Rural Municipality of Mountain View No. 318

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Mountain View No. 318
Mountain View No. 318 is located in Saskatchewan
Mountain View No. 318
Mountain View No. 318
Coordinates: 51°45′04″N 108°20′20″W / 51.751°N 108.339°W / 51.751; -108.339
DivisionCensus Division 12
SeatHerschel, Saskatchewan
 • Total838.67 km2 (323.81 sq mi)
 • Total333
 • Density0.40/km2 (1.0/sq mi)

Mountain View No. 318 is a rural municipality in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. The municipality is located in Census Division 12 which is a part of SARM Division 6. The seat of the municipality is located in the hamlet of Herschel. The RM is also home to Ancient Echoes Interpretive Centre.


In 2006, Mountain View No. 318 had a population of 333 in 114 dwellings, a 9.5% increase from 2001. On a surface of 838.67 km2 it has a density of 0.4 inhabitants/km2.[1]

Canada census – Rural Municipality of Mountain View No. 318 community profile
Population: 337 (+1.2% from 2011)
Land area: 840.03 km2 (324.34 sq mi)
Population density: 0.4/km2 (1.0/sq mi)
Median age:
Total private dwellings: 109
Median household income: $74,624
References: 2016[2] earlier[3]


The Rural Municipality of Mountain View No. 318 comprises Townships 31, 32 and 33 in Ranges 16, 17 and 18, all west of the Third Meridian.


The RM is drained by Eagle Creek which flows in a southeasterly direction. The valley of this creek is approximately 1 mile wide, and in most places is more than 100 feet deep. The ground surface on the uplands varies from gently undulating to quite hilly. The elevations a long the valley vary from approximately 1,950 feet at lake Opuntia to 1,900 feet   where the stream leaves the municipality. The elevation rises to the southwest and north-east of the valley, being in excess of 2,500 feet in secs. 20 and 29, tp. 31, range 18, and approximately 2,350 feet in section 36, tp. 32, range 16. The south-central part and the northeastern corner of township 32, range 16, and the western part of township 31, range 18, are mantled by moraine deposits. The remainder of the area is covered by glacial till or boulder clay.[4]


On May 19, 1909 a petition was sent to the Municipal Commissioner for Saskatchewan by a Municipal Committee, for the authority to proceed with an election whereby local residents would vote on whether to proceed with the establishment of an official Rural Municipality. At the same time, a list of potential names for the RM was submitted.  In all there were seven suggestions, with names like Glengarry, Bramley and Newbury appeared but it was the name “Mountain View” topped the list. Prior to that, since 1908 the area that is today, the RM of Mountain view, was part of what was called the Mountain View Local Improvement District (No. 16-N-3.) Councillors elected to the District included:

Division I: Charles T. Ramsey – Twp. 31-17-3

Division 2: Frank Cutten – Twp. 32-17-3

Division 3: Alex Walker – Twp. 31-18-3

Division 4: William J. Heatherington (Chairman) – 32-18-3

Division 5: D. Dubrueil – Twp. 33-17-3

Division 6: M. J. McMillan – Twp. 33-18-3

Charles Lawrence, Notary Public, Berkshire Farm, of Wiggins, Sask. was Secretary-Treasurer.

On June 15, 1909, the Municipal Commissioner's agreed to hold elections for the new RM of Mountain View on July 20, 1909.  52 voters turned out that day to cast their ballots.  The results of the election were clear.  36 people voted in favour of establishing a new RM, while only 16 people voted against the proposal.  A letter dated August 16 from the Deputy Municipal Commissioner officially established the RM of Mountain View No. 318 on December 13, 1909.

In the early years of the RM, large areas of land in the municipality were taken up by large farms. The Engen farm of 1909 contained 9 sections; the Lamborn farm of 1910 contained 5 sections (sold later to a group of Mennonite settlers in 1925) and the Bellamy farm of 1912 contained 17 sections. The Engen and Bellamy farms were later broken up into smaller farms. Now history is reversing itself; the smaller farms are being taken over by larger farming units.[5]


With the coming of the homesteaders, the plough turned land that once produced grass to support vast herds of plains bison, now now has become some of the best agricultural land in Saskatchewan.  This is due in part to the RM being located in the Dark Brown Soil Region of the province.  This has resulted in very high wheat yields over the years. There is also an abundance of good ranch land in the RM as the fertile flat land in the middle of the municipality is bordered on the north by the Bear Hills and on the south by the Bad Hills. The hill regions of the area are idea for grazing livestock. Today, agriculture is the primary economic activity in the RM.[5]

In the 1930s soft coal began to be mined a small valley just south of Herschel, which lead to the valley being named, the Coal Mine Ravine.[6]  Today the ravine is no longer mined for coal but it is home to the Ancient Echoes Interpretive Centre, several archaeological sites, as well as being home to several endangered species of plants and the remains of a former First Nations/Metis/pioneer Red River Cart trail.[7]


The following urban municipalities are surrounded by the Rural Municipality of Mountain View No. 318

Herschel, (seat of municipality) (restructured to hamlet, December 31, 2006)




Stranraer, (dissolved as a village)


Points of interest in the Rural Municipality of Mountain View No.318


In 1911 the rail line from Macklin to Rosetown was formally opened for traffic through the RM. The branch line of the Canadian Pacific Railway follows the Eagle Creek valley through the southwestern corner of the municipality, and on it were situated the villages of Herschel and Stranraer.

Remnants of the historic Swift Current - Battleford Trail can be found in the RM as well as several other trails.


The current members of the RM council and staff include:

Reeve: Rodney G. Wiens

Division 1: Kelly L. Cutler

Division 2: Robert D. Klassen

Division 3: Bradley W. Scott

Division 4: William N. Crossman

Division 5: Lorraine M. Procyshyn

Division 6: John R. Dipple[8]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ 2006 Community Profiles - Mountain View No. 318, Saskatchewan
  2. ^ "2016 Community Profiles". 2016 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. February 21, 2017. Retrieved =January, 2019. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  3. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". 2001 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012.
  4. ^ "Information archivée dans le Web" (PDF). Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  5. ^ a b "History | RM of Mountain View No. 318". Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  6. ^ Saskatoon Board of Trade; Saskatoon Board of Trade (1907). A few facts about the city of Saskatoon : something of its past, present and prospects for the future, a city of opportunities. A railway centre. The hub of the great hard wheat area of Central Saskatchewan. W. D. Jordan Special Collections and Music Library Queen's University Library. Saskatoon : Saskatoon Board of Trade.
  7. ^ "Ancient Echoes Interpretive Centre". Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  8. ^ "Council & Staff | RM of Mountain View No. 318". Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  9. ^ " -". Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  10. ^ " -". Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  11. ^ "Stranraer School District 651". Retrieved 2019-02-01.

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