Tisdale, Saskatchewan

Tisdale is the business centre for the rich agricultural boreal forest area in central Saskatchewan, Canada. This town is in the Rural Municipality of Tisdale No. 427, Saskatchewan.

Opportunity Grows Here
Tisdale is located in Saskatchewan
Coordinates: 52°51′00″N 104°03′00″W / 52.85000°N 104.05000°W / 52.85000; -104.05000
Country Canada
Provinces and territories of Canada Saskatchewan
Rural municipalities (R.M.)Tisdale No. 427
Post office foundedFebruary 1, 1904[1]
 • MayorAl Jellicoe[2]
 • Federal electoral district Prince Albert M.P.Randy Hoback
 • Provincial constituency Constituency of Carrot River Valley M.L.A.Fred Bradshaw
 • Total6.47 km2 (2.50 sq mi)
 • Total3,180
 • Summer (DST)CST

Located at the junction of Highway 35 and Highway 3, and serviced by both the Canadian National Railway and the Canadian Pacific Railway, Tisdale is the grain handling centre of the region with five inland grain terminals, and is the centre of regional industry.

The intersection of Highways 3 and 35 has traffic volumes of 11,200 vehicles per day and is the location of the largest 7-Eleven in Canada (by floor space) and the 16-foot roadside statue of "The World's Largest Honey Bee" (the Giant Bee in Falher, Alberta, is actually bigger at 22 feet 8 inches).

This town is the administrative office of the Kinistin Saulteaux Nation band government.


English explorer Henry Kelsey passed through this area in 1690 during his exploration of the Carrot River.

The post office of Tisdale, provisional District of Saskatchewan, North West Territories was created on February 1, 1904. The community was originally known as "Doghide" after the Doghide River that flows through the town, but with the arrival of the railway the community was renamed "Tisdale" in honour of F.W. Tisdale, an employee of the Canadian Northern Railway.[3]

Western Canada's biggest gun shoot out took place just east of Tisdale in 1920. The historic gunfight involved a posse of Saskatchewan Provincial Police and four outlaws[3]

In 2005, Tisdale celebrated its 100th birthday with a homecoming celebration in conjunction with Saskatchewan's centennial. The town also underwent beautification projects, including the construction of a new town square.


Canada census – Tisdale, Saskatchewan community profile
2011 2006
Population: 3,180 (+6.0% from 2006) 2,981 (-2.7% from 2001)
Land area: 6.47 km2 (2.50 sq mi) 4.62 km2 (1.78 sq mi)
Population density: 491.5/km2 (1,273/sq mi) 645.2/km2 (1,671/sq mi)
Median age: 46.1 (M: 42.3, F: 48.2) 45.7 (M: 42.9, F: 48.5)
Total private dwellings: 1,510 1,434
Median household income: $39,009
References: 2011[4] 2006[5] earlier[6]


For 60 years, until October 2015,[7] Tisdale was known as the "Land of Rape and Honey" due to its significance in both rapeseed and honey production. Tisdale is also known as the Honey Capital of Saskatchewan. One third of the farmland in the Northeast region is cropped into canola and 10% of the honey produced in Canada comes from this area. Traditionally the area produces about 9 million pounds ($7.2 million) in honey. Due to the obvious alternate meaning, industrial metal band Ministry named their 1988 album The Land of Rape and Honey after seeing the motto on a Tisdale souvenir mug.[8] The town adopted the new motto "Opportunity Grows Here" on August 22, 2016.[9]


  • The world's second largest (only to that of Falher, Alberta's) honey bee statue (7 feet (2.1 metres) in height, sixteen feet long, four feet wide, and weighing two tonnes) is located as a roadside attraction in Tisdale.[10][11]
  • Falkon Theatre has operated since 1935.
  • Tisdale Stock Car Club[12] hosts the Silvertown Speedway race track.
  • The Tisdale & District Museum[13] is located in Henry Hamilton Park.[14]


5 major parks are located within the town. Some regional and provincial parks near Tisdale are:

  • Kipabiskau Regional Park is located in the Barrier Valley nearby.
  • Greenwater Lake Provincial Park is the largest neighbouring park.
  • Wapiti Valley Regional Park is located nearby on Codette Lake.
  • Wapiti Valley is a skiing venue for winter sports enthusiasts.
  • Doghide River Trail is a scenic nature trail located on the Doghide River.


Tisdale is the regional sports hub which boasts a 6 sheet curling rink, indoor and outdoor skating rinks, soccer and football fields, indoor gun range and one of Saskatchewan's most picturesque 9 hole golf courses situated along the Doghide River. Tisdale's sporting facilities draw teams and individuals from all over Northeast Saskatchewan and beyond.


Tisdale Hospital is a 24-bed hospital with four doctors, an ambulance service, and long-term care facilities.[15][3]

Tisdale has twelve churches, two schools, and the Cumberland Regional College.[3]

Tisdale Airport has a paved runway 14/32 with ARCAL (Aircraft Radio Control of Aerodrome Lighting), two grass runways, 17/35 and 08/26, a terminal building, and several hangars.

Tisdale RecPlexEdit

Tisdale RecPlex (Tisdale's Recreational Centre)[16] is a large 100,000 square foot joint-use complex that includes the following:

  • Cumberland Regional College,[17]
  • Tisdale Middle and Secondary School.[18]
  • The Wapiti Regional Library and the school library
  • a daycare
  • a state of the art artificial ice arena and a 6 sheet curling rink
  • The John Baron Auditorium
  • The Maurice Taylor Performing Arts Theatre.[3]

An outdoor pool, outdoor ice rink, trails and playing fields are located on the grounds surrounding the complex.

Notable peopleEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Post Offices and Postmasters". Retrieved 2013-02-07.
  2. ^ "Municipal Directory System". Retrieved 2013-02-07.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Town of Tisdale website". Retrieved 2013-02-07.
  4. ^ "2011 Community Profiles". 2011 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. July 5, 2013. Retrieved 2013-02-07.
  5. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". 2006 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2010-08-16.
  6. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". 2001 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012.
  7. ^ 'Rape and honey' slogan dropped
  8. ^ Exclaim! Canada's Music Authority
  9. ^ "Tisdale, Sask., drops 'rape', adds 'opportunity' to town slogan". CBC News. 2016-08-22. Retrieved 2016-08-22.
  10. ^ LARGE CANADIAN ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONS, World's Largest Honey Bee, retrieved 2007-05-27
  11. ^ BIG THINGS IN SASKATCHEWAN, Town of Tisdale, Saskatchewan, retrieved 2007-05-27
  12. ^ "Tisdale Stock Car Club". Retrieved 2013-02-07.
  13. ^ "Tisdale & District Museum". Retrieved 2013-02-07.
  14. ^ Town of Tisdale
  15. ^ "Tisdale Hospital". Retrieved 2013-02-07.
  16. ^ "Tisdale RecPlex" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-02-07.
  17. ^ "Cumberland Regional College". Retrieved 2013-02-07.
  18. ^ "Tisdale Middle and Secondary School". Retrieved 2013-02-07.

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Coordinates: 52°51′N 104°03′W / 52.850°N 104.050°W / 52.850; -104.050 (Tisdale, Saskatchewan)