When the prairie region was being made into provinces, the largest part of the old district bearing the name was incorporated into the new province. Saskatchewan, unlike the three provinces immediately east of it, is still the same size as it was when created: in round numbers, 1225 kilometres long, 630 kilometres wide across the south, and 445 kilometres across the north. Its area is 651 900 sq km, of which 12% is fresh water.
- Other major cities
- Saskatoon, Moose Jaw, Prince Albert
- Date Entered the Federation
- September 1, 1905
- Provincial Flower
- Prairie Lily
- Provincial Bird
- Prairie Sharp-Tailed Grouse
- Multis E Gentibus Vires
- "From many people strength"
- 1 062 384 (2011)
- 651 036 sq km
- Lieutenant Governor
- Her Honour The Honourable Vaughn Schofield
- The Honourable Brad Wall (Saskatchewan Party)
|Click on the picture for free downloads|
including this image.
The northern third of Saskatchewan is characterized by rolling hills and numerous bodies of water. Plains cover the remaining two-thirds of the province. The flat, gentle grasslands around this church are typical of the plains area. Called Canada's Breadbasket, Saskatchewan contains one of the major wheat-producing areas in the world. By the early 1990s, mining had also become an important sector of the economy as a result of exploitation of the province's large reserves of petroleum, natural gas, and uranium.
As noted in the list below, Saskatchewan has produced a disproportionately large number of gifted hockey plyaers including 75 NHL players from one school alone (the Athol Murray College of Notre Dame in Wilcox).
Famous sons and daughters of Saskatchewan include:
- Sid Abel, hockey player
- Wendel Clark, hockey player
- The Right Honourable John Diefenbaker, 13th Prime Minister of Canada
- The Right Honourable Ramon Hnatyshyn, Governor General of Canada
- Gordie Howe, hockey player
- Art Linkletter, original host of "Kids Say the Darndest Things"
- Leslie Nielson, actor
- The Right Honourable Jeanne Sauvé, Governor General of Canada