Thinking of Moving to Saskatchewan?

Thinking of Moving to Saskatchewan?

Monday, June 07, 2010

Sarah Bruno

Maybe you’ve heard that Saskatchewan is flat, full of wheat fields, and hockey players. Yes, half of the province boasts prime agricultural land that is predominantly flat – land that provides the province with ideal land characteristics for farming.

To a great extent, mixed-wood and coniferous forests cover the remainder of the province, and over 100,000 lakes flow through the entire land mass of Saskatchewan.

Saskatchewan offers a varied range of geography, beginning with Cypress Hills, located in the southwest. The Hills sit 1,970 feet above the surrounding plains, rising to the highest recorded point of land, east of the Rockies.
The varied geography, and the province's forested regions feature a bountiful history and enchanting setting that inspired Guy Vanderhaeghe’s award-winning novel, The Englishman’s Boy.
Saskatchewan’s geography overflows with spellbinding history. The province’s rolling hills and rock formations, of the south-central badlands, provided shelter for action-packed figures like outlaw Jesse James, and Chief of the Sioux tribe, Chief Sitting Bull.

To the north, Prince Albert National Park attracted Canadian personality, author and hoaxer, Grey Owl, who lived and wrote in the park, in the 1930s. Each year, Prince Albert Park attracts thousands of visitors who enjoy the park’s 1,500 lakes and 150 km of hiking trails.

Agriculture has long been the lifeblood of Saskatchewan. The province grows more than 50 non-wheat crops and is the world’s largest supplier of mustard and lentils. Saskatchewan also features one of the world’s most sophisticated centres of agricultural-biotechnology research – Innovation Place in Saskatoon.

Saskatchewan invests in science-related endevaours like Innovation Place, located at the University of Saskatchewan, which harbors 110 science-related organizations, producing everything from animal vaccines to disease-fighting nutraceuticals.
Also located on campus is the Canadian Light Source synchrotron, Canada’s largest science project, housed in a football-field sized facility. Operations for the Project begin in 2004, and will assist scientists in the recognition of matter at subatomic levels.

In Regina, the Petroleum Technology Research Centre continues to develop more efficient ways to refine fossil fuels, and strategies for reducing greenhouse gases.

If science isn’t your thing, Saskatchewan also boasts a surplus of sports fans. Saskatchewan is loaded with fantatic supporters of grid-iron warriors. Win or lose, Saskatchewan's Canadian Football League team, the Roughriders, can count on their fans to fill the stadium with a sea of 'Rider green and white.

If you’re a hockey enthusiast, you’ll find solice in Saskatchewan's long-standing tradition of world-famous hockey players. Forty years ago, Saskatchewanian Gordie Howe ruled the ice, and today, Hayley Wickenheiser makes headlines, as one of the few women in the world to play in a professional men’s league. In 2003, the province celebrated two world championships in Curling, when both men and women’s junior teams took home gold medals.

For the 9-to-5 weekenders, Saskatchewan offers top-calibre sports facilities and more golf courses per capita than any other province, with some of the most affordable greens fees.

 In a province that exports 72 percent of what it manufactures, Saskatchewan cultivates business people that are experienced world travelers and sophisticated marketers.
Are you into reading? Saskatchewanians read more books per capita than any other province. They also strongly support the arts, whether it’s the Regina and Saskatoon symphony orchestras, small-town dinner theatres or world-renowned artists and craftspeople.

The next couple of years will be an exciting time for Saskatchewan. In 2005, the province will celebrate its 100-year Centennial anniversary.

Saskatchewan plans for their Aboriginal population to play a large role in the future of the province. By 2045, Aboriginals will count for almost one-third of the total population of Saskatchewan. First Nations groups have embarked on an ambitious agenda to stimulate economic growth on a strong cultural foundation.

In 2003, the first accredited First Nations University in North America opened its doors. The facility, designed by famed aboriginal architect Douglas Cardinal, is a centre for aboriginal culture, arts and academics.
The combination of a changing industry, science, culture and demographic indicates an exciting period of activity ahead.
Saskatchewan foreshadows a vibrant future that promises a rewarding balance between career opportunities and personal growth. MTM

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Thinking of Moving to Saskatchewan?

Sarah Bruno | 6/7/2010

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