Colonsay, Saskatchewan

Colonsay /kəˈlɒnz/ is a town in the Rural Municipality of Colonsay No. 342, in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. Colonsay is located on Highway 16 (the Yellowhead Highway part of the Trans-Canada Highway) running east–west in central Saskatchewan near the intersection with Highway 2.

Colonsay
Town
Railway Avenue
Railway Avenue
Motto: 
"Isle of the Prairies"
Colonsay is located in Saskatchewan
Colonsay
Colonsay
Location of Colonsay in Saskatchewan
Colonsay is located in Canada
Colonsay
Colonsay
Colonsay (Canada)
Coordinates: 51°59′N 105°53′W / 51.983°N 105.883°W / 51.983; -105.883
CountryCanada
ProvinceSaskatchewan
Rural Municipalities (R.M.)Colonsay
Post office Founded1908-05-21
Village established1907
Town incorporated1910
Government
 • MayorJames Gray[1]
 • Federal Electoral District Blackstrap (historical riding Rosthern) M.P.Lynne Yelich
 • provincial electoral districts Constituency of Humboldt M.L.A.Donna Harpauer
Area
 • Total6.4 km2 (2.46 sq mi)
Population
 (2011)
 • Total475
 • Density193.1/km2 (500/sq mi)
 • Summer (DST)CST
WebsiteTown Website
[2][3][4]

Colonsay derived its name from the Inner Hebrides Scottish island of Colonsay[5] All the streets in the village are also named after islands located along the west coast of Scotland.

HistoryEdit

Colonsay experienced a record setting 167-day-long frost-free period in 1978, which was, to the dismay of a number of residents, still not a long enough growing season for yams or sweet potatoes.[6]

The ship U-Sea Colonsay is named after the local potash mine.[7][8]

DemographicsEdit

In the 2021 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, Colonsay had a population of 446 living in 181 of its 199 total private dwellings, a change of -1.1% from its 2016 population of 451. With a land area of 2.4 km2 (0.93 sq mi), it had a population density of 185.8/km2 (481.3/sq mi) in 2021.[9]

Canada census – Colonsay, Saskatchewan community profile
20212011
Population446 (-1.1% from 2016)475 (+11.8% from 2006)
Land area2.40 km2 (0.93 sq mi)2.46 km2 (0.95 sq mi)
Population density185.9/km2 (481/sq mi)193.1/km2 (500/sq mi)
Median age40 (M: 38.4, F: 43.6)38.8 (M: 37.6, F: 39.6)
Total private dwellings180202
Median household income
References: 2021[10] 2011[11] earlier[12][13]

ClimateEdit

Climate data for Colonsay
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 7
(45)
9
(48)
19
(66)
31
(88)
37.2
(99.0)
40
(104)
37
(99)
36.1
(97.0)
33.5
(92.3)
27.8
(82.0)
19.4
(66.9)
10
(50)
40
(104)
Average high °C (°F) −10.6
(12.9)
−8.3
(17.1)
−0.9
(30.4)
9.7
(49.5)
18.1
(64.6)
22.3
(72.1)
24.7
(76.5)
23.7
(74.7)
17
(63)
10.1
(50.2)
−1.9
(28.6)
−9.5
(14.9)
7.9
(46.2)
Daily mean °C (°F) −15.4
(4.3)
−12.9
(8.8)
−5.6
(21.9)
4.1
(39.4)
11.8
(53.2)
16.3
(61.3)
18.6
(65.5)
17.4
(63.3)
11.2
(52.2)
4.7
(40.5)
−5.9
(21.4)
−14
(7)
2.5
(36.5)
Average low °C (°F) −20.3
(−4.5)
−17.6
(0.3)
−10.3
(13.5)
−1.6
(29.1)
5.4
(41.7)
10.2
(50.4)
12.4
(54.3)
10.9
(51.6)
5.4
(41.7)
−0.8
(30.6)
−10
(14)
−18.5
(−1.3)
−2.9
(26.8)
Record low °C (°F) −44.4
(−47.9)
−39
(−38)
−36.7
(−34.1)
−24.4
(−11.9)
−7
(19)
1
(34)
4
(39)
−1.5
(29.3)
−5
(23)
−21
(−6)
−32
(−26)
−47
(−53)
−47
(−53)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 11.8
(0.46)
9.8
(0.39)
10.5
(0.41)
21.8
(0.86)
46.3
(1.82)
59.1
(2.33)
64.9
(2.56)
47.4
(1.87)
31.8
(1.25)
17.9
(0.70)
9.4
(0.37)
13.8
(0.54)
344.4
(13.56)
Source: Environment Canada[14]

