Moving to Saskatchewan, Provincial Description & Overview
Located in the middle of the western prairie provinces of Canada, Saskatchewan is bordered by Manitoba, Saskatchewan, the Northwest Territories and the United States (see Provincial Map). The province is almost rectangular in shape and has an area of 651,900 square kilometres. Half of the province is covered with forests, one third of cultivated farmland and one eighth is covered with water.
The Province's two largest cities are: Regina">Regina and Saskatoon, for which we provide neighbourhood details.
The first European explorers and fur traders, who represented the Hudson's Bay Company, came to Saskatchewan in the late 1600s. They found established settlements of Aboriginal people, including Chipewyan Indians in the north, the nomadic Blackfoot roaming the eastern plains, Assiniboine in the west, and the Cree, who resided in the north as well as on the plains.
The Government of Canada purchased the Territories in 1870 for its agricultural potential and to build its population. The Metis, people of mixed French and Aboriginal descent, settled here early migrated westward from Manitoba. Saskatchewan entered Confederation as a province in 1905, and Regina was chosen the provincial capital.
Saskatchewan is also proud to be the cradle of Canada's Universal Health Care system, and Canada's Old Age Security system.
Saskatchewan's population stands at about one million. It's Canada's only province where a minority of the population is from British or French background. The majority comes from a variety of ethnic groups: German, Ukrainian, Scandinavian, Amerindian, Dutch, Polish and Russian, plus many non-European origins. Saskatoon and Regina are the major urban centers in Saskatchewan.
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Saskatchewan Communities and Neighbourhoods
Here are the major cities/regions in the province of Saskatchewan. Explore the neigbhourhoods in & around them that you may want to live in:
SK: The provincial capital and head office city has the beautiful Wascana Centre parkland created by a dam across Wascana Creek.
SK: Saskatoon is magically wrapped around the South Saskatchewan River, which winds its way through the city. The town is home to the University of Saskatchewan
Here are some featured neighbourhoods in the province of Saskatchewan. Explore the neigbhourhoods in & around them that you may want to live in:
Sk: The district of Lakeview dates back to the era of constructing the Saskatchewan Legislature, when the wealthier residents of that time chose to build their mansions with a view of the structure.
Sk: Located just south west of downtown, Riversdale was one of the three original settlements that formes Saskatoon in 1906. Its close to major venues and the Saskatoon General Hospital
Sk: These communities are built around artificial lakes, unique to this end of Regina. These communities are architecturally controlled, with guidelines regarding the streetscape, home size and even home colours.
Sk: Lakeview and Lakeridge lie east of Circle Drive, and north of the #16 Yellowhead Highway. Lakeview was the first community in Saskatoon to feature a man-made lake, and is beside the new Lakewood Shopping Centre and Lakewood Civic Centre
Sk: These communities are mostly small two-bedroom bungalows, suitable for young couples and retirees. The style is somewhat dated. The community is close-in to Regina, and particularly close to Regina Exhibition Park.