Five Saskatchewan stereotypes debunked
1. Saskatchewan is flat
“In Saskatchewan you can watch your dog run away for three days.” It’s a joke many have heard about Saskatchewan. And, yes, the province does have areas that are flat and open, but the whole province doesn’t look that way. There are rolling hills, valleys, dunes and numerous lakes and forests. In fact, over half the province (34 million hectares) is covered in forest! And the terrain can range: the highest point in the province is in the Cypress Hills and it’s 1,392 metres above sea level. The lowest point is Lake Athabasca, which is just 213 metres above sea level. The Canadian Shield, which makes up much of the northern part of Saskatchewan, is made up of ancient mountains that have turned into a rocky terrain with numerous lakes, rivers and bogs. There are also badlands in the south that consist of rocks, sandstone buttes and cliffs. And Saskatchewan is home to the Athabasca Sand Dunes — the most northerly sand dunes in the world!
Photo credit: The Saskatchewanderer
2. Saskatchewan only has trades jobs available
Sure, Saskatchewan needs workers in the construction industry, but that doesn’t mean jobs in other sectors aren’t abundant. Saskatchewan has a diverse economy, with strengths in the mining, oil and gas, agriculture and manufacturing sectors. With a strong economy and a growing population, there are opportunities in almost every sector from mining and agriculture to health care and hospitality. Whether you are a labourer, skilled worker, engineer, nurse or professional chef, you can find work in Saskatchewan! There are currently over 9,000 job opportunities posted on SaskJobs. Click to see jobs in these sectors:
Management | Business, Finance & Admin | Engineers, Architects, IT, Natural Science | Health | Social Science, Education, Governement | Art, Culture, Recreation, Sport | Sales & Service | Trades, Transport, Construction | Oil, Gas, Mining, Farming | Processing, Manufacturing, & Utilities
3. There isn’t much to do in Saskatchewan
There is so much to do and see in Saskatchewan with over 400 camping spots, more than 250 museums, countless cultural and music festivals, and urban and rural attractions. Casinos, hundreds of golf courses, lakes and beautiful parks can keep anyone busy in Saskatchewan. The province has a booming theatre, arts and music scene, plenty of fine dining restaurants and sporting events. Summers are especially busy in the province with Saskatoon’s annual jazz festival, which draws tens of thousands of people, and Folkfest, which celebrates the world’s cultures. The Regina Folk Festival features an incredible blend of musical styles and some of the world’s best talent! The Craven Country Jamboree also attracts over 20,000 country music fans from around the globe every year. And of course, the Saskatchewan Roughriders play all summer long! There is plenty to do in the winters too, from skiing and snowboarding, to ice fishing and snowmobiling. Or take in a hockey game and enjoy one of the winter festivals.
Photo Credit: Tourism Saskatoon
4. Saskatchewan is always cold
It’s true, Saskatchewan’s winters can be c-c-cold, like many other places in Canada. But the summers are sizzling! Historically, Saskatchewan can get as hot as 40C in the summer. Saskatchewan’s cities average over 2,300 hours of sunshine per year. And how about those prairie summer sunsets – there’s a reason Saskatchewan is called the Land of Living Skies!
Photo credit: The Saskatchewanderer
5. Saskatchewan is dry, with only farmland
While Saskatchewan is a landlocked province, it doesn’t mean there isn’t any water around. The province is home to over 100,000 lakes and rivers, many of which are great for fishing, boating, sunbathing, swimming and other water sports. Lakes in Saskatchewan make for popular tourist attractions, like Manitou Beach, Waskesiu and Pike Lake, to name a few. And with so many lakes in close proximity to major cities, it’s a great way to spend evenings and weekends with friends and family! Click here for more information on lake life in Saskatchewan.