Town, pop 525, located 25 km NW of the city of Yorkton at the junction of the Yellowhead Hwy and Hwy 47. The region began to be settled in the 1880s by Scottish, English, German and, later, Ukrainian homesteaders. Those that settled in the immediate vicinity of Springside were largely of British extraction, either from other regions of Canada or from overseas. The name of the village was derived from nearby freshwater springs, which long were a watering stop on the old prairie trails system. Springside grew steadily, and by the 1950s the population was over 300. The town has a small but varied business community, modern recreation facilities, seniors’ housing, a library, churches, and a volunteer fire department. Springside Elementary School provides K–8 education to approximately 70 students; high school students attend classes in Yorkton. Good Spirit Lake Provincial Park and Whitesand Regional Park, both located a short distance north of the town, provide Springside residents with additional recreational opportunities.

David McLennan