Saskatchewan....it's a great place to be from, and better yet, it's a great to place to be!
Unlike many parts of the world where people are stacked like books on a crowded bookshelf, rural Saskatchewan is quite the opposite. The wide open spaces and the more relaxed lifestyle provide a healthy environment in which to experience your life’s adventure. On the Saskatchewan prairies, the endless horizon transforms itself into spectacular sunrises and breathtaking sunsets; there's lots of sunshine, clean water, clean air, and plenty of room to breathe it all in. Indeed, we are truly blessed to be living in “God's Country.”
- The name Saskatchewan is derived from the Cree word kisiskâciwanisîpiy meaning “swift-flowing river”.
- Saskatchewan became a province of Canada on September 1, 1905.
- Located between Alberta to the west and Manitoba to the east, its boundaries extend from the US border along the 49th parallel to the border with the Northwest Territories along the 60th parallel.
- Saskatchewan is approximately 651,900 square kilometers in size.
- One-half the province is covered by forest, one-third by farmland and one-eighth by fresh water.
- The climate is continental, characterized by large seasonal temperature ranges and low precipitation.
- Saskatchewan's population was 1,034,974 on October 1, 2009.
- Saskatchewan produces more than 54% of the wheat grown in Canada.
- Saskatchewan is the birthplace of Canadian medicare, home of the RCMP training academy, and home of the Canadian Light Source, one of the most advanced synchrotron facilities in the world.