Humboldt is a city of over 5,000 people in the central portion of Saskatchewan. The city covers 11.66 square kilometres near the communities of Marysburg, Muenster, Burr, and Carmel, and is located east of the city of Saskatoon.
Highways 5 and 20 intersect in Humboldt, and the city has a number of lakes surrounding it. Originally, Humboldt was a settlement built around a telegraph station along the Carlton Trail (a wagon route between Fort Garry in Winnipeg and Fort Edmonton in Edmonton).
The city is named after German explorer Alexander von Humboldt and has a large population of people with German ancestry.
Area: 11.66 km2
The northern section of Humboldt includes residential areas, parks, a hospital, churches, a golf course, a lake, a few small businesses, an RCMP office, and an industrial area.
The central section of the city has residential areas, accommodations, shops, service providers, restaurants, a bowling alley, churches, schools, government offices, parks, a library, a post office, an art gallery, a community hall, an arena, and a college campus.
Residential areas, parks, schools, a few small businesses, government offices, a couple of restaurants, churches, and lakes can all be found in the southern section of Humboldt.
The Humboldt and District Museum is located in a building originally used as a post office. Permanent exhibits include the original Humboldt telegraph station, St. Peter’s Colony (a group of monks that lived in the area), early businesses in the area, a schoolhouse, a pioneer home, a natural history collection, and a sports hall of fame. There are also various temporary exhibits held throughout the year. The Humboldt and District Gallery is housed in a building that used to be a bank. The gallery showcases various works by local artists, including paintings, mixed media works, drawings, sculptures, textiles, and photographs. Exhibits are held temporarily and include opportunities to purchase the works shown.
Humboldt has several parks, including Glenn Hall Park, which has a soccer field, an outdoor track, a playground, and greenspace; Water Ridge Park, with greenspace, sheltered picnic areas, walking paths, treed areas, and lake views; Civic Park, which has a gazebo, treed areas, greenspace, picnic tables, and a short walking path; Peace Park, which features a playground, greenspace, picnic tables, and treed areas; Wilf Chamney Park, with greenspace, a playground, and a few trees; Bill Brecht Memorial Park, featuring a soccer field, greenspace, some trees, and a playground; and Carl Schenn Recreational Park, with soccer fields, greenspace, trees, a ball diamond, and a playground.
Key industries in Humboldt include agriculture, mining, and manufacturing. The agriculture sector includes producers, farm equipment dealerships, fertilizer companies, equipment repair and maintenance shops, agricultural technology companies, and research and development businesses. Potash mining is common around the Humboldt area, and the industry employs many residents. Machinery, and transportation and industrial equipment are manufactured by various companies within the city. Some of the city’s major employers include Viterra, Bunge, Cargill, Richardson Pioneer, DuPont Canada, BHP Billiton, PotashCorp, Schulte, Bourgault and Doepker Industries, Koenders Manufacturing, and Commercial Industrial Manufacturing (CIM).
The Humboldt and District Chamber of Commerce offers support and promotion for local businesses of all types and sizes and encourages investment in the local economy.
Affordable single-family homes are the most common real estate option in the northern section of Humboldt. They are often on large lots and usually include at least a single garage. Vacant land can be found along the edges of this section.
Single-family homes closest to the city centre in the central section are normally very affordable and include large yards. Higher-priced, newer single-family homes can be found along the edges of this section, along with some industrial commercial space and vacant land.
A mix of newer and older single-family homes, condo options, row housing, vacant land, and commercial space can be found in the southern section of Humboldt.
Humboldt’s school options include Humboldt Public School, St. Dominic School, Humboldt Collegiate Institute, and St. Augustine School. Other schooling options can be found in nearby communities and include St. Peter’s High School, Bruno School, Anaheim School, Lake Lenore School, and Englefeld School.
Carlton Trail College is the city’s only post-secondary option and offers programs in computers and technology, business, health and safety, trades, and university preparation. Other options found in nearby communities include Cumberland College, Parkland College, and Saskatchewan Polytechnic.