Love, Saskatchewan

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Village of Love
Love is located in Saskatchewan
Location of Love
Love is located in Canada
Love (Canada)
Coordinates: 53°29′9.44″N 104°10′2.94″W / 53.4859556°N 104.1674833°W / 53.4859556; -104.1674833Coordinates: 53°29′9.44″N 104°10′2.94″W / 53.4859556°N 104.1674833°W / 53.4859556; -104.1674833
Census division6
Rural MunicipalityTorch River No. 488
Post office Founded1935
 • TypeMunicipal
 • Governing bodyLove Village Council
 • MayorShelley Vallier
 • AdministratorKarly Youzwa
 • Total0.46 km2 (0.18 sq mi)
 • Total50
 • Density108.0/km2 (280/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC−06:00 (CST)
Postal code
S0J 1P0
Area code(s)306
Highways Hwy 56
WebsiteVillage of Love

Love is a village within the Rural Municipality of Torch River No. 488, in the province of Saskatchewan, Canada. The village is northeast of the city of Prince Albert and about 48 km (30 mi) south of Prince Albert National Park boundaries and 16 km (9.9 mi) south of Torch River Provincial Forest. Love had a population of 50 in the 2016 Census, (a 23.1% decrease from 65 in the 2011 Census).

Love is known for its name and a special postmark, which is a teddy bear holding a heart.[5]


Canada census – Love, Saskatchewan community profile
2016 2011 2006
Population: 50 (-23.1% from 2011) 65 (18.2% from 2006) 55 (-22.5% from 2001)
Land area: 0.46 km2 (0.18 sq mi) 0.46 km2 (0.18 sq mi) 0.46 km2 (0.18 sq mi)
Population density: 108.0/km2 (280/sq mi) 140.4/km2 (364/sq mi) 118.8/km2 (308/sq mi)
Median age: 52.5 (M: 36.5, F: 62.5) 57.5 (M: 53.5, F: 58.8) 49.0 (M: 43.2, F: 52.5)
Total private dwellings: 30 35 30
Median household income: $39,296
References: 2016[6] 2011[7] 2006[8] earlier[9]


(Information gleaned from the Love history book Love At First Site and interviews with residents.)[original research?]

In the early years, the village was called Love Siding because of the railroad siding located there. The Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) had extended its tracks through the area in 1929, building sidings as it moved north and west from Nipawin to White Fox, Love, Garrick and ending in Choiceland. The siding was provided by the CPR for the loading of firewood, pulp, lumber and other forest products, later adding agricultural and dairy products as farming developed.

The village was named after the conductor of the first train to pass through the siding – Tom Love.[10]

Development began in 1934 with the building of a general store by William (Bill) Sears, assisted by Emery Long. In 1935, a Royal Mail Canada post office was established in the store, with Mr. Sears as postmaster.

The first houses were built by Eldon Lamb and Walter and Myrtle Haight and in 1936 Grant and Ray Emery built a general store for Lamb and Earl Johnston who were operating a lumber mill nearby. The population grew as millworkers and lumberjacks moved into the unincorporated community, building homes (usually little more than shacks) for their families. With no official town-site surveyed, the homes were built wherever there was room.

In 1939, the provincial government offered a 35 acres (14 ha) block of land for sale on the east side of the SW‑16‑52‑15‑W2. Because the homeowners wanted title to their property the Love Development Company was formed to tender a successful bid of $1200 ($20,800 today) for the entire block. The land was surveyed into a townsite of organized lots, which were sold at $50, $75 and $100. Anyone who already lived on one of the lots had the option of purchasing it.

In June 1945, the community was granted village status. In July 1945, at the first council meeting for the Village of Love, it was decided that the village would buy out the remaining unsold assets of the Love Development Company.

More lumber mills located in and around the village, which grew to a peak population of approximately 250 by the 1950s, by which time the local timber was becoming depleted and agriculture had grown considerably.

In its heyday the village had two general stores, a hotel with a beer parlour (bar), a pool hall, a couple of cafes, an insurance office, a couple of gas stations which included general auto repair and a few other businesses catering to people involved in the lumber industry.

As farming grew, a United Grain Growers grain elevator had been built in 1947 for the convenience of the farmers in the area. With the building of the large inland grain terminals on the prairies of the Canadian west, the small grain elevators were no longer needed and most, including the one at Love, were demolished. The CPR discontinued service in about 2002 with the closing of the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool elevator at Choiceland. In 2008, a number of local business people and investors purchased the Nipawin to Choiceland tracks, which now operates as the Torch River Rail.

The village has received some international recognition due to its unique postmark consisting of a teddy bear holding a heart. People from many parts of the world have sent bundles of wedding invitations to the Love post office to be stamped with the romantically oriented post mark and then forwarded to their final destinations.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "2011 Community Profiles". Statistics Canada. Government of Canada. Retrieved 2014-04-09.
  2. ^ National Archives, Archivia Net. "Post Offices and Postmasters". Archived from the original on 2006-10-06. Retrieved 2014-07-15.
  3. ^ Government of Saskatchewan, MRD Home. "Municipal Directory System". Archived from the original on 2016-01-15. Retrieved 2014-07-15.
  4. ^ Commissioner of Canada Elections, Chief Electoral Officer of Canada (2005). "Elections Canada On-line". Archived from the original on 2007-04-21. Retrieved 2014-07-15.
  5. ^ "Saskatchewan flooded with Love letters", CBC News, February 14, 2007. Retrieved February 20, 2007.
  6. ^ "2016 Community Profiles". 2016 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. February 21, 2017. Retrieved 2017-03-15.
  7. ^ "2011 Community Profiles". 2011 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. July 5, 2013. Retrieved 2012-10-14.
  8. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". 2006 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2009-02-24.
  9. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". 2001 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012.
  10. ^ "Sask. community finds Love connection". CBC News. February 14, 2010. Retrieved February 14, 2010.

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