Carlyle has it! This slogan welcomes you as you enter this community that prides itself with all that it has to offer. Whether you are choosing a place to live, work, establish a business, or just visit, this southeast Saskatchewan community is a place that you will want to experience for yourself. You can find Carlyle located approximately 100 km’s northeast of Estevan, 115 km’s east of Weyburn, and 60 km’s from the Manitoba border, along the intersection of Highway 9 & 13.
Carlyle was incorporated as a village in 1902, and as a town in 1905. The CPR was constructed and in operation in 1900. The name “Carlyle” was chosen by the first postmaster to honour the niece of the Scottish historian and essayist, Thomas Carlyle: his niece and her husband settled in the Arcola district, farmed and raised a family there. Trains were running through the town site in 1901 and the population increased from 23 that year to nearly 400 in 1906. In 1941, Carlyle still had around this number, but by 1956 the population had surged to 829. Subsequently, and unusually for a smaller community in Saskatchewan, Carlyle's population has slowly but steadily continued to climb. Carlyle's population according to the 2001 Census was 1260.
Carlyle has a wide range of activities and services which are an essential part of this community.
- Golf Courses: Carlyle Golf Club, White Bear Golf Club, and Golf Kenossee.
- Carlyle Sports Arena: facilities for hockey, skating, figure skating, and annual winter carnivals. Carlyle is home to one of the finest rural community arenas in the area.
- Carlyle Curling Club is home to four sheets of artificial ice.
- Parks & Playgrounds: the Lions Club Park is at the south end of town and home to ball diamonds and the Lions Campground. The campground is beautifully treed with 11 electrical site, trailer dump station, modern washrooms/showers, a swimming pool, and firewood.
- Leisure Complex: junior Olympic-sized swimming pool that has 2 diving boards and a water slide. The complex also has a kiddie pool, hot tub, change rooms, showers and washrooms.
- Moose Mountain Provincial Park: just a short scenic drive 30 km north of Carlyle, you’ll find yourself at one of Saskatchewan’s original provincial parks that has been a popular getaway for more than 70 years. Whether you are tenting or parking your RV, renting a cabin or hotel room right inside the park, you are sure to enjoy yourself amidst the fresh air and blue skies.