Community

Welcome to Melville

Melville was established when the Grand Trunk Railway was built through this area.  The community was named for the President of the Grand Trunk Railway, Charles Melville Hays, who later perished aboard the Titanic.

Melville officially became a city on August 1, 1960, and is the smallest city in Saskatchewan. We are surrounded by a trading area of approximately 17,000 people.  The industries driving the economy in this area are agriculture, CN Rail, potash (a mineral used in agricultural fertilizer) mining, and tourism.

Melville is situated just north of the Qu'Appelle River Valley and is in aspen parkland country.   

January is typically the coldest month in Melville with an average temperature of -12.6 degrees Celsius.  August is generally the warmest month, with the average daily temperature around 23.9 degrees Celsius.  Melville receives and average annual precipitation of 514mm (rain & snow combined.)
 
Getting Around: Melville is easy to navigate, with the majority of streets being part of an east/west grid.  If you don't have a vehicle of your own, there is a taxi service that can take you from place to place.  (Seniors can purchase taxi vouchers monthly.  Contact the City Office for more information.)  For residents that require more assistance, there is a Special Needs Van that can pick you up and get you safely to your destination.  (An application is required prior to using the Special Needs Van - please contact the City Office for information.)

When you want to travel out of town, there are a few options.  Melville is well situated with easy highway access to many places - we are at the crossroads of Hwy 10, Hwy 47 & Hwy 15.  Hwy 10 and Hwy 47 can connect you to the Trans-Canada Highway #1 and Highway #16 (the Yellowhead Highway).  There is daily bus service through Saskatchewan Transportation Company (STC).  There is also regular VIA Rail train service, connecting Melville to major centres across Canada.

Out & About in Town

Shopping: Whether you're looking to indulge in some 'retail therapy,' trying to find the perfect birthday gift, or just picking up some groceries for supper, Melville has many options.  Much of Melville's business district can be found in the area of Third Avenue and Main Street.  Clothing, gift ware, household appliances, antiques, florists, groceries, restaurants, pharmacies, banking, beauty salons, and other services are all conveniently located for easy shopping.

Restaurants: Melville offers a wide variety of restaurants.  You can sit down in a family restaurant, grab a quick bite at a fast food joint, have a pizza delivered, choose from a Chinese buffet, or kick back with some pub food.

Sports & Leisure Facilities: There are a number of organized sports and leisure groups that operate in Melville.  They include: hockey, figure skating, speed skating, dance, and baseball.