Yorkton, Saskatchewan is located six hours drive from the province’s capital.
This medium sized city with a population of just under sixteen thousand grows slowly but steadily at a little over 4% per year.
Yorkton city proper occupies just over twenty-five square kilometres of land.
Growth rate in Yorkton was slightly negative over the past five years.
Founded in 1882, Yorkton became a city in 1928.
Yorkton’s topography is part of the aspen parkland.
The land, bordering a glacial lake, is black cherozenic soil - prime farmland.
Besides agriculture, the area of the Quill Lake-Yorkton Plain region of the Saskatchewan Plains Region around Yorkton is forested.
Yorkton is also situated in the middle of a large potash field.
City: 25.77 km2
Yorkton’s Saskatchewan Western Development Museum has a number of exhibits depicting pioneer life on the prairies. There is an early pioneer log cabin and farm machinery including early tractors, ploughs, and steam engines. There are several heritage buildings in Yorkton, andhistory and architecture enthusiasts will enjoy a walk through the city. Built in the 1950’s, Yorkton Tower Theatre has a single moviescreen. Other important buildings include the Army, Navy and Air Force Veterans Building, Dulmage Homestead, Hudson's Bay Company Store, St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Yorkton Armoury, Yorkton Court House, and Yorkton Organic Milling. Ever since the theatre opened in 1950, film festivals have been held in Yorkton. These presently focus on Canadian content and draw tourists to the area.
Yorkton is enthusiastic about both summer and winter sports. In 1999 it hosted Junior ice hockey and again in 2006 it hosted the World Junior A Challenge. In 2009 they hosted the Canada Cup Curling.
Campgrounds, parks and recreation centers provide a variety of seasonal activities to residents and visitors to the city. There are also recreational opportunities at the Deer Park,the York Lake golf course and the Painted Hand Casino. Those who visit often enjoy a cruise on Good Spirit Lake. Bowling, motor sport, swimming and snowmobiling are also seasonal recreations.
Yorkton Exhibition Association hosts an annual summer fair each July. Activities include chuck wagon races, chariot races, horse races, a midway, a grandstand show, livestock competitions and displays from local businesses. Those visiting Yorkton will find numerous accommodations including motels, bed and breakfast establishments as well as campgrounds. Yorkton is easily reached by car. It is on the TransCanada Yellowhead Highway near the eastern border of the province. The route is scenic and well maintained. If you are flying to Yorkton, the closest commercial airport is Regina. From there it is a two-hour drive to Yorkton.
There are several purchasing opportunities in Yorkton. It is the Saskatchewan city with the sixth most available properties. Demand for properties in Yorkton is presently higher than supply. This makes the market appealing to builders.
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The table above is based on data from the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) National MLS® Report for April 2016 (the latest information available). Median prices are based on data from www.canadianrealestatemagazine.ca.
The city is the third largest trading area in Saskatchewan.The economy is diversified. Over a thousand businesses employ nine thousand people in such areas as manufacturing, agribusiness, food processing, retail, construction and health care. Yorkton operates as a processing center for raw products such as canola and grain,andthere is also meat processing here. These three sectors employ over half of the city’s labor force. The climate of Yorkton is humid continental. With warm summers and cold winters, Yorkton has average daily temperatures of -0.2 °F in January and 64.0 °F in July. The highest recorded temperature was105 °F in July of 1941.The coldest temperature was -51 °F in January, 1943. The first modern settlers in the Yorkton colony were English. They travelled from Eastern Ontario and from Great Britain. Close to the city,incomers from Scotland settledin a community called Orkney. A large group of Ukrainian settlers arrived in the early 1900’s.