“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.
Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” --Margaret Mead
This recent Facebook post grabbed a great deal of attention from our community. A blast from our past! The Lucky Dollar store in this photo was a staple for many of us in the community. The photo brings back many good memories of the days in which we would go and spend our weekly allowance on treats. Sometimes we could use our “lucky bucks” to buy treats or we could return bottles for cash. It was also a time when we did not have the convenience of debit cards and we could put our bread or milk on our Lucky Dollar charge account. I also fondly remember the friendly faces of Dave, Georgina, Eva and so many more from our community, when I look back to this snapshot of time in Warman history.
Just recently the City of Warman was fortunate to come across a 1927 year old planning map. This map labeled 'Plan for the village of WARMAN'. The History Committee took the map and had it professional framed for the communities viewing interests. It was very interesting to notice that this future map of Warman strikes the same resemblance of our current map of the city. You can see the 1927 map, and our current rendering at City Hall. Thank you to the History Committee for all these efforts to bring our past, present and future together.
The community of Warman was born when the Canadian Northern Railway (now part of the Canadian National Railway), running from Humboldt to North Battleford, intersected with the Canadian Pacific Railway running from Regina to Prince Albert. This took place in the fall of 1904.
It was thought in the early 1900's Warman would grow into the bigger city. In 1910 Warman suffered a huge loss when a fire destroyed much of the town. Most of Main Street (North Railway) was destroyed. This area contained many of Warman's businesses at the time. As a result of the fire, Warman saw a reduction in population. Main Street became a residential side street as Warman's businesses opted to rebuild along Central Street instead. The river and abundance of this water source was indeed the drawing feature for Saskatoon's major growth boom.
Warman, Diamond at the time, was incorporated in 1906 as a village and as the population decreased in 1927, became a Hamlet once again.
In the early 1950s, Warman began to grow again. By 1961, the population of Warman had reached 659. I 1962 it was decided to incorporate again as a village. Four years later, it was incorporated as a town.
By 2011, the town grew to a population of 7,084. The town council applied for city status in 2012. With the approval of the provincial government in the summer of that year, Warman officially became a city on October 27, 2012.
Now, in 2017 our census numbers were announced. According to Canada’s 2016 results, Warman, Saskatchewan, saw the greatest population increase between 2011 and 2016. With a population of 11,020, a 55% increase, which was realized over a short period of time. As you can see from the information below, Warman is the only Saskatchewan community in the list of ten.
10 fastest growing cities in Canada
1. Warman, SK - 11,020 (55% increase from 2011)
2. Blackfalds, AB - 9,328 (48% increase from 2011)
3. Cochrane, AB - 25,853 (47% increase from 2011)
4. Airdrie, AB - 61,581 (42% increase from 2011)
5. Shelburne, ON - 8,126 (39% increase from 2011)
6. Chestermere, AB - 19,887 (34% increase from 2011)
7. Beaumont, AB - 17,396 (31 % increase from 2011)
8. Milton, ON - 110,128 (30.5% increase from 2011)
9. Spruce Grove, AB - 34,006 (30% increase from 2011)
10. Tsinstikeptum Indian, BC - 7,612 - (29.6% increase
Let's celebrate Warman's successes, keeping our rich history in mind, and continue looking forward to the many possibilities ahead!
“Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around for a while, you could miss it.”
Enjoy and appreciate your community! We have all had some part of cultivating this wonderful new city we call home, into the beautiful community it is today.