Canada’s prairie province is home to over 1 million Canadians. The province covers over 650,000 square kilometres with nearly 10 percent of that being occupied by fresh water that is comprised of 100,000 lakes, rivers and reservoirs. This makes up for the fact that the entire province is landlocked. It is also Canada’s only province without any natural borders, all of them are man made.
The name is derived from the Saskatchewan River that runs through the province and the name the Cree’s used which translates to swift flowing river. The river is approximately 550kms long and flows eastward into Manitoba eventually connecting with Lake Winnipeg. Saskatchewan has been inhabited by various indigenous tribes of North America dating all the way back to the 1600s. The first known European explorer to reach the area was Henry Kelsey in 1690 and was eventually the first permanent European settlement was a Hudson’s Bay outpost at Cumberland House. A part of what we now know as the province of Saskatchewan was included in the Louisiana Purchase, which happened in 1803.
Saskatchewan’s economy has historically been tied to agriculture the prairie province was known for and represents on their flag. However, diversification in modern times has resulted in things like agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting to account for less than 10% of the provinces GDP in 2018. The year before, 2017, the provinces production of Canola surpassed their wheat production. Beef cattle production is also a major contributor to the provinces economy. In fact, only Alberta out produces more than Saskatchewan.
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