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Encyclopedia > Swift Current, Saskatchewan
Swift Current, Saskatchewan
Halifax Provisional Battalion fording a stream near Wikipedia:Swift Current, Saskatchewan, 1885
Location of Swift Current, Saskatchewan
Country Canada
Province Saskatchewan
Established 1907
Population (2006)
 - City 14,946
 - Density 686.4/km² (1,777.8/sq mi)
 - Population (2001) 14,821
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
No. of Dwellings 6,891
Mean Household Income C$40,711
Website: City website

Swift Current is a small city in Southwest Saskatchewan. It is situated along the Trans Canada Highway 170 kilometers (106 mi) west from Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan and 218 kilometers (135 mi) from Medicine Hat, Alberta. Swift Current grew 0.8% between 2001 and 2006 ending up at 14,946 residents. [1] Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (379x655, 24 KB) Summary Location of Swift Current, Saskatchewan Licensing File links The following pages link to this file: Swift Current, Saskatchewan ... Motto: Multis E Gentibus Vires (Latin: The Strength of Many Peoples) Capital Regina Largest city Saskatoon Official languages English Government - Lieutenant-Governor Gordon Barnhart - Premier Lorne Calvert (NDP) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament - House seats 14 - Senate seats 6 Confederation September 1, 1905 (Split from NWT) (9th (province)) Area  Ranked... Population density by country, 2006 Population density is a measurement of population per unit area or unit volume. ... A time zone is a region of the Earth that has adopted the same standard time, usually referred to as the local time. ...  CST or UTC-6 The Central Time Zone observes standard time by subtracting six hours from UTC during standard time (UTC-6) and five hours during daylight saving time (UTC-5). ... −12 | −11 | −10 | −9:30 | −9 | −8 | −7 | −6 | −5 | −4 | −3:30 | −3 | −2:30 | −2 | −1 | −0:25 | UTC (0) | +0:20 | +0:30 | +1 | +2 | +3 | +3:30 | +4 | +4:30 | +4:51 | +5 | +5:30 | +5:40 | +5:45 | +6 | +6:30 | +7 | +7:20 | +7... Look up city, City in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Motto: Multis E Gentibus Vires (Latin: The Strength of Many Peoples) Capital Regina Largest city Saskatoon Official languages English Government - Lieutenant-Governor Gordon Barnhart - Premier Lorne Calvert (NDP) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament - House seats 14 - Senate seats 6 Confederation September 1, 1905 (Split from NWT) (9th (province)) Area  Ranked... Saskatchewan Provincial Highway 1 is the Saskatchewan section of the Trans-Canada Highway mainland route. ... Location of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan Moose Jaw is a city in south-central Saskatchewan, Canada on the Moose Jaw River 71 km west of Regina. ... Nickname: Location of Medicine Hat in Alberta Coordinates: , Country  Canada Province Alberta Region Southern Alberta Census division 1 Settled 1883 Incorporated October 31, 1898 (town) Incorporated May 9, 1906 (city) Government  - Mayor Garth Vallely  - Governing body Medicine Hat City Council  - MP Monte Solberg –(Cons - Medicine Hat)  - MLAs Rob Renner –(PC...

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History

Swift Current has a long history which begins with a creek. The creek winds its way across a hundred miles of prairie until it empties into the South Saskatchewan River. First Nations people knew it well and camped alongside the creek banks for centuries. The name of the creek has its own history, and over time has evolved into what we know today as Swift Current. The first known name is believed to have come from the Cree, who referred to it as "kisiskâciwan." The word means "it flows swiftly," and is the same word used to describe the Saskatchewan River. When early fur traders found the creek on their westward treks in the 1800s, they named it "Riviere Au Courant," which means "Swift Current". Henri Julien, who was an artist with the North West Mounted Police expedition that arrived in 1874, referred to it as "Du Courant," while Commissioner French noted "Strong Current Creek" in his diary during the same period. Given the creek's snail like pace in most years, the sobriety and even sanity of the early explorers must be questioned. It would be another decade before it was officially recorded, but it appears the area was and always has been known as Swift Current. [2]


