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  • Saskatoon is the biggest city in Saskatchewan, located along the Trans-Canada Yellowhead Highway.
  • Saskatoon is the economic and cultural center of Saskatchewan.
  • As of 2018 Saskatoon has a population of 278,500 people and is the largest city in the province of Saskatchewan.
  • The University of Saskatchewan is located in Saskatoon, as well as the Wanuskewin Heritage Park, a UNESCO world heritage site in Canada.
  • Saskatoon derives its name from the Saskatoon Berry, which is native to the region.
  • Saskatoon has nine river crossings and is commonly referred to as the “Paris of the Prairies”, and “Bridge City”.


  • The current Saskatoon population is 323, 809.
  • The average age of Saskatoon residents is 35.5 years, four years below the national average.
  • More than two-thirds of the Saskatoon population is European; 83%, aboriginals (First Nations and Metis) account for 9%, while 2% are Chinese, 1% South Asian, 1% Filipino, 1% Black, 0.5% Latin American, and 0.5% Southeast Asian.
  • Almost 80% of Saskatonians are affiliated with Christianity, of which 40% are Protestant, and 32% are Roman Catholic, 20% have no religious affiliation, and other minority religious groups include Buddhism, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and Sikhism.
  • By 2015, the Saskatoon population was growing at three times the normal Canadian rate. More than half this growth is due to high levels of immigration, the second highest in Canada.


  • Saskatoon is located in the mid-south of Saskatchewan, in the Aspen Parkland Biome.
  • Due to the mountain less landscape, the city has a relatively flat surface, with a smattering of hills and valleys.
  • The lowest point in Saskatoon is the South Saskatchewan River, while the highest point is between Sutherland and Silverwood-River Heights suburbs.
  • The South Saskatchewan river divides the city into East and West, and at 1,392 km is amongst the top 10 largest rivers in Canada.
  • The Hudson Bay Marsh, is the second most significant water feature in Saskatoon, formed by the melting of glaciers in the Northern end of the city.


  • Saskatoon hosts a diverse number of festivals during summer, including Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan Festival, The Great Plains Comedy Festival, The Jazz Festival, The Saskatchewan Children's Festival, Fringe Theatre Festival, Saskatoon Folkfest, Doors Open Saskatoon, Fairy Door Tours Saskatoon, and the Canada Remembers Airshow.
  • Saskatoon's major arts venue is TCU Place, which has hosted numerous concerts, theatrical performances, live events such as the Telemiracle telethon, high school graduation and university convocation ceremonies, and conventions.
  • Saskatoon is also home to the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra.
  • The SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon is the primary venue for the city's main rock concerts, and other musical shows, concerts, as well as sporting events.
  • For more than 25 years, Saskatoon has been hosting an event called “Cruise Weekend”; a gathering of antique automobiles, where activities such as Poker Derby, Dances, and a Show N Shine are carried out.
  • The city's annual “Saskatoon Exhibition” is held every year at Prairieland Park.
  • Art museums in the city includes the Remai Modern, and the Saskatchewan Railway Museum.
  • The Remai Arts Centre is the performing arts centre in the city, and is home to the Persephone Theatre, a Saskatoon-based theatre company.
  • Saskatoon is also known for its blues/jazz music, often played throughout its bars and clubs.
  • Major historic landmarks in the city includes the Delta Bessborough Hotel, the “BEZ” for short, which is a Canadian grand railway hotel, as well as the Mendel Art Gallery.
  • Popular activities in summertime in Saskatoon includes cycling, jogging, and walking. Skiing and ice skating are popular in the winter months.


  • The Saskatoon climate can be described as semi-arid, with four distinct seasons.
  • Summers are usually warm, long, and cloudy, while winters are snowy, cloudy, windy, and very cold. Extreme temperatures are most often accompanied by below average levels of humidity.
  • Saskatoon experiences a significant amount of yearly rainfall, even in the driest month. The yearly precipitation levels are 340.4 mm, with summer being the wettest period of the year.
  • Each year, Saskatoon experiences 2,268 hours of sunshine, above average sunshine levels for Canadian cities.
  • The average temperature in the city is 2 degrees Celsius.
  • Thunderstorms are a common occurrence in summer and is accompanied by rain, hail, wind, lightning, and sometimes even tornadoes.
  • The warm and frost-free season is from mid-May to Mid-September, while the cold season is from End November to early March.
  • The best time to visit Saskatoon is in Summer, July and August.

University Education

Saskatoon has a few post-secondary education institutions including the University of Saskatchewan, St Thomas More College, The First Nations University of Canada, Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Grabriel Dumont Institute, and the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies.

Key Industries

Key performing industries in the Saskatoon economy includes:

  • Key industries in Saskatoon includes Potash, Oil, and Agriculture, grains, livestock, uranium, gold, diamond and cold.
  • Saskatoon houses several world-class resources, and is Canada's leading agricultural exporter, and second largest oil producer.
  • The biggest publicly traded uranium and Potash companies are headquartered in Saskatoon. Saskatoon is also home to BHP Billiton's Diamonds and Speciality products business unit.
  • Almost two-thirds of all Potash reserves in the world are located in Saskatoon.
  • The digital media sector in Saskatoon is growing with start-ups like Noodlecake, Point2, Vendasta Technologies, and Zu.
  • Saskatoon is sometimes referred to as “Hub City”, known for its distribution and logistics.
  • A Fraser Institute survey conducted in February 2017, identified Saskatoon as one of the best places for mining investment, due to the 25+ mines in the city, producing potash, uranium, coal, gold, salt, clay, sodium sulphate, and bentonite. In 2016, the mining sector alone contributed $2.8 billion to the country's total GDP, which was 5% of the total GDP.
  • Saskatoon is one of Canada's primary grain producing regions, containing more than 40% of the country's total arable farmland. In 2016, this industry contributed $4.2 billion in GD towards the total GDP, with a focus on crop production and animal production.
  • Saskatoon supplies more than 1/3rd of the total durum wheat in the world, making it the country's most significant grain producing region.
  • Saskatchewan is a top exporter of lentils, dried peas, mustard, flaxseed, and canola.
  • Saskatoon is the biggest exporter of agri-food products
  • The construction industry is of the city's main employers, with over 30,000 jobs for skilled workers
  • The Saskatoon manufacturing industry is very diverse, by focusing on innovative products such as satellite communication technology, dry land farming equipment, and robotic mining equipment.
  • The wholesale and retail industries in Saskatchewan include around 10,300 companies, and employ close to 88,000 people
  • The government predicts that more than 13,000 new job openings would emerge in the retail and wholesale industries between 2017 – 2021.