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Saskatoon is the largest city in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. It straddles a bend in the South Saskatchewan River in the central region of the province. It is located along the Trans-Canada Yellowhead Highway, and has served as the cultural and economic hub of central Saskatchewan since its founding in 1882 as a Temperance colony.
With a 2016 census population of 246,376, Saskatoon is the largest city in the province, and the 17th largest Census Metropolitan Area in Canada, with a 2016 census population of 295,095. The City of Saskatoon has estimated its population to be 278,500 as of July 2018, while Statistics Canada has estimated the CMA's population to be 336,614 as of 2020.
Saskatoon is home to the University of Saskatchewan, the Meewasin Valley Authority (which protects the South Saskatchewan River and provides for the city's popular riverbank park spaces), and Wanuskewin Heritage Park (a National Historic Site of Canada and UNESCO World Heritage applicant representing 6,000 years of First Nations history). The Rural Municipality of Corman Park No. 344, the most populous rural municipality in Saskatchewan, surrounds the city and contains many of the developments associated with it, including Wanuskewin. Saskatoon is named after the saskatoon berry which is native to the region, and is itself derived from the Cree misâskwatômina. The city has a significant Indigenous population and several urban Reserves. The city has nine river crossings and is nicknamed "Paris of the Prairies" and "Bridge City".
Historic neighbourhoods of Saskatoon include Nutana and Riversdale, which were separate towns before amalgamating with the town of Saskatoon and incorporating as a city in 1906. Nutana, Riversdale, their historic main streets of Broadway Avenue and 20th Street, as well as the downtown core and other central neighbourhoods are seeing significant reinvestment and redevelopment. Sutherland, the rail town annexed by the city in 1956 that lies beyond the University lands, is now another historic old city.
This city was officially founded in 1883 but has had the same lineage of inhabitants for thousands of years and so its ancient culture is preserved. If you like to be fascinated by the rich history in the area, the aboriginal sites, and stories about indigenous groups from the past and observe present day culture then you might really like Saskatoon, it’s that type of town.
One of Saskatoon’s nicknames is “Hub City”, which refers to its location as a center for distribution and logistics within Canada. Its airport -John G. Diefenbaker International Airport gets fairly busy within the course of the year. Agriculture is a major part of this region’s economy, which Saskatoon housing over two-thirds of the world’s recoverable potash, it is also home to the world’s largest publicly traded uranium company -Cameco. Livestock and grains, oil and gas, uranium, gold, diamond, coal, and potash are a major backbone of the economy here.
This city is on Highway 16, the Yellowhead highway spur of the Trans-Canadian highway system that connects Saskatchewan to Manitoba and all the way through British Columbia. Highways 5,7, 11, 14, 41, 219, 684, 762 all meet within the city. The city’s railway system is connected to both the National and Pacific railway lines and connects the city to others, The Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker International Airport provides scheduled and charter airline services to major cities within and outside the country.
Saskatoon is a very big city adorned by many of nature’s very beautiful features. There are national parks, mountain ranges, dunes, rolling hills and even cascading prairies; and with over a hundred thousand lakes and reservoirs Saskatoon’s landscape is a natural beauty and truly breathtaking. The city is spread across a very vast region and a lot of it has not been explored, no major construction is going on in these areas, if you like to explore nature and find out cool spots for yourself then you just might really like moving to Saskatoon.
Saskatoon has about 14 high schools and 78 elementary schools and like the rest of the country, there is no tuition fee for residents up until college or university education, under the graduate retention program, the city provides a $20,000 rebate for undergraduates too. The University of Saskatchewan is very popular in this region, it also has a catholic federated college -Saint Thomas More College present on its campus. Other post high school options in the area include; the Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Gabriel Dumont Institute, and the Saskatoon annex of the First Nations University of Canada.