Prince Albert is 2,325 km from Parliament Hill, or a 31-hour drive.
This central Saskatchewan riding is in the transitional area between the Aspen parkland and boreal forest. In the south you can find open prairies, with lakes and forest to the north.
The Saskatchewan River Forks (where the North and South branches meet) was an important site for the fur trade, about 45 km east of present-day Prince Albert. The North Saskatchewan River is glacier-fed and flows east to west through the riding.
Kimberlite, a rare rock that can be mined for diamonds, has been found in the area.
Many fossils, especially those of bison, have been found in the area.
About 6% of the riding’s population are immigrants, with some of the largest populations born in the Philippines, India, and the United Kingdom.
Cree and Tagalog are the most common non-official mother tongues in the riding.
Approximately 31% of the riding’s population identify as Aboriginal.
Average individual income is $44,111.
Fort à la Corne (originally called Fort St. Louis) was once the westernmost point of the French empire. Today it’s a National Historic Site of Canada, with a plaque in the town of Kinistino.
Tisdale is home to the world’s second-largest honey bee statue.
Nipawin is host of the annual Great Northern Pike Festival.
The riding’s largest city, Prince Albert, was named after the consort of Queen Victoria, Prince Albert.
The small town of Love has gained international fame because of its postmark of a teddy bear holding a heart. Many couples choose to send their wedding invitations through Love to have the romantic stamp.
The St. Louis “Ghost Train” is a paranormal light moving up and down along an old abandoned rail line.
Diamonds were discovered in this area in the late 1980s and mining has since become an important industry.
The Saskatchewan Federal Penitentiary near Prince Albert is a large source of employment.
Tisdale is known as the honey capital of Saskatchewan, as around 10% of the sweet stuff produced in Canada comes from this area.
Prince Albert is considered the “Gateway of the North” as the last major city before northern Saskatchewan.
The City of Prince Albert has developed a Green Industrial park with the aim of attracting businesses that produce green energy products like biofuels and bioethanol. The construction of the park also includes more energy efficient materials and increased use of renewable energy sources.
Although it still disrupts the land, diamond mining is relatively environmentally friendly compared to other Saskatchewan mines such as uranium and potash.
The Battle of Batoche took place in this riding during the 1885 Northwest Rebellion, between the Métis led by Louis Riel and the Canadian government. Batoche was the capital of the provisional government of Saskatchewan which was the name Riel gave to his independent state. Riel was eventually forced to surrender to the North West Field Force and would face treason charges and eventual execution.
Indigenous communities in this riding include:
Prince Albert Development Corporation
Wahpeton Dakota Nation
Saskatoon Tribal Council
Muskoday First Nation
One Arrow First Nation