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Town of Wawota
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Wawota
Wawota (Canada)
Coordinates: 49°32′N102°01′W / 49.54°N 102.01°W / 49.54; -102.01
Country Canada
Province Saskatchewan
Region South-eastern
Census division 1
Rural Municipality Walpole
Post office Founded1884-09-01
Government
   Mayor Neil Birnie
  Governing bodyWawota Town Council
   MP Robert Kitchen
   MLA Dan D'Autremont
Area
  Total1.24 km2 (0.48 sq mi)
Population
(2011) [1]
  Total543
  Density437.9/km2 (1,134/sq mi)
Time zone CST
Postal code
S0G 5A0
Area code(s) 306
Highways Highway 48 Highway 603
Website wawota.com
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Wawota is a town of 543 people, located along Highway 48 in southeastern Saskatchewan, Canada. Established in 1905, its name is from Dakota "wa ota", which means "lots of snow". Wa means 'snow', oda or ota means 'lots'. It is sometimes mistakenly said to mean 'deep snow'.

Town settlement that is bigger than a village but smaller than a city


A town is a human settlement. Towns are generally larger than villages but smaller than cities, though the criteria to distinguish them vary considerably between different parts of the world.

Highway 48 is a highway in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. It runs from Highway 1 at White City, about 10 km (6 mi) west of Regina, to the Manitoba–Saskatchewan border, where it becomes Provincial Road 257. Highway 48 is about 238 km (148 mi) long.

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History

The town's motto, "Progress Through Perseverance", is fitting, as Wawota has made a concerted effort in the last few decades to remain a vibrant community for people of all ages, despite the ongoing challenges faced by nearly all rural towns in the province. The loss of the local railway, the so-called Peanut Line, in August, 1961 is often cited as a galvanizing moment for the community, and the dawn of the town's progressive spirit.

A province is almost always an administrative division within a country or state. The term derives from the ancient Roman provincia, which was the major territorial and administrative unit of the Roman Empire's territorial possessions outside Italy. The term province has since been adopted by many countries. In some countries with no actual provinces, "the provinces" is a metaphorical term meaning "outside the capital city".

Regionally, Wawota is perhaps best known for its long history of successful sports teams, most notably in hockey and baseball, as well as its unusual collection of fire hydrants, painted to resemble various people and cartoon characters. Wawota is also noteworthy as the 'twin capital', due to the large number of twin births recorded in the community, particularly throughout the 1970s and early 1980s.

Hockey is a sport in which two teams play against each other by trying to manoeuvre a ball or a puck into the opponent's goal using a hockey stick. There are many types of hockey such as bandy, field hockey, and ice hockey.

Baseball Sport

Baseball is a bat-and-ball game played between two opposing teams who take turns batting and fielding. The game proceeds when a player on the fielding team, called the pitcher, throws a ball which a player on the batting team tries to hit with a bat. The objectives of the offensive team are to hit the ball into the field of play, and to run the bases—having its runners advance counter-clockwise around four bases to score what are called "runs". The objective of the defensive team is to prevent batters from becoming runners, and to prevent runners' advance around the bases. A run is scored when a runner legally advances around the bases in order and touches home plate. The team that scores the most runs by the end of the game is the winner.

Fire hydrant connection point by which firefighters can tap into a water supply

A fire hydrant, also called a fireplug, fire pump, jockey pump, johnny pump, or simply pump, is a connection point by which firefighters can tap into a water supply. It is a component of active fire protection.

Notable residents

NHL player Brooks Laich of the Los Angeles Kings.

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References

  1. "2011 Community Profiles". Statistics Canada. Government of Canada. Retrieved 2014-08-21.
  2. National Archives, Archivia Net. "Post Offices and Postmasters" . Retrieved 2014-08-21.
  3. Government of Saskatchewan, MRD Home. "Municipal Directory System" . Retrieved 2014-08-21.

Coordinates: 49°54′N102°01′W / 49.900°N 102.017°W / 49.900; -102.017 (Wawota, Saskatchewan)

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