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Province: Saskatchewan

Population: 261,000

Climate: Continental climate, with warm summers and very cold winters. Bright sunshine is a common feature in Saskatoon, regardless of what time of year it is.

Overview:  Saskatoon is a city located in central Saskatchewan, and is the largest city in the Province. The city is situated on the banks of the South Saskatchewan River. Saskatoon is one of Canada’s fastest growing cities, with 75% of its growth stemming from international immigration. Four out of ten immigrants to Saskatchewan choose to settle in Saskatoon.

Saskatoon has a low cost of living, particularly compared to other cities in Canada. This means newcomers will find it easier to obtain low cost, affordable accommodation. Some of the more spacious, family-friendly neighbourhoods include Erindale, Lawson Heights, Lakeridge and North Park. For those attending the University of Saskatchewan, one of Canada’s best universities, neighbourhood options include Varsity View, Haultain and Greystone Heights.

Saskatoon is a great place to raise a family, due to the friendly nature of its residents, the abundance of wide open spaces and the Saskatonians love of sport. Ice skating and ice hockey are extremely popular, and there are plenty of golf courses, soccer pitches, tennis courts and parks for those who play sport that does not involve ice. There are also several galleries and museums in the city, as well as a zoo. Saskatoon holds many events and festivals throughout the year.

Transport: Saskatoon is serviced by national railway routes, and Saskatoon International Airport allows residents to fly in and out of the city. Saskatoon Transit operates 23 bus routes throughout the city for those who wish to use public transport instead of driving. The Saskatchewan Transportation Company operates buses throughout Saskatchewan, serving cities such as Saskatoon and Regina, as well as rural communities.

Economy: The main industry of Saskatoon is agriculture, with Saskatchewan providing the majority of Canada’s export crops, such as wheat, oats, etc. Mining is also a very important industry, with large amounts of uranium, potash and oil available in the area.