About Saskatchewan

Where is Saskatchewan? What is the population? How do I get there? What’s the best time of year to visit? What are the passport rules? All these questions and much more are answered here. If you can’t find what you’re looking for please contact the Media Relations team.

  • Saskatchewan is located in the heart of North America bordering Montana and North Dakota to the south, Manitoba to the east, Alberta to the west and the North West Territories to the north.
  • Saskatchewan population, 1,132,640 as of March 18, 2015
  • Capital city is Regina with a population of 243,284. The largest city is Saskatoon with a population of 310,195 ( both metropolitan area)
  • Saskatchewan comes from the Plains First Nation word “kisiskatchewan” which means the river that flows swiftly
  • Saskatchewan is twice the size of Germany and approximately the same size as Texas. Half the province is covered by forest, one-third is farmland and one-eighth is fresh water.
  • Saskatchewan has almost 100,000 lakes and rivers, and close to 12 million acres (5 million hectares) of national and provincial parkland
  • Saskatchewan’s principal export industries are mining, oil and gas, agriculture, manufacturing and tourism.
  • Saskatchewan adopted Central Standard Time and therefore shares the same time as Alberta during the summer months (MST) and the same time as Manitoba during the winter months (CMT).

Did You Know...? 

  • Regina is home of Canada’s only training academy for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) recruits.
  • Estevan is Canada’s sunshine capital – averaging 2,540 sunshine-filled hours each year.
  • Grasslands National Park preserves some of the last untouched prairie left in North America.
  • Eastend features the T.rex skeleton excavated in 1994/95, one of the best of only 12 such discoveries in the world. 'Scotty' makes her home at the T. rex Discovery Centre not far from where she was found. 
  • Cypress Hills is the highest point between Labrador and the Rocky Mountains.
  • Last Mountain Lake is the site of North America’s oldest bird sanctuary (1887)
  • Wanuskewin Heritage Park interprets 6,000 years of Northern Plains Indigenous culture.
  • On the shore of Ajawaan Lake in Prince Albert National Park is the cabin and last home of Grey Owl – the world’s most celebrated naturalist of the 1930s – still stands and is open to visitors. 
  • The Athabasca Sand Dunes are among the most northerly major sand dunes in the world, and among the largest in North America. 
  • Historic Stanley Mission was established in 1850, and Holy Trinity Anglican Church that stands there is the oldest building in Saskatchewan. 
  • Saskatchewan has an abundance of mineral wealth and is the world’s chief source of uranium and potash. It also has one of the world’s largest kimberlite fields.
  • Agriculture is big business in Saskatchewan. Almost half of Canada's total cultivated farmland is in Saskatchewan and we export globally 65% of the world's lentils, 54% of the world's peas, 34% of the world's durum wheat and 27% of the world's mustard seed.