Watrous, Saskatchewan

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Coordinates: 51°40′40″N105°27′51″W / 51.67778°N 105.46417°W / 51.67778; -105.46417
Country Canada
Province Saskatchewan
Region Saskatchewan
Village IncorporatedOctober 15, 1908
Town IncorporatedDecember 30, 1909
  MayorEd Collins [1]
  Governing bodyWatrous Town Council
  Land11.17 km2 (4.31 sq mi)
536 m (1,759 ft)
  Density166.2/km2 (430/sq mi)
Time zone UTC−6 (CST)
Postal code
S0K 4T0
Area code(s) 306
Highways Highway 2
Website Official Site
[2] [3]
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Grain elevator

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.

Saskatchewan Province of Canada

Saskatchewan is a prairie and boreal province in western Canada, the only province without a natural border. It has an area of 651,900 square kilometres (251,700 sq mi), nearly 10 percent of which is fresh water, composed mostly of rivers, reservoirs, and the province's 100,000 lakes.

Canada Country in North America

Canada is a country in the northern part of North America. Its ten provinces and three territories extend from the Atlantic to the Pacific and northward into the Arctic Ocean, covering 9.98 million square kilometres, making it the world's second-largest country by total area. Its southern border with the United States, stretching some 8,891 kilometres (5,525 mi), is the world's longest bi-national land border. Canada's capital is Ottawa, and its three largest metropolitan areas are Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver.

Saskatoon City in Saskatchewan, Canada

Saskatoon is the largest city in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. It straddles a bend in the South Saskatchewan River in the central region of the province. It is located along the Trans-Canada Yellowhead Highway, and has served as the cultural and economic hub of central Saskatchewan since its founding in 1882 as a Temperance colony.


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.


CBK is a Canadian public radio station, licensed to Watrous, Saskatchewan. It broadcasts the CBC Radio One network to most of southern Saskatchewan. Its studios are located at the CBC's broadcast centre at 2440 Broad Street in Regina, with an additional bureau in Saskatoon. The Regina facility also houses CBK-FM and CBKT-DT.

CBC Radio One is the English-language news and information radio network of the publicly owned Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. It is commercial-free and offers local and national programming. It is available on AM and FM to 98 percent of Canadians and overseas over the Internet, and through mobile apps.

A clear-channel station is an AM radio station in North America that has the highest protection from interference from other stations, particularly concerning night-time skywave propagation. The system exists to ensure the viability of cross-country or cross-continent radio service, and is enforced through a series of treaties and statutory laws. Now known as Class A stations since 1982, they are occasionally still referred to by their former classifications of Class I-A, Class I-B, or Class I-N. The term "clear-channel" is used most often in the context of North America and the Caribbean, where the concept originated.


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:862806
Median household income:
References: 2011 [4] 2006 [5] earlier [6]


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

Via Rail transport company

Via Rail Canada is an independent Crown corporation of Canada. Via Rail is mandated to operate intercity passenger rail service across the country and is subsidized by Transport Canada.


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. [7]

Latton, Wiltshire village in United Kingdom

Latton is a village and civil parish in Wiltshire, England, 1.5 miles (2.4 km) north of Cricklade, on the county border with Gloucestershire. The village is bypassed by the A419 road from Swindon to Cirencester. The parish includes the hamlet of Eysey, formerly a village with its own church and parish.


Climate data for Watrous
Record high °C (°F)7.2
Average high °C (°F)−11.7
Daily mean °C (°F)−16.8
Average low °C (°F)−21.8
Record low °C (°F)−43
Average precipitation mm (inches)17.5
Source: Environment Canada [8]

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  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. "Stain Glass Institute of Canada" . Retrieved 2012-12-20.
  8. Environment Canada - Canadian Climate Normals 1971-2000—Canadian Climate Normals 1971–2000, accessed 27 December 2010
North: Manitou Beach
West: Young WatrousEast: Drake
South: Simpson