Bethune, Saskatchewan

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Bethune (2016 population: 399) is a village in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan within the Rural Municipality of Dufferin No. 190 and Census Division No. 6. The village is 56 km north-west of Regina on Highway 11 (Louis Riel Trail). Arm River flows along a river valley north of Bethune, which features camping sites, and the Qu'Appelle River is a short way south. Last Mountain Lake or Long Lake is north-east of Bethune whereas Buffalo Pound Lake is just south-west. The post office of Bethune, Assiniboia, NWT was established 5 June 1905, three months before Saskatchewan became a province. The village takes its name from C.B. Bethune, the engineer on the first train to travel the railway in 1887.


Bethune incorporated as a village on August 2, 1912.


In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the Village of Bethune recorded a population of 399 living in 158 of its 181 total private dwellings, a -1.5% change from its 2011 population of 405. With a land area of 2.38 km2 (0.92 sq mi), it had a population density of 167.6/km2 (434.2/sq mi) in 2016.In the 2011 Census of Population, the Village of Bethune recorded a population of 400, a 8.4% change from its 2006 population of 369. With a land area of 1.04 km2 (0.40 sq mi), it had a population density of 384.6/km2 (996.1/sq mi) in 2011.


Buffalo Pound Provincial Park is located within 19 km or 12 mi. Grandview Beach is also located 19 km or 12 mi from Bethune. Kedleston Beach is closer: 15 km or 9 mi from Bethune. Another conservation area named Regina Beach Recreation Site is located 19 km or 12 mi from Bethune. Bethune also has a skating rink, curling rink, park, school, and baseball diamonds located on the outskirts of town at McLean Park. It has a playground splash pad and four baseball diamonds. Bethune is home to the Bethune Bulldogs of the senior men's Highway Hockey League.The Gillis Blakley Bethune and District Heritage Museum is a Municipal Heritage Property on the Canadian Register of Historic Places.
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