Along with Alberta and Manitoba, Saskatchewan is one of Canada's "prairie provinces". Its capital city is Regina, named after the Latin title of Queen Victoria, the reigning monarch in 1883. The upper two-thirds of the province are sparsely populated and consist of lakes, rivers, and forests. The more populated regions are dramatically flat and sliced through by Trans-Canada Highway 1. The population of Saskatchewan began growing in the 1880s due to the arrival of railroads. Many immigrants arrived from the British Isles, Scandinavia, Holland, Germany, Russia, and Eastern Europe seeking free government land.
In addition to an abundance of wide open spaces, Saskatchewan also offers many historical attractions focusing on native people, dinosaurs, railroads, and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, or Mounties. Downtown Regina has boutiques, malls, and year-round festivals. Just north of Downtown is the Old Warehouse District, which contains bars, lounges, and live music venues. Saskatoon is Saskatchewan's largest city, with a population of 225,927. The South Saskatchewan River cuts it in half diagonally, and is crossed by seven bridges; therefore, Saskatoon is nicknamed the City of Bridges. Saskatoon is home to the University of Saskatchewan, and a hotbed of scientific research.
A wide range of ethnicities call Saskatchewan home, and this is evident from the many ethnic foods available in the region. Saskatchewan is included in the several "prairie provinces" which produce large amounts of Canadian beef.
Saskatchewan is bordered on the east by Manitoba, on the west by Alberta, on the north by the Northwest Territories, and on the south by the states of Montana and North Dakota in the USA.
The weather is mildest in Saskatchewan between June and September; this is also when you will find the greatest number of festivals and available lodgings. For those wishing to catch a glimpse of the famed northern lights, plan a trip between mid-August and early April. While winter is cold in Saskatchewan, it makes for great skiing, ice skating, and dog sledding. Warmer-weather activities include biking and jogging along the many paths Saskatchewan has to offer, fishing, horseback riding, and shopping at the major shopping districts in Regina.
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