The question that I hear the most when I am hosting or attending my events is, “Where are you from?” I reply with a smile on my face and say Yorkton, Saskatchewan. Most people can’t believe it and usually all share a puzzled look on their face’s and some days I still can’t believe a small town girl like me won the title of the entire province of Saskatchewan. I am very blessed and thankful to receive this title and live in a city like Yorkton. I honestly couldn’t imagine living anywhere else, the people and businesses here make you feel like family and support you no matter what. Every time I talk to people about how supportive the community is, my eyes start to tear up. I will always cherish this memory.
Interesting Facts about Yorkton:
- The city is located in South-Eastern Saskatchewan
- When Saskatchewan became a province in 1905, the population of Yorkton was 1,200.
- We have world’s largest potash mine that is one hour away from Yorkton-Esterhazy and Rocanville area.
- Yorkton is home to a big Ukrainian, German community.
- Yorkton has one of Canada’s largest highways running through it which is the Yellowhead with that two large canola plants were built!
- Yorkton is the third largest trading area and has a trading area of 250.000.
- Slogan: Where Good Things Happen
- Population of 20,000+
- Yorkton started back in 1882, when a group of settlers from York County, Ontario established a settlement. They had been recruited by the York Farmers Colonization Company, and originally founded York Colony about two miles north of the present-day city, on the banks of a small river. In 1889 the railway was extended to Yorkton, and the colony moved to be alongside the new railway line. The railway brought with it a major arrival of European settlers which gave the community a population boost, and a new vitality.
Interesting Facts about Saskatchewan:
- The province of Saskatchewan came into confederation in 1905 from the Northwest Territories.
- Saskatchewan is located in the central of Canada, Manitoba is east and Alberta is west.
- Saskatchewan is part of the Prairie Region. Saskatchewan contains minerals such as Potash, Uranium and fossil fuels.
- It has 39 Provincial parks and 2 National parks.
- The city of Saskatoon is the province’s largest city, Regina (the capital city) is the second largest.
- Saskatchewan comes from a Cree word “Kisiskatchewani Sipi” meaning “swift flowing river” which referred to the Saskatchewan River.
- There’s over 100,000 lakes, rivers and streams.
- The Southern Region of Saskatchewan is flat but it does have valleys and rolling hills.
- The Northern Region of Saskatchewan has forests, marshes and much more.
- One third of the province is farmland, one half is forest.
- There are four main rivers which are North & South Saskatchewan Churchill and Assiniboine.
- There are over 250,000 kilometres of roads, more roads than any other province in Canada.