Located near the Moose Mountain Provincial Park and within just over an hour’s reach of Regina and Weyburn is Kipling, a town made famous in 2006 when a B.C. resident bartered his way through a series of trades from a red paperclip to a house in the area. The town, named after author Rudyard Kipling, who traveled through the area by train in the early 1900s, is celebrating 105 years since it was first established in 1889.
Land Area, km2
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting, Mining Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction
Regina, Moose Jaw
Throughout its history, Kipling has faced pressures common to many rural communities in Canada. Declining populations, especially in the towns and villages surrounding Kipling has occurred over the years in response to fluctuations in economic stability. By relying on multifaceted economic inputs, Kipling has been able to establish a lasting presence in the area, with primary industries including swine genetics, oil production and agriculture. As Saskatchewan’s economy continues to expand, attracting and retaining workers has become a priority for employers in the area, with some adding newcomers, particularly those from the Philippines, to their workforce.
Major investment in infrastructure projects in recent years has led to the expansion of Kipling School, serving over 360 students in kindergarten through grade twelve from Kipling and surrounding areas. A new hospital has just opened, combining both long term and acute care.
This new facility is expected to attract medical professionals to practice in the community and is a huge boost to for lasting growth in the area. Additionally, early 2015 will see the official grand opening of a new adult living complex, serving independent seniors retiring in Kipling.
Opportunities for growth exist in expanding services such as those needed to attract and retain young families, increase business investment and ensure that transportation needs of residents continue to be met. Community residents enjoy family centered recreational activities, including hockey and curling, and have plenty of opportunities to enjoy the natural landscape throughout the year.
* please note the picture was taken from the Town of Kipling website at townofkipling.ca