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Wynyard, Saskatchewan


Wynyard, Saskatchewan

Wynyard is located in Saskatchewan
Country Canada
Province Saskatchewan
Rural Municipality Big Quill No. 308
Settled 1905
Village 1908
Town 1911
 • Mayor Ted Czarnecki
 • Administrator Jason Chorneyko
 • Governing body Wynyard Town Council
 • MLA Arm River-Watrous Greg Brkich
 • MP Regina-Qu'Appelle Andrew Scheer
 • 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

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 1
  • Demographics 2
  • Climate 3
  • Attractions 4
    • Heritage Sites 4.1
  • Activities and sports 5
  • Media 6
  • Transportation 7
  • Education 8
  • Local history books 9
  • References 10
  • External links 11
  • Location 12


Many of the early settlers to the area around Big Quill Lake were of Icelandic origin, and the ethnic block settlement area was called the Vatnabyggd settlement. Sleipnir, a store and post office, was located at NE-30-22-15 and was the centre 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 numerous Ukrainian settlers and then British, Polish and German settlers.[6]


  • 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



  • Frank Cameron Museum provides local historical artefacts as well as tourism information and is located in Wynyard.[10]
  • 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.[10]
  • 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

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

  • Wynyard Court House (built in 1927)[11]
  • Canadian Pacific Railway Station (built in 1909)[12]
  • Wynyard Federated Church (built in 1921)[13]
  • Amma's House on the Yellowhead Highway approximately 17 kilometres west of Wynyard was built by Icelandic carpenters in 1919.[14]
  • St. John Bohoslav Krasne Ukrainian Catholic Church approximately 20 kilometres southeast of Wynyard was built in 1940.[15]

Activities and sports

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.[16]


  • The local news is reported in the Wynyard Advance Gazette.[17]
  • Television channel stations which reach Yorkton are CBC, CTV as well as all Yorkton channels.[10]


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.[18]

Wynyard/W. B. Needham Field Aerodrome and Greyhound buses also facilitate transportation in and out of Wynyard and area.[10]


The town is home to the Wynyard Elementary School and Wynyard Composite High School in the Horizon School Division #205.[10] 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.[19] 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

Reflections by the Quills by Quill Historical Society of Wynyard, Saskatchewan.[20]


  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. ^ "NHS Profile, Wynyard, T, Saskatchewan, 2011 (The sum of the ancestries in this table is greater than the total population estimate because a person may report more than one ancestry (ethnic origin) in the National Household Survey.)". 2011. Retrieved 2014-08-03. 
  7. ^ "2011 Community Profiles".  
  8. ^ "2006 Community Profiles".  
  9. ^ Environment Canada - Canadian Climate Normals 1971-2000—Canadian Climate Normals 1971–2000, accessed 27 December 2010
  10. ^ a b c d e Town of Wynyard, retrieved 2007-08-17 
  11. ^ "Wynyard Court House". Retrieved 2013-11-10. 
  12. ^ "Canadian Pacific Railway Station". Retrieved 2013-11-10. 
  13. ^ "Wynyard Federated Church". Retrieved 2013-11-10. 
  14. ^ "Amma's House". Retrieved 2013-11-10. 
  15. ^ "St. John Bohoslav Krasne Church". Retrieved 2013-11-10. 
  16. ^ Credit Union, CU Flyer-Page1&4 (PDF), retrieved 2007-08-15 
  17. ^ Wynyard Advance Gazette, retrieved 2007-08-15 
  18. ^ "Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada - The Directory of Designated Heritage Railway Stations in Saskatchewan".  
  19. ^ Adamson (15 Mar 2006), Saskatchewan Gen Web One room School District Project, retrieved 2007-08-15 
  20. ^ Quill Historical Society (1981). Reflections by the Quills, Quill Historical Society of Wynyard, Canada. ISBN 0-88925-149-5.

External links

  • Official site of Wynyard
  • Vatnabyggd: An Icelandic Settlement in Saskatchewan
  • Major Icelandic Settlements in America
  • 2006 Community Profiles


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