Saskatoon & Region
Saskatoon shines in more ways than one. Saskatoon is the largest city in the Province of Saskatchewan with a rapidly growing population currently at 235,000 people. This commercial centre and region serves over 300,000 people, and it has one of the most diversified economies in the country – producing outstanding products and services that are in demand throughout the world. The 2010 KPMG Competitive Alternatives Study ranks Saskatoon second with the most competitive business environment at the lowest cost among cities in the Midwest United States and Western Canada with a population of 500,000 or less.
Saskatoon’s history is rich with stories of growth and prosperity and is also known for its resilience and ingenuity in times of hardship. People have been living in the Saskatoon area for more than 8,000 years, which grew into a more formalized settlement in 1892 as a “temperance colony”. At that time, there were a few houses, a store, a sawmill and some 80 optimistic souls living in Saskatoon.
Named for the Cree word for “indigenous berry”, Saskatoon was formally incorporated as a city on May 26, 1906. In the early days of being a city, Saskatoon was one of Canada’s fastest growing cities. Now over a century later, Saskatoon is again hailed as one of Canada’s leading economies in terms of gross domestic product and population growth.
Where We Are in The World
Location: 52°07′54″N 106°39′09″W
Geographical size: 144 km² (55.6 sq mi)
Elevation: 481.5 m (1,580 ft)
Saskatoon is situated along the banks of the scenic South Saskatchewan River, in the heart of the Canadian prairies. The city lies 348 km (216 miles) north of the U.S. border, 225 km (140 miles) east of the Alberta border, and 346 km (215 miles) west of the Manitoba border.
Saskatoon is at the junction of two of Canada’s major highway systems: the Yellowhead, (Highway 16 from Winnipeg to Edmonton and west); and Highway 11, (a four-lane highway with a direct connection to the Trans-Canada Highway at Regina). Both of these systems join the U.S. Interstate system, through border crossings that serve both the Eastern and Western States.
Time Zone and Climate
Saskatchewan uses the Central Standard Time Zone (UTC-06:00) year round and does not adjust for Daylight Savings Time.
Saskatoon is one of the sunniest places in Canada with an average of 2,328 hours of sunshine per year.
Average winter temperature: -12 °C / 10°F
Average summer temperature: 18 °C / 65°F
Average annual precipitation: 348.3 mm/ 14”
Structure of the City
The structure of Saskatoon can be broken down into a number of core neighbourhoods, downtown, 7 suburban developments and the North Industrial Area.
The 7 suburban developments include University Heights, Lawson Heights, Lakewood, Nutana, Stonebridge, Confederation and Blairmore.
The North Industrial area is the largest commercial/industrial area in Saskatoon with other industrial zones including Sutherland (Central Industrial), Montgomery (West Industrial) and Marquis Industrial.
SREDA’s mandate isn’t limited to Saskatoon. The organization works with a number of towns, communities and First Nations in the surrounding areas to improve and grow the area’s business climate and economy.
The Town of Aberdeen is conveniently located on
Highway 41 just 20 minutes northeast of Saskatoon. This thriving community
of over 500 residents boasts a state-of-the-art curling and skating rink, bowling
alley, gym, library, dance and music theatre. For more information, visit www.aberdeen.ca
RM of Aberdeen
The southeastern border of the RM of Aberdeen No. 373 is located 8km east of
Saskatoon. The Hamlet of Edenburg lies 5km northeast of the Town of Aberdeen,
which is twenty minutes northeast of Saskatoon. The RM of Aberdeen maintains
530 km of road in the summer and 320 km of road in the winter. Highways 41
and 27 run through the RM. Within the boundaries of the RM of Aberdeen reside
three major businesses, which include a grain terminal, pulse crops processor
and manufacturer of plastic water tanks and floating docks, among other products.
Agriculture is the leading industry in the region and is vital to the economy
of the RM of Aberdeen. The RM boasts some of the most productive land in Saskatchewan.
Wheat, barley, canola, flax, mustard oats, peas and lentils are commonly grown
in this area. New crops of borage and many herbs are also grown and do well.
