A rail station in 1912 also created the community of Darwell, located between Lac Ste. Anne and Isle Lake. The naming of this station caused many debates with no resolution, until an enterprising man took out his hymn book and randomly picked a good tune. The tune had the name Darwell in it. Darwell became known as “hobo stop” because of a ranch which never turned away anyone asking for shelter. Many men out of work rode the rail to Darwell to get food and lodging in exchange for work. As the story goes many men wanted by the law also found refuge, and the NWMP made many trips to the Hobo Ranch. Today Darwell has a store, garage, and school. The old ranch has long disappeared. The Post Office opened on July 20, 1916.

historical information courtesy of   Carol Webster