PROVINCE OF SASKATCHEWAN
Saskatchewan is called Canada’s breadbasket. Canada is famous for its prairies and wheat fields. Saskatchewan is located in the western part of the country and is bordered by Manitoba, Alberta, the Northwest Territories and the United States. The shape of the province’s territory resembles a rectangle. The population of the province is about one million people. Saskatchewan’s population is multinational that is why its motto is “Strenght from Many Peoples” . The province is also famous for its beautiful sunsets, thanks to its wide open spaces and immense sky.
The largest cities are Regina with a population of about 235 800 people and Saskatoon with 225 000 inhabitants. The province is also famous for the largest active sand dunes in Canada. The Athabasca Sand Dunes with huge 30 meters in height sand dunes extend for nearly 100 kilometers. Saskatchewan offers a variety of city attractions, as well as excellent opportunities for rural retreat or an active holiday in the lap of nature. Regina was founded in the late XIX century, and in 1882 the settlement received its present name in honor of Queen Victoria. Regina was founded in treeless prairies, facing water shortage. However, since the founding, people planted trees and constructed dam. Now in the middle of the city there is a beautiful park, called Waskana Park with an artificial Waskana Lake in the middle. The most visited tourist attractions are Saskatchewan Science Center, Residence of the Prime – Minister of Canada, John Diefenbaker Museum, Museum of Natural History, the Royal Saskatchewan Museum.
Saskatoon was founded in 1882 in the central part of contemporary Saskatchewan by John Lake and was named after the Saskatoon Berry, a type of irgi, which is widely found in the province.
The population of the city is 202,3 thousand people, which is more than one-fifth of all the inhabitants of the province of Saskatchewan. Saskatoon occupies the 23rd place among Canadian cities. The city has a large Ukrainian community. Saskatoon’s economy is based on uranium, base metals and potash industries. The climate in Saskatoon, as throughout Saskatchewan, is distinctly continental. The temperature varies from – 50 ° C to +41 ° C. In flat prairies winds are strong. Because of the harsh winter in the North America, the slang term “Saskatoon” is referred to a severe cold. As to the tourist attractions, Wanuskewin Heritage Park is worth mentioning. It is located 5 km north of Saskatoon on the South Saskatchewan River. In the park, there are 19 historical sites related to the life and rituals of the North American Indian tribes of the Cree, Assiniboine, Saulteaux, Atsina, Dakota, and Blackfoot, who lived in this area 6000 years ago. The area was declared a national historic site of Canada in 1986.