Martensville, Saskatchewan

Martensville, Saskatchewan
City of Martensville
Martensville's business district
Centennial Drive

City of Martensville is located in Saskatchewan
City of Martensville
Location of Martensville in Saskatchewan
Coordinates: 52°17′23″N 106°40′00″W / 52.28972°N 106.6666667°W / 52.28972; -106.6666667Coordinates: 52°17′23″N 106°40′00″W / 52.28972°N 106.6666667°W / 52.28972; -106.6666667
Country Canada
Province Saskatchewan
Founded 1939
Incorporated (village) 1966
Incorporated (town) 1969
Incorporated (city) 2009[1]
 - Governing Body Martensville City Council
 - Mayor Gordon Rutten
 - MLA Martensville constituency Nancy Heppner
 - MP Saskatoon—Wanuskewin Maurice Vellacott
 - Total 4.78 km2 (1.8 sq mi)
Population (2006)
 - Total 4,968
 - Density 1,040/km2 (2,693.6/sq mi)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
Postal code S0K 2T0
Highway Highway 12
Website City of Martensville

Martensville is a city located in Saskatchewan, Canada, just 8 kilometers (5.0 mi) north of Saskatoon, and 14 kilometers (8.7 mi) south west of Clarkboro Ferry which crosses the South Saskatchewan River. Martensville is one of the fastest growing communities in Saskatchewan,[2] with the population growing 25% between 1996 and 2001. It is sometimes considered a bedroom community of Saskatoon. It is surrounded by the Rural Municipality of Corman Park No. 344.



In 1939, Isaac and Dave Martens purchased land north of Saskatoon. They then sold three small parcels of land to people who wanted to move out of Saskatoon and, as a result, the community of Martensville was created.

Martensville was later incorporated as a village in 1966 and as a town three years later in 1969. Sewer and water was established in 1976 with the town experiencing accelerated growth. In 2009, Martensville was incorporated as a city.

In 1992 Martensville received national attention due to a satanic sex scandal where day care sexual abuse hysteria escalated into claims of satanic ritual abuse.[3]


According to the mayor of Martensville, the population of the Martensville, as of March 2006, was 5,120[2] which is roughly the same as that of the city of Humboldt and considerably more than the city of Melville whose population has dropped below 5,000 over the last decade. The 2006 census reported a population growth of 13.8 per cent since 2001 placing the town at a population of 4,968.[4] On September 4, 2009, the provincial government announced that Martensville would be granted city status in November 2009.[1][5][6][7]

The 2011 edition of the official Saskatchewan government road map lists populations of its cities; according to it (but without citing source for the figure), Martensville's population was 6,035 as of the date the map was printed.


Martensville located between the North Saskatchewan River and South Saskatchewan River is between 600 meters (2,000 ft) to 700 meters (2,300 ft) above sea level.[10] Martensville is located just north of the moist mixed grasslands area typical of Saskatoon, and locates instead in an ecoregion of aspen parkland. It is located just 20 kilometers (12 mi) north of Saskatoon, and 14 kilometers (8.7 mi) south west of Clarkboro Ferry which crosses the South Saskatchewan River.[11][12] The 20 km distance between Saskatoon and Martensville is the closest between two chartered cities in the province.

Patches of Aspen trees surrounded by wheat fields in the summer.

Martensville is in a dry-prairie/savanna biome and experiences warm summers and very cold winters. Martensville has four distinct seasons. Average temperatures range from -17°C in January to 18°C in July.[13] Martensville is fairly dry; with the summer being the wettest season. It belongs to the continental climate region of Canada which typifies warm summers according to the Köppen climate classification.[10]:95 The geology of the area are sandy plains which resulted from shorelines of glacial lakes and depositions from glacial lakes as the Laurentide ice sheet left the area. There are no large lakes in this area due to the sandy soils which drained away melting glacial waters. The lakes in this area are remnants of the South Saskatchewan river channels.[10]:94


Martensville has a mayor as the highest ranking government official. They also elects aldermen or councillors to form the municipal council. Gordon Rutten is the current mayor. He also holds the distinction of being the first mayor of the city of Martensville.[14]

Provincially Martensville is within the Martensville constituency served by their MLA who is currently Nancy Heppner.[15]

Martensville is represented in the Canadian House of Commons by MP of the Saskatoon—Wanuskewin riding, currently this is Maurice Vellacott.

