|City of Melville|
City of Melville
|Incorporated Town||November 1, 1909|
|Incorporated City||August 1, 1960|
|• Mayor||Walter Streelasky|
|• MLA Constituency of Melville-Saltcoats||Bob Bjornerud|
|• MP Yorkton—Melville||Garry Breitkreuz|
|• Total||14.82 km2 (5.72 sq mi)|
|• Metro density||304.8/km2 (789/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Central Standard Time (UTC−6)|
|Highways||Hwy 15 Hwy 47|
|Pearl Park Post office established||1905|
|Melville Post office established||July 1, 1908|
Melville is a small Canadian city located in the east-central portion of Saskatchewan. The city is 145 kilometres (90 mi) north east of the provincial capital of Regina and 45 kilometres (28 mi) south west of Yorkton. Melville is bordered by the rural municipalities of Cana No. 214 and Stanley No. 215. The population at the 2011 census was 4,517, making it the smallest official city in Saskatchewan.
According to What's in a Name?: The Story Behind Saskatchewan Places and Names by E. T. Russell, People Places Contemporary Saskatchewan Placenames by Bill Barry the city was named for Charles Melville Hays, who at the time of the settlement's initial construction was the president of the Grand Trunk Railway and Grand Trunk Pacific Railway.  Hays was on the Titanic when it sank; he did not make it off the ship.
Under Saskatchewan law, a town must have a sustained population of more than 5,000 in order to apply for and maintain a city charter. Melville is a notable exception to this rule, as it has retained its charter despite dropping below the 5000 threshold.
Currently the mayor is Dr. Walter Streelasky.
Melville's namesake was the president of the Grand Trunk Railway and Grand Trunk Pacific Railway, Charles Melville Hays. Since Melville's founding in 1908, it has served as a nexus for railroad activity, currently including that of Canadian National Railway and Via Rail, the latter for which Melville effectively serves as the main rail/bus connection to Regina for its passengers. Today Melville railway station is still served by The Canadian three times per week.
The Melville Heritage Museum is in the original Luther College (formerly Luther Academy) building, built in 1913. The Luther Academy moved to Regina in 1926. After a stint as St. Paul's Home for Age and Orphan's, the building was declared a heritage site, opening as a museum in the early 1980s.
Melville is served by public and Catholic schools: École St. Henry's Junior Elementary School, and St. Henry's Sr School are both part of the Christ the Teacher Catholic School Division The Carlton Regional College Basic Education is located nearby in Lestock. The Melville Comprehensive School, a part of the Good Spirit School Division provides secondary education. Parkland Regional College provides post secondary technical training and operates a branch school out of the Melville Comprehensive High School building.
The Building Communities Program, a provincial government initiative, has earmarked 3.7 million dollars to establish the Melville Communiplex. The communiplex will offer a new 1,700 seat ice arena, fitness and cardio care facilities, and a walking track. It will replace the existing 60-year-old Melville Stadium, home to the Melville Millionaires. The communiplex is estimated to cost between 13 and 16 million dollars.
The city also has an 18 hole golf course.
- The Melville Advance, a weekly paper.
Melville currently has no current radio stations but receives Yorkton radio stations:
|AM 940||CJGX||GX94||country music||Harvard Broadcasting|
|FM 91.7||CBK-FM3||CBC Radio 2||public broadcasting||Canadian Broadcasting Corporation||Rebroadcaster for CBK-FM|
|FM 92.9||CJLR-FM-5||MBC Radio||First Nations community radio||Missinipi Broadcasting Corporation||Rebroadcaster for CJLR-FM|
|FM 94.1||CFGW-FM||Fox FM||hot adult contemporary||Harvard Broadcasting|
|FM 98.5||CJJC-FM||98.5 The Rock||Christian music||Dennis M. Dyck|
Within 20 kilometres (12 mi) are the Melville Game Preserve, Melville Regional Park and Duff Recreation Site.
In the film Hannibal Rising (2007), title character Hannibal Lecter shows up in the "hamlet of Melville" in the final scene. However the town depicted is surrounded by forest and is referred to as "near Saskatoon".
- George Abel - Olympic Gold Medalist (deceased)
- Sid Abel - Hockey Hall of Famer (deceased)
- Phil Bessler - Former NHL player for the Detroit Red Wings
- Evan Carlson - Former Saskatchewan MLA
- Tim Cheveldae - NHL Goaltender for the Winnipeg Jets, and Detroit Red Wings
- Jimmy Franks - Former NHL Goaltender for the Detroit Red Wings
- Shaun Heshka - NHL player for the Phoenix Coyotes
- Sol Kanee - President of the Canadian Jewish Congress from 1971 to 1974
- Chris Kunitz - NHL player for the Pittsburgh Penguins
- Todd McLellan - Head coach of the NHLs Edmonton Oilers
- Mike Morin - Former professional ice hockey player
- Alex Motter - Former NHL player for the Detroit Red Wings
- Terry Puhl - Retired MLB player for the Houston Astros
- Roger Reinson - Retired CFL player, 3-time Grey Cup Champion
- Jarret Stoll - NHL player for the New York Rangers
- Arch Wilder - Former NHL player for the Detroit Red Wings
- Lyall Woznesensky - Former CFL defensive lineman
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- Melville Canadian National Railways Station
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