First settled in 1882, and incorporated as a town in 1898, Wolseley's history has been kept alive in the community throughout the years. The town's commitment to the restoration and preservation of the town's heritage buildings and historic houses, and their conservation of their wildlife, has led Wolseley to be named one of Harrowsmith Country Life Magazine's ten prettiest Canadian communities in 2000. What was once just a small railroad town has flourished into one of Canada's best-kept secrets -- a small town in Saskatchewan brimming with life and vitality.
Situated around Adair and Wolf Creek, early settler named the area after it. It is believed that the name "Wolf Creek" came from the amount of wolves that called the area their home.
Nevertheless, in 1898, the area was incorporated as the Town of Wolseley, which was the same name of Garnet Joseph Wolseley, a British General. Though General Wolseley's greatest significance to Saskatchewan's history appears to be his role in the Red River Rebellion of 1870, the town was named after him only because of its similarity to the name "Wolf Creek."
Many of the original buildings built before and during the time of the town's incorporation are still standing in Wolseley. These include Canada's first Beaver Lumber, the Town Hall/Opera House, The Banbury House Inn, among others. Together, with the swinging bridge and fairly lakes, they create a picture perfect community.