Tisdale is a business centre for the rich agricultural area of northeastern Saskatchewan.
Located at the junction of Highways 35 and 3, and serviced by both the the Canadian National and Canadian Pacific Railways, Tisdale is the grain handling centre of the region with five inland grain terminals, and is the centre of local industry.
That intersection of Highways 3 and 35 is the location of the largest 7-Eleven in Canada (by floor space) and the 16-foot roadside statue of “The World’s Largest Honey Bee” (though technically the Giant Bee in Falher, Alberta is actually bigger at 22 feet 8 inches).
The post office of Tisdale was created February 1, 1904. The community was originally known as “Doghide” after the Doghide River that flows through the town, but with the arrival of the railway the community was renamed “Tisdale” in honour of F.W. Tisdale, an employee of the CN Railway. Western Canada’s biggest gun shoot out took place just east of Tisdale in 1920. The historic gunfight involved a posse of Provincial Police and four outlaws.
In 2005, Tisdale celebrated its 100th birthday with a homecoming celebration in conjunction with Saskatchewan’s centennial.
You may have recently heard about Tisdale in the news concerning of the motto that graces its billboard as one enters town.
Currently, its slogan is the same that it has been for 60 years – “Land of Rape and Honey.” In this case, however, rape in the slogan refers rapeseed and the town’s history as a producer of rapeseed crops and honey.
But now the town is taking another look at the slogan. The community of about 3,200 people is asking residents via a survey whether that brand still works in 2015.
Formally, the questionnaire does not deal with the social and societal issues that the current slogan can tend to prompt. Rather, they are noting that as organic rapeseed accounts for less than one per cent of the crops grown in the region (Canola is now king), perhaps it is time to re-visit the issue of a slogan or motto that works for the community.
A CBC article outlines the choices being given to citizens. That article is also a place in which a number of comments on the topic may be found. We have also included another article on the issue, courtesy of Sputnik and The National Post.