Tribute To Saskatchewan's 100th Birthday



Our Government Building in Regina

Saskatchewan legislature building located on the shore of Wascana Lake and surrounded by the beautiful Wascana Park

Saskatchewan Facts

"Saskatchewan" from the Cree Indian kisiskaciwan, for swift flowing river. North and South Saskatchewan make up major river system in the province, with others including the Churchill and Qu’Appelle.

The whitetail deer, Saskatchewan's provincial animal. Bordered on the south by the American states of North Dakota and Montana, on the east and west by sister prairie provinces of Manitoba and Alberta, and up top by the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

Population just over a million people, three quarters of whom live in urban centres. Area is 651,900 sq. kms (251,700 sq. miles), slightly less than that of Texas (270,000 sq. miles). Landlocked province with an estimated 100,000 lakes, rivers and streams (12.6 per cent of the area). Roughly half of the province is forest.

Central Standard Time throughout the year - no Daylight Savings.
July and August are typically dry and warm, with highs in Saskatoon, for instance, of about 25 C (77 F) and lows around 11 C (52 F); winter is typically dry and cold, with December and January highs in Saskatoon of -11 C (12 F) and lows of -21 C (-6 F). (Data from Environment Canada.) For a more detailed view of Saskatchewan's climate click here

Canada’s sunniest province - City of Estevan gets an average 2,540 hours of sunshine per year, highest in Canada. 12 cities (populations greater than 5,000), 145 towns and 358 villages. Capital is Regina (200,000 metro), largest Saskatoon (230,000 metro).

Governed by parliamentary system of representative government, with appointed Lieutenant Governor representing the Crown and elected Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) representing the people.

Province produces 54 per cent of wheat grown in Canada, with other major industries including tourism, petroleum, manufacturing and mining.

The western red lily, Saskatchewan's floral emblem.

Highest elevation is Cypress Hills, at 1,392 metres (4,566 feet). Home of Royal Canadian Mounted Police (training academy at Regina). First bird sanctuary in North America established 1887 at Last Mountain Lake (now a National Wildlife Area).


One of the more recent winter activities in Saskatchewan is dog sledding and one of our favorite Winter past times in Saskatchewan is Snow mobiling.
When those first snow flakes start to fall the avid snow mobilers are tuning up their machines!!!
Saskatchewan has taken up golfing with a passion and most golfers can't wait for the first nice days of Spring to hit the courses.
Northern Saskatchewan is Forest, Lakes and Rivers making it a hunter's and fisherman's paradise.

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In the grain belt of Saskatchewan things are pretty flat and you can see for miles.
The grain belt of Saskatchewan is a big contributor to feeding the world.
The main crops are of course Wheat, barley and oats.
Many farmers have now diversified their crops to include Flax, Canola, Lentils and peas.

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The white-tailed deer, Odocoileus virginianus, is one of Saskatchewan's most popular game animals, found throughout much of the province.
Deer farming is also an important part of the province's expanding livestock industry, contributing to agricultural diversification and the rural economy.
White Tail and Mule Deer are found in abundance in Saskatchewan.
The white-tailed deer first appeared in Saskatchewan emblems as an element of the armorial bearings proclaimed in 1986.
The white-tailed deer was adopted as the official animal emblem of Saskatchewan in 2001.


The city of Regina
Our Capital of Saskatchewan

Regina is approx. 1 1/2 hours drive South of Semans where I live...More information about the Village of Semans and surrounding areas on my
next page

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Famous People Who were born in Saskatchewan.

Actors and Entertainers;
Art Linkletter, Leslie Neilson, John Vernon and Arthur Hill.

Hockey Players:
Gordie Howe, Wendel Clark, Brian Trottier, Sid Abel, Johnny Bower(goalie), Eddie Shore, Glenn Hall (goalie), Max and Doug Bentley, Theoron Fleury, Hayley Wickenheiser, and former NHL President Clarence Campbell.

Football players:
Ron Lancaster played 16 seasons with the Saskatchewan Roughriders and is now coaching the Hamilton Tiger Cats. George Reed also a former Roughrider player. Other Athletes: Harry Jerome, Jeremy Wotherspoon and Catrina LeMay Doan.

Curlers:
Ernie Richardson and Sandra Schmirler.

Writers and Authors:
Max Braithwaite and W.O. Mitchell and journalist Pamela Wallin.

Singers:
Terry Jacks (The Poppy Family) , Joni Mitchell, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Colin James.

Govenor-Generals of Canada:
Jeanne Sauve and Ray Hnatyshyn

Politicans:
Former Primeminister John G. Diefenbaker and Saskatchewan Priemer Tommy Douglas.



