Hanley, Saskatchewan

Hanley is a town in south-central Saskatchewan, Canada. It is located 65 km south of Saskatoon. The town's population in 2011 was 522. It was named after Hanley, Staffordshire, England, by early founders. It is also the seat for the rural municipality of Rosedale.

Town of Hanley
Hanley's Business District
Town of Hanley
Location of Hanley in Saskatchewan
Town of Hanley
Town of Hanley (Canada)
Coordinates: 51.62°N 106.43°W / 51.62; -106.43
Town Incorporated1906
  MayorMarvin Gerbrandt
  AdministratorDarice Carlson
  Governing bodyHanley Town Council
  Total2.65 km2 (1.02 sq mi)
  Density196.8/km2 (510/sq mi)
Time zoneCST
Postal code
S0G 2E0
Area code(s)306
HighwaysHighway 11
WebsiteOfficial Site


Hanley was founded in 1902 and incorporated as a town in 1906. It is a typical small agricultural community in the grain-growing region of Southern Saskatchewan. Thousands of settlers came into the area in the early part of the 20th century after land speculators had procured the lands. Early settlers came from the UK, Eastern Canada, America and Scandinavia. A large community of Norwegian descendants still makes up a significant percentage of the area's residents and there is also a substantial Mennonite-German community.

There are several reservoirs in the region and some limited irrigation projects have utilized them. Wheat, barley, canola, alfalfa, hay, flax, oats, rye and specialty crops are grown in the area. There is also cattle ranching and other specialty livestock production. There is an organization called 4-H that helps town and farm kids learn how to care for farm animals such as cattle and horses.

Hanley is typical of small "Dust Belt" towns of the North American Great Plains and there has been a great decrease in the rural population and consolidation of agricultural industries of this region in the last 20 years. Consequently, the tax base is in decline. Hanley has no industries but there is a school, a Royal Canadian Mounted Police depot, churches, post office and some businesses. Hanley's population is growing with a number of young families relocating in the past few years. Although there are no longer grain elevators, train station or loading platforms, the Canadian National's Saskatoon/Regina railway still passes through the community. Rail cars can be seen sitting waiting to be loaded with grain in the fall and spring. It is also on Provincial Highway 11. Hanley was once noted for being an important community in this region of Saskatchewan and several railroads were to come through this community and for many years up until the 1960s, was an important trading and business centre in the region.

There were some grand buildings and homes in the town including one of the few Opera Houses in Canada, the Lawrence House Mansion and one of the largest and finest brick schools in the region. All are now gone.

It has a neighbouring town called Dundurn, also named after a street in Staffordshire.


Hanley Composite School, under the Prairie Spirit School Division, is a K-12 School with about 250 Students. Students from Dundurn Elementary School finish their schooling at Hanley School. Hanley School is the home of the Sabers, the Hanley Sabers won the 2009 provincial championship for 1A 6-man football.


  1. National Archives, Archivia Net, Post Offices and Postmasters
  2. Government of Saskatchewan, MRD Home. "Municipal Directory System". Retrieved 2014-07-06.

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