32 Facts About Saskatchewan


Saskatchewan is a province in western Canada, bordered on the west by Alberta, on the north by the Northwest Territories, on the east by Manitoba, to the northeast by Nunavut, and on the south by the U S states of Montana and North Dakota.

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Saskatchewan has been inhabited for thousands of years by indigenous groups.

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Saskatchewan is presently governed by premier Scott Moe, a member of the Saskatchewan Party which has been in power since 2007.

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Saskatchewan is part of the Western Provinces and is bounded on the west by Alberta, on the north by the Northwest Territories, on the north-east by Nunavut, on the east by Manitoba, and on the south by the U S states of Montana and North Dakota.

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Overwhelming majority of Saskatchewan's population is located in the southern third of the province, south of the 53rd parallel.

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Saskatchewan contains two major natural regions: the Boreal Forest in the north and the Prairies in the south.

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Northern Saskatchewan is mostly covered by forest except for the Lake Athabasca Sand Dunes, the largest active sand dunes in the world north of 58°, and adjacent to the southern shore of Lake Athabasca.

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Southern Saskatchewan contains another area with sand dunes known as the "Great Sand Hills" covering over 300 square kilometres .

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Saskatchewan receives more hours of sunshine than any other Canadian province.

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Saskatchewan is one of the most tornado-active parts of Canada, averaging roughly 12 to 18 tornadoes per year, some violent.

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Saskatchewan has been populated by various indigenous peoples of North America, including members of the Sarcee, Niitsitapi, Atsina, Cree, Saulteaux, Assiniboine, Lakota and Sioux.

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The first known European to enter Saskatchewan was Henry Kelsey from England in 1690, who travelled up the Saskatchewan River in hopes of trading fur with the region's indigenous peoples.

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North-West Mounted Police set up several posts and forts across Saskatchewan, including Fort Walsh in the Cypress Hills, and Wood Mountain Post in south-central Saskatchewan near the United States border.

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Saskatchewan embarked on an ambitious province-building program based on its Anglo-Canadian culture and wheat production for the export market.

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The Saskatchewan government bought out Bell Telephone Company in 1909, with the government owning the long-distance lines and left local service to small companies organized at the municipal level.

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Saskatchewan gave women the right to vote in 1916 and at the end of 1916 passed a referendum to prohibit the sale of alcohol.

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Mining is a major industry in the province, with Saskatchewan being the world's largest exporter of potash and uranium.

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Major Saskatchewan-based Crown corporations are Saskatchewan Government Insurance, SaskTel, SaskEnergy, and SaskPower.

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In 1944, the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation, a left-wing agrarian and labour party, won the provincial election in Saskatchewan and formed the first socialist government in North American history.

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Saskatchewan has the same form of government as the other Canadian provinces with a lieutenant-governor, premier, and a unicameral legislature.

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The current Premier of Saskatchewan is Scott Moe, who took over the leadership of the Saskatchewan Party in 2018 following the resignation of Brad Wall.

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The vast majority of the land mass of Northern Saskatchewan is within the unorganized Northern Saskatchewan Administration District.

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One of the key purposes of Saskatchewan's municipalities are "to provide services, facilities and other things that, in the opinion of council, are necessary or desirable for all or a part of the municipality".

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The major highways in Saskatchewan are the Trans Canada expressway, Yellowhead Highway northern Trans Canada route, Louis Riel Trail, CanAm Highway, Red Coat Trail, Northern Woods and Water route, and Saskota travel route.

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Airlines offering service to Saskatchewan are Air Canada, WestJet Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Transwest Air, Sunwing Airlines, Norcanair Airlines, La Ronge Aviation Services Ltd, La Loche Airways, Osprey Wings Ltd, Buffalo Narrows Airways Ltd, Ile-a-la-Crosse Airways Ltd, Voyage Air, Pronto Airways, Venture Air Ltd, Pelican Narrows Air Service, Jackson Air Services Ltd, and Northern Dene Airways Ltd.

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The Royal Saskatchewan Museum serves as the provincial museum of the province.

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Saskatchewan's best-loved novel is Who Has Seen the Wind, which portrays life on the Canadian Prairies and sold almost a million copies in Canada.

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Saskatchewan Roughriders are the province's professional Canadian football team and are extremely popular across Saskatchewan.

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Notable NHL figures born in Saskatchewan include Keith Allen, Gordie Howe, Bryan Trottier, Bernie Federko, Clark Gillies, Fern Flaman, Bert Olmstead, Harry Watson, Elmer Lach, Max Bentley, Sid Abel, Doug Bentley, Eddie Shore, Clint Smith, Bryan Hextall, Johnny Bower, Emile Francis, Glenn Hall, Chuck Rayner, Brad McCrimmon, Patrick Marleau, Dave Manson, Theo Fleury, Terry Harper, Wade Redden, Brian Propp, Scott Hartnell, Ryan Getzlaf, and Chris Kunitz.

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Saskatchewan then filmed this frozen monument for a national television commercial, thanking the province for creating so many goal scorers throughout hockey's history.

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Teams from Saskatchewan have finished in the top three places at 38 briers and top two places in women's championships.

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Notable curlers from Saskatchewan include Sandra Schmirler, Ernie Richardson, and Vera Pezer.

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