Saskatoon Facts

Nickname: "Paris of the Prairies"


Saskatoon is consistently rated as one of the most fun cities in the Canadian prairie province of Saskatchewan. The city is culturally diverse and offers a metropolitan arts culture. The most popular tourist attractions in the city are the river walks, Midtown Plaza, and the Western Development Museum. The population of Saskatoon was 273,010 in 2017 census.

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  • 1. The year the city was established is 1906. The name "Saskatoon" comes from the Cree word meaning berry that grows abundantly in the area.
  • 2. Saskatoon's most popular event is "The Saskatoon Folk Festival" which happens every year in June and features over 80 performers performing 40 shows throughout two days across 4 stages.
  • 3. The largest mall in the city is Midtown Plaza and it attracts many visitors annually. It is a beautiful mall, I highly recommend it.
  • 4. The land that is Saskatoon today, was once a gathering place for the Plains Indians. The natives have lived in the area for over 4000 years.
  • 5. The city is home to festivals, events, and companies like Potash Corporation, Stantec Inc., Cameco Corporation that make up the economy of the city.
  • 6. The most popular events in Saskatoon are SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival, SaskTel Saskatchewan Aboriginal Film Festival, and Wanuskewin Heritage Festival (the first integrated aboriginal festival in Canada).
  • 7. The city is known for its vibrant art, music, and culture scene that attracts internationally renowned musicians such as Paul Brandt, Sarah McLachlan, David Foster, and Anne Murray.
  • 8. The city was ranked as one of "Canada's best places to live" by MoneySense Magazine in 2013 and 2012.
  • 9. The city is home to three of the top 100 fastest growing companies in Canada according to FDI Magazine: Biovail Corporation, Potash Corporation (owned by Agrium Inc.) and Stantec Inc.
  • 10. Saskatoon is one of the safest cities in Canada, according to the 2011 Canadian census. It has one of the lowest crime rates of all major cities with a population of 100,000 or more in Canada.
  • 11. Saskatoon is home to the Western Development Museum, which was established in 1959 as a repository of artefacts, information, and art relating to western development in North America and northern Europe. The museum holds an extensive collection of oral and written history from the beginning of human settlement in North America beginning 11,000 years ago until the present day.
  • 12. The world's first nuclear bomb detonation occurred near Saskatoon (at what is now known as Cudmore.
  • 13. The lowest temperature ever in the city's history was a bone-chilling -50°C back in 1893.