- City Guide - Saskatoon
Saskatoon is a city in central Saskatchewan - on the South Saskatchewan River – and has a population of 234,200 people.
In 1882, the Toronto-based Temperance Colonization Society was granted 21 sections of land straddling the South Saskatchewan River, between Warman and Dundurn. The aim of the group was to escape the liquor trade and set up a "dry" community in the Prairie region. The following year settlers arrived on the site of what is now Saskatoon, and established the first permanent settlement. These settlers travelled by railway, and then completed the final leg via horse-drawn cart. A town charter for the west side of the river was obtained in, and by 1906 Saskatoon became a city with a population of 4,500 people.
The economy of Saskatoon has been associated with potash, oil and agriculture, various grains, livestock, oil and gas, potash, uranium, gold, diamond, coal and fuel. Saskatoon is also home to the world's largest publicly traded uranium company, Cameco, and the world's largest potash producer, PotashCorp, both of which have corporate headquarters in the city.
Saskatoon is becoming one of Canada’s most talked about tourist destinations, and is no longer simply Canada’s sunniest city. A visit to Saskatoon will allow you to experience fine dining, bustling nightlife, beautiful trails and outdoor spaces. It is also a cultural hot spot, with institutions such as the Mendel Art Gallery, Affinity Gallery, Barn Playhouse, Broadway Theatre, Ford Battleford National Historic site, and many more. If shopping is your thing, Saskatoon has a variety of unique retail destinations, offering everything from handmade crafts and house wares, to high-end name brand specialty stores.
Come and discover Saskatoon - one of the hottest cities in Canada!