The Aberdeen Community Pasture Committee manages 7,520 acres of pasture. The
RM owns 1,120 acres of this land. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
RM of Blucher
The RM of Blucher is the fastest growing RM in the province. This is the result
of its close proximity to Saskatoon, which provides certain competitive advantages,
as well as the RM’s development friendly attitude. The RM of Blucher still
maintains the taxes at the same amount as they were 20 years ago, despite the
28 per cent increase in population over the last five years and increased costs
to the RM. To accommodate this growth, increased residential and commercial
activity has produced expanded utility services. Greater access to three-phase
power, natural gas and surfaced roadways are some examples. The most significant
infrastructure improvement is the formation of several rural water utilities,
which give a large percentage of the RM access to treated, potable water from
Saskatoon. Sixty-seven commercial enterprises have set up shop in the area.
For more information, visit www.rm343.com
RM of Corman Park
The RM of Corman Park surrounds the City of Saskatoon and includes five bedroom
communities. It’s a very diverse taxpayer base with active agriculture and
growing industrial and residential sectors. For more information, visit www.rmcormanpark.ca
Dalmeny is a clean, safe and attractive residential community only 15 minutes from the City of Saskatoon. Originally a successful farming community, Dalmeny has evolved to be primarily residential. More than 500 homes, some valued at more than $250,000, provide accommodation to almost 1,800 people. Dalmeny boasts a three-member police force, a trained fire department (Level 2 or higher), first-class K-12 schools, city water, excellent sporting facilities (ball diamonds, new skating rink and soccer fields) and young friendly people. Please visit us at Dalmeny.ca
Delisle, with a population of 900 people, has a healthy mix of young and
old. There is a wide cross-section of services available to meet the demands
of the different generations. Employment opportunities are available and
the town is enjoying slow, steady growth. Come out to our community and “Discover Delisle”!
For more information, visit www.townofdelisle.com
Hague is the “Gateway to Northern Lakes” and is becoming a bedroom community
to Saskatoon, with many residents commuting. We have a strong business core
and good school accessibility.
For more information, contact www.townofhague.com
Langham is a vibrant community with the best of rural and urban life. The small-town atmosphere and brand new water treatment plant have attracted many new residents and have become the town’s biggest assets. Saskatoon, only 20 minutes away, is very accessible on a four-lane highway. This makes all the convenience, events and luxuries of urban life easily accessible yet, at the end of the day, we can all come home to rural life in Langham.
For more information, visit www.langham.ca
Osler is a warm, friendly and close-knit community of approximately 1,000 people
located on Highway 11 just 25 km north of Saskatoon. It is a great place to
raise a family, away from the big city bustle but near enough to participate
in the activities you choose. Osler is proud to offer big city amenities such
as Saskatoon water, Saskatoon telephone, cable television, high-speed internet,
municipal sewer and weekly garbage pick-up. There is an active Osler Family
Resource Center providing unique opportunities for children. Osler boasts numerous
recreational opportunities and all the key services necessary. For more information,
Rosthern is strategically located halfway between the major cities of Saskatoon
and Prince Albert on a major highway. Primarily an agricultural community,
Rosthern boasts a large cross-section of businesses and services including
a medical clinic, hospital, arena, swimming pool, 18-hole golf course, nursing
home, and tourist attractions such as Seager Wheeler Farm National Historic
Site and the Station Arts Centre. For more information, visit www.rosthern.com
RM of Rosthern
The RM of Rosthern #403 is located between the North and South Saskatchewan
Rivers. It is a prime mixed farming area for cereal and oil seed production,
as well as livestock. Urban centres include Hague and Rosthern. For more information,
Nestled among trees, only 50 km from Saskatoon, you’ll find the quiet community
of Waldheim. Its 900 friendly citizens enjoy the modern amenities of water
and sewer, paved streets, curbside recycling services, a heritage library,
a K-12 school, post office, three churches and more than 50 businesses to serve
their needs, as well as the needs of the surrounding community For more information,