The city does not have its own police service and is in contract with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for protective services along with Corman Park Police Service and the Saskatoon Police Service who provide additional assistance when needed.


Martensville received its first school in 1953. Martensville is served by two elementary schools and one high school in the Prairie Spirit School Division.[16] Valley Manor Elementary School [17] is located on the south side of Martensville, while Venture Heights Elementary School [18] and the Martensville High School [19] are both located on the north side. Each school has an enrollment of approximately four hundred students each. In the spring of 2008, CA$ 698,000 was allocated for portable classrooms at Valley Manor and Venture Heights Schools.[20]

Historically pupils were served by the Halcyonia School District #1237 one room school house at South West Section 28 township 40 Range 8 W of the 3 meridian which was established by the historical Rural Municipality number 384. Some pupils may have attended Virtue one room school house #2616 which was built at a later date at Tsp 38 Rge 6 W of the 3 meridian.[21]

Points of interest

The city has seven lakes that are connected through a series of canals. The lakes and creeks are part of the Opimihaw Creek system. The lakes were created for water retention but are also used for a variety of year round recreational activities including perch fishing, canoeing, and skating.

The city has a new outdoor pool facility that opened in the summer of 2010. The facility includes a six lane junior olympic sized pool, a zero depth entry pool, and a toddler pool. There are four waterslides and several spray features. It has a full service concession and is right next to the community centre.

Wanuskewin Heritage Park, a Provincial Heritage Property and interpretive centre is located 5 miles (8.0 km) from Martensville and the Sutherland Bird Sanctuary is within 10 miles (16 km).[11]

See the article on Saskatoon for additional regional points of interest shared with Martensville.

Arts and culture

Martensville holds its annual Buster Days festival every June, usually in the first or second week. Buster Days is a 3 day festival that includes a parade, dances, softball, and, as of 2005, a volleyball tournament. Before 2005, a small exhibition took place that offered amusement rides, games, and food. Otherwise, its close proximity to Saskatoon - in particular the Credit Union Centre arena - allows residents easy access to that city's events and attractions.


Sports venues in Martensville include a kart racing track (Saskatoon Kart Racers), the North Ridge Centennial Centre, Chrome Dome Park (ball diamonds and soccer pitchs and Geransky multipurpose field), Kinsmen Park (tennis, skate park, walking trails, ball diamonds, tobogan hill), North Hills Park, Sport Centre (rink where the Marauders.[22] play hockey and curling rink), aquatic facility and various neighbourhood parks.

Martensville also hosts the Martensville Mustangs, who are a part of the Martensville Minor Baseball Association (MMBA),[23] as well as the Martensville Maddogs football team [24] and the high school team Martensville Royals.

The city used to have a small golf course, but in May 2008 it was demolished to make way for new houses and a public swimming pool. Martensville's bowling alley was also closed in 2008, and replaced by a gym in late 2009. In the summer of 2008, the former bowling alley was used as a filming location for the second season of the Canadian television show, Rabbit Falls.[25]

Local business

Martensville is the home of many local successful businesses. These include A La Mode (wedding dresses and rentals), Duraroc Homes Ltd. (residential project management), Theodore's Bakery, Martensville Rental Center, and Smokehaus.


Several major trucking routes radiate north from Saskatoon; Idylwyld Drive North, Sk Hwy 11 Louis Riel Trail to Prince Albert via Warman, and Sk Hwy 12 to Blaine Lake via Martensville concurrency.

Martensville is located about 9 miles (14 km) from the Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker International Airport.[11]

Martensville is the only Saskatchewan city without a full hospital; the closest are the St. Paul's and City hospitals in Saskatoon.


Martensville is currently serviced by a recently launched monthly newspaper, The Martensville Messenger.[26] Otherwise it shares other print, radio and television media with its neighbour, Saskatoon. It is the only Saskatchewan city that currently does not have a radio station.

