Abernethy, Saskatchewan

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Abernethy (2016 population: 204) is a village in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan within the Rural Municipality of Abernethy No. 186 and Census Division No. 6. It is about one hour east of Regina, one hour west of Yorkton, and approximately five hours northwest of Winnipeg. To the south of Abernethy lies the Qu'Appelle Valley in which Katepwa Beach is located. The current mayor is Janet Englot, and the village council consists of Brian Wilkes, Roy Bearden, Beverley Halford, and Kevin Stryker.


Abernethy was incorporated as a village on July 26, 1904. Abernethy celebrated its one hundredth anniversary in the summer of 2004 with a centennial celebration held at the same time as the annual agricultural fair.

Historic sites

Abernethy is home to the Motherwell Homestead, which is a National Historic Site and is the original homestead of Saskatchewan's first minister of agriculture W.R. Motherwell. Abernethy and District Memorial Hall is a Municipal Heritage Property, that was constructed in 1921, to commemorate the return of soldiers from World War I. Funds for the hall were raised through local donations in the community. The hall was designed by Storey and Van Egmond of Regina. Christ Anglican Church is a Municipal Heritage Property, that was constructed near Abernethy in 1886, and relocated into the village in 1904.


In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, Abernethy recorded a population of 204 living in 84 of its 104 total private dwellings, a 3.9% change from its 2011 population of 196. With a land area of 1.03 km2 (0.40 sq mi), it had a population density of 198.1/km2 (513.0/sq mi) in 2016.In the 2011 Census of Population, Abernethy recorded a population of 196, a -0.5% change from its 2006 population of 197. With a land area of 1.03 km2 (0.40 sq mi), it had a population density of 190.3/km2 (492.9/sq mi) in 2011.


Abernethy is primarily an agricultural community.


To go to school, children are bussed to Lemberg and Neudorf in the east and Balcarres in the west. Abernethy School was closed in 1994 and, due to lack of proper maintenance, had to be destroyed in the summer of 2005.
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