Melfort is located about 280 kilometers north of Regina, 172 kilometers northeast of Saskatoon, and 95 kilometers southeast of Prince Albert. In 1980, it became the 12th city in the Saskatchewan province. Due to how frequently the aurora borealis shines, Melfort was originally known as the “City of Northern Lights.”
Mrs. Reginald Beatty (née Mary Campbell, 1856–1916), the wife of one of the early immigrants, was honored by having this province named after her in 1884. She was born in Argyllshire, on the Melfort estate south of Oban, Scotland. Melfort is located in the Carrot River valley, which is renowned for its fertile agricultural areas and black loamy soil.
Melfort has a humid continental climate. On July 19, 1941, Melfort experienced its highest recorded temperature of 41.1 °C (106 °F). Melfort’s lowest temperature ever recorded was 47.2 °C (53 °F), on January 28, 1966.
Melfort had 5,955 people living there as of the Statistics Canada’s 2021 population Census. Its population density in 2021 was 404.3/km2 (1,047.1/sq mi), with a land area of 14.73 km2 (5.69 sq mi). Filipinos make up the largest visible minority group, accounting for 71.95% of the overall visible minority population. The Black make up the second-largest group with 40 members. Next to Blacks are the Koreans who make up 7.32% of the visible minority population.
Melfort became “Play Melfort” in 2016 as a result of its extensive recreation activities and amenities. The Melfort Golf & Country Club, which has an 18-hole grass greens golf course and the Spruce Haven picnic area, is located in the city of Melfort. The Melfort Exhibition Grounds include a show ring, grandstand, museum, and exhibition building. The adjacent Melfort & District Museum displays early settlers’ homes, farm machinery, pioneering tools, and archive papers. Fort Carleton, Duck Lake, and Seager Wheeler’s Maple Grove Farm are nearby attractions.
Population: 5,955 (2021)
Area: 14.78 km²
Elevation: 480 m