Watrous /ˈwɑːtrəs/ is a small town in Saskatchewan, Canada. It is 106.9 km east of Saskatoon and has an economy is based on agriculture and tourism because of its proximity to Manitou Beach, home of the Mineral Spa and Danceland dance hall (known as the "Home of the World Famous Dance Floor Built on Horsehair"). Watrous was named after Frank Watrous Morse. The town has many restaurants, a hospital, medical clinic, two schools, community college, bowling alley, RCMP detachment, banks, grocery stores, co-operatives, tea store and motels.

Watrous
Town
Main Street
Main Street
Watrous is located in Saskatchewan
Watrous
Watrous
Watrous is located in Canada
Watrous
Watrous
Coordinates: 51°40′40″N 105°27′51″W / 51.67778°N 105.46417°W / 51.67778; -105.46417
CountryCanada
ProvinceSaskatchewan
RegionSaskatchewan
Village IncorporatedOctober 15, 1908
Town IncorporatedDecember 30, 1909
Government
 • MayorEd Collins [1]
 • Governing bodyWatrous Town Council
Area
 • Land11.17 km2 (4.31 sq mi)
Elevation
536 m (1,759 ft)
Population
(2016)
 • Total1,865
 • Density166.2/km2 (430/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC−6 (CST)
Postal code
S0K 4T0
Area code(s)306
HighwaysHighway 2
WebsiteOfficial Site
[2][3]
Grain elevator

Watrous is also notable for being the location of the transmitter of CBK, CBC Radio One's primary station in Saskatchewan. The transmitter was originally located at Watrous in 1939 in order to cover most of the Prairie Provinces with a strong nighttime signal (the station, then as now, is a 50,000-watt clear-channel station). It was also intended to serve most of the province's populated area, including Regina and Saskatoon, from one transmitter. While Watrous is the station's city of licence, its actual studios are located in Regina. The Watrous transmitter is still considered the station's primary signal, even though both of the larger urban areas are now served by separate FM rebroadcasters.

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DemographicsEdit

Canada census – Watrous, Saskatchewan community profile
2011 2006
Population: 1,857 (+6.5% from 2006) 1,743 (-3.6% from 2001)
Land area: 11.17 km2 (4.31 sq mi) 11.17 km2 (4.31 sq mi)
Population density: 166.2/km2 (430/sq mi) 156.0/km2 (404/sq mi)
Median age: 45.5 (M: 43.6, F: 46.8) 44.8 (M: 43.0, F: 46.7)
Total private dwellings: 862 806
Median household income:
References: 2011[4] 2006[5] earlier[6]

ClimateEdit

Climate data for Watrous
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 7.2
(45.0)
9
(48)
20
(68)
30.5
(86.9)
37
(99)
39.5
(103.1)
37.5
(99.5)
38.9
(102.0)
36.1
(97.0)
31.1
(88.0)
22.2
(72.0)
14.5
(58.1)
39.5
(103.1)
Average high °C (°F) −11.7
(10.9)
−7.6
(18.3)
−0.8
(30.6)
10.2
(50.4)
18.2
(64.8)
22.4
(72.3)
24.8
(76.6)
24.4
(75.9)
17.9
(64.2)
10.5
(50.9)
−1.5
(29.3)
−9.2
(15.4)
8.1
(46.6)
Daily mean °C (°F) −16.8
(1.8)
−12.5
(9.5)
−5.8
(21.6)
4
(39)
11.3
(52.3)
15.9
(60.6)
18.1
(64.6)
17.3
(63.1)
11.3
(52.3)
4.5
(40.1)
−6
(21)
−13.9
(7.0)
2.3
(36.1)
Average low °C (°F) −21.8
(−7.2)
−17.3
(0.9)
−10.8
(12.6)
−2.2
(28.0)
4.4
(39.9)
9.4
(48.9)
11.4
(52.5)
10.1
(50.2)
4.7
(40.5)
−1.5
(29.3)
−10.4
(13.3)
−18.6
(−1.5)
−3.6
(25.5)
Record low °C (°F) −43
(−45)
−41.5
(−42.7)
−40.6
(−41.1)
−28.3
(−18.9)
−11.1
(12.0)
−3.3
(26.1)
1.7
(35.1)
−1.5
(29.3)
−16.1
(3.0)
−22.2
(−8.0)
−34
(−29)
−41
(−42)
−43
(−45)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 17.5
(0.69)
10.9
(0.43)
17.1
(0.67)
30.3
(1.19)
53.5
(2.11)
83.9
(3.30)
66.1
(2.60)
53
(2.1)
42.6
(1.68)
28
(1.1)
13
(0.5)
18.6
(0.73)
434.5
(17.11)
Source: Environment Canada[7]

TransportationEdit

Via Rail's The Canadian serves the former Watrous railway station site as a flag stop three times per week (in each direction),

AttractionsEdit

The Jubilee Drive-In theatre is open from the Victoria Day weekend until October.

The All Saints Anglican church on Main Street has a stained glass window that could be over 500 years old. The window may have come from St John the Baptist Anglican Church, Latton, Wiltshire, England.[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Town of Watrous, Saskatchewan, Canada
  2. ^ National Archives, Archivia Net. "Post Offices and Postmasters". Retrieved 6 September 2009.
  3. ^ Government of Saskatchewan, MRD Home. "Municipal Directory System". Retrieved 2014-03-11.
  4. ^ "2011 Community Profiles". 2011 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. July 5, 2013. Retrieved 2013-01-07.
  5. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". 2006 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2013-01-07.
  6. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". 2001 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012.
  7. ^ Environment Canada - Canadian Climate Normals 1971-2000—Canadian Climate Normals 1971–2000, accessed 27 December 2010
  8. ^ "Stain Glass Institute of Canada". Retrieved 2012-12-20.

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