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Rainbow in the prairies near Cypress Hills, Saskatchewan | Photo: Cheryl Tate, Unsplash

 Rainbow in the prairies near Cypress Hills, Saskatchewan

Introduction to Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan has been Canada’s central prairie province since 1905. Its unique name (originally used for a district of the Northwest Territories in 1882), comes from an English version of a Cree word, kisiskâciwanisîpiy which means “swiftly flowing river”.*

With no particular metropolitan centre, Saskatchewan’s capital, Regina (south) and Saskatoon (further north), are its largest cities. The city of Estevan in southeast Saskatchewan is Canada's sunshine capital, averaging 2,540 sunshine-filled hours each year.

Saskatchewan produces over 54% of the wheat grown in Canada. It’s also home to Canada's only training academy for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in Regina.

Canada Map - Saskatchewan

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Locations in Saskatchewan

Travel

Areas

Badlands

Cypress Hills (spans across Saskatchewan-Alberta border)
Killdeer Bandlands
Rock Creek Badlands
 

Sand Dunes

Athabasca Sand Dunes
Great Sand Hills

Parks

NP: National Parks
PP: Provincial Parks
RP: Regional Parks

Athabasca Sand Dunes PP

Battlefords PP

Candle Lake PP

Clearwater River PP

Cypress Hills Introprovincial Park (spans across Saskatchewan-Alberta border)

Dunnet RP

Grasslands NP

Great Blue Heron PP

Moose Mountain PP

Narrow Hills PP

Prince Albert NP

Wood Mountain RP
 

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Saskatchewan Trivia

Flag
Coat of arms
Symbols
Flower is Western Red Lily
Bird is Sharp-tailed Grouse

Nicknames
The Bread Basket of Canada
Land of the Living Skies
The Land of Seed and Honey
The Wheat Province

Provincial slogan
From Many Peoples' Strength

License plate slogans*
Home of the RCMP (1973)
Wheat Province
Land of the Living Skies (since 1998)

News
CBC | Global Regina | Global Saskatoon | Regina Leaderpost

Other resources
Books about Saskatchewan
10 Fun Facts on Saskatchewan
Saskatchewan: Fun & Interesting Facts
CanadaVisa: About Saskatchewan
Saskatchewanderer blog
Tourism Saskatchewan blog

Saskatchewan Facts

Date SK entered confederation

September 1, 1905

Area of SK

651,036 sq km (251,366 sq miles)
(Natural Resources Canada, 2001)

Topography

Saskatchewan has two main geographical regions: the Canadian Shield in the north and the Interior Plains in the south. Northern Saskatchewan has boreal forest (except for the Athabasca Sand Dunes, the largest active sand dunes in the world north of 58°). Southern Saskatchewan has sand dunes known as the Great Sand Hills. There are the Cypress Hills in the southwestern corner of Saskatchewan and the Killdeer Badlands (Grasslands National Park).

Capital city of SK

Regina

Population of SK

1,033,381 (Statistics Canada, 2011 Census)

Residents are known as

Saskatchewanians or Saskatchewanites

Indigenous people of SK

There are 70 First Nations in Saskatchewan, 61 of which are affiliated to one of the nine Saskatchewan Tribal Councils. Languages include Cree, Dakota, Dene (Chipewyan), Nakota (Assniboine) and Saulteaux.

Main SK industries

Agriculture, mining and energy

SK statutory holidays (in addition to national holidays)

Family Day (third Monday in February)

Professional sports teams

Saskatchewan Roughriders (football)
 

Saskatchewan

Climate

Saskatchewan has more hours of sunshine than any other Canadian province. It has continental climate in the central and eastern part of the province. It has a semi-arid steppe climate in the south and southwest. Northern Saskatchewan has a subarctic climate. Summers can get very hot (32C+). Winters can be bitterly cold (-17C to -40C) for weeks at a time.
 

Time zone

Central Standard Time (CST) year-round (on daylight savings time all year with no time changes in spring and fall)

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