The settlement of Swift Current was begun in 1881 when the CPR surveyed a railway line as far as Swift Current Creek. In 1882, initial grading and track preparation commenced, with the first settlers arriving in the spring of 1883. During the early part of its settlement, the economy was based almost exclusively on serving the new railway buildings and employees. There was also a significant ranching operation known as the "76" ranches. It included 10 ranches raising sheep and cattle and stretched from Swift Current to Calgary. Other early industries included gathering Buffalo bones for use in fertilizer manufacturing and "freighting" by Metis residents. During the Riel Rebellion of 1885, Swift Current became a major military base and troop mustering area due to its proximity to Battleford but this was only for a short time. On September 21, 1903, the hamlet became a village and then a town on March 15, 1907 when a census indicated a population of 550. There is some dispute as to whether this is because they counted dogs in the population. Swift Current became incorporated as a city on January 15, 1914 with Travis Blaine Frederick being the mayor at the time. Year 1881 (MDCCCLXXXI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar). ... An eastbound CPR freight at Stoney Creek Bridge in Rogers Pass. ... Year 1882 (MDCCCLXXXII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Tuesday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... Year 1883 (MDCCCLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Saturday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... September 21 is the 264th day of the year (265th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1900 (MCMIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display calendar) of the Gregorian calendar or a common year starting on Friday of the 13-day slower Julian calendar. ... A hamlet is (usually — see below) a small settlement, too small or unimportant to be considered a village. ... is the 74th day of the year (75th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1907 (MCMVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Monday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... 1870 US Census for New York City A census is the process of obtaining information about every member of a population (not necessarily a human population). ... January 15 is the 15th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1914 (MCMXIV) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Wednesday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ...


In 1946, a pilot project for province-wide health care began in Swift Current. The project received international attention and history was made when it became the first government funded medical plan in North America. Medicare was implemented across the province in 1962, and in time it would be introduced across the country. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


The Swift Current Airport was taken over by the City of Swift Current from Transport Canada in 1996. Airport services were then contracted out. There have been recent (2005 - 2006) plans to expand and revitalize the airport. Swift Current Airport, (ICAO CYYN, IATA YYN), is located 4 nautical miles (7. ... Transport Canada is the department within the government of Canada which is responsible for developing regulations, policies and services of transportation in Canada. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ...


Swift Current is sometimes known as "Speedy Creek". Considered to be slightly pejorative, this term is very seldom used by current or former residents. In more common usage by these groups are the terms "Swift", "Swifty" and unfortunately, more often than not given the diaspora of more ambitious Saskatchewan youth, "a good place to be from".


Swift Current's expression is, "Where Life Makes Sense," which has received a fair amount of humour as it is a somewhat odd tagline written by an Albertan.


Landmarks

Swift Current's tallest commercial building is the EI Wood Building in downtown. You can see it here on a foggy summer morning. Swift Current has many older brick buildings in the core area. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Swiftcurrentdowntown.JPG


The longest running business in Swift Current is the Imperial Hotel, also known as The Big "I". It has been open since Swift Current became a town and as a hotel, it could also serve alcohol.


Arts and Culture

Education

Schools

School Divisions

Sports and Recreation

Swift Current is home to the Swift Current Broncos, a hockey team that plays in the Western Hockey League. They play in the 2,235 seat Centennial Civic Centre in the east end of town. The team has raised some of the world's greatest hockey players to the professional level, such as Joe Sakic and Bryan Trottier. The Centennial Civic Centre is also the home of the Swift Current Rampage a junior box lacrosse team. The Swift Current Broncos are a Western Hockey League ice hockey club, founded in 1967. ... Ice hockey, known simply as hockey in areas where it is more common than field hockey, is a team sport played on ice. ... The Western Hockey League is one of the three hockey Major Junior Tier I leagues which constitute the Canadian Hockey League. ... The Centennial Civic Centre is a 3,000-seat multi-purpose arena in Swift Current, Saskatchewan Canada. ... Joseph Steve Sakic (SA kihk[1]) (born July 7, 1969 in Burnaby, British Columbia) is a professional ice hockey center who has played his entire National Hockey League (NHL) career with the Quebec Nordiques/Colorado Avalanche franchise. ... The Centennial Civic Centre is a 3,000-seat multi-purpose arena in Swift Current, Saskatchewan Canada. ... The Swift Current Rampage are a Junior box lacrosse team based out of Swift Current, Saskatchewan, playing in the top league in Saskatchewan, the Prairie Gold Lacrosse League. ... Victoria Shamrocks vs Peterborough Lakers, Mann Cup 2005. ...

  • Broncos Hockey
  • Speedy Creek Racing Club
  • Chinook Golf Course
  • Elmwood Golf Course
  • Swift Current Indians Baseball
  • Vipers Ball Hockey
  • Rampage Lacrosse

Media

Print

Television

CBKT is the television call sign for the CBCs television station in Regina, Saskatchewan. ... The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), a Canadian crown corporation, is the country’s national public radio and television broadcaster. ... CJFB was a former Canadian television station, based in Swift Current, Saskatchewan. ... CKCK-TV (also commonly known as CTV Regina) in Regina, Saskatchewan was the first privately-owned television station in Western Canada. ... CTV is a Canadian English language television network. ...

