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Rouleau is an oasis of trees, surrounded by crop, on the flattest part of the prairie that once cradled a prehistoric sea. Everyday it's 500 residents view the clay baked Blue Hills to the southwest. Every night , with the clarity that only Saskatchewan air can bring, they view the gleam of Regina lights just half an hour away to the northeast. Here, farmland is measured in terms of several sections; farmsteads, far and few between, surround this rural centre. The internationally famous Aulie Clydesdales live just at the northeast entrance; they graciously pull sleighs and carts full of adults and children during special events and festivals. If you are lucky, in the still of the summer dusk, you may hear their clip-clopping hooves, and jingling harness, while they exercise and train up and down the streets.
Located on the infamous Chicago connection, the Soo Line, Rouleau is just a half an hour Southeast of Moose Jaw on the #39 highway. The Long Creek Golf Course, known for its beauty and professional challenge, is just 20 minutes to the south. A few minutes further south of Long Creek, is Dunnet Regional Park. Claybank Brick Plant Historical Site is just a half hour drive to the southwest. Rouleau residents have the benefit of being close to two urban centres, and urban-like amenities, while retaining the aura of country living. Also, your dollar is worth more in Rouleau According to the 2006 Census homes cost less in Rouleau, where the residential lots are HUGE and the air is clean, than the average home cost elsewhere in Saskatchewan.
Rouleau children are raised in a safe and crime-free environment. No matter where they live in town, they are just a few blocks away from Rouleau School. The School has grades from Kindergarten to Twelve and lots of room to expand from its current enrollment of 112 students. With a low student to teacher ratio, an overall average of one teacher for 10 students, our children tend to excel at most everything they do. They have formed actively competitive volleyball teams that travel for games to the two urban centres and many towns within the Rouleau district. They have an Art Club, a Drama Club and a strong hockey team. Recreation time is spent at the Rouleau Skating and Curling Rink, the Bowling Alley, at the Fitness Sessions, at the Dance Club, the 4-H Club, and by participating in programs at the Rouleau branch of the Palliser Library. Rouleau adults are just as entertained! They form the committees that lead the Recreation Centre, Dance Club, Arts Council, Dog River Days, Library, Elks, and Town Council. They organize dances, luncheons and suppers for every and all occasions. They work out, sing out and get out into the fresh air any chance they get.
Although many adults commute to either Regina or Moose Jaw for work, many have their employment right in town. Rouleau has several people efficient and skilled in various trades and service industries. We are a self-providing community. In Rouleau we can meet your needs for daycare, personal grooming, construction and home maintenance. The Rouleau Convenience Store is more than meets the eye. Beyond gas, it is a fully equipped corner store where, if Thanksgiving Turkeys are sold out in the City, the Rouleau Convenience Store just may have one! Westrum Lumber, located toward the Corner Gas site, stocks all your building needs. Ritchie Brothers Auctioneers, the world's largest industrial auctioneer, has one of its 39 international sites in Rouleau. The Rouleau United Church is off of Main Street by a block. They host every service associated with a Church plus they have an active children's choir and a gospel sing-a-long. Rouleau also has its own Community Cable Station and a modern, fully equipped Seniors Centre for those who enjoy independent living with a social environment.
Main Street is as the name says. There you will find a CIBC Bank, The Community Hall, Spalding Orthopedics, Hoff Insurance and Liquor Store, and the Post Office. The Community Hall can easily accommodate 200 people and is complete with kitchen, sound system, stage and even a bowling alley with Glow Bowling available. For small meetings, consider renting the board room. There are local caterers that can help you with your meeting lunch, fundraiser, wedding, or what ever social gathering you are planning. What better location than famous Dog River only 30 minutes from Regina and Moose Jaw!
Rouleau has been dubbed Dog River ever since the filming of Corner Gas from 2003-2008. The original set stands at the west entrance to the town. Sites marking the Corner Gas film sites, can be found all down Main Street and throughout the town. See Google Map.
Rouleau history is easily visible. The Rouleau Light and Power Plant Building, the heritage buildings on Main Street and several Rouleau homes all date from the early 1900's. Andrew King, Daryl "Doc" Seamans, Ed Bahr and Bob Boyer, all names that have made Canadian history, once walked these very streets.
And Rouleau continues to grow with an eye to the future. In the past two years there have been a significant number of new housing starts. Five homes have been moved in and situated on new basements and seven are new constructions. To meet the demand of people wanting to live in Rouleau, Town Council has made available a new residential section in the area between Rouleau School and the Rouleau Pioneer Museum.
Rouleau is open for business. Rouleau provides a perfect place to raise children in. It is a perfect place to retire to. It is a perfect place for trades people, artisans and home-based businesses who want spacious surroundings with easy urban access. Rouleau is the perfect place for new businesses wanting a creative, vibrant and sustainable community to prosper and grow in. For more information on how we can help you make your move to Rouleau, contact Rouleau Town Office at 1-306-776-2270.