Climax is My Favotite

Photograph by Shelley Banks
I love unusual place names and it is often fun to speculate why the founding families chose one particular name over another. Newfoundland has lots of fun names and growing up in Quebec St Louis de Ha Ha was always good for a chuckle.

Saskatchewan is no exception.

There is Forget which is no comment on how memorable the town may or may not be. It is actually named after Amédée E. Forget, the first Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan.

These days Saskatchewan seems to have difficulty pronouncing French names. The town of Bienfait is pronounced Bean Fate out here.

Adanac of course is Canada spelled backwards.

My favourite town slogan has to be, “New York is big but this is Biggar” They are celebrating their 100th birthday this year.

Eyebrow is northwest of Moose Jaw  and

You have to ask yourselves, what were they thinking when they named Smuts.

You can't get a good cup of tea in Earl Grey and I hope the local softball team in Penzance is called the Pirates.

One of my favourites has to be Climax. I have always wanted to drive down to see if there really is a sign that says “Thanks for visiting, Come Again.

Eastend is in the south-western part of the province and Southend is in the northeast.

Alsask is very close to the Alberta/Saskatchewan border so that kind of makes sense then, just down the road is the tiny town of Mantario which has to make you ask, “What were they thinking?”

Mantario is so small that they only have five streets. 1st Avenue runs basically east/west parallel to highway #44 then running north/south, each one block long there are 1st street west, Main Street, 1st Street East then 2nd Street East. You would think with a town that size they could have given the streets names instead of numbers without confusing anybody.

While we were driving to Grasslands park last week we drove through Mankota which is not all that far north of Montana, much further from North Dakota and about 450 km from Manitoba.

Go figure.

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