he town of Churchbridge is situated halfway between the city of Yorkton, Saskatchewan, and the Saskatchewan-Manitoba border along the Yellowhead Highway 16. It is located in the beautiful Parkland region of the province, the area which boasts several lakes and parks that can be enjoyed yearround. The Churchbridge Campground, located south of town on Highway 80, has 33 sites, including 29 electrified ones. Visitors traveling through Churchbridge will notice the six-foot diameter replica of the 1992 Canadian dollar coin south of the highway. The design chosen for this special coin commemorating the nation’s 125th birthday was the work of local artist Rita Swanson. She is also responsible for the mural that graces the local Wall of Honour in the Churchbridge Community Centre and Town Hall. This wall features
a plaque hung in memory of each local citizen who served in the Canadian army, navy or air force during World War I, World War II and the Korean War. A hidden jewel of the Parkland, Churchbridge, abounds with murals painted on the sides of buildings throughout the town. Especially intriguing are those formed like postage stamps on the front wall of the community centre. Churchbridge is a growing community, with many of its families finding employment in the agricultural and mining sectors. Mosaic has two potash mines in the area with a third under construction. This vibrant community of 800 boasts a wide variety of businesses and recreational facilities (arena, curling club, dance studio, fitness centre, ball diamonds and new outdoor beach entrance $1-million pool), a volunteer fire department, library, daycare, K-12 school
and post office. Settlers began arriving in the area in the late 19th century, many immigrating with the assistance of the Anglican Colonization Society. The town’s name is a combination of ‘church’ to honour this society and ‘bridge’ in memory of the late Rev. Robert Bridger. Today, the community is home to several churches.
Langenburg Continuing south along the Yellowhead, you come to another veiled gem of the Parkland — Langenburg, Saskatchewan. At 1400 people, it is nearly twice the size of its neighbour to the north. Like its sister community, the town’s economy, which is largely based on the potash mining industry and farming, is thriving and the local business sector is growing. The town saw the opening on a new clothing store and a new garage door company in Photos this page courtesy of Town of Churchbridge
TOWN FEATURE CHURCHBRIDGE & LANGENBURG