Herschel, Saskatchewan

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Special Service Area of Herschel
Herschel, Saskatchewan is located in Saskatchewan
Herschel, Saskatchewan
Location of Herschel in Saskatchewan
Herschel, Saskatchewan is located in Canada
Herschel, Saskatchewan
Herschel, Saskatchewan (Canada)
Coordinates: 51°39′18″N 108°25′23″W / 51.655°N 108.423°W / 51.655; -108.423
Census division12
Rural MunicipalityMountain View
Post office foundedN/A
Incorporated (Village)N/A
Incorporated (Town)N/A
 • Total1.35 km2 (0.52 sq mi)
 • Total65
 • Density22.2/km2 (57/sq mi)
Time zoneCST
Postal code
S0L 1L0
Area code(s)306
HighwaysHighway 31
Highway 656
RailwaysCanadian Pacific Railway
WaterwaysOpuntia Lake

Herschel is a special service area[5] in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. It is the seat of the Rural Municipality of Mountain View No. 318 and held village status prior to December 31, 2006.[6] The population was 30 people in 2006. The community is located 37 km northwest of the Town of Rosetown at the intersection of Highway 31 and Highway 656 along a Canadian Pacific Railway line.


Canada census – Herschel, Saskatchewan community profile
Population: 30 (-14.3% from 2001)
Land area: 1.35 km2 (0.52 sq mi)
Population density: 22.2/km2 (57/sq mi)
Median age: NA (M: NA, F: NA)
Total private dwellings: 19
Median household income: $NA
References: 2006[7] earlier[8]


Herschel was founded by German Canadians and settled mainly by Mennonites. The village was named in honour of 19th Century English physicist and astronomer Sir John Fredrick William Herschel.[9]

In 1935, a major fire destroyed 18 homes and businesses in Herschel. The blaze destroyed three general stores, the post office, a harness shop, the drug store, a pool hall, the Royal Hotel, a Chinese laundry, a hardware store, the municipal office, a restaurant, homes and other structures. Poor local roads were blamed for the extent of the blaze, with fire engines from Rosetown unable to reach the community for more than four hours.[10]

In 2005, fossils of a plesiosaur were discovered in a coal mine ravine southwest of Herschel, and now, along with native petroglyphs. The Ancient Echoes Interpretive Center[11] opened shortly after and attracts visitors from around the world. The fossils were described as a new species, Dolichorhynchops herschelensis.[12]

The Vancouver backpack manufacturer Herschel Supply Co. named itself after the place, the birthplace of ancestors of its founders, in 2009.[13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ National Archives, Archivia Net, Post Offices and Postmasters, archived from the original on 2006-10-06
  2. ^ Government of Saskatchewan, MRD Home, Municipal Directory System, archived from the original (– Scholar search) on November 21, 2008
  3. ^ Canadian Textiles Institute. (2005), CTI Determine your provincial constituency, archived from the original on 2007-09-11
  4. ^ Commissioner of Canada Elections, Chief Electoral Officer of Canada (2005), Elections Canada On-line, archived from the original on 2007-04-21
  5. ^ "Municipal Directory System" (PDF). Government of Saskatchewan. p. 227. Retrieved November 19, 2016.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Restructured Villages". Saskatchewan Ministry of Municipal Affairs. Archived from the original on March 25, 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-10.
  7. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". Canada 2006 Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-01.
  8. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". Canada 2001 Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012.
  9. ^ Barry, Bill (2003). People Places: Contemporary Saskatchewan Place Names. People Places Pub. p. 110. ISBN 1-894022-92-0.
  10. ^ "$120,000 Fire Sweeps Herschel Town". The Leader-Post. Regina, SK. 1935-04-09. p. 1.
  11. ^ Ancient Echoes Interpretive Center
  12. ^ Sato, T. (2005). "A new Polycotylid Plesiosaur (Reptilia: Sauropterygia) from the Upper Cretaceous Bearpaw Formation in Saskatchewan, Canada". Journal of Paleontology, 79: 969-980.
  13. ^ Deshpande, Jay (2 September 2016). "How Herschel Happened". Slate. Retrieved 2 September 2016.

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Coordinates: 51°39′18″N 108°25′23″W / 51.655°N 108.423°W / 51.655; -108.423