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Waskada is an unincorporated urban community in the Municipality of Brenda – Waskada within the Canadian province of Manitoba that held village status prior to January 1, 2015 It is located in the southwest corner of the province, close to the United States and Saskatchewan borders It was settled as early as 1883 and incorporated as a village in 1948 Waskada has a population of 183, and covers a land area of 077 km2 Though traditionally a farming community, a recent oil boom has also brought economic activity to the area


  • 1 History
  • 2 Geography
  • 3 Demographics
  • 4 Infrastructure
    • 41 Culture
    • 42 Highways
  • 5 Education
  • 6 Notable People
  • 7 References
  • 8 External links


There are different theories as to the origin of the name of Waskada One states that it was given by the federal government, being an Aboriginal word meaning "the best of everything," and another, attributed to Manitoba politician Robert Stirton Thornton, states that it was derived by a Sioux expression, "wa-sta-daow," meaning "better further on," which was told to settlers in hopes that they would keep moving on and not settle in the area

One of the earliest signs of settlement in Waskada is the local post office, which was established in the area in 1883, and the rest of the town was built around The settlement was incorporated as a village on 31 December 1948, but was amalgamated into the Municipality of Brenda – Waskada on 1 January 2015, as part of a requirement of the Manitoba government's Municipal Amalgamations Act

In recent times, an oil boom in the Waskada area, which lies within the Lower Amaranth oil deposit, occurred in 2011, contributing to the local economy

An aviation accident occurred in the area in the winter of 2013, when the pilot of a Cessna 210 single-engined aircraft crash-landed 5 km 31 mi outside a private airstrip, in whiteout conditions The pilot, as well as all three passengers, were killed


Waskada lies in the southwest corner of the Westman Region, itself at the southwest corner of Manitoba It is located in the Canadian Prairies, an ecoregion characterized by its flat terrain and grasslands, as well as Palliser's Triangle Waskada is, by highway, 142 km 88 mi from the Westman region's largest city, Brandon, 47 km 29 mi from the Saskatchewan border, and 30 km 19 mi from the North Dakota border


As of the 2011 Canadian census, the population of Waskada was 183, an 80% decrease from the 2006 census, in which the population was 199 The median age was 508 years old, 102 years older than the national average of 406 There were 103 private dwellings, 80 of which were occupied

English is generally the only language used in Waskada, being the first official language of all of the population, and also being the mother tongue of its vast majority 973% The remaining 27% have German as their mother tongue, and 27% of residents also knows French as a second language

Of those in Waskada aged 15 or older, 759% are married or living with a common-law partner, 103% have never been married, 34% are separated, 34% are divorced, and 103% are widowed


Waskada's infrastructure includes water and sewer facilities, as well as a volunteer-run fire hall, garbage service and recycling depot High-speed cable Internet service is provided to the settlement by MTS

Waskada has several facilities for sports, including a fitness centre, a community hockey/skating rink, a park and a golf course


The Waskada Museum is a museum spanning multiple historical buildings in the former village The museum started permanently after residents of the area put their items on display as part of festivities for the Canadian and Manitoban Centennials It displays various artifacts from the village's past, including pioneer home and farm artifacts, clothing, photographs, vehicles and war memorabilia It also contains a blacksmith shop

The Bren Del Win Centennial Library, whose main branch is in nearby Deloraine, has had a branch in Waskada since 2005 In addition to its collection, the branch also offers public-access computers and wireless Internet services


Waskada is located along Manitoba Provincial Road 251, which connects to Manitoba Highway 21 at its eastern terminus, allowing access to the former town of Deloraine, as well as other communities along the highway West of Waskada, the provincial road connects the former village to several other small communities in the area


Waskada has one K-12 school, Waskada School In the 2011-12 school year, it had 93 students

Notable People

Chuck Vandaele, Program Director and morning show host for the Eagle 935FM in Winkler, MB Roger Millions, Calgary Flames sportscaster on Sports Network West


  1. ^ a b c "Waskada" Manitoba Municipalities Manitoba Historical Society Retrieved 21 February 2016 
  2. ^ a b "Census Profile: Waskada census subdivision" Statistics Canada Retrieved 22 February 2016 
  3. ^ a b "Oil boom transforming small Manitoba town" CBC News 31 March 2011 Retrieved 21 February 2016 
  4. ^ "The Municipal Amalgamations Act" Manitoba Laws Government of Manitoba Retrieved 21 February 2016 
  5. ^ "Whiteout conditions, confusion led to Waskada plane crash" CBC News 27 Feb 2014 Retrieved 1 March 2016 
  6. ^ "'A treat to take the kids flying': Man, three young boys die in Manitoba plane crash" National Post The Canadian Press 11 February 2013 
  7. ^ a b c "Services" Municipality of Brenda – Waskada Retrieved 26 February 2016 
  8. ^ "Waskada Museum" Turtle Mountain–Souris Plains Heritage Association Retrieved 1 March 2016 
  9. ^ "Museum" Municipality of Brenda – Waskada Retrieved 1 March 2016 
  10. ^ "Home" Bren Del Win Centennial Library Retrieved 1 March 2016 

External links

  • Map of Waskada at Statcan

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