Instow, Saskatchewan

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This article is about the hamlet in Saskatchewan. For the hamlet in North Devon, see Instow.
Instow, Saskatchewan
Instow, Saskatchewan is located in Saskatchewan
Instow, Saskatchewan
Instow, Saskatchewan
Coordinates: 49°22′26″N 109°16′45″W / 49.37402°N 109.27925°W / 49.37402; -109.27925
Country Canada
Province Saskatchewan
Region Southwest
Census division 4
Rural Municipality Bone Creek
Established 1914
Incorporated (Village) 1923
Restructured (Hamlet) January 1, 1951
 • Governing body Bone Creek No. 108 [1]
 • Reeve Ben Lewans
 • Administrator Rhonda Bellefeuille
 • MP David L. Anderson
 • MLA Wayne Elhard
 • Total 0.00 km2 (0.00 sq mi)
Population (2006)
 • Total 0
 • Density 0.0/km2 (0/sq mi)
Time zone CST
Postal code S0N 2M0
Area code(s) 306
Highways Highway 13
Railway Canadian Pacific Railway

Instow is an unincorporated hamlet in Bone Creek Rural Municipality No. 108, Saskatchewan, Canada. The hamlet is located on Highway 13 also known as the historic Red Coat Trail, about 10 km northeast of the town of Shaunavon.


Instow, like so many other small farming communities throughout Saskatchewan, has struggled to maintain a sturdy population causing Instow to become a complete ghost town with no residents. Prior to January 1, 2002, Instow was incorporated under village status, but was restructured as a hamlet under the jurisdiction of the Rural municipality of Bone Creek on that date.[6]

In 2006, Instow had a population of 1 living in 1 dwellings, a 0% decrease from 2001. The village had a land area of 0 km2 (0 sq mi) and a population density of 0 /km2 (0 /sq mi).


Instow was once a small hamlet founded in 1914 with the building of the Canadian Pacific Railway. C. Herbert, the first post master and founder of the small community, decided to name it after the small town of Instow, England, where he was originally from. During Instow’s boom years in 1923 the town grew to a peak of 60 citizens and was incorporated to village status. After incorporation, streetlights were installed throughout the village, a well, sidewalks, a skating rink, a seven-metre snowslide for winter sports and a ball diamond were built. The village even had a its very own fire engine. Instow once had two general stores, a restaurant, a bank, a livery barn, a lumberyard, a community hall, an implement agency, a post office, a garage, a telephone office, a blacksmith, a pool hall, and a total of 5 grain elevators.


In 1951 Instow’s Village Council decided it would be best for the village to revert into the municipality as a hamlet due to the rapid decline in its population. The community was struck once again with the closure of the post office in 1963. Over time many of the buildings in Instow have either been moved, demolished or simply rotted away, leaving nothing remaining but memories and photos.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Bone Creek No. 108
  2. ^ National Archives, Archivia Net, Post Offices and Postmasters 
  3. ^ Government of Saskatchewan, MRD Home, Municipal Directory System [dead link]
  4. ^ Canadian Textiles Institute. (2005), CTI Determine your provincial constituency 
  5. ^ Commissioner of Canada Elections, Chief Electoral Officer of Canada (2005), Elections Canada On-line 
  6. ^ "Covered population 2002". Saskatchewan Health. Retrieved 2008-04-17. 
  7. ^ [1]

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Coordinates: 49°13′19″N 109°10′12″W / 49.222°N 109.170°W / 49.222; -109.170