Tuesday September 16, 2014

Town Information

HARROWSMITH MAGAZINE FEATURE

Editors of Harrowsmith Country Life researched quaint villages and towns across Canada for the best places to live or visit. Researchers named Lumsden as one of Canada's 10 prettiest towns in its April 2002 issue.

Demographics

Lumsden is situated just off the four lane Highway #11 (Louis Riel Trail), 27 km northwest of Regina and 216 km southeast of Saskatoon. A 15 minute car ride can get you to the shores of Last Mountain Lake.

There are about 1600 people that call Lumsden home, plus the residents of the numerous acreages and farms in the surrounding countryside. The Elementary School hosts 438 students in Grades K to 8 and the High School draws also from the surrounding towns to add up to 375 students in Grades 9 - 12.

Climate

For information on local weather go to http://www.weatheroffice.com, click on Saskatchewan, then click on both 'Regina' (on the map) and 'Last Mountain Lake' (on the list of locations), since Lumsden is between these two areas.

A Brief History & Introduction To Lumsden

1904 Flood Photo Gallery
1974 Flood Photo Gallery

Lumsden is a vibrant, growing community of 1600 people, located in the heart of the Qu'Appelle Valley, 30 kms northwest of Regina on the Highway #11. Recognized nationally by Harrowsmith magazine in 2003 as the "prettiest" town in Saskatchewan. Home of the provincial champion Lumsden Monarch hockey team and Lumsden Cubs baseball team.

Lumsden has hosted many major events including numerous provincial championships. In 2003, Lumsden hosted the Provincial Student Leadership Conference which attracted 800 student delegates (all billeted in Lumsden and area) and 300 teacher advisors.

1889 Railroad selects town site. Named for CPR chief engineer, Hugh D. Lumsden.

1889 Lumsden incorporated as a village (January 10)

1904 First major flood.

1905 Lumsden incorporated as a town (March 15).

1900-1910 Building boom - many stately brick homes and businesses were built, including Balfour' s General Store, hotel, and United Church.

1900-1950 Lumsden is a thriving farm service centre. Described as one of the best farming districts in Saskatchewan.

1961 Highway #11 diverted around Lumsden.

1962 Water/sewer infrastructure installed. Lumsden begins evolution as a commuter town.

1963 Lumsden High School opens. Academic and athletic excellence has been a Hallmark of Lumsden High School since its inception. LHS has received numerous academic awards. Girls' and boys' volleyball, curling, golf, wrestling, football, track and field, and cross-country running have won provincial championships.

1974 Highest water levels in history. Decision is made to construct major flood protection works. This marks the beginning of a major population growth period. The population of Lumsden has doubled since 1974.

1987 Lumsden Duck Derby inaugural race. Funds to go to the construction of the new rink.

1992 Lumsden Sports Centre opens.

2001 New public works and firehall facility, as well as new fire truck.

2002 Plans for new water treatment plant.

2004 Duck Derby continues to be a success having generated about $400,000 in profits. All proceeds go to capital projects at Lumsden Sports Centre. Lumsden Arts Council was established with the help of artist in residence. Centennial committee formed to plan celebrations for 2005.

 

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