As we continued northwest on our Saskatchewan road trip, we arrived at the prairie town of Biggar, population 2161.
We had passed this sign several times over the years, and were always amused by the creativity in the wording.
This time, we made a stop for me to get the photo and to check out some of Biggar’s history. I liked how the colourful sign stood out against the azure sky.
According to information in the local museum, the slogan was created in 1914 by a survey crew who painted it onto a town sign as a drunken prank. The graffiti stayed in place until 1954 when it was adopted as the official town slogan.
Biggar is the hometown town of Sandra Schmirler, a gold medal winner in the 1998 Winter Olympics and three time world champion in the sport of curling. You’re not a true Saskatchewanian if you’ve never heard of “Schmirler the Curler”, as she was fondly referred to.
Avid hunters will know that Biggar is where the world record white-tail typical buck was taken in 1993 by Milo Hansen.
“This country is made up of small towns and big dreams”Brian Mulroney ,18th Prime Minister of Canada