Harrowsmith Country Life
My Kind of Town
Our third annual toast to ten of the prettiest towns in the country.
by Margaret Hryniuk
Tourists breezing through Saskatchewan may not only remember
Wolseley as the home of Weird Willie's, a convenience store on the Trans-Canada Highway.
But those who venture into the heart of this Prairie oasis will be charmed.
Its old-time appeal is partly due to the legacy of an early brickworks, which accounts for
the unusually high number of great and small homes built of brick. But there's also
the turn-of-the-century commercial buildings, a canopy of shade trees and the 1885
court-house, the oldest of it's kind in the province.
Wolseley is built around a small lake, which was once
traversed by a swinging footbridge. The bridge is gone, but plans are in the works
to replace it, now that local preservation efforts have already worked their magic on the
old town hall and opera house. Pride in heritage runs deep here: back in 1906, this
is the place that initiated the ritual of ringing in the New Year with town bells.
The tradition lives on today.
Founded as Wolf Creek in 1882
Regina 100 km
Garden Zone 2B
A steady demand, but still a bargain by
most standards. An average house goes for about $60,000 and the market tops out at
Claims to Fame
Beaver Lumber started here; This is
as far as Col. Garnet Wolseley's 700 troops marched before Louis Riel fled to the U.S. in
The locals are forever thankful the the
CPR dammed the river - the railway needed a reservoir for its steam engine - and created
such a picturesque setting for small-town life.