- Category: Rolling Across the Heartland
Derived from the Aboriginal name that the area had for countless generations, Assiniboia means “one who cooks with stones.” Once a traditional meeting area, now serves primarily as an agricultural trading area in the centre of south central Saskatchewan.
It all began when the Canadian Pacific Railway built a branch line through southern Saskatchewan, making 980 lots available for purchase on October 12th, 1912. People of English, French, Romanian, Scottish and Scandinavian descent came in droves and in less than a year the population raised to 1400, attaining town status.
Thirty years later in 1942, in the heat of world war two and just a short drive northeast of Assiniboia, The Royal Canadian Air Force opened the World War Two Airfield. It was decided that our broad Canadian prairies would make the ideal location for Commonwealth pilot trainees to perform their Elementary Flight School. While the only thing that remains of the old school today are the concrete slab floors, gun butts and the airfield which now operates as the Assiniboia Airport, you’ll still find evidence of the officer’s barracks and the dental building, settled in their new home in Assiniboa.
Explore the “Heart of the Golden South,” visit the peaceful community of Assiniboia today. Learn all about their rich heritage at the Assiniboia and District Historical Museum. Pay a visit to the Shurnmiak Art Gallery, the spray and paddling pool or swimming pool. Or get back in tune with nature camping, fishing or canoeing.
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