Home to the World’s Largest Paperclip, the Town of Kipling is a great Saskatchewan community located approximately 140 kms north east of Estevan and only 50 kms north of Moose Mountain Provincial Park.
One of Kipling’s strongest assets is its multicultural community and the people of the Kipling area. This combination brings the community together with common purpose and continues to support the economic growth while creating a great place to live or visit. Kipling is a “town for all seasons be it recreation, traveling, arts, outdoor or indoor activities, or relaxation - whatever your age or inclination.”
The Story of the Red Paperclip
Kyle MacDonald began with one red paper clip on July 12, 2005. It took Kyle exactly a year of 14 internet trades to move from the paper clip to a house on Main Street in the tiny town of Kipling, Saskatchewan. The idea began from a childhood game called “bigger and better”, and by July 5, 2006, the chain of bartering had ultimately led Macdonald trading a movie role for a two-story farmhouse in Kipling. On July 12, 2006, one year after MacDonald began his experiment, the deed to the house was signed. In the following September, at the housewarming party where 12 of the 14 traders were present, he proposed to his girlfriend and she accepted. The unique wedding ring was made from the original red paperclip that he got back from the first woman to have agreed to trade with him.
The town was named after author Rudyard Kipling, who is best known for his works of fiction The Jungle Book (1894). During one of Kipling's voyages across Canada he passed through the town of Broadview, which is located north of Kipling. His passing through this town led to Kipling receiving its name. Today, portraits of Rudyard Kipling can be found on buildings throughout the town. Rudyard Manor, a home for senior citizens, has also been named after him.
On many early maps, Kipling bears the name "Kipling Station"; it was a divisional point on the CN Railway line, and the community grew in a more substantial way after the arrival of the railway in 1907-08. The main initial settlement in the Kipling area had taken place in the 1890s, and became one of Canada's largest Hungarian settlement areas.
- Leisure Complex: A Skating rink and four sheets of curling ice.
- Baseball Park: A four diamond Ball Park.
- Children's playground and Park.
- Two Tennis Courts
- Senior Citizen Recreation Centre
- Community Centre, complete with meeting rooms and Town Office.
- Gymnasium adjoining the School to accommodate basketball, volleyball, etc.
- Heated Outdoor Swimming Pool opened from June to August.
- Campground with 32 sites, 20 serviced sites, showers/washrooms. Open June 1 to September 30.
- Golf Course: 9 Hole grass green
- World’s largest paperclip