Weyburn was named in 1893 by railway workers, who called the headlands of the Souris River “wee burn.” The area around the town is so flat, it is said that “if your dog runs away from home, it takes three days before its wagging tail disappears over the horizon.” The town has been immortalized by Weyburn native W.O. Mitchell, as “Crocus, Saskatchewan” in his novel, Who Has Seen the Wind?.
Tommy Douglas, the founder of the CCF political party (now the NDP) was a Baptist minister in Weyburn before striking into politics (he was recently voted one of the Ten Greatest Canadians, for –among many other achievements–launching the first provincial Medicare program in Canada). The church in which he preached is now a performing arts centre. Visitors can follow the Crocus signs for a tour of all of Weyburn’s historical buildings (guidebook at the Soo Line Historical Museum).
The town is now a busy distribution centre for southeast Saskatchewan grain and cattle farming and for the oil industry. The town has a busy Weyburn Square outlet mall off Highway 39, at Souris. The Tatagwa Parkway (the name is Cree for “it is flat”) protects the banks of the Souris River an transforms its banks and flood plain into a wildlife area. The crushed shale pathway makes it a focal point for area hikers, joggers and cyclists. The town hosts the annual Wheat Festival in early August.
Wheel of Progress
157 3rd St NE, Weyburn, SK S4H 0W3
(Weyburn City Hall)
Between the spokes of the mahogany, trimmed with brass, are ten scenes from the town’s past expressed in stained glass. The Wheel weighs 909 kilograms an has a diameter of 3.9 metres. 8 am – 4:30 pm
Signal Hill Arts Centre
424 – 10th Ave S
This centre is home to the areas arts and cultural groups, The Prairie Gallery features local and touring artists, and has a gift shop, pottery studio and photography dark room. Open Monday-Thursday 9 am – 12 non, and 1 pm to 10 pm, Friday 9-12 and 1am to 5 pm. In the summer, it is open weekdays 9 am to 12 noon, and daily 1 pm to 5 pm.
Soo Line Historical Museum
Highway 39 at 411 Industrial Line
This museum has a restored 1902 house and an old powerhouse, which contain displays of Indian and early pioneer artifacts. Includes the famous 5000 item Charles Wilson collection of silver, glass and furniture. Open May – June Monday – Saturday 9 am – 8 pm, and Sunday 1 pm to 8 pm; the rest of the year open weekdays 1 pm to 5 pm. Admission fee.
Turner Curling Museum
532 – 5th St NE
This year-round museum is Canada’s first curling museum includes sport memorabilia from around the world and a collection of 18,000 curling pins, Open Saturdays and Sundays 2 pm – 5 pm (or by appointment). Donations accepted.
Weyburn Area Heritage Village
south of Signal Hill
This village has a collection of restored home and buildings from 1908 to 1930. Open late May to end of September. Open daily from 11 am to 5 pm. Admission fee.