The Town’s origins date back to 1907-08 when the Goose Lake Railway Line was built through land owned by 4 brothers named Amos, Eddie, Eugene and Fred Delisle. The settlement was named Delisle in their honour and on December 29, 1908, Delisle was incorporated into a village. Later, in 1913, Delisle gained status as a town.
Although primarily an agricultural community, the construction of the Agrium Potash Mine in 1969 significantly altered and boosted the local economy by providing a number of well-paying jobs. Today, Delisle has a blended economy consisting of agriculture, potash mining and is increasingly becoming a bedroom community to the City of Saskatoon.
Delisle’s most notable historical individuals are in the areas of sports. NHL hockey legends Max and Doug Bentley were proud to call Delisle their home. Their legacy continues to live on as both were inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame and their names are still recognized by hockey fans worldwide. Delisle has a reputation in curling as well, where curling greats Jim Hill and Harold Worth competed on a national level. Current curling legacy Sherry Anderson and her rink call the Delisle Curling Club home and have twice captured the Saskatchewan Provincial Ladies’ Curling Title while curling out of Delisle. The Anderson rink has also competed on a national level numerous times. These names are just a few of the sports legends to come out of Delisle.
Although not as well known, a movie called “Paperback Hero” was filmed on location in Delisle in 1973. The movie starred Keir Dullea and was about, what else, hockey in small town Saskatchewan. The movie followed the antics of two small town hockey players and the demise of their hockey team and their local hockey careers. The movie came to symbolize what hockey means to our small communities in Saskatchewan.
Today, Delisle is a progressive community where sports and recreation are still a key part of who we are. With the diversity of the local economy and our proximity to Saskatoon, the Town of Delisle is guaranteed to continue to grow and prosper. In a nutshell, Delisle is a vibrant community that offers the best of both worlds, a small town atmosphere with easy access to the attractions of the big city!