I bet you didn't know...
What did Saskatchewan have to do with the nuclear bombs dropped on Hiroshim and Nagasaki? Northern Saskatchewan contributed metals needed for war-including the uranium used in the Manhattan Project, which produced the atomic bombs dropped on Japan.
Speaking of bombing - did you know that Saskatchewan was "bombed" during WWII? In 1944 and 1945 Japan developed a balloon bomb, capable of reaching North America. Each balloon carried one high-explosive bomb and several incendiary devices intended to start wild fires. Of the thousands launched, approximately 8 of the devices were recorded landing in Saskatchewan.
Matt Groening's ( the Simpson's creator) father - Homer - was a Mennonite from Main Center, Saskatchewan.
In the 1920's the Ku Klux Klan had an active following in over 100 Saskatchewan towns... read more
The geographicial center of Sask is Molanosa.
Prince Albert is the only city in Canada to have been represented by three Canadian Prime Ministers: Laurie, King and Diefenbaker.
Tom Sukanen, 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 dies before completion. The assembles ship can now been seen on Highway 2 @ south of Moose Jaw. You can read his story in detail here...
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 homemade 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 has been reported to have been started in Melville Sk. in 1953. This appears to be incorrect. Estevan Saskatchewan had the First DQ in Canada. As another first, Grundeen’s Creamery in Estevan were the first to make an ice cream bar, but some guy in the states stole the idea and got the credit.
5 of diamonds fishing lure started in abernathy sk, home of Len thompson
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
Over one-half of the province, or approximately 3450 000 km2, is covered by forests. Of the total forest area, 2165000 km2 are classified as commercially productive forest land and contain both hardwood and softwood species.
Famed theorist/physicist Albert Einstein played goal 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 City.
Brett Hull lived in a little log house a few miles out of Whitewood. Gordie Howe was born near Saskatoon.
Saskatoon was supposed to be named by some settlers after the yummy Saskatoon berries growing along the river but Saskatoons weren't in season at the time, they were eating something else (cranberries maybe?)
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 home 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 used to gather here to trade goods and eventually it was settled by the white populace.
Estevan, Sask. is the sunshine capital of Canada. Or is it Saskatoon???
Saskatchewan has the largest kimberlite field, (diamond-bearing rock) in the world! (Near Prince Albert, where DeBeers & other companies are working now).
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 others 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 western Canada
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, N,or O" The town of Punnichy was named after the store owner who was bald, the Natives called him "Bird with no feathers." As a correction to this - This is the former GTP or Grand Trunk Pacific main line. The former Canadian Northern Railway main line is a Canadian National secondary main passing through Canora and Humboldt
Denare Beach near Flin Flon has the dubious distinction of being named after a government department - DEpartment of NAtural REsources. Molanosa is named in the same manner - Montreal Lake Northern Saskatchewan
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 Honey".
Carrot River is the home to "Big Bert" the prehistoric dinosaur skeleton 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 dancefloor.
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, this 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 is 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.
Hudson Bay, Sask (named after... you know...?) has a giant but inedible moose.
(unlike the Moosejaw moose which IS edible...?)
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.
The giant perogy is actually in Glendon, Alberta - now you can plan next year's holiday!
Diefenbaker, former Prime Minister, lived in Wakaw and PA.