The Town of Herbert was named after Sir Michael Henry Herbert, an English Diplomat who became the British Ambassador to the United States. In 1903 the Canadian Government opened much of its land in the area for settlement. It was advertised as "The World's Choicest Wheat Lands". Many settlers did not really know exactly what they were coming to. They did not realize how barren and treeless the prairies were, how windy this flat country could be summer and winter, how very cold and sometimes dangerous a prairie winter could be, or how hot the summers usually were.
Because everyone in the community came from somewhere else, the town was like a patchwork of many nationalities and religious backgrounds. This diversity bred a feeling of closeness that still exists in Herbert's history. Though much has changed in Herbert's history, a great deal remains the same. The prairies still seem to stretch on forever; and as long as they do, Herbert will remember its heritage and friendly way of treating people.
Herbert was incorporated as a Town in 1912. The population has varied over the years from as high as about 1400 to less than 800. Current population is around 800. There has been recent growth due to the current influx of people moving from B.C. and other locations. Our quiet, friendly community with clean air and water offers superb health, education, recreation and spiritual services to residents. Dedicated town staff provides civic services that are second to none.
Close proximity to larger centers and our location on the Trans-Canada Highway make it convenient to travel for needs not provided in our town.
Herbert’s many businesses and services welcome area residents and visitors alike to stop in, take in the local attractions and shop in our local establishments. Pick up on the flavor of small town Saskatchewan. Come back soon and often.
Creation of the Town Sign & Logo
The sign (at top right) depicts the official Town Seal which is also replicated in a town lapel pin. Constructed by Ideal ‘N’ Ironworks and painted by Herbert Auto Collision, it was erected at the entrance to the Town in the summer of 2000. For Saskatchewan’s Centennial in 2005, Bernie Andres designed and installed the brickwork. Flowers planted in front of the sign added to other clean-up efforts for improving the appearance of the Town for Celebration 2005.
In 2004, the Economic Development & Tourism Committee held a strategic planning meeting for the town; and, out of that session an idea was born for a light-hearted approach for promoting Herbert. The slogan “Have You Seen Herbert” was adopted, and a local artist, Alden Seib, agreed to do a caricature for the slogan. ‘Herbert’ has stirred much controversy in our community. One thing is certain - people from many parts of the province involved in trying to keep rural Saskatchewan vibrant love this symbol; and, are in envy of the people in Herbert who took logo art to a new level. ‘Herbert’ found his way to the Town of Herbert Canada Post cancellation stamp, to signs, to shirts, to license plates, to book covers and to brochures.
Look for these and many other images around our Town and on our new Website www.townofherbert.com. Come visit Herbert, have the ‘Faspa’ experience, and spend time at the restored CPR Train Station Museum & Tourist Information Centre.
Excerpts & Quotes about Herbert
"The beautiful gently rolling section of the Canadian prairie, which was to contain the townsite of Herbert was part of the great buffalo grazing grounds of southwest Saskatchewan. Herbert is toward the eastern edge of the Great Plains of North America - the treeless, rolling region known as the Albert Plain. The South Saskatchewan River and the Swift Current Creek were the nearest rivers. They, and the other bodies of water found in the area, are the result of glaciation.".
"The year 1912 was a banner year for the village of Herbert. In an official census taken in the spring and summer of that year, it was reported that the village 'contained 709 persons residing therein. On August 27 a vote was taken of the electors of the village of Herbert, asking their endorsement of a resolution of the village council, that the village become a town. The resolution was passed by more than a 2/3 majority." (From 1912)
"The year 1987 is a significant one for Herbert. Seventy-five years ago Herbert was a fast growing village, the centre of a rich wheat growing area with the Herbert Mill to attract farmers from miles around....Now 75 years later we are preparing to celebrate the diamond jubilee of that event." (From The Herbert History to 1987 - Bittersweet Years).