Population: 1,015,985 (estimate as of 2008)
Cities: Estevan, Humboldt, Lloydminster, Melfort, Melville, Moose Jaw, North Battleford, Prince Albert, Regina, Saskatoon, Swift Current, Weyburn, Yorkton
Largest City: Saskatoon
Time Zone: Central Standard
Flower: Red Lily
Highest Elevation: Cypress Hills - 1392 m (4566 ft) above sea level
Major River Systems: The North Saskatchewan, South Saskatchewan, Assiniboine, Qu'Appelle, Churchill Rivers
Geography: Approx. 651,900 sq. kilometres (more than a quarter million sq. miles) in size. One half of the province is covered by forest, one third by farmland and one eight by fresh water.
Location: Saskatchewan is located in the heart of North America. To the east is the province of Manitoba and to the west is Alberta. To the south it borders the American states of Montana and North Dakota. To the north are Canada's Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
Economy: Except for a semiarid section in the southwest used for grazing and an area in the east and central portion given over to mixed farming and dairying, the land is devoted to the raising of hard wheat. Saskachewan produces two thirds of Canada's wheat. The vast expanses of unbroken plain are well suited to large scale mechanized farming. Oats, barley, rye, rapeseed, and flax are also grown through this region. Saskatchewan is rich in minerals. Oil and natural gas, uranium, copper, zinc, gold and coal are all important as is Potash . Most of the province's industries process raw materials.
*Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition, Copyright (c) 2003.