This 4,500 resident city is Saskatchewan’s smallest! Melville is a small city in southeastern Saskatchewan, about 41 km SW of Yorkton, which lies on the Yellowhead Route #16 of the Trans Canada Highway. The city was named after Charles Melville Hays, the general manager of the Grand Trunk Railway (predecessor to Canadian National Railway) who perished on the Titanic in 1912.
The early economy of Melville was based on agriculture, and the railway which was an important transportation hub for the region. In the early 1900sy, Melville added many new businesses and public facilities, including a hospital, a town hall, and several schools.
In the post-WWII period, Melville continued to grow and develop, with new industries and businesses being established in the city. The construction of the Yellowhead Highway through the area in the 1950s improved highway access to the rest of the province.
Today, Melville is a thriving community with a population of over 4,500. The railway is still the town’s largest employer, and the railway remains important for shipping the potash mined in nearby Esterhazy.
The city has many cultural and recreational opportunities, including the Melville Heritage Museum, the Melville Regional Park, and the Melville Millionaires hockey team.
The area around Melville has many of Saskatchewan’s most unusual geographic features.
Melville Festivals & Events
The city hosts the Art Show (early May), Chamber of Commerce Parade (early June), Summer Fair at the Melville and District Agri-Park (mid June), Canada Day parade (July 1), Showstoppers Grass Drags (late Aug), Autumn Classic Golf Tournament (late Aug).
Prince Edward St and 12th Ave, in Melville Regional Park
This museum has several exhibits and rail pieces to show the significance of the railroad to the
community. See a locomotive, a flat car, and a caboose as well as items used in various
aspects of railroad operation including signalling, scheduling, servicing and safety.
Open June – August 1pm to 5 pm.
Melville Heritage Museum
241 Henry St, Melville, SK S0A 2P0
This museum features exhibits and artifacts related to the history of the city and the surrounding area.
Melville Regional Park
Hwy 10 E, Melville, SK S0A 2P0
This park offers a variety of recreational activities, including camping, fishing, swimming, and hiking.
Melville Millionaires Hockey Club
Melville Civic Centre, 1-22 Heritage Dr, Melville, SK S0A 2P0
This junior hockey team plays in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League and provides exciting entertainment for fans of all ages.
Melville Country Club
715 Park Ave W, Melville, SK S0A 2P0
This golf course features 9 holes and is open to the public.
Off Highway 10, Melville, SK S0A 2P0
This historic site is located just outside of Melville and was a key trading post during the fur trade era.
The Bunker Military Museum
173 3rd Ave W, Melville, SK S0A 2P0
This museum features exhibits and artifacts related to the military history of the area and the contributions of local veterans.
Langenburg Swimming Pool
900 Main St, Langenburg, SK S0A 2A0
This outdoor pool (about 20 minutes west of Melville) is a great place to cool off on a hot summer day.