Saskatoon West is a 2,980 km road trip to Parliament Hill – or 2,373 km by air. It would take close to 31 hours of driving to reach the riding.
Saskatoon is divided by the South Saskatchewan River, which actually originates in Alberta.
Saskatoon is one of Canada’s sunniest cities, getting over 2,200 hours of sunlight per year.
It also is in a dry climate region which translates into an average of 73 cm of snow, ranking very low among Canada’s largest cities. Summer is actually the city’s wettest season.
About 20% of the riding’s population are immigrants, with some of the largest populations born in the Philippines, Pakistan, and India.
Tagalog, Urdu, and Ukranian are the most common non-official mother tongues in the riding.
Approximately 18.5% of the riding’s population identify as Aboriginal.
Average individual income is $42,551.
PotashCorp Wintershines Festival is an annual ice carving festival.
Several museums, including the Ukrainian Museum of Canada and the Meewasin Valley Centre, are must-see destinations.
The Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra can also be found in Saskatoon West, as can Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan – a summer tradition since 1985.
Saskatoon is often called the “Paris of the Prairies”. This nickname was started by Canadian band “The Tragically Hip” because of its many bridges. It’s also called the “Venice of the West” thanks to its downtown winding rivers.
Saskatoon was named after the Cree word for the local berry, mis-sask-quah-toomina. This red berry is often used in pies and jams.
PotashCorp, the world’s largest fertilizer company, and Cameco, the world’s largest publicly-traded uranium company, are both headquartered here.
The industries that employ the most people in this riding include retail trade, health care, and social assistance; construction; and educational services.
Around 47% of the workforce has a postsecondary education and in 2011 the unemployment rate was 6.2%.
According to the city of Saskatoon, the city’s ecological footprint in 2014 was 78 times larger than its total land area. Saskatoon is dedicated to reducing this number in its strategic plan by supporting programs that aim to increase the city’s sustainability, through its environmental policy and by partnering with local organizations taking steps to protect the environment.
The most famous attraction in the city is the Bessborough Hotel, originally built by the Canadian Pacific Railway from 1928 to 1932. It was named after Canada’s 14th Governor General, the Earl of Bessborough, and built in the style of grand railway hotels like the Banff Springs Hotel, the Royal York, the Hotel Vancouver, and the Hotel Nova Scotian. From its completion until 1979, it was the tallest building in Saskatoon at 58.5 metres high.
Indigenous communities in this riding include: