Melville is a small city in the east-central portion of Saskatchewan, Canada. The city is 145 kilometres (90 mi) northeast of the provincial capital of Regina and 45 kilometres (28 mi) southwest of Yorkton. Melville is bordered by the rural municipalities of Cana No. 214 and Stanley No. 215. Its population at the 2016 census was 4,562, making it Saskatchewan's smallest city.
|City of Melville|
City of Melville
|Incorporated Town||November 1, 1909|
|Incorporated City||August 1, 1960|
|• Mayor||Walter Streelasky|
|• MLA Constituency of Melville-Saltcoats||Warren Kaeding|
|• MP Yorkton—Melville||Cathay Wagantall|
|• Total||14.82 km2 (5.72 sq mi)|
|• Density||307.8/km2 (797/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC−6 (Central Standard Time)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−5|
|Highways||Hwy 10 / Hwy 15 / Hwy 47|
|Pearl Park Post office established||1905|
|Melville Post office established||July 1, 1908|
According to What's in a Name?: The Story Behind Saskatchewan Places and Names by E. T. Russell, and People Places: Contemporary Saskatchewan Place Names by Bill Barry, the city was named for Charles Melville Hays, who at the time of the settlement's initial construction was the president of the Grand Trunk Railway and Grand Trunk Pacific Railway. Hays was on board the RMS Titanic when it sank; he did not make it off the ship.
|Canada census – Melville, Saskatchewan community profile|
|Population:||4562 (0.4% from 2011)||4517 (8.9% from 2006)||4149 (-6.8% from 2001)|
|Land area:||14.82 km2 (5.72 sq mi)||14.82 km2 (5.72 sq mi)||14.82 km2 (5.72 sq mi)|
|Population density:||307.8/km2 (797/sq mi)||304.8/km2 (789/sq mi)||280.0/km2 (725/sq mi)|
|Median age:||46.0 (M: 44.7, F: 46.7)||46.5 (M: 45.6, F: 47.8)|
|Total private dwellings:||2329||2000||2093|
|Median household income:|
|References: 2016 2011 2006 earlier|
The mayor of Melville is Dr. Walter Streelasky.
Melville's namesake was the president of the Grand Trunk Railway and Grand Trunk Pacific Railway, Charles Melville Hays. Since Melville's founding in 1908, it has served as a nexus for railroad activity, currently including that of Canadian National Railway and Via Rail, the latter for which Melville effectively serves as the main rail-to-bus connection to Regina for its passengers. Today, the transcontinental Canadian train, operated by national passenger rail carrier Via Rail, serves the Melville railway station three times per week.
In 2002 the St. Peter's Hospital was constructed. St. Peter's was founded in 1940 as a municipal hospital by the Sisters of St. Martha, based in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Next to St. Peter's is the St. Paul Lutheran Home.
The Melville Heritage Museum is in the original Luther College (formerly Luther Academy) building, built in 1913. The Luther Academy moved to Regina in 1926. After a stint as St. Paul's Home for the Aged and Orphans, the building was declared a heritage site, opening as a museum in the early 1980s.
Melville is served by public and Catholic schools: École St. Henry's Junior Elementary School, and St. Henry's Sr School are both part of the Christ the Teacher Catholic School Division The Carlton Regional College Basic Education is located nearby in Lestock. Davison School, as part of the Good Spirit School Division offers pre-kindergarten to grade 6 education. The Melville Comprehensive School, a part of the Good Spirit School Division provides secondary education. Parkland Regional College provides post secondary technical training and operates a branch school out of the Melville Comprehensive High School building.
In 2011 the Melville Communiplex opened. The federal and provincial governments covered $20 million of the construction costs of the $24.5 million facility. The Communiplex has an NHL size ice surface and seating capacity for 1,500 people, a walking track, fitness and cardio care facilities, and a convention centre. It replaces the existing 60-year-old Melville Stadium, home to the Melville Millionaires.
The city also has an 18-hole golf course.
- The Melville Advance, a weekly paper.
Melville currently has no current FM or AM radio stations, instead they are serviced by a digital radio station called: The Buzz (www.TheBuzzRocks.ca):
|AM 940||CJGX||GX94||country music||Harvard Broadcasting|
|FM 91.7||CBK-FM-3||CBC Radio 2||public broadcasting||Canadian Broadcasting Corporation||Rebroadcaster for CBK-FM|
|FM 92.9||CJLR-FM-5||MBC Radio||First Nations community radio||Missinipi Broadcasting Corporation||Rebroadcaster for CJLR-FM|
|FM 94.1||CFGW-FM||Fox FM||hot adult contemporary||Harvard Broadcasting|
|FM 98.5||CJJC-FM||98.5 The Rock||Christian music||Dennis M. Dyck|
|Digital||Online||The Buzz||Rock||Pearl Creek Media||Web Based Digital Radio Station|
Within 20 kilometres (12 mi) are the Melville Game Preserve, Melville Regional Park and Duff Recreation Site.
In the film Hannibal Rising (2007), title character Hannibal Lecter shows up in the "hamlet of Melville" in the final scene. However the town depicted is surrounded by forest and is referred to as "near Saskatoon".
- George Abel - Olympic Gold Medalist (deceased)
- Sid Abel - Hockey Hall of Famer (deceased)
- Phil Bessler - Former NHL player for the Detroit Red Wings
- Evan Carlson - Former Saskatchewan MLA
- Tim Cheveldae - NHL Goaltender for the Winnipeg Jets, and Detroit Red Wings
- Jimmy Franks - Former NHL Goaltender for the Detroit Red Wings
- Shaun Heshka - NHL player for the Phoenix Coyotes
- Sol Kanee - President of the Canadian Jewish Congress from 1971 to 1974
- Chris Kunitz - NHL player for the Pittsburgh Penguins
- Todd McLellan - Head coach of the NHLs Edmonton Oilers
- Mike Morin - Former professional ice hockey player
- Alex Motter - Former NHL player for the Detroit Red Wings
- Terry Puhl - Retired MLB player for the Houston Astros
- Roger Reinson - Retired CFL player, 3-time Grey Cup Champion
- Damon Severson - NHL player for the New Jersey Devils
- Jarret Stoll - NHL player for the Columbus Blue Jackets
- Arch Wilder - Former NHL player for the Detroit Red Wings
- Lyall Woznesensky - Former CFL defensive lineman
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- Melville Canadian National Railways Station