See also


  1. ^ a b Graham, Jennifer (2009-09-07). "Historian says creating new Saskatchewan cities has 'great significance'". The Canadian Press. Retrieved 2009-09-08. "It was 1913 when North Battleford and Weyburn became the province's newest cities. Nearly 100 years later, Saskatchewan is doing it again, announcing last week that the towns of Meadow Lake and Martensville have reached city status." 
  2. ^ a b "Martensville History". Martensville. iCompass Technologies Inc.. 2008. Retrieved 2009-09-08. 
  3. ^ "Satanic Sex Scandal". CBC News. February 12, 2003. Retrieved 2009-09-08. "The nightmare that descended on Martensville, Saskatchewan began when a local mother had some grave suspicions. She worked as a nurse at a Saskatoon hospital and left her kids with a babysitter only a few blocks from her home.... By the spring of 1992 Martensville was reeling with rumours about a Satanic cult called The Brotherhood of The Ram that had police officers as members. It was an explosive situation and the Martensville police were under tremendous pressure to do something about it." 
  4. ^ French, Janet. Saskatoon Star Phoenix. ed. Hollowing out the Core - Population shifting from established areas to the suburban fringes. Saskatoon Star Phoenix newspaper Wednesday March 14, 2007. p. 3. 
  5. ^ "Martensville hits the big time; becomes Saskatchewan's 15th city". The StarPhoenix. CanWest. September 4, 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-04. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Martensville becomes Saskatchewan's 15th city". Municipal Affairs. Government of Saskatchewan. September 4, 2090. Retrieved 2009-09-08. 
  7. ^ In Saskatchewan, communities may apply for and be granted city status once they achieve and maintain a permanent population of 5,000 (Melville is at present an exception). The 2006 census showed a population below this threshold, but growth calculations indicated the population had surpassed 5,000 by 2009.
  8. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". Statistics Canada. Government of Canada. 2009-02-24. Retrieved 2011-03-06. 
  9. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". Statistics Canada. Government of Canada. 2007-02-01. Retrieved 2011-03-06. 
  10. ^ a b c Fung, Kai-iu (1999). Barry, Bill. ed. Atlas of Saskatchewan Celebrating the Millennium (Millennium ed.). Saskatchewan: University of Saskatchewan. pp. 92–93. ISBN 0-88880-387-7. 
  11. ^ a b c "Querying Geographical Names of Canada". Natural Resources Canada > Earth Sciences Sector > Priorities > Mapping Services Branch. Government of Canada. Retrieved 2009-09-09. 
  12. ^ "Driving Directions from Saskatoon, SK to Martensville, SK". MapQuest, Inc. Retrieved 2009-09-09. 
  13. ^ "Canadian Climate Normals 1961-1990". 
  14. ^ "Martensville, Saskatchewan". Municipal Directory System. Government of Saskatchewan. , December 09, 2008. Retrieved 2009-05-08. 
  15. ^ Canadian Textiles Institute. (2005). "CTI Determine your provincial constituency". Retrieved 2009-05-08. 
  16. ^ "Prairie Spirit School Division No. 206". Retrieved 2009-09-09. 
  17. ^ "Valley Manor Elementary School". Retrieved 2009-09-09. 
  18. ^ "Venture Heights Elementary School". Retrieved 2009-09-09. 
  19. ^ "Martensville High School". Retrieved 2009-09-09. 
  20. ^ "Improving School in Martensville and Warman". News Release. Government of Saskatchewan. May 16, 2008. Retrieved 2009-09-09. 
  21. ^ Adamson, Julia (22-May-2006). "Saskatchewan Gen Web - One room School Project; Saskatoon area School Districts Map, Sk, C". Retrieved 2009-09-09. 
  22. ^ "Martensville Minor Hockey Association". September 8, 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-09. 
  23. ^ "Martensville Minor Baseball". Retrieved 2009-09-09. 
  24. ^ "Kinsmen Football League". November 6, 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-06. [dead link]
  25. ^ "Who's on the Program?". Retrieved 2009-09-09. 
  26. ^ "The Martensville Messenger". Retrieved 2009-09-09. 

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