Ghost Town, Saskatchewan: Girvin: Photo Essay

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Girvin, Saskatchewan is probably doomed

It’s not a ghost town, yet, but Girvin, Saskatchewan is doomed. Probably.

Nestled between Davidson and Craik on Highway 11, Girvin was officially declared a non-thing when the village was formally dissolved in 2005, according to Wikipedia.

But despite looking every bit the ghost town, complete with bombed out and abandoned houses, rusted street signs and a vague sense of lawlessness, there are still a few residents left in Girvin. Not that there is much of an active night life, or amenities, these days.

Even the “Parallel Parking Only” sign looks like it hasn’t gotten any play since the ’70s

The town is without a gas station, community hall or school building. Actually, that’s a half truth. Girvin has these things, albeit in a massive state of disrepair.

Even the “Parallel Parking Only” sign looks like it hasn’t gotten any play since the ’70s.

It’s also worth noting the cruel irony of the decline of Girvin, SK. The town’s motto is “Where People Count”; the population on the welcome sign is listed at “60”.

Including the random farm dogs and cats I saw prowling amidst the abandoned houses, this is highly unlikely.

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