Situated on the beautiful banks of the South Saskatchewan River, Saskatoon is centrally located within the province of Saskatchewan.
The city lies approximately 520 kilometres (323 miles) southeast of Edmonton, 780 kilometres (485 miles) northwest of Winnipeg and 348 kilometres (216 miles) north of the United States border.
Coordinates: 52°07′54″N 106°39′09″W
Geographical size: 144 square kilometres (55.6 square miles)
Elevation: 481.5 metres (1,580 feet)
Although the first settlers began arriving in the 1880s, archaeological evidence shows that First Nations inhabited the area between 6,000 – 8,000 years ago.
Saskatoon’s rich history has seen its share of ups and downs. From booms, to busts, to war and depression, the people of Saskatoon have shown resilience in the face of adversity and have thrived in times of prosperity.
In 1906, three settlements – Saskatoon, Nutana and Riversdale – amalgamated to form the city of Saskatoon.
In its early years, Saskatoon was one of the fastest growing cities in the country. Now, over a century later, Saskatoon is again hailed as one of Canada’s leading economies in terms of population growth and gross domestic product.
Saskatoon gets its name from the Cree word for the purplish-blue berries that are native to the province.
For an in-depth look at Saskatoon’s history, visit the City of Saskatoon’s website.
Saskatoon Shines is not just another city slogan. One of the sunniest cities in the country – with an average of 2,381 hours of sunshine per year – it truly does shine.
The city experiences four distinct seasons. In summer, temperatures range as high as 30°C (86°F) on the warmest summer days, while winter can see the temperature dip as low as -30°C (-22°F).
Saskatoon receives an average annual snowfall of 97 centimetres and an average annual rainfall of 265 millimetres. November, December and January tend to be the snowiest months, while May, June and July are the rainiest. Compared with other Canadian cities, Saskatoon’s rainfall rate is quite low.
The Weather Network – Saskatoon Statistics
Environment Canada – Canadian city weather rankings
Saskatchewan uses the Central Standard Time Zone (UTC-06:00) year-round and is the only Canadian province that does not adjust for daylight saving time.