Herbert is located in the heart of Saskatchewan’s wheat belt, on the Trans- Canada Highway, approximately 47 km east of Swift Current. It is predominantly a residential community, fully serviced and paved with clean, tree-lined streets and well-kept homes and yards. The town serves primarily as a service center for the surrounding agricultural area which includes cereal, grains & mixed farming.
Settlement of the area dates back to 1885 with the building of the Canadian Pacific Railway, however, settlement was slow until 1903 when the Canadian Government land surveys made homesteads available. Most of the first settlers were Mennonite, although many other Europeans & Americans also took up homestead on the fine quality land in the district. The town was incorporated in 1912 and was named after Sir Michael Henry Herbert, who had a distinguished career in the British Foreign Service.
Recreational facilities are excellent with a sports complex featuring artificial ice for skating and three sheets of curling ice, ball diamonds, swimming pool and a public library. The Herbert Memorial Park within the community hosts a playground, gazebo, picnic tables & washroom facilities; a popular destination for picnickers, functions & events.
The old CPR station is operated by the Herbert Heritage Association & is open seasonally from June to September. It is home to a CPR snow plow, caboose & train car, historical CPR & town memorabilia, a working model train display, a pioneer home and the former, one-room, Reed Lake School. It serves as a museum and a visitor information center for tourists.
FASPA, a low German word for a light lunch of fresh baking, such as buns with meat, cheese or jams and coffee; an easy meal to make for unannounced visitors, or Sundays when the Mennonite culture discourages work other than what is absolutely necessary; is served at the train station/museum in honour of the Mennonite tradition.
In 1987 the Stampede Association launched their first rodeo, and it has become an annual event on the August long-weekend. It’s often when reunions are hosted and usually a time of gathering for family and friends.
The Wild West Parade is often a highlight and the kick start to the long-weekend’s festivities.
Regional Herbert Ferry Park is located on Lake Diefenbaker about 40 km north of Herbert and is another popular destination for many Herbert folk. Un-serviced camp sites are available for seasonal camping as are picnic sites for the occasional visitor. If you’re a boating and fishing enthusiast, this may become one of your favourite places during the summer months. Hunting is another common sport as there is a plethora of Canada geese, Snow geese, ducks, upland and big game in the area. Fishing & hunting licenses are mandatory and available for purchase at the local Pioneer Co-op.
Volunteer organizations within the community are slowly disappearing but a select few remain; Herbert Lions Club, Herbert Heritage Association, & the Herbert & District Hospital Auxiliary. There are currently four (4) churches available for worship; Living Faith Fellowship, Grace Community Church, Crossroads and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.
2016 Census revealed Herbert’s population to be 856 allowing a K-12 school to be maintained. We are also fortunate to have a resident doctor with acute care, long-term care, home care, Meals-on-Wheels, a Group Home and a personal care home. The community is policed by the Morse RCMP and we have a volunteer fire department & EMR providers that are always accepting of new volunteers. The Herbert Public Library is currently the only public facility with computer & internet access.