She said her university students talk about connecting with people online and driving four or five hours to meet these prospective partners, but long-term, that kind of commitment is taxing.
"A lot of these tools, when they work, they work really well, but it's not always a successful thing in the sense that a lot of people don't want to move urban to rural," she said, pointing to the trend of urbanization as a challenge for rural dwellers.
The closest major centre to Norquay is Yorkton, 100 kilometres south of the town. "So if I find someone I am interested in, then I'm driving an hour, an hour and a half, two hours to have coffee with someone." Online, most people are up-front and honest about not wanting to date someone who lives a great distance away, said Peters.
And while some might consider moving just for a wider dating pool, that's not a jump Peters is eager to make.
"There's always lots of opportunities to get involved — not so easy to date." Peters calls dating apps "awful," saying that depending on the app, it seems the men online are either creeps, much older than her, or only interested in having a fling.
"I'm not dating for fun anymore and I don't have time to do it for fun," she said, explaining she's a busy mom and, as Knudson pointed out, vast geographical distances between Saskatchewan's communities make it harder to meet new people she has met online.
"The thought crosses my mind when I'm lonely, but I can't beat the small town. "To leave just in the hopes of hopefully finding a relationship doesn't seem a good reason to uproot.
Now, these traditional ways of meeting have ceded room to online dating, with mixed results.
(Gary Bergen/Submitted by Watrous Manitou Beach Heritage Centre)Kelly Kuntz wasn't expecting to find love in her hometown of Qu' Appelle, Sask.
She'd moved back to the community of about 600 people post-divorce, a single mom of two seeking emotional support from her family.
Lindsay Peters has lived in Norquay, Sask., for 12 years.
It's a town with a population of less than 500."He gave up on that — finding love in a small town.