- Location: Western Canada
- Capital: Regina
- Language(s): English
- Population: 1,054,098
- Total Area: 651,900 sq km
- Curious Alcohol Fact: Alcohol can only be purchased from licensed stores.
- Most Popular Drink(s): Maple syrup, beers and wines
- What You Must Do in Saskatchewan: Visit a prairie farm and observe the processes of cultivation.
Saskatchewan is one of the Prairie Provinces of Canada with the others being Alberta and Manitoba. Saskatchewan is unique in the sense that of all the provinces in the country, it is the only one that has boundaries that are totally artificial. The name of the province was coined from the Cree Indian word kisiskatchewan and this is translated as ‘fast-flowing’. Historians believe that the word was first used in describing the Saskatchewan River. On both sides, Saskatchewan is flanked by Prairie Provinces (Manitoba on the east while Alberta lies to the west). To the north of the province, there are the Northwest Territories and to the south lies the American states of North Dakota and Montana. Although the capital city is Regina, the largest city in the province is Saskatoon. In terms of area, Saskatchewan is the fifth largest province in the country and unlike some of the other Prairie Provinces; Saskatchewan does not have much prairie. The most important river in the province is Saskatchewan and it drains in a west-east direction.
Initially, the area that is now Saskatchewan was mainly inhabited by the American Indians but with time, many migrants from Europe (especially Britain and France) came to the area and mingled with the natives to give rise to half-caste descendants now known as the Métis (quite similar to the mestizos of Latin America). Today, there are Ukrainians, Polish, Finns, Danes, Swedes, Greeks, Germans, Austrians and Norwegians. The religious distribution is not too different from what I observed in other parts of Canada. Majority of the people are Christians with many following the Roman Catholic Church and the United Church of Canada. Other churches in Saskatchewan include the Greek Orthodox, Lutheran Church and the Ukrainian Catholic Church.
As a result of the multicultural nature of the province, eating is always a nice experience in Saskatchewan. The large immigrant population ensures that you enjoy as many meals as possible. Owing to my own preference for indigenous dishes, I tried some plates of whitefish and rice in a local village and nothing tasted better. For dinner on that day, it was roasted prairie chicken and fruit juices. Of all the countries I have visited, Canada stands out as the culinary master. However, in Canada itself, Saskatchewan is second to none as far as meals are concerned. You may also try out the region’s berries and grilled fresh fish caught in the Saskatchewan River.
Like in other parts of Canada, there is a legal requirement that states that you need to be at least 19 years before you can purchase alcoholic drinks and the same thing applies in this Prairie Province. For those who are legally permitted, you can treat yourself and friends to a number of local wines, beers and other liquors. If you are below 19, there are excellent berry juices that you can enjoy. In various parts of the province, you can easily purchase soft drinks and these are some of the most popular in the region.
Interesting Facts About Saskatchewan
• This province is home to the rare lynx.
• Like Alberta, Saskatchewan is also landlocked, the only two provinces in Canada
to have such a geographical distinction.
• The province has vast deposits of uranium ore.
- The name of the province was derived from the local Cree language and has been translated to mean a 'swift flowing river'.
- A vast majority of the people in the province lives in the southern flank.
- Saskatchewan receives more hours of sunshine than any other province of Canada.
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