Discover Saskatoon
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Quick Facts

Get to know Saskatoon at a glance, from time zones, bylaws, and sales tax to fun facts about our dynamic city.

Smoke-Free City

Smoking or vaping is prohibited in public places and private clubs in Saskatoon. This includes bars, nightclubs, and restaurants, along with outdoor public spaces such as parks and trails, playgrounds, pools, public squares, and areas around civic buildings. Consumption of cannabis (including for medical use) is prohibited in public places and may only be consumed on private property.


The legal drinking age in Saskatchewan is 19.

Sales Tax

Goods and services in Saskatchewan are subject to an 11% sales tax (5% federal and 6% provincial).

Time Zone

Saskatchewan observes Central Standard Time year-round.


Saskatoon is home to more than 870 hectares of parkland. Parks in Saskatoon are open from 5am–12am daily, with the exception of riverbank parks, which are open 24 hours. Dogs must be kept on leashes unless in a designated Dog Park.

Get to Know Our City

  • The modern city of Saskatoon resides on the traditional lands of the Cree, Saulteaux, Blackfoot, Métis, Dene, and Nakota Sioux peoples
  • Saskatoon gets an average of 2,268 hours of sunshine each year, making it one of the sunniest cities in Canada
  • The name “Saskatoon” comes from the Cree word Misâskwatôminihk, a wild berry that grows in abundance here
  • Saskatoon has four sister cities: Cologne (Germany), Tampere (Finland), Shijiazhuang (China), and Umeå (Sweden)
  • The longest-running archeological dig site in Canada, Wanuskewin Heritage Park, is located just 5 km north of Saskatoon
  • Saskatoon’s oldest surviving building, the Marr Residence, was built in 1884; it is now a National Historic Site and is maintained by the City of Saskatoon
  • The only known earthquake ever recorded in Saskatoon occurred on May 15, 1909, lasting for about 30 seconds
  • Almost two thirds of the world’s recoverable potash reserves can be found in the Saskatoon area
  • Saskatoon’s oldest neighbourhood, Nutana, was established by the Temperance Society in 1883
  • Saskatoon has one of the highest number of restaurants per capita in Canada