Weyburn, Saskatchewan . . . in the right place. The promise of a good location that attracted
Weyburn’s founders has proven to be an important asset even today.
Weyburn is 75 km (46 miles) north of the American border at Fortuna, North Dakota via Highway #35. 116 km (71 miles) northwest of Weyburn lies Regina, the seat of Provincial Government, at the juncture of several major highways including the east-west TransCanada and major routes into Canada’s north and Alaska.
With a City population of 10,484 (2011), Weyburn sits astride three highways. Within the City’s immediate shopping and service distance of 80 km (50 miles) live more than 50,000 people in a number of communities ranging from small villages to substantial towns. When shoppers look for a change of venue, they are only a 70-minute drive from Regina, 5 1/2 hours from Winnipeg, Manitoba, 3 hours from Minot, North Dakota, and 10 hours from Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Weyburn is situated near the headwaters of the Souris River, flowing southeast through North Dakota to join the Assiniboine River in Manitoba. Extensive flood control programs have created reservoirs, parks and waterfowl centres along the Souris River.
The Soo Line Railway runs through Weyburn, connecting Western Canada’s main rail lines at Moose Jaw with the American rail centres in Minneapolis and Chicago. Weyburn is also on the rim of the geological Williston Basin, one of the richest oil sources on the North American prairies. As one of the largest Saskatchewan cities near the Williston Basin’s vast oil deposits, Weyburn has become an oilfield service centre. More than 600 wells operate in the immediate area.
Weyburn’s Airport provides service to business travelers, charter flights and pleasure flyers.
From the days of first settlement, Weyburn’s rich prairie soils have produced a substantial share of Western Canada’s exportable wheat, making Weyburn the country’s highest-volume inland grain handling centre. From this has grown a major farm service and supply sector and the site of the inland grain terminal, Parrish & Heimbecker Ltd.