Saskatoon is a city in the province of Saskatchewan.

Its population is 265,300 (December 2016 estimate). The city is located on a bend of the South Saskatchewan River and occupies more than 5,200 square kilometers of land. It is nicknamed “Hub City,” for its connections to water, rail, and roadways traversing Canada.

City of Saskatoon Website
Life in Saskatoon

Saskatoon History

Historians see evidence of human settlement in Saskatchewan dating back 8,000 years. The name is derived from a Cree word for an edible berry that grows in the area. European settlers arrived in the last quarter of the 19th century and settled in an area where the Nutana neighbourhood is situated today. The city incorporated in 1906.

History of Saskatoon
Saskatoon’s First 100 Years (photos)

Saskatoon Weather

Saskatoon’s climate is classified as humid continental. The city sees severe winters with average high temperatures of -10.2°C. Summers are warm, with average daily high temperatures of 24.3°C. The mean annual temperature (all seasons) is a chilly 2°C. Average annual precipitation is 347 millimetres.

Saskatoon Climate Data
Forecast for Saskatoon

Settle In

Cost of living in Saskatoon

According to Numbeo, the cost of living in Saskatoon is about half the cost of living in New York City. Rents are a bargain at about 28 percent the cost of rents in New York. In comparison to Toronto, Saskatoon offers more affordable housing (rent is about 30 percent lower) but the overall cost of living is slightly higher.

Numbeo: Cost of Living in Saskatoon
Cost Comparison: Saskatoon vs. Toronto

Real Estate

According to the most recent Neighbourhood Profiles (December 2014), the city of Saskatoon has 90,935 total households (dwellings) in 65 discrete neighbourhoods. The average number of persons per dwelling is 2.4. About one third of households are rented. The average sale price of owned homes (January 2017) is approximately $342,000.

Saskatoon Region Association of Realtors
Saskatoon Neighbourhoods - Homes for Sale
Apartments and Condos for Rent Saskatoon

Locate Key Resources


The Saskatoon Health Region, an integrated health delivery agency, oversees public health care. It operates with more than 70 health care facilities, including nine hospitals in the area and three in Saskatoon: Royal University Hospital, Saskatoon City Hospital, and St. Paul’s Hospital.

Saskatoon Health Region
Saskatoon City Hospital
Royal University Hospital


Known as “Hub City,” Saskatoon is well connected to transport by water, rail, air and highway. The city is friendly to cyclists and pedestrians; Saskatoon Transit provides public bus transit. VIA Rail provides passenger train service and connects Saskatoon west to Edmonton and east to Winnipeg. Saskatoon’s highway connections include major routes: 16 (British Columbia section of the Yellowhead Highway); and Saskatchewan 11 (north-south). The primary air hub is Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker International Airport (YXE).

Saskatoon Airport
Saskatchewan Highway Hotline
Saskatoon Transit Services


Saskatoon Public Schools provide public education for more than 24,000 students with 44 elementary schools and 11 secondary schools. It also operates two associate schools and one alliance school. Several colleges and universities provide higher education opportunities. Among these are the University of Saskatchewan, First Nations University of Canada, and Saskatchewan Polytechnic.

Saskatoon Public Schools
Saskatchewan Polytechnic
First Nations University of Canada

Enjoy The City


If you’re flying in and out of the city, you may enjoy lodging close to the airport. The Saskatoon Inn & Conference Center is popular among travelers for business and pleasure. If you’re looking to explore in the city, consider a stay at Park Town Hotel. It’s a full-service hotel located right off Highway 5 on the banks of the South Saskatchewan River.

Tourism Saskatoon: Recommended Hotels
B&Bs in Saskatoon


You’ll enjoy finding your own favorite places to eat in Saskatoon, with plenty of unique choices. Check out Ayden Kitchen & Bar for comfort food paired lovingly with spirits. The Rook & Raven Pub downtown garners excellent reviews, as does the Cactus Club Cafe with dishes prepared from fresh, local ingredients and served in a contemporary setting.

Cactus Club Cafe
The 5 Best Places To Eat In Saskatoon

Things To Do

In any season, Saskatoon offers delightful distractions and family outings. Winters are wondrous, with colder temps and snow bringing opportunities for cross-country skiing, ice skating, sledding, and snowshoe adventures. When the weather warms, there’s bicycling, hiking, canoeing, golf and tennis. You’ll find a robust community for arts, plenty of shopping, vibrant nightlife, even a symphony orchestra. What’s more, Saskatoon is host city to about 65 different events each year. There’s always something going on here.

Saskatoon Festivals and Events
What to Do in Saskatoon
Indoor Family Attractions in Saskatoon