Saskatchewan || Canada 150

Our Canada 150 series is still going! This week's highlighted province/territory is Saskatchewan, our neighbor to the east. 

It is important to recognize that the Europeans did not discover a new land when they stumbled upon present day Saskatchewan. The Canadian Encyclopedia notes, "evidence of Aboriginal peoples in Saskatchewan can be traced to at least 10,000 BCE, when hunters followed the migratory herds of bison, leaving behind arrowheads and ashes." European settlement did not really begin to boom until the Royal Canadian Mounted Police were established, at which point Saskatchewan became an agricultural hub. Today, many residents can trace their ancestry back to the Ukraine or to original native inhabitants such as the Metis. 

Saskatchewan joined the Canadian Confederation on September 1st, 1905. Since then, many Canadians have looked at it as a mostly rural, flat, cold land filled with farmers. However, Saskatchewan is much more diverse than people realize. Regina has become a distinctly urban center, home to a wide range of businesses and, still, the RCMP. While agriculture is a major part of the Saskatchewan economy, fishing, forestry and renewable energy are also contributors. Saskatchewan may be flat and cold in some areas, but others are rich in lush greenery and gorgeous lakeside living. All you have to do is watch the video on Tourism Saskatchewan's homepage to see how diverse this province truly is. 

Saskatchewan is celebrating Canada 150 by encouraging citizens and visitors to explore their beautiful parks! Each one is equipped with a wooden "photo frame" for you to snap a picture with. This is the perfect opportunity to capture the best view of your memories exploring Saskatchewan. Share your best picture by using the hashtag #saskparks and #canada150 for a chance to be featured on their Facebook Page

What is something unique you know about Saskatchewan? Let us know in the comments below!

Your Real Estate Professional,

Ken Richter

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