Community Life in the Kinkora Area
Below is a brief introduction to community life in the Kinkora Area. For more information please visit Kinkora’s Community Collection at the library/CAP site in Kinkora. Enjoy a sample of the photographs, documents and oral history interviews on this subject in our Digital Collection.
The Kinkora Area is made up of: Kinkora, Newton, Middleton, Maple Plains and Shamrock. These towns may be rural and small in size, but they have a huge amount of community spirit and heart.
The social life of the Kinkora Area, like every other community, was centered around the church until the 1950’ and 60’s. There were teas, picnics and other fundraisers planned by the church or the Catholic Women’s League. The Sisters of Saint Martha were also very involved in school plays and music lessons.
When a new church was built in 1901, the old church was hauled across the road and became the community hall. In 1979 a new hall was built and christened the Kanta Klub. The community hall has been host to numerous talent shows and plays over the years. The Kinkora Area is always generous with their time, talents and pocket books. Many fundraisers and benefits have been held at the hall to help those community members in need.
Every year the Kanata Klub is the main host for the Somerset Festival, which takes place for a week in July. There are activities every day of the week: dances, children’s events, races and tractor pulls. The highlights of the week are the parade and pancake breakfast.
The hall is also home to the local volunteer fire department. The hall has three bays where the trucks and equipment are stored. There is also a room where the firemen meet and do training. The fire department was formed in 1957 and is recognised in the community for their service and dedication.
The Maple Leaf Senior Citizens Club have their own room in the Kanata Club. They meet once a month to have lunch and hold a meeting. The seniors do fundraisers, give to charity and focus on senior’s issues. Other clubs in the area have been boy scouts, cubs and history societies.
Athletics are very important to the community. Most of the sports teams are now connected to the elementary and high schools, but before that there was an outdoor hockey rink and baseball field in the community. Fitness clubs are also hosted year round at the community centre or school gymnasiums. The Kinkora Heritage Park was opened in 1998 with playground equipment for children and is located next to the rails to trails walking and bike path.
The Kinkora Area offers a variety of activities for every age group. The sense of community is strongly felt and people are always happy to come together whether it’s for a good cause or to cheer on a local sports team. If you would like to learn more about community life in the Kinkora Area and see a sample of the Community Collection please view our Digital Collections page.