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Star lover
July 15th, 2019, 07:15 AM
Some Interesting Facts about Saskatchewan:

People around the country think this province is made up of nothing but flat grain fields. In reality, it’s got about 100,000 lakes.

According to the Atlas of Canada, the total area of freshwater in Saskatchewan is 59,366 square kilometers (about 36,888 square miles).

Lake Athabaska is the largest lake in the province, covering an area of 7,935 square kilometers (about 4,930 square miles).

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Little Manitou Lake has a mineral density three times greater than the ocean, so visitors are able to float easily and peacefully.

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The province has one cable-free ferry. The Wollaston Lake Barge Ferry connects Wollaston Lake to Highway 905. It is also the only ferry of the 13 in the province that charges a fee.

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Saskatchewan is a haven for shorebirds; more than 30 varieties can be found here. Birdwatchers can get a thrill from catching a glimpse of endangered species like Piping Plovers and even Whooping Cranes. Chaplin Lake, the Quill Lakes and Last Mountain Lake Bird Sanctuary are hotbeds of birding activity — especially during spring and fall migration seasons.

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The ice fishing world record for walleye (kept) was set on Tobin Lake in 2005. The fish weighed 8.3 kilograms (about 2.2 pounds). This is a provincial and world record that remains in place today, according to the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation. The largest walleye released measured 96.5 centimeters (38 inches) and was also caught at Tobin Lake in 1997.

Some popular Saskatchewan lakes are in fact reservoirs created by dams. These include Tobin Lake, Blackstrap Lake, Buffalo Pound Lake, Lake Diefenbaker and the Rafferty Dam Reservoir.

Environment Canada lists Regina as the third sunniest city in Canada with 2,338 hours per year, right behind Calgary (2,405) and Winnipeg (2,372). Saskatoon is in fourth position at 2,329 hours.

Technically, it’s illegal to skinny dip. Section 174 of the Criminal Code of Canada disallows nudity in public places or on private property that is exposed to public view “without a lawful excuse.” But as FindLawCanada points out, a Saskatchewan court threw out a 1978 skinny dipping conviction involving three men in a remote lake. The judge said it was not illegal to strip and dip in an isolated place, even if the swimmers “misjudged the loneliness of the place.”

In Prince Albert National Park it is possible to hike to the site where famed conservationist Grey Owl lived on Ajawaan Lake. Grey Owl and his wife, daughter and two beavers lived together in two structures that have been turned into an interpretive centre. Although he presented himself as a First Nation person, he was actually British born.

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There are more roads in Saskatchewan than any other Canadian province with* 26,000km (about 16,155 miles) of highways traveling the length and breadth of the province.* The total road surface totals 160,000km (about 99,419 miles), which is enough to circle around the equator four times.* With the large size of the province and the relatively low population, that means there is more road per person than the rest of Canada.

Regina, Saskatchewan is home of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), with each and every recruit spending their training time in the city before being deployed anywhere and everywhere across Canada.* You can visit the RCMP Heritage Museum, and during the summer months you can watch their Sunset Retreat Ceremony.*

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The official mineral of Saskatchewan is sylvite; more commonly known as potash.* Saskatchewan has enough potash to last hundreds of years if mined at its current rate.* More than 95% of the potash mined in Saskatchewan is used for fertilizer.

Saskatchewan can also get its fair share of amazing storms.* You can often watch them roll across the sky until they hit with force.* As of mid-July last year, Saskatchewan had 15 tornadoes, only 1 less than Oklahoma.* And the winter blizzards are not to be taken for granted, either as they can be dangerous when causing freezing temperatures and white-out conditions on the roads.

The longest bridge over the shortest span of water can be found in Regina.* The Albert Street Bridge was built in 1903 and is 850 feet long, while Wascana Creek below is only a few feet wide.* It sits next to Wascana Lake, which is a man-made lake near the Saskatchewan legislative building.

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Saskatchewan was built on multiculturalism, and it still thrives today; after English and French, the most-spoken language in Saskatchewan is now Tagalog, even surpassing German and Cree over the past 7 years.* There is a strong Filipino community in Saskatchewan.

If you are like many people, you think hot dogs and hamburgers taste better with mustard. Chances are good that the mustard you use comes from Saskatchewan. Since the 1950s the area has been responsible for up to 75 percent of all mustard grown in Canada, producing over 150,000 tons in 2010.

The Athabasca sand dunes, found in the northwest corner of the province near the Northwest Territories, is the most northerly active sand dune formation in the world. The dunes stretch for approximately 100 kilometres along the south shore of Lake Athabasca. They are the largest active dune fields in Canada, and the largest this far north anywhere in the world.

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The first automated teller machine in Canada was developed by Saskatchewan credit unions in 1977 and first went into service at two Sherwood Credit Union branches (now Conexus Credit Union) in Regina. Users could access the machines 18 hours a day, seven days a week, with a maximum withdraw of $200.

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Monique
July 15th, 2019, 07:31 AM
WOOHOO she's back. Welcome back Anita. I have missed you.

SuzanneOrleansOntario
July 15th, 2019, 09:58 AM
Interesting. I did not know much of this. I have been to Regina, a few decades ago.