Opportunity Grows Here
|Post office founded||1 February 1904|
|• Mayor||Al Jellicoe|
|• Federal electoral district Prince Albert MP||Randy Hoback|
|• Provincial constituency Constituency of Carrot River Valley MLA||Fred Bradshaw|
|• Total||6.47 km2 (2.50 sq mi)|
|• 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 4.9 m (16 ft) long roadside statue of "The World's Largest Honey Bee" (the Giant Bee in Falher, is actually bigger at 6.91 m (22 ft 8 in)).
The post office of Tisdale, provisional District of Saskatchewan, North West Territories was created on 1 February 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.
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|
|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 2006 earlier|
For 60 years, until October 2015, 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 4,100,000 kg (9,000,000 lb) ($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. The town adopted the new motto "Opportunity Grows Here" on 22 August 2016.
- The world's second largest (only to that of Falher's) honey bee statue. The bee is 2.1 m (6 ft 11 in) in height, 4.9 m (16 ft) long and has a wingspan of 3.5 m (11 ft) and is located as a roadside attraction in Tisdale.
- Falkon Theatre has operated since 1935.
- Tisdale Stock Car Club hosts the Silvertown Speedway race track.
- The Tisdale & District Museum is located in Henry Hamilton Park.
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 has twelve churches, two schools, and the Cumberland Regional College.
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 RecPlex (Tisdale's Recreational Centre) is a large 100,000 square foot joint-use complex that includes the following:
- Cumberland Regional College,
- Tisdale Middle and Secondary School
- 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.
An outdoor pool, outdoor ice rink, trails and playing fields are located on the grounds surrounding the complex.
- Susan Aceron, actress
- Brent Butt, comedian and actor
- Lyall Dagg, 1964 Canadian and World Curling Champion
- Anne Edwards, politician
- Emily Farnham, 1993 curling hall of fame inductee
- William King, politician
- Lesley Magnus, field hockey player
- Paul Nicklen, biologist and photographer
- Ross Perkins, professional ice hockey player
- Dean Schmeichel, Olympic wrestler
- Sharon Thesen, poet
- Rural Municipality of Tisdale No. 427, Saskatchewan
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- "2006 Community Profiles". 2006 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. 30 March 2011. Retrieved 16 August 2010.
- "2001 Community Profiles". 2001 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. 17 February 2012.
- 'Rape and honey' slogan dropped
- Exclaim! Canada's Music Authority
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- "Brent Butt releasing animated Christmas special and single". Humboldt Journal. 9 December 2020. Retrieved 12 December 2020.