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The landscape of the region is mostly farmland and rolling hills. Due to this, Saskatchewan is the only province in Canada without a natural land border.

Most people live in the southern half of the province as the climate is harsh and unforgiving. There also isn’t much economic activity besides mining so most people tend to live in cities like Saskatoon and Regina.

The province receives the most sunlight out of all the Canadian provinces, with around 2,000 hours of sunshine per year.

The region has a high standard of living and the average family income is approximately $80,000 per year, higher than the average. Although the minimum wage is $10.20, the cost of living is affordable.

Sights and Sounds

Saskatchewan is particularly famous for its skies. It has received the nickname of ‘Land of the Living Skies due to its sunsets, sunrises, and starry night skies.

There are many natural sights in the province such as the Athabasca Sand Dunes, which is the largest active sand surface in North America. In fact, it’s also the northernmost sand dunes in the world.

When it comes to manmade attractions, from the wonderful to the weird, Saskatchewan has you covered. Random roadside attractions such as a 32-foot tall moose named Mac, which was built in 1984.

Another attraction is the Cochin Lighthouse. However, instead of the lighthouse overlooking the ocean, it was erected in the middle of farmland. It’s a little bit weird considering it’s fully functional as well.

The province is also a premier fishing spot with over 100,000 lakes and rivers. These bodies of water are home to 68 different species of fish, not a bad catch.

Industries

In the past the main industry in the region was agriculture, the main product was wheat. It was so popular in fact that the region was nicknamed the ‘Breadbasket’.

Fast forward to today, mining has become the major industry and Saskatchewan is the world’s largest exporter of potash and uranium. The industry is the biggest contributor to the province’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), making up 17% of it. Other mined products such as oil and natural gas are also included in the total.

Other notable industries include finance, insurance, real estate and leasing which contributes around 14% of GDP. Rounding out the top three is education, health and social services which contribute around 11.5% of GDP.

The top 3 employers in the region are health care and social assistance, retail trade, and construction.

Trade

Exports in the region totaled just under $30 billion in 2019. Naturally, most exports were with the U.S, followed by China, Japan, Brazil, and India.

Around two-thirds of the total Saskatchewan, production is exported internationally.

In 2019, the top exports for the region were oil at $7.4 billion, potash at $6.4 billion, and wheat coming in at $3.7 billion.

Cities

The three most populated cities in the region are Saskatoon, Regina, and Prince Albert.

Saskatoon has around 250,000 inhabitants and serves as the main economic and cultural hub in the region. The city has garnered the nickname of the ‘Bridge City’ due to the numerous bridges connecting the city.

With a population of around 215,000, Regina is the second biggest city and is the capital of the province.

Prince Albert comes in at number three with a population of about 35,000, significantly less than the other two. It is the last major city before the remote areas in the north of the province.

Population

The total population of the province is around 1.2 million.

Fun Fact

  • The province is home to 26,000km of highway, with a total surface area of 160,000km. This is enough to travel around the equator four times.
  • Manitou Lake is three times saltier than the ocean and you can’t sink if you swim in it.