Fun Facts

Below are some interesting ‘fun facts’ about Saskatoon:

Weather

  • The coldest day ever recorded in Saskatoon was -50°C in 1893. The lowest wind chill ever recorded was -61.9°C. The highest temerature that was ever recorded was 41°C in 1988.

Nick Names

  • The Bridge City – This name refers to the seven bridges that cross the South Saskatchewan river that runs through the city (it is also occasionally referred to as “The Paris of the Praries for the same reason).
  • The Hub City – This nick name goes back years as Saskatoon has always been the “hub” of Saskatchewan.
  • Toontown – Following the release of the film “Who Framed Roger Rabit” in 1998, the city became popularly know as “Toontown”, after a similiarly named location in the movie. The name was used prior to the release of this movie but became increased popularity after its release.
  • POW City – POW stands for Potash, Oil and Wheat. This nickname became popular in the 1960s and 1970s.

Saskatoon Sister Cities

  • Umeå (Västerbotten, Sweden)
  • Shijiazhuang (Hebei, China)
  • Cologne (North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany)
  • Tampere (Pirkanmaa, Finland)

Natural Disaster

  • Saskatoon’s first and only recorded earthquake occurred, at 9:15 am on May 15, 1909. It lasted about 30 seconds and was felt as far away as Winnipeg and Lethbridge.

Saskatoon in Music

  • The Canadian rock group The Guess Who recorded a song in the 1970s called “Running Back to Saskatoon.”
  • Johnny Cash co-wrote with Johnny Horton the song “The Girl From Saskatoon.”
  • Sammy Kershaw has a verse in his song “Anywhere But Here” that goes “Well I hear it’s cold up in Saskatoon but it couldn’t be colder than our bedroom.”
  • A recent band named City and Colour has a verse in their song “Comin’ Home” that goes “I’ve been through the Rockies, I’ve seen Saskatoon.”
  • The punk band named No Fun At All has a song “Extraordinary Mind” that has a line that goes “Sunday afternoon, I was bending every spoon / Stopping all the clocks in Saskatoon.”
  • The Tragically Hip song “Wheat Kings” has a line that says “Sundown in the Paris of the Prairies” which is a reference to Saskatoon.
  • Soul Coughing has a song “Is Chicago, Is Not Chicago” that states, “Saskatoon is in the room.”

Saskatoon in Televsion and Movies

  • In the movie Hannibal Rising from 2007 which is a prequal to The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal who is the main character is looking for someone in a small town south of Saskatoon.
  • In the movie Slap Shot, Sonny James sings a song called “A Little Bit South of Saskatoon.”
  • In one episode of the animated series “The Simpsons”, Homer Simpson who is the main character obtains a Canadian health card in order to get cheap drugs. He is told that be can buy enough drops “to make Regina look like Saskatoon.”

Saskatoon in Literature

  • In the Mark Twain novel “A Connecticut Yankee in King Aruther’s Court” a character avoids being burned at the stake as a heretic by conjuring a solar eclipse. Midway through the string of nonsense that he spouts as an incantation is the phrase, “Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.”

Notable People from Saskatoon

  • Kaare Andrews – Comic Book Artist
  • Mel Angelstad – Professional Hockey Player (Retired)
  • Colby Armstrong – Professional Hockey Player (Pittsburgh Penguins)
  • Brent Ashton – Professional Hockey Player (Retired)
  • Mike Babcock – Professional Hockey Coach (Detriot Red Wings)
  • Jon Ballantyne – Jazz Musician, Artist
  • Wade Belak – Professional Hockey Player (Toronto Maple Leafs)
  • Allan Blakeny – Former Premier of Saskatchewan
  • Derek Boogaard – Professional Hockey Player (Minnesota Wild)
  • Sandy Burnett – Record Producer
  • Ethel Catherwood – Olympic Medalist
  • John Diefenbaker – Former Prime Minister of Canada
  • Shane Endicott – Professional Hockey Player (Dallas Stars)
  • Sylvia Fedoruk – Former Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan
  • Don Freed – Singer/Songwriter
  • Dawna Friesen – NBC Journalist
  • Michael Garnett – Professional Hockey Player (Atlanta Thrashers)
  • Glenda Goertzen – Author
  • Tom Grummett – Comic Book Artist
  • Stu Hart – Former Professional Wrestler
  • Ray Hnatyshyn – Former Governor General of Canada
  • Gordie Howe – Former Professional Hockey Player
  • Regan Lauscher – Canadian Luge Champion
  • Catriona LeMay Doan – Olympic Medalist
  • Keith Magnuson – Former Professional Hockey Player
  • Yann Martel – Booker Prize Winning Author
  • Andrea Menard – Muscian/Actress
  • Cameron Mitchell – Actor
  • Joni Mitchell – Muscian/Artist
  • Farley Mowat – Novelist
  • Jim Pattison – Billionaire
  • Northern Pikes – Rock Band
  • Roy Romanow – Former Premier of Saskatchewan
  • Theresa Sokyrka – Muscian/Artist
  • Brent Sopel – Professional Hockey Player (Vancouver Canucks)
  • David Sutcliffe – Actor
  • Jarret Stoll – Professional Hockey Player (Edmont Oilers)
  • Roderick Toombs (Rowdy Roddy Piper) – Former Professional Wrestler
  • Shannon Tweed – Actress/Playboy Playmate
  • Cam Ward – Professional Hockey Player (Carolina Hurricanes)
  • Wide Mouth Mason – Rock Band
  • Dafydd Williams – Physician/Astronaut
  • Janet Wright – Actress
  • Henry Woolf – Actor

Royal Visitors

  • Queen Elizabeth II – 1951, 1959, 1978, 1987, 2005
  • Edward VIII – 1919
  • King George VI and Queen Elizabeth – 1939
  • Duke of Edinburgh – 1951, 1959, 1978, 1987, 2005
  • Princess Margaret – 1980
  • Prince Charles (The Prince of Wales) – 2001
  • Princess Anne (The Princess Royal) – 1982, 2004
  • Prince Andrews (The Duke of York) – 1984
  • Prince Edward (The Earl of Wessex) – 1978

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