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Town of Wynyard

History and Facts

The Town of Wynyard is located 190 km East of Saskatoon on the Yellowhead Highway, just to the south of Big Quill Lake, which is the largest saline lake in Canada.  Many of the early settlers to the area around Big Quill Lake were of Icelandic origin, and the ethnic block settlement area was called the Vatnabyggd settlement. Sleipnir, a store and post office, was located close by and was the centre of community life of the Vatnabyggd settlement. It was then moved into Wynyard in 1908. The first wave of Icelandic settlers in the Wynyard area, were soon followed by numerous Ukrainian settlers and then British, Polish and German settlers.

Heritage Sites

A number of designated heritage sites are located in or near Wynyard, Wynyard Court House (1927), Canadian Pacific Railway Station (1909), Wynyard Federated Church (1921),  Amma’s House on the Yellowhead Highway approximately 17 kilometers west of Wynyard was built by Icelandic carpenters in 1919.

The Town of Wynyard has three sport teams: the Wynyard Blues men’s fastball team , the Wynyard Monarchs hockey team of the HHL and Wynyard Composite High School team the Wynyard Golden Bears.

Wynyard plays host to many activities and groups such as Air Cadets, Minor Baseball, Minor Hockey, Fireman’s Association, Kinsmen, The Legion and the School of Dance.

The local newspaper is the Advance Gazette. Television channel are CBC, CTV as well as all Yorkton channels. Local Radio Station is 107.5 Bolt FM, located in Humboldt.

The town is home to the Wynyard Elementary School and Wynyard Composite High School.