Humboldt Saskatchewan is only about an hours drive East of Saskatoon and makes for a great day trip. The drive to Humboldt is quite different when travelling to say, Calgary. There are rolling hills, lots of forested areas, lots of neat houses along the way and ofcourse lots of farm land. We drove during May 2012 so there was a lot of water pools left over from the Spring melt. We drove early morning and it was nice and sunny out.
There is quite a bit to see in Humboldt and you can learn a lot about its interesting history while there. In an afternoon, we explored the caboose at the Humboldt & District Chamber of Commerce’s building, the brand new waterpark, the downtown streets looking for all the murals, the museum to learn about the rich history, and the outside of the old water tower. We did not have time to see everything we wanted to but will easily return to make a day of it. We missed playing on the golf course, the mini golf course, visiting the College just outside of the city, camping in the city campground and many more places of interest.
In the video we did not shoot anything in the museum, (except for the curling rock just cause) and not many of the murals. We didn’t want to take away from your trip there. On our next trip we will definitely go see the Original Humboldt Site that is now ready for tourists, including the 1878 Humboldt Telegraph Station.
When we first got there we went to the Humboldt & District Chamber of Commerce and the Visitor Information Centre to get an idea of what we could do for the afternoon. We were lucky to get some awesome ideas from the super helpful and nice Executive Director. She made us feel welcome and encouraged us to explore, which we did. So if you what to get your own ideas of where to go, make sure you stop in to the Visitor Information Centre when you get there.
History of the City of Humboldt
This excerpt is taken directly from the City of Humboldt’s website at the following link: City of Humboldt History
“The name “Humboldt” was approved in 1875 for a site in the North West Territories along the Canadian Pacific Telegraph Line. The line was part of the original Dominion Telegraph Line of 1876 to eastern Canada via Fort Pelly / Swan River.
The Humboldt Telegraph Station was built in 1878 by lineman George Weldon eight kilometers southwest of the present city. George’s wife Catherine was one of the first female telegraph operators in western Canada. The station was located alongside the prominent Carlton Trail which branched west to Clark’s Crossing or north to Batoche.
The Humboldt Telegraph Station played a pivotal role in the 1885 Uprising of Louis Riel and the Metis. General Middleton and his troops stopped at Humboldt in April 1885, after marching from Fort Qu’Appelle, en route to Batoche. Colonel Denison and his troops arrived at the Humboldt Telegraph Station on May 1, 1885. Denison fortified the site by digging an extensive series of trenches that his troops called “Fort Denison.” With the battle raging between the Metis and the Dominion Government, Denison notes that “Humboldt became the end of the telegraph line.” The line further west was routinely cut to hamper communications. Humboldt became an important communication link and military site for Prime Minister John A. Macdonald and his forces in the west.
By the early 1900s, settlers were arriving in the area and the name Humboldt was transferred to the emerging settlement. The name honoured Baron Alexander von Humboldt, born in Prussia in 1769. Humboldt was a famous scientist, explorer and author whose work in South and Central America influenced Charles Darwin.
By 1903, the establishment of St. Peter’s Colony by the Benedictine monks and the marketing by the German American Land Company attracted many settlers to homestead in the area, including numerous German Catholics from the United States.
The Canadian Northern railway arrived in September 1904, providing an essential transportation route to the new community. In May 1905, the first passenger train arrived and the district flourished. In June 1905, the village of Humboldt was incorporated. The community continued to grow to over 400 people, thus becoming a town on April 1, 1907. On November 7, 2000 Humboldt was declared Saskatchewan’s thirteenth city.”
This should get you excited to visit!