Wawota, Saskatchewan

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subdivision_name2 = Southeastern Saskatchewan
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subdivision_type4 = Rural Municipality
subdivision_name4 = Walpole No. 92, Wawken No. 93
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leader_name = Norman Oliver
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postal_code = S0G 5A0
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Wawota is a community of 522 people, located along Highway 48 in southeastern Saskatchewan, Canada. Established in 1905, its name is said to come from a phrase in the Cree or Dakota dialect "wa ota", which means "deep snow".

History

The town's motto, "Progress Through Perseverance", is fitting, as Wawota has made a concerted effort in the last few decades to remain a vibrant community for people of all ages, despite the ongoing challenges faced by nearly all rural towns in the province. The loss of the local railway, the so-called Peanut Line, in August, 1961 is often cited as a galvanizing moment for the community, and the dawn of the town's progressive spirit.

Regionally, Wawota is perhaps best known for its long history of successful sports teams, most notably in hockey and baseball, as well as its unusual collection of fire hydrants, painted to resemble various people and cartoon characters. Wawota is also noteworthy as the 'twin capital', due to the large number of twin births recorded in the community, particularly throughout the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Famous Residents

NHL player Brooks Laich of the Washington Capitals is from Wawota.

External links

* [http://www.wawota.com Wawota, Saskatchewan website]


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