SMALL TOWN SASKATCHEWAN
Often when trying to explain what life is like in small town Saskatchewan I start off by asking if you’ve ever seen the TV show Corner Gas. It’s kinda like that,… only a little more eventful. Flat landscapes with endless blue skies, dirt roads, fields of grain, and of course our iconic silos but we’re so much more than our scenery. Welcome to the “real” small town Saskatchewan where “game day” is the highlight of the week, people congregate at the post office to chat and catch up on the local gossip while checking the mail and the folks at the grocery store know you by name. It’s the kind of place that people know where you live, what you drive and what you do before they meet you. The sense of community is all encompassing and I have to say, its an amazing place to live.
TO BE OR NOT TO BE A SMALL TOWN GIRL
First off, I didn’t choose the small town life, small town life chose me,… or maybe life chose it for me. Either way, I’m revelling the experience of living in a small town of under 4200 residents and spending time with family. It’s the kind of town where it’s not unusual to have someone stop you on the street and ask if you need a lift because they notice your car isn’t in the driveway lately so it’s probably at the mechanics, or the grocery store clerk mentioning that someone popped in to ask for your phone number because you aren’t in the phone book but it’s on your account with the grocers. I’ve spoken with friends back in Edmonton and other big cities that find those examples creepy however around here, it’s pretty normal. I have to say that it’s pretty reassuring when my car got stuck in a snow drift to have 3 separate vehicles stop and offer to help us while we waited for the tow truck. It’s the kind of place that really reinforces your belief in human decency.
A WEALTH OF HISTORY
Melville SK has some amazing history which is why I enjoy exploring it’s past and present. See, back in 1908 this small town was THE departure town for surrounding communities to take the train. It was also the hub of the community. Today it stands as a testament to the ravages of time being fought by a host of volunteers that strive to restore this building to it’s former glory. You can follow the progress and fundraising efforts here. There is more to the town than our train station, wander the streets and see the diverse architecture, the range of churches, our old brick town hall which makes our town’s past part of our future.
WEATHER WEATHER WEATHER
One thing you learn about Saskatchewan is that you can never fully anticipate the weather or what tomorrow will bring. Yesterday was snowy and gloomy. This morning I awoke to this foggy vista of hore frosted trees and bare streets, by mid morning the sun was shining and the frost was gone replaced by bare brown branches with little buds struggling to grow. Being a farming community the weather makes or breaks the yearly economy. Too much rain and the land floods, too little and we experience drought, both of which make the weather a vital part of the community’s focus.
Overall small town life is an adventure. Want to know more about small town Saskatchewan? This link gives you videos and pictures from little places across the province of Saskatchewan.