The story of Yorkton goes back to 1882, when a group of settlers from York County, Ontario, established a settlement. They had been recruited by the York Farmers Colonization Company, and originally founded York Colony about two miles north of the present-day city, on the banks of a small river.
In 1889 the railway was extended to Yorkton, and the colony moved to be alongside the new railway line. The railway brought with it a major influx of European settlers at the turn of the century, giving the community a population boost, and a new vitality.
As was the case throughout much of Saskatchewan, the promise of farmland was the greatest attraction for early settlers. In the case of Yorkton, the fertile region was settled primarily by immigrants from Ukraine who were experienced with farming on the plains and could maximize the agricultural potential around Yorkton.
They were joined by settlers from other east European countries, from Germany, and by Europeans who came north from the American plains. These pioneers also brought with them much more than farming skills.
From them, following generations inherited a tradition of community co-operation and cultural pride.
Yorkton boasts nine hotels and motels within the city limits. Condominium and resort hotel accommodations are also available within a 30 minute drive of the downtown business district. A total of nearly 700 hotel and motel rooms and suites are available in Yorkton. All hotels and convention venues are within a 10-minute drive of each other, and easily accessible by shuttle bus or on foot. You can also stay at home, away from home. Yorkton has several residences offering bed and breakfast in comfortable, homey settings. And if you prefer to do your living in the great outdoors (not recommended for winter), there are privately-owned and public campgrounds in the city and nearby, offering a variety of camping and RV facilities in park settings. Whatever your preference and budget, you'll find clean, comfortable and affordable accommodations of all types in Yorkton.
Events and attractions
Looking for information about upcoming events in Yorkton? Visit our Community Events Calendar, a listing of what's ahead, along with contacts. Whether your interests are in arts and culture, our heritage, or the many forms of recreation available in Yorkton and area; whether you're looking for entertainment, or things that the younger members of the family can do... Whether you're looking for a place to eat, or stores of all sorts where you can go shopping, Yorkton businesses and organizations are looking forward to your visit.
Yorkton promises great memories in every season, and for every age. Provincial parks offering four-season recreation, all within easy driving distance of Yorkton, are Good Spirit Lake Provincial Park, Duck Mountain Provincial Park, Greenwater Lake Provincial park and Wildcat Hill Provincial Wilderness Park. Every winter, snowmobile enthusiasts converge on eastern Saskatchewan, where more than 500 kilometres of integrated snowmobile trails are maintained. Excellent resort and cabin accommodations are available in the area. Our spring and summer seasons explode with activities from festivals and band concerts to exhibitions and sporting events. Some of the province's best swimming, fishing and boating lakes are nearby, particularly at Greenwater and Duck Mountain provincial parks. Golf courses dot the landscape. You'll find challenging 18-hole courses within a half-hour's drive of Yorkton, including Deer Park Golf Course in Yorkton and York Lake Golf and Country Club just south of the city. All boast innovative course designs, fully equipped pro shops and licensed dining. For a shorter round, visit the Cherrydale Par 3 Executive Nine course 10 minutes southeast of the city. The area is well-known for waterfowl and big game hunting, attracting hunters from across North America.
Tourism Yorkton, in co-operation with local media, publish seasonal visitor guides twice a year. To view, download or print the most recent visitor guide, go to www.tourismyorkton.com and look for the visitor guide link near the top of the home page.
Want to know what's happening in Yorkton today, or coming up? Go to www.yorktonevents.com where you can view or search for upcoming events.