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1. Introduction to Kenaston

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We welcome you to explore the community of Kenaston. We appreciate the rural way of life and our motto "Heritage, Spirit, Vision" speaks to the character of our residents.

A little history: Kenaston was first known as Bonnington, North West Territories, but was referred to as “Bonnington Springs” by early settlers. In 1905, to celebrate Saskatchewan's admittance to Canada, the name was changed to Kenaston in honor of F.E. Kenaston, Vice President of the Saskatchewan Valley Land Company. Settled predominatelly by Croatian, Slovak and Scandinavian farmers, we have a colorful history as a hard working and creative community. The settlement grew and in 1910 was incorporated as a Village.

Spirit: We are small but we do not think small. Our Lion's Club holds claim to Super Draft, one of the largest hockey drafts in North America. Super Draft is responsible for funding several projects including Kenaston Place, a facility second to none in rural Saskatchewan. Kenaston is well known for its community spirit. Volunteers maintain a wellness clinic, social center for seniors and annual Dinner Theatre, which performs to 475 over two nights. Our hockey arena comes alive when our home team, The Kenaston Blizzards, take to the ice. All winter long the arena is a focal point of volunteer efforts by a large number of area families.

The Kenaston and District Chamber of Commerce, a strong and vital organization, has a vision and mission that encourages the re-vitalization of rural Saskatchewan.

Our business community boasts of a cafe, antique store, beverage room and grill, post office, credit Union, retail co-op, auto repair shop, convenience store, bed & breakfasts, service stations, and much more. We are pleased to have our three grain elevators (one being the first steel elevator in Western Canada) still adorning the skyline. All are now independently owned by farmers and have been developed into business ventures.

The Community

The population of Kenaston according to the 2006 census was 259, and has the distinction of being the second largest Croatian settlement in Canada. During the early 1990’s Kenaston was home to 19 privately sponsored refugees from the former Yugoslavia.

Our school gives us great pride. We have an excellent group of enthusiastic and community spirited teachers. In 1992 the Kenaston School received a large addition and was completely renovated with a project expenditure of 1.8 million. The Kenaston School has an enrollment of 130, and offers classes from Kindergarten to 12 (senior matriculation). An independent pre-school program offers morning programming on alternate days utilizing the school facilities. The preschool has a board which hires the teacher, sets fees, and provides insurance.

Kenaston has three churches active in the community. Every Sunday, many residents worship at St. Andrew’s Roman Catholic, St. Columba Anglican Church or with the Calvary Evangelical Missionary congregation. In addition, we have a senior citizens centre, public library and fire hall.

The Village offers recycling through collection bins located north of the Co-op store and door to door garbage pick-up by Lorras Disposal. The Saskatchewan Housing Authority offers low income and family housing.

Kenaston Place opened in 1996.This facility provides the community with a large hall, complete with stage, fully equipped kitchen and a small meeting room. Funding for this project came from the Kenaston Lions through proceeds of Super Draft, an internationally recognized hockey draft. Weekly activities include School of Dance classes Wednesday and Thursday evenings.

Kenaston’s recreational facilities are excellent. The skating rink offers artificial ice, operating from November until late March. Our swimming pool is an enclosed facility. It opens in June and closes at the end of August. Kenaston Pool offers all Red Cross and Royal Life Saving qualifications through three sets of lessons running through July and early August. Tennis courts, ball diamonds and a beach volleyball court also add to the summer enjoyment. Bonnington Springs Walking Trail supplemented the recreational amenities in 2003. It joins the campground to the downtown sector, ending at our Snowman.

The Snowman joined the community in 1983 when the community was dubbed the “Blizzard Capital”. He is the mascot for the local hockey teams; all known as “Kenaston Blizzards”. Recreation comes in many forms, and Kenaston Seniors Inc. provides a great deal of fellowship for the seniors of the community from the “Adam’s Centre”. This group meets for a Thursday afternoon coffee break, informal card groups and hold carpet bowling events among other activities.

Bonnington Springs Campground was officially opened in June of 1996. Some of the features include: showers, washroom facilities, camper waste dump, electric hookups, barbeques and rest area. This project was made possible with funding from the Village of Kenaston, Department of Highways, various businesses, Kenaston Lions Club, and Kenaston Community Recreation Association.

Super Draft was instituted by the Kenaston Lions Club in 1984 as a fund raising project. This inspiration has evolved into the world’s first and largest hockey draft. Profits generated by the draft are distributed by the Kenaston Lions Club. Super Draft has been the main force in the development of recreational facilities in the Village of Kenaston. As well many other notable charities across Saskatchewan and Canada receive contributions from the proceeds of Kenaston’s Super Draft.

Our historic water tower, constructed in 1910 continues to grace the prairie skyline. It was restored in 2009 to the original CN colours. It is one of five water towers remaining in Saskatchewan of which only three remain on site. It is also the only tapered water tower existing today. This tower exemplifies our settlement history of the steam engine, passenger trains and the early grain trade.

If you would like a rural location for your company please contact the Kenaston Village Office to discuss your requirements.
Administrator: Carmen Fowler 306-252-2211
or Mayor Mike Menzies 306-561-7244