Radio

Mediumwave radio transmissions (sometimes called Medium frequency or MF) are those between the frequencies of 300 kHz and 3000 kHz. ... CKSW (570 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a country music format. ... This article includes a list of works cited but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... Mediumwave radio transmissions (sometimes called Medium frequency or MF) are those between the frequencies of 300 kHz and 3000 kHz. ... CBK is a Canadian radio station, broadcasting the CBC Radio One network at 540 AM in Saskatchewan. ... CBC Radio One is the English language news and information radio network of the publicly-owned Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. ... FM radio is a broadcast technology invented by Edwin Howard Armstrong that uses frequency modulation to provide high-fidelity sound over broadcast radio. ... CIMG-FM (94. ... Classic hits is a popular music radio format, a variation on the classic rock theme that provides most of the playlist of classic rock with an addition of contemporaneous R&B and pop hits as well, striking a balance between the mostly 70s-focused classic rock genre and the more... FM radio is a broadcast technology invented by Edwin Howard Armstrong that uses frequency modulation to provide high-fidelity sound over broadcast radio. ... We dont have an article called CBK-FM Start this article Search for CBK-FM in. ... CBC Radio Two is an FM radio network in Canada, operated by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. ... FM radio is a broadcast technology invented by Edwin Howard Armstrong that uses frequency modulation to provide high-fidelity sound over broadcast radio. ... CKFI-FM (97. ... Adult contemporary music, frequently abbreciated to just AC, is a type of radio format that plays mainstream and pop music, without hip-hop or rap since, as per the name, it is geared more towards adults than teens. ...

Other

  • Southwest TV News is a news program focused on news in and around the Swift Current area. It is seen locally on community television and on SCN. It was formed to fill the gap left with the closure of CJFB television.

Saskatchewan Communications Network is a Saskatchewan public television educational channel owned by the Saskatchewan government. ... CJFB was a former Canadian television station, based in Swift Current, Saskatchewan. ...

Famous Persons

Notable persons who were born or have lived in Swift Current include:

Lorna Crozier (1948-2006) was a Canadian poet who lived in Saanichton, British Columbia. ... -1... Glenda Goertzen (born 14 January 1967) is a Canadian author. ... Nelson Lee Gowan MFA (born in Swift Current, Saskatchewan 1961) is a Canadian novelist. ... Dr. Lynda Maureen Haverstock (born September 16, 1948) is the former leader of the Saskatchewan Liberal Party and has been the Lieutenant-Governor of Saskatchewan since 2000. ... This is a list of the lieutenant-governors of Saskatchewan, Canada, since its establishment in 1905. ... Eric Malling (1946-1998) was a Canadian television journalist. ... Patrick Marleau (born September 15, 1979, in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada) is a Canadian professional hockey center in the NHL who currently plays for the San Jose Sharks. ... The San Jose Sharks are a professional ice hockey team based in San Jose, California, United States. ... Aneroid is a village in southwestern Saskatchewan, Canada, approximately 70 km southeast of Swift Current. ... Travis Moen (born April 6, 1982 in Swift Current, Saskatchewan) is a Canadian hockey player for the Anaheim Ducks of the NHL. Most media guides incorrectly list his birthplace as Stewart Valley which is where he grew up. ... The Anaheim Ducks are a professional ice hockey team based in Anaheim, California, USA. They are members of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). ... Stewart Valley, Saskatchewan The community of Stewart Valley is a small farming village in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. ... Darcy John Regier (born November 27, 1957 in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada) is the current general manager of the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League. ... The term general manager is a descriptive term for certain executives in a business operation. ... The Buffalo Sabres are a professional ice hockey team based in Buffalo, New York. ... Brad Wall is a Canadian politician, leader of the Saskatchewan Party, and leader of Her Majestys Loyal Opposition in the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan. ... Reginald Leslie Cleveland (born on May 23, 1948 in Swift Current, Saskatchewan) is the most successful Canadian ever. ...

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Notes

  1. ^ in Saskatoon Star Phoenix: Saskatoon sees 2.8% hike; Regina rises by 0.6%. Saskatoon Star Phoenix newspaper Wednesday March 14, 2007, p.B1. 
  2. ^ Tourism Swift Current
Rosetown
Gull Lake

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South Download high resolution version (900x1200, 65 KB)Description: Illustration for Armillary sphere Source: Scanned by me (looxix) from the Encyclopédie. ... Rosetown is a town in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, at the junction of provincial highways 7 and 4, approximately 140 km southwest of Saskatoon. ... Download high resolution version (900x1200, 65 KB)Description: Illustration for Armillary sphere Source: Scanned by me (looxix) from the Encyclopédie. ... Gull Lake is a small town of about 1000 people just west of Swift Current on the #1 highway. ... Image File history File links North. ... Image File history File links West. ... Image File history File links East. ... Image File history File links South. ...

Moose Jaw
Grasslands National Park

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