Senate, Saskatchewan

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Senate, Saskatchewan
Unincorporated community
Senate, Saskatchewan is located in Saskatchewan
Senate, Saskatchewan
Location of Senate in Saskatchewan
Coordinates: 49°15′40″N 109°48′29″W / 49.261°N 109.808°W / 49.261; -109.808
Country Canada
Province Saskatchewan
Region Southwest Saskatchewan
Census division 4
Rural Municipality Reno
Established 1910
Village established 1914-1994
Dissolved January 1, 1994
 • Administrator Lacelle Kim
 • Governing body Reno No. 51
Population (1940)
 • Total 63
Time zone CST
Postal code S0N 2G0
Area code(s) 306
Highways Hwy 13 / Hwy 21 (Red Coat Trail)
Railways Great Western Railway

Senate is an unincorporated community in Reno Rural Municipality No. 51, Saskatchewan, Canada. The village had a population of 63 around 1940. If The townsite is located on Hwy 21 & Hwy 13 also known as the historic Red Coat Trail, about 20 km east of the Alberta-Saskatchewan border and is about 200 km southwest of Swift Current, Canada.


Prior to January 1, 1994, Senate was incorporated as a village, and was dissolved into an unincorporated community under the jurisdiction of the Rural municipality of Reno on that date.[5]

Canada census – Senate, Saskatchewan community profile
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Paul Kalmring's family ran a corner store and gas station for most of the time between 1916 and 1983 in the tiny community, named after federal senators of the day when the community was created in 1914. Kalmring's family moved to the area when Paul was two, and his father soon purchased a convenience store and gas station.

Senate's population peaked at 63 in the 1940s and was a stopping point for the Canadian Pacific Railway. For a few years, Senate even had its own train ticket agent.

The west had just been opened up to waves of European settlers seeking prosperity, and at first, the future appeared promising for Senate and several others along Highway 13, or what is now know today as the Red Coat Trail.

During Senate's best years, the community boasted two elevators, a five-room hotel and restaurant, blacksmith shop, lumberyard and Kalmring's general store and gas station. For leisure, the citizens of Senate also built a tennis court and a baseball diamond across the train tracks.

But as in most other locales along southwest Saskatchewan, Senate's fortunes declined after the 1940s. Regional farm consolidation, drought and rural depopulation ended all hope for any lasting life at Senate.

By the early 1980s, Kalmring sold his store and moved to his farm, three kilometres north of Senate. And in 1983, the community was empty, home only to prairie ghosts. In 1994, with the railway and elevators also gone, rural municipality officials brought in the bulldozers and levelled Senate's remaining dilapidated buildings and dumped part of the debris into a nearby landfill.


Most cities in Canada and throughout the world have their antipode in the ocean. In the 1940s, Senate was one of only a handful of communities in Canada that has not only land, but a similar size village, in this case Port aux Francais on the Kerguelen Islands, within 10 km of its antipode.

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  1. ^ National Archives, Archivia Net, Post Offices and Postmasters 
  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 
  4. ^ Commissioner of Canada Elections, Chief Electoral Officer of Canada (2005), Elections Canada On-line 
  5. ^ "Restructured Villages". Saskatchewan Ministry of Municipal Affairs. Archived from the original on March 25, 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-10. 
  6. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". Canada 2001 Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012. 

Coordinates: 49°15′40″N 109°48′29″W / 49.261°N 109.808°W / 49.261; -109.808