|Date Entered Confederation:||September 1,1905|
|Area:||652,330 Sq Km|
|Population:||Click Here for Population Page|
|Motto:||From Many Peoples, Strength|
|Known As:||Canada's Breadbasket|
|Provincial Flower:||Western Red Lily|
|Provincial Bird:||Sharp-tailed Grouse|
|Provincial Animal:||White-tailed Deer|
|Provincial Tree:||White Birch|
|Lieutenant Governor:||Hon. Vaughn Soloman Schofield|
|Premier:||Hon. Brad Wall|
|Political Party:||Saskatchewan Party|
|Main Products:||Agricultural: Wheat, oats, barley, rye, rapeseed, flaxseed.|
Manufactured: Meatpacking, food processing, petroleum refining, printing and publishing.
Mined: Petroleum, natural gas, coal, gold, copper, zinc, potash, salt.
Located in the western part of Canada, Saskatchewan is bordered by Manitoba, Alberta, the Northwest Territories and the United States. The province is almost rectangular in shape. Half of it consists of forests, one third of cultivated lands, and one eighth is covered with water.
The northern zone rests on a formation of Precambrian rock characteristic of the Canadian Shield. As a result, there are numerous lakes (over 100,000), rivers, bogs and rocky outcroppings.
The southern part of the province is relatively flat, with occasional valleys created by erosion from the glacial era. This prairie zone is where most of the people live.
Athabasca Provincial Park has sand dunes 30 metres high and semi-arid vegetation. Nowhere else in the world are dunes found this far north.
The name Saskatchewan comes from the Cree word "kisiskatchewanisipi," which means "swift-flowing river." The province has three major rivers: the Assiniboine, the South Saskatchewan and the Churchill.
The whole province enjoys a hot, dry summer but the town of Estevan is the undisputed "sunshine capital" of Canada, getting 2,540 hours of sunshine per year.
(Text courtesy Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade)
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