nights they can be seen
making their trek from the water to land. It is a crazy site to see so
many lizards running across the roads. I will not tell you what it sounds
like as the cars drive by.
Manitou Lake is not in fact the 3rd "saltiest" body of water - The
are; The Dead Sea and The Great Salt Lake in Utah.. There are many bodies
of water in Sask. that are saltier, but none have the mineral content of
Manitou. No one knows for sure where Manitou gets the minerals from. In
fact, in 1946, there was a team of doctors commissioned by the Province to
do a medical study on Manitou, ("the lake of the healing waters)". The
doctors didn't complete their study however, because at the time, they
felt the lake may dry up.
The railway that runs beside #33 highway from Regina to Stoughton is the
second longest straight stretch of railway in the world.
The Anglican Church at Stanley Mission is the oldest wooden building in
Saskatchewan has the most miles of highway for the least amount of
population of anywhere in the world (mile of road per capita)
The original railway stations along the main Canadian National Railway
line(former Canadian Northern Railway) are in alphabetical order (Ituna,
Jasmin,Kelliher, Leross, Lestock, etc.) There is a lot of speculation why
there were 2 towns named with the letter "L", and none with "M,
Correction Note from Darren K from Kamsack
Thank you for putting together quite an informative
website about Saskatchewan. There were many things that I learned about places
in this province because of visiting your site.
I should point out, though, that your assertion that
“The original railway stations along the main Canadian National Railway line
(former Canadian Northern Railway)…” is somewhat incorrect. The line was
actually the Grand Trunk Pacific. The Canadian Northern took a route that went
somewhat north, and interestingly enough, passes through my home town.
The town of Punnichy was named after the store owner who was bald, the
Natives called him "Bird with no feathers."
Denare Beach located in Saskatchewan near Flin Flon, Manitoba and has the dubious distinction of being named
after a government department - DEpartment of NAtural REsources.
Regina is at its present location because the citizens in Qu'Appelle
bought up the land because they though the railway would have to go
through their community.
WEYBURN has the ONLY CURLING MUSEUM IN THE WORLD.
Quill Lake is known as the Goose Capital of Saskatchewan and has a
Canadian Goose (quite large) in its town limits.
Watson is the home of the ORIGINAL Santa Claus day and boasts a tall
statue of Santa Claus waving at passerbys on its main highway through
town. There is a sleigh by him and a cut out of two elves where people
can go and put their head through the head holes and have photos taken.
Tisdale has a huge honey bee sitting at the junction of the main highways
that run through that town. Its town motto is "The Land of Rape and
Carrot River is the home to "Big Bert" the prehistoric dinosaur
that was found near Pasqua Park. It was the first find of a dinosaur
skeleton that was amphibious in nature to prove that the northern part of
Saskatchewan was once covered by an ancient salt sea.
Koender's located in Englefeld have a giant pig located on the roof of
their building. The pig stands between 4-6 high and 8-10 feet long. It has
curly eyelashes which are easy to see.
The dyslexic capital of Canada - Wakaw...
Kindersley - home of the world's largest Canada Goose;
Cutknife - home of the world's largest Tomahawk
Danceland - at Lake Manitou near Watrous - world's only horse hair padded
Moose Jaw - The former Joyner department store was the western distributor
of Levis jeans. The stock would sometimes exceed one million dollars. It
was been recently reopened as a Gift/Craft/Souvenir store. Tragically,
store and several nearby historical buildings recently burned down. This
store also owned the largest Cash Cable Car system (over 1000 feet in
length) that was still operational. The only other one in working order is
in Europe or China and is betwee 600 and 700 feet. Disney had offered the
Joyner family $600 000 for the system so they could put it into their
Euro-Disney complex, but the family honored the wishes of the original
store owner that the system remain in Moose Jaw.
The town with the "world's largest lily" is Parkside, Saskatchewan.
(Highway 40 between Leask and Shellbrook)
Macklin is near the home of a 30+ foot high Bunnock (a mushroom looking
thing that is really supposed to be a horse's anklebone - there is a
Plains Indian game called Bunnock.
Diefenbaker, the former Prime Minister of Canada, lived in Wakaw and PA.
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There is an old adage that a poet in another country is
sublime; but a poet in the next room is a joke.
Having this knowledge, for many years I have felt that we
Canadians, have enough truly wonderful songs about Texas and Tennessee and not
enough about life in our own area.
About 13 years ago I had the glimmer of an idea that I could
perhaps in some small way begin to change that...
So I wrote a few songs about Saskatchewan and Canada.....