Waskatenau ( // wə-SET-nə) is a village in central Alberta, Canada. It is located in Smoky Lake County, 90 km northeast of the city of Edmonton. Waskatenau is a Cree word meaning "opening in the bank" in reference to the clef in the nearby ridge through which the Waskatenau Creek flows.  It is pronounced with pronounced WAS-ET-NA, a silent "k."
|Village of Waskatenau|
|Municipal district||Smoky Lake County|
|• Village||May 19, 1932|
|• Mayor||Casey Caron|
|• Governing body||Waskatenau Village Council|
|• Land||0.6 km2 (0.2 sq mi)|
|Elevation||362 m (1,188 ft)|
|• Density||311.9/km2 (808/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC−7 (MST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−6 (MDT)|
|Waterways||North Saskatchewan River|
In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the Village of Waskatenau recorded a population of 186 living in 99 of its 129 total private dwellings, a −27.1% change from its 2011 population of 255. With a land area of 0.6 km2 (0.23 sq mi), it had a population density of 310.0/km2 (802.9/sq mi) in 2016.
In the 2011 Census, the Village of Waskatenau had a population of 255 living in 115 of its 140 total dwellings, a -8.3% change from its 2006 population of 278. With a land area of 0.6 km2 (0.23 sq mi), it had a population density of 425.0/km2 (1,100.7/sq mi) in 2011.
Home Run For Life softball marathonsEdit
Waskatenau is known for its repeated efforts to set a world record for the longest continuous game of softball. The town held three such softball marathons, known as the "Home Run For Life", as fundraisers for the Cross Cancer Institute and Stollery Children's Hospital in Edmonton. In late June 2005, the first marathon went for 60 hours and 4 minutes and raised $75,000, unofficially holding the world record for less than 1 day before a team in Quebec broke it. Waskatenau tried again in 2007, and played for 108 hours and 3 minutes from June 27 to July 1, raising over $91,000. However, the Guinness Book of World Records disallowed the record for technical reasons. Finally, in 2009, Home Run For Life III successfully set the official, Guinness-approved record for the "longest game of softball", playing 115 hours and 3 minutes from June 30 to July 5, and raising more than $110,000.
The 1880s name for the area was Wah-Sat-now after the nearby cleft as mentioned above. The Wah-Sat-Now (Cree) band in residence there in the 1880s later moved to the Saddle Lake reserve. .
The Village of Waskatenau was incorporated on May 19, 1932.
- "Location and History Profile: Village of Waskatenau" (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. October 21, 2016. p. 611. Retrieved October 23, 2016.
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- "Welcome to the Village of Waskatenau". Village of Waskatenau. Village of Waskatenau. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
- "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2011 and 2006 censuses (Alberta)". Statistics Canada. February 8, 2012. Retrieved February 8, 2012.
- "Alta. village set for record softball game", Canwest News Service, June 26, 2007.
- "Softball team claims world record", Edmonton Journal, July 2, 2007.
- "Longest marathon playing softball". guinnessworldrecords.com. Retrieved 8 December 2013.
- Ashley Thompson, "In pursuit of a Guinness record", NovaNewsNow.com in The Hants Journal, August 27, 2010.
- Edmonton Bulletin, April 18, 1885; July 16, 1897
- Edmonton Bulletin, April 29, 1920
- Edmonton Bulletin, May 17, 1920
- Harrison, Place Names of Alberta, volume 3