EconomyEdit

The main economy of the area is agriculture featuring grain crops such as wheat, canola, barley, oats, rye, as well as lentils and peas. Livestock raised in the vicinity are cattle, hogs, sheep, and buffalo.[15] The potash mine of Colonsay was first named Noranda Mines Potash Division then separately constituted as Central Canada Potash. Central Canada Potash was acquired by Imc. Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan, Colonsay, IMC Potash Colonsay and is now Mosaic Potash Colonsay.[16] Potash is mined and sold to crop nutrient manufacturers for fertilizer, as well as for use as icemelter ingredient and water softener regenerant.[17]

SportsEdit

Colonsay & District Sports Centre was re-opened in 2006 following fund raising efforts by the community as well as funding initiatives such as the Green Municipal Investment Fund, a joint venture of the Government of Canada and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. The Sports Centre has a new heating system as well as ice-cube heat which will allow a longer artificial ice season for skaters, curlers and ice hockey players.[18]

The Colonsay Monarchs were a team that played for the Northern Saskatchewan Baseball League as of 1951.[19][20]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Municipal Directory System". Archived from the original on 2016-01-15. Retrieved 2012-12-24.
  2. ^ National Archives, Archivia Net, Post Offices and Postmasters, archived from the original on 2006-10-06
  3. ^ Canadian Textiles Institute. (2005), CTI Determine your provincial constituency, archived from the original on 2007-09-11
  4. ^ Commissioner of Canada Elections, Chief Electoral Officer of Canada (2005), Elections Canada On-line, archived from the original on 2007-04-21
  5. ^ Colonsay Home, archived from the original on 2007-07-28, retrieved 2007-08-01
  6. ^ Welcome to Weyburn's Community Atlas "WEYBURN ON THE WEB" produced by the students of St. Dominic ; Savio Elementary School (2006–2007), Canadian Communities Atlas, archived from the original on 2007-09-27, retrieved 2007-08-01{{citation}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  7. ^ "U-SEA COLONSAY Sets Sail". iStockAnalyist. October 24, 2011. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved November 10, 2011.
  8. ^ "North Van to see new jobs from potash trade". Business Today. 9 November 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-10.[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ "Population and dwelling counts: Canada, provinces and territories, census divisions and census subdivisions (municipalities), Saskatchewan". Statistics Canada. February 9, 2022. Retrieved April 1, 2022.
  10. ^ "2021 Community Profiles". 2021 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. February 4, 2022. Retrieved 2022-04-27.
  11. ^ "2011 Community Profiles". 2011 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. March 21, 2019. Retrieved 2012-12-24.
  12. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". 2006 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. August 20, 2019.
  13. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". 2001 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. July 18, 2021.
  14. ^ Environment Canada Canadian Climate Normals 1971–2000, accessed May 30, 2021
  15. ^ Saskatchewan Government Sask Biz (2004), Colonsay Geography The Town of Colonsay is located in Central ..., archived from the original on 2007-09-27, retrieved 2007-08-01
  16. ^ Mining Communications Ltd, r: Peter McCready (2007), Saskatchewan A Mining Journal supplement (PDF), retrieved 2007-08-01[dead link]
  17. ^ "IMC GLOBAL INC, Form 10-K, Annual Report, Filing Date Mar 12, 2004". secdatabase.com. Retrieved May 14, 2018.
  18. ^ The Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (2006), Rural Councillor Back Issues Colonsay's Arena: A Community Effort and Environmentally Responsible Example, retrieved 2007-08-01
  19. ^ Hrynkiw—One-Name Family History Study, 2006–2007, archived from the original on 2007-09-29, retrieved 2007-08-01
  20. ^ Western Canada Baseball (2007) [2003], 1951, archived from the original on 2006-11-08, retrieved 2007-08-01

Further readingEdit

  • Book Title Colonsay memoirs, 1905–1955. Author Colonsay, Saskatchewan. High School
  • Book Title Milestones and memories : Colonsay and Meacham Districts, 1905–1980. Published Colonsay, Sask. : R.M. 342 Celebrate Saskatchewan 1980 Committees, 1980

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 51°59′N 105°53′W / 51.983°N 105.883°W / 51.983; -105.883 (Colonsay, Saskatchewan)