Delisle Community Profile
is a friendly, active community located 40 kilometres (kms)
southwest of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan's largest city. It is
located on Highway 7 at the junction of Highway 45. In Delisle,
one can enjoy all the amenities of small town living with
very easy access to all the attractions of a major city.
Delisle has an official census population of 975 people and
over 400 households. The population is a healthy mix of both young
and old alike with demands for services for all age categories.
The heartbeat of the community is agriculture and the potash
industry. Two potash mines located nearby provide major employment
opportunities for the area. In fact, the Agrium Potash mine
is only 5 kms. away and is clearly visible from the northern
edge of town. Agriculture and agriculture related industries
also figure prominently in the local economy. Keybrand Foods
Inc. is a major employer in the community involved in the
salad processing industry. Orchard Transport Ltd., a local
trucking firm, is also a major employer.
As Delisle is a quick twenty minute drive from the city limits,
it is slowly becoming a bedroom community of Saskatoon. With
Saskatoon's plans for major expansion on the west side, that
driving time will only be reduced. Residential and commercial
property in Delisle is very reasonable to buy. The housing
market is strong ensuring that homes retain their value. The
recent opening of a nine hole grass green golf course on the
north side of town has sparked an increase in housing starts
in the last couple of years. To learn more about the real
estate market in Delisle, please click on the "Real Estate"
link found on the homepage of this website.
All the streets in Delisle are paved. There is an abundant
supply of excellent, treated water from a deep well source
at very reasonable rates which ensures that there are no water
shortages. The town uses the roll-out cart garbage collection
system and the roll-out curbside recycling system provided by Loraas Disposal.
The Town of Delisle also has a full array of recreational,
protective, school and health services for its residents.
To view a full detailing of the services offered, please click
on the "Recreation" or "Services" links
found on the homepage of this website.
The Town's origins date back to 1907-08 when the Goose Lake
Railway Line was built through land owned by 4 brothers named
Amos, Eddie, Eugene and Fred Delisle. The settlement was named
Delisle in their honour and on December 29, 1908, Delisle
was incorporated into a village. Later, in 1913, Delisle gained
status as a town.
Although primarily an agricultural community, the construction
of the Agrium Potash Mine in 1969 significantly altered and
boosted the local economy by providing a number of well-paying
jobs. Today, Delisle has a blended economy consisting of agriculture,
potash mining and is increasingly becoming a bedroom community
to the City of Saskatoon.
Delisle's most notable historical individuals are in the
areas of sports. NHL hockey legends Max and Doug Bentley were
proud to call Delisle their home. Their legacy continues to
live on as both were inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame
and their names are still recognized by hockey fans worldwide.
Delisle has a reputation in curling as well, where curling
greats Jim Hill and Harold Worth competed on a national level.
Current curling legacy Sherry Anderson and her rink call the
Delisle Curling Club home and have twice captured the Saskatchewan
Provincial Ladies' Curling Title while curling out of Delisle.
The Anderson rink has also competed on a national level numerous
times. These names are just a few of the sports legends to
come out of Delisle.
Although not as well known, a movie called "Paperback
Hero" was filmed on location in Delisle in 1973. The
movie starred Keir Dullea and was about, what else, hockey
in small town Saskatchewan. The movie followed the antics
of two small town hockey players and the demise of their hockey
team and their local hockey careers. The movie came to symbolize
what hockey means to our small communities in Saskatchewan.
Today, Delisle is a progressive community where sports and
recreation are still a key part of who we are. With the diversity
of the local economy and our proximity to Saskatoon, the Town
of Delisle is guaranteed to continue to grow and prosper.
In a nutshell, Delisle is a vibrant community that offers
the best of both worlds, a small town atmosphere with easy
access to the attractions of the big city!