Saskatoon is a great multicultural city in which to live, work, study and play.
Known as the City of Bridges, Saskatoon is the largest city in the province of Saskatchewan, with a population of over 260,000 (2011 census). Saskatoon is located on the banks of South Saskatchewan River, in the heart of the Canadian Prairies. Residents of the city are called Saskatonians.
Saskatoon is the location of the Northwest Rebellion of 1885, and the city’s rich culture has largely been preserved by the Aboriginal people who make up nearly 10 per cent of the city’s population.
The city offers excellent employment and entrepreneurship opportunities in mining and energy, biotechnology and life sciences, manufacturing and transportation. Educational opportunities are plentiful, with easy access to many elementary and high schools, technical colleges and the University of Saskatchewan. Saskatoon has three major hospitals including a teaching hospital.
Saskatoon is one of the sunniest cities in Canada – with an average of 2,381 hours of sunshine per year it truly does shine. On the other hand, compared with other Canadian cities, Saskatoon’s rainfall rate is quite low. The city receives an average annual rainfall of 265 millimetres and an average annual snowfall of 97 centimetres. May, June and July are the rainiest months, while November, December and January tend to be the snowiest.
Saskatoon is in a humid continental climatic zone and experiences four distinct seasons, with warm summers and very cold winters.
Thunderstorms are common in the summer months and can be severe with torrential rain, hail, high winds, intense lightning and, on rare occasion, tornadoes. In summer, temperatures range as high as 30°C on the warmest summer days, while winter can see the temperature dip as low as -30°C.
Saskatoon has many options for getting around the city or travelling to other destinations. Depending upon where you are, your destination may even be within easy walking distance!
Saskatoon Transit operates a fleet of buses with numerous routes to get you where you need to go in the city. Over 100 of these buses have bicycle racks on the front.
For those who have mobility issues and cannot use regular transit buses Access Transit provides lift-equipped buses and cabs within the city limits.
By air, Saskatoon is served by the John G. Diefenbaker International Airport through which you can reach most major Canadian, U.S. and international destinations with one-stop connecting flights in several North American airline hubs. If you prefer train service, VIA Rail Canada operates a train station approximately 8 kilometres from Saskatoon’s downtown.
It is easy to get where you’re going in Saskatoon – a short commute by car or the transit system.
In order to drive in Saskatoon, you will need to have a valid Saskatchewan Driver’s License. For information on getting a driver’s license and buying and registering a car, please click here.
Two major highways converge in the Saskatoon Region: The Yellowhead Highway – which stretches from Winnipeg, Manitoba to Masset, B. C., and the Louis Riel Trail – which connects Saskatchewan’s three largest cities: Saskatoon, Regina and Prince Albert.
Harsh Saskatchewan winters can make driving difficult at times. Before leaving home, always check the highway hotline service for frequent updates on road conditions throughout the region.
For the past several years, Saskatoon is witnessing a steady decline in its crime rate. According to a recent study conducted for the city, people feel safe here. Of those surveyed, 88 per cent reported feeling safe while walking or cycling in public areas.
Saskatoon is protected by the Saskatoon Police Service. In emergencies, call 9-1-1 immediately. An emergency is any situation that requires immediate assistance from the police, the fire department or an ambulance. If the situation doesn’t require immediate attention, call 306-975-8300.
Working with the community, the Saskatoon Police Service offers support and crime prevention advice in the form of specialized programs. If you are interested in participating in any of these programs, please refer to the contact information listed on their website.
Places of worship
Saskatoon is home to people of many different cultural backgrounds; you will find a number of places of worship, representing a large variety of spiritual and religious beliefs. Immigrant-serving centres should be able to give you more information on places of worship. You may also search the Yellow Pages in the telephone book.