Saskatoon is located in central Saskatoon and is the most populous city in the province. Saskatoon is often referred to at the City of Bridges or the Bridge City for its seven river crossings. Saskatoon is also known as the Sunshine Capital of Canada as it receives more sunlight per year than any other location in Canada.
Our city is divided by the scenic South Saskatchewan River and has a world wide reputation for safety, affordability and hospitality. The 2011 Canadian Census indicated Saskatoon Metropolitan Area had a population of 222,189 residents and in the 2015 census Saskatoon has 304,975 residents. The population of the Saskatoon Metropolitan Area is up 27% from 2011. The forecasted growth of Saskatoon estimates the population to grow to over 380,000 people by 2035 although many people think this is a conservative estimate based on recent growth. Saskatoon is a relatively young city with a median age of just over 34 years old.
The city of Saskatoon is a combination of big city amenities with a small town spirit. We are the seventeenth largest city in Canada but are just as modern and progressive as the biggest cities in the country. Saskatoon is home of the Canadian Light Source Synchrotron Project which is Canada’s largest science project in the past 30 years.
The city has a diverse community consisting of many ethnic cultures and professions. The city boasts multiple, theatre, art galleries, museums and libraries. When visiting Saskatoon you can take in anything ranging from a symphony put on by the Saskatoon orchestra to a minor league hockey game. Saskatoon is an exciting destination for visitors and residents alike.
Saskatoon is home to the University of Saskatchewan which is the only University in Canada to house all 5 science colleges and a major teaching hospital on the same campus. Located next to the University is Innovation Place. Innovation Place is a world recognized technology and research park that provides homes to over 150 technology and research companies employing over 2500 people.
Our beautiful city is recognized as one of the world’s leading agricultural and biotechnology centre’s as well is home to the world’s largest publically traded uranium company, Cameco, and the world’s largest potash producer, PotashCorp. Each have company has its main headquarters in Saskatoon. Uranium also plays an important role in our economy and the city also is home to Areva, the world’s second largest uranium mining company.
Saskatoon’s diverse economy adds to its prosperity. Saskatchewan grows half of the entire quantity of Canada’s major export crops: wheat, oats, barley, rye, flaxseed, and canola. Saskatoon is at the core of this market. Mining is also a large part of our economy as we are the largest exporter of uranium and nearly 2/3rds of the world’s recoverable potash reserves are located in the Saskatoon region.
Saskatoon is a four season destination with much to offer visitors during each season and according to Chatelain magazine, Saskatoon was rated the #1 city in Canada for air and water quality. There are more than 145 parks that cover 2300 acres of land which offer something for each season; jogging and biking trails, picnic and barbeque facilities, cross-country skiing, and ice skating.
Despite the recent Saskatoon real estate boom, Saskatoon is still one of the cheapest places to live and we have the lowest combined taxes and household charges in Canada with the average commute being only twelve minutes!
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