Last Mountain

"Last Mountain" is located about 25 miles from where I live in Semans Saskatchewan. In the summer it boosts some very pretty scenery and is located in the heart of farming country. We also have a lake named last mountain "Lake" because it is located fairly close to our "Mountain".

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The Legend of Last Mountain

When the Great Chief of the world completed the building of all the hills, he found he had a little material left over and he looked about to see where he should put it. He saw that the prairie lay smooth and level and for many days journey, unbroken by mountain, lake or stream.
"What fitter place than this to lay good soil?" he said, and in the midst of the prairie he built a mound with what dirt remained and, scooping a hollow with his hand, he made the water left over from the rivers a long lake. And he breathed on it so that the grass and trees grew, and the birds and buffalo came to rest in the shade.
All that was wanting was a name, so the Great chief lifted up his voice and summoned all his braves and they came on wings like the eagle, greeting their chief with a shout like thunder booming among the hills. Then from their ranks steeped Cheewana, daughter of the great chieftain, beautiful as the summer morning, wise as a beaver and she bent at his feet.
And she said, "Because this mountain was the last of thy making and this lake is the last of thy filling, I offer you for the one the name of Last Mountain and for the other that of Last Mountain Lake."

Published by William Pearson Publishing Company Ltd. Of Winnipeg in the approx. year of 1911, from a pamphlet called Last Mountain Lake Saskatchewans Summer Resort.


Last Mountain Lake

Ode to the Last Mountain

By Danny Adams 7 June 2004

Tonight while watching the fire on the mountain Hafiz tapped my shoulder And asked in silken English, "Do you have wine?" There was none to be found Amid the pale orange glow before us, So I offered him a soda.
"That will do," he told me.
The mountain rose in a poem of light Splitting earth from sky In a long aurora across the peak's spine, Surrounded by a hundred glowing points Paying reverence, And we sipped quietly.
Each of us read our own meaning into the fire's verse While pillars of smoke shooed away the stars.
"The moon and wine are most important," Hafiz said (In Persian -- I nodded as if understanding) He stirred my soda into space with his finger And the ice cubes into stars.
"It is no business of mine what you do with your Earth -- Or the magic of flutes, Or the songs of birds, Or the salt of your oceans, Or the ships you will build powered by the sun's furnace -- I am not so wise to instruct you.
But tend to the fire on your mountain Before the world falls asleep.
You people today -- who could fly so high The center of the galaxy would be your belt, Who would be as God -- But it is no business of mine."
He drank another drink.
The ice cubes melted and I shook centuries out of my head To see Earth upturned, the sky burning, This last mountain washed in a cool wind While I reached through the smoke And caught the stars -- for once -- Looking back at us in wonder.
Hafiz invited me to join him for a sip of wine.

With express permission from Danny Adams
Copyright © 2004 Danny Adams

Some Saskatchewan "Humour"!
While Touring Saskatchewan...

Issued by the "Saskatchewan Tourism Bureau" to all visiting citizens of the U.S., other Provinces, Territories and Holdings. In order for your visit to our province to be pleasant, safe and uneventful (yes, we like it that way) please read and adhere to the following guidelines:

1) Don't order filet mignon or pasta primavera at a small town cafe. It's a diner. They serve breakfast 24 hours a day. Let them cook something they know. If you upset the ladies in the kitchen they'll kick your "butt".

2) Don't laugh at the names of our little towns (Climax, Love, Eyebrow, Fertile or Dipper Lake) or we will just HAVE to kick your "butt"!!.

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The "do's and dont's" living in Saskatchewan!

1) Never take a beer to a job interview.

2) Always identify people in your yard before shooting at them.

3) It's considered tacky to take a cooler to church.

4) If you have to vacuum the bed, it's time to change the sheets.

5) Even if you're certain that you are included in the will, it is still considered tacky to drive a U-Haul to the funeral home.

6) NEVER, EVER stick "yer" face in a combine!!...

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Credits

I would like to thank "Danny Adams" for his permission to use his beautifull Poem "Ode to the Last Mountain" above.
and "Dave Yanko" for his permission to use some of the following pictures on my next page and information from his Virtual Sakatchewan site.

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IF
you should find something on my Saskatchewan pages that belongs to you or you have copywritten, Please contact me. Please include the word "copywrite" in the subject line so that I can immediately respond to the matter. Your graphic will be removed, or credit given with a link back; whichever "you" prefer.

Thanks!

Saskatchewan's Provincial Flower

The provincial floral emblem, selected in 1941, is the western red lily, known botanically as Lilium philadelphicum L. var. andinum. The western red lily grows in moist meadows and semi-wooded areas and stands out brilliantly with its flaming red blossoms against a natural green background. The western red lily is a protected species.


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