Birch Hills, a town of just over 1,000 people, is nestled in one of the finest and most prosperous regions in North Central Saskatchewan. It offers a stable economy and combines the amenities of rural life with the conveniences of urban nearness. The proximity of Birch Hills to larger centres provides for a variety of recreational, entertainment and cultural activities. In addition, the Town is only minutes away from the splendor of northern lakes, parks and campgrounds; some of Saskatchewan’s most popular vacation spots.
Along with the beauty and variety of four distinct seasons, the town and area are recipients of considerable sunshine, moderate winds and adequate precipitation.
The community takes its name from hills in the area, which were once heavily treed with birches that were used in manufacturing birch bark canoes during the fur trade era of the 18th century. For well over 200 years the hills to the south of the townsite were called the birch hills and had tremendous stands of large birch trees.
Birch Hills became a village in 1907 and reached town status in 1960. Unlike many other agriculturally based towns it continues to grow due to its position as a bedroom community to Prince Albert.
Melfort & District Museum
The Melfort & District Museum, located in the heart of Northeast Saskatchewan, features an extensive collection of vintage farm machinery, a Pioneer Village, and regularly changing exhibits. The museum’s collection focuses on the agricultural and social history of Melfort and area and many of the museum’s artifacts are on permanent display in the furnished Pioneer Village buildings. A large archive of photographs, documents, record books and history books and oral histories are available for genealogical research.
We also do a lot of educational and public programming and we mark annual events such as Canada Day, Aboriginal Day, Fair Days, Pioneer Day, Culture Days, Hallowe’en Haunt and Celebration of Christmas.
We are located at 402 Melfort Street West and we are open year-round, Monday – Friday, 9am - 5pm and Saturdays in July and August.
We welcome everyone to come on over for coffee, take a step back in time and explore the past – we’re saving it here for you.
We have a Pioneer Village of 16 buildings plus machinery buildings and outdoor displays. Our office/main gallery is located in the Power House (pictured). We started as an adjunct to the Agricultural Society but evolved into an all-round community museum with an extensive database of 37,000 + artifacts and an ever-increasing number of archival files. Our mandate to preserve the history and heritage of Melfort and area has extended to "bring the community into our museum and take the museum out into the community".
A quaint family-oriented community located 1 hour east of Regina on Highway 48. Montmartre is in a diverse agricultural area where an assortment of crops flourish and livestock are raised. The proximity of Montmartre to Regina allows residents the coziness of small town yet easy access to larger service center of Regina.
Montmartre (Mount of the Martyrs) was named in 1893 when several families arrived from France to take up residency in Canada. The Village moved twice before establishing the present location and incorporating as a Village in 1909.
The Village of Montmartre was twinned with Montmartre, France in 1961.
Weyburn Arts Council
Weyburn Arts Council was the first arts council established in Saskatchewan in 1964 by a City bylaw, and is governed by a 10-member volunteer board.
The Council is funded by grants, fees, and donations which are graciously accepted. As we are a non-profit charitable organization, we are able to issue charitable donation receipts. Legacies or bequeathments are accepted.
Weyburn Arts Council is an affiliate of the Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Council and a member of the Museum Association of Saskatchewan. We are an advisory board overseeing the City Galleries (Allie Griffin, Credit Union, and Signal Hill) and programming. As well, we manage the City of Weyburn permanent Arts Collection.
Weyburn Arts Council Mission:
To provide the opportunity to experience art in a fun and encouraging atmosphere.
The Purpose of an Arts Council is to provide leadership in the education, promotion, presentation and preservation of the arts in our community.