Carlyle is a small town of 1,500 (2016) in Southeastern Saskatchewan. The town is 24 km (15 mi) south of Moose Mountain Provincial Park. The former Carlyle railway station now houses the Rusty Relics Museum.
Carlyle was incorporated as a village in 1902, and as a town in 1905. The CPR was constructed and in operation in 1900. The CNR laid steel into the townsite on October 28, 1909, and on July 7, 1910, the first passenger went through town. Early settlers to the district were mainly of British descent. 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, and 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. Unusually for a smaller community in Saskatchewan, Carlyle's population has slowly but steadily continued to climb.
- 1 Cannington Manor Provincial Historic Park, Highway 603 (29 km NE of Carlyle), ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Established in 1882, the village of Cannington Manor was an attempt by eastern settlers to recreate the aristocratic English lifestyle, all supported by agriculture. During its heyday, the villagers of Cannington Manor took part in fox hunts, dramatics societies, poetry clubs, tennis, cricket and croquet. After struggling for several years due to isolation and low grain prices, the village was abandoned in 1900.
- 2 Rusty Relics Museum (Carlyle railway station), 401 Railroad Ave W, Carlyle, ☏ . Jul-Aug: M-F 10AM-5PM. Located in a 1909 Canadian National Railway (CN) Station. Also on site a Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) Caboose, a CN Repair Shop and motorized (jigger) railcar, farm machinery shed, one-room school house, oil pump jack and a farm windmill. Tourist information and Wi-Fi. free.
- 3 Prairie Dog Drive-In Theatre (5 min north of Carlyle on Hwy 9), ☏ . The Prairie Dog Drive-In Theatre is open from May to September, with first-run movies now projecting in state-of-the-art digital for a clean, crisp picture and sound on FM radio. Nightly door prizes and fresh tasty treats from the onsite canteen. Cash sales only.
- 1 Carlyle Golf Club, 110 Railway Ave W, Carlyle, ☏ . A 9-hole golf course.
There are few small shops located in Carlyle's downtown area.
- King's Department Store, 124 Main Street, ☏ . Small town, independent department store.
Eat & drinkEdit
- Michael's Coffee Shop & Bakery, 125 Main Street, ☏ . M-Sa 8AM-8PM. Coffee, bakery, and according to Michael, "darn good pizza".
- The Office Bar & Grill, 101 Railway Ave (corner of Main Street), ☏ . Restaurant: Su M 4PM-, Tu-Sa 11AM-; bar: M 11AM-, Tu-Sa 2PM-, Su 3PM-. Pasta, pizza, burgers, wraps.
- Buddy's Pub, 201 Main St Arcola, ☏ . A steakhouse, but the menu has mostly deep fried things — fish and chips, chicken wings.
|Routes through Carlyle|
|Yorkton ← Kenosee Lake ←||N S||→ Jct W E → → becomes → Bowbells|
|Assiniboia ← Weyburn ← Jct W ←||W E||→ becomes → Souris → Winnipeg|