Leask | Our History and Community
The Canadian National Railway crossed the homestead of Robert Leask in 1911, and later developed into the town site of Leask. The "Petition for Incorporation of the Village" was sent to Municipal Affairs on July 27, 1912 and made official September 3, 1912. The first Council Meeting on Oct. 7, 1912 was attended by Fred Smith, Sidney Whiting, A.J Chambers and P. Philibert.
The main economic industry surrounding the Village of Leask is agriculture. The Village of Leask offers a variety of services including a grocery/butcher shop, hardware store, gift shop/ liquor vendor, a cafe, post office, automobile garage, fertilizer outlets, health centre, special care home, community school, daycare, barber and hair studios, building contractors, bus service, funeral home and more.
The grocery/butcher shop is and has been a Spriggs family business that started in 1952. McHanson’s Hardware store is another family owned and operated business since 1970, carrying everything and anything one could need. Our gift shop/ liquor vendor offers unique giftware and a wide array of choice wines and liquors. Our Café specializes in Chinese and Western cuisine, serving a smorgasbord every other Sunday. Banda Sales & Services offers vehicle maintenance, parts and cooperative insurance.
The Community Health Centre has chiropractic services, massage therapy, nurse practitioner, community resource representative, and doctor services every Tuesday and Thursday accompanied by full pharmacy services on those days. The Wheatland Lodge is a special care home for level 3 and 4 residents with a full slate of events for the residents, staff and community.
The Leask Community School offers quality education from pre K to Grade 12, has an awesome health hut, and offers several extra-curricular activities during and after school. There is also a GED program offered at the Storefront School through Northwest Regional College. Our wonderful licensed Happy Hands and Feet Daycare offers dedicated childcare, and learning for our youngsters.
Jim’s Hair Studio offers full services and an infra red sauna. Jerry’s Barber Shop has been serving the gentlemen in our community for over 30 years. Creations by Lori D’s salon offers full hair care and spa services part-time. Hawryluk Funeral Home is owned and operated by Erwin Hawryluk. Several building contractors offer renovations on existing homes, and the construction of new homes, cabins and more.
Sterling Coach Lines runs to Saskatoon Monday to Friday (except Stat holidays), departing at 10:45am and arriving back at 7:00pm. The bus depot is located at Bramshott Spirits.
Two Hutterite Brethrans reside in our Rural Municipality offering a wide variety of services to our area. Green Leaf Colony is about 8kms east of Marcelin on grid 783, while Leask Colony is just off Hwy 40 a few kms south of Leask.
Our Regional Parks include Martin’s Lake and Emerald Lake, both having seasonal campsites, campsites with power/water/sewage hook-ups, swimming lessons, camp kitchens, playgrounds, boating, fishing, golf courses and more. Web pages can be found at www.saskregionalparks.ca
The organized hamlet of Pelican Cove serves the community with a restaurant, campsites, swimming, fishing, & boat launch.
Fishing can be done on several small lakes around the area, as well as at D’Amour, Emerald Lake, Martins Lake, Iroquois Lake, and Lac la Peche.
The world’s largest lily can be seen in the Village of Parkside, located 22kms north-east from Leask on HWY 40. On the last weekend in July the community hosts the well-known demolition derby, ball tournament and dance.
Honeywood Heritage Nursery was founded by Dr. A J Porter in 1934. It is a horticultural and historical nursery. Many outstanding awards and achievements have been awarded throughout the years, for their lilies, bulbs, and fruit trees. They have many events and workshops, as well as bulbs for sale and more. Honeywood Heritage Nursery is a treasure, definitely worth stopping in to see, or click onto www.honeywood-lilies.ca .
Our two First Nation reserves include Mistawasis and Muskeg Lake. Both have annual Pow-Wow’s and much to offer their people and surrounding area. More information can be found on the following websites, www.mistawasis.ca and www.muskeglake.ca
Leask golf course is a nine hole, easy walking, sand green, well maintained and beautiful relaxing place. There is a 900-sq ft clubhouse with kitchen facilities, which can also be rented for special occasions.