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Saskatoon is located in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan in the southwestern part of this country. With roughly 220,000 inhabitants, it is the largest city in the province. Located on the South Saskatchewan River, it is one of this northern nationís sunniest cities. Its economy has a strong focus on bio-tech agriculture. It is at the heart of the province that produces half of Canadaís agricultural exports.
The area was first inhabited some 6,000 years ago. Various museumís here pay tribute to different aspects of the long history of human habitation here. The city was incorporated in 1906, only 20 years after the first settlers arrived. Today, this city has the largest urban population of aboriginal peoples of any Canadian metropolis.
In the summer, the climate does not usually rise higher than 24 degrees Celsius. The winters can get quite cold however. In 2007, the city had its worst blizzard that residents remember, with winds reaching 90 km/hour. The city and its surroundings are fairly flat. Seventeen bus routes traverse the area and run frequently. There is a train station here connecting this city with the rest of Canada, as well as two airports. Three taxi companies service the small city.
The city is home to various art galleries, live theatre and a symphony Orchestra, as well as several cinemas for entertainment. There are several major concert venues that seat upwards of 10,000 people. With several universities and colleges there are various sporting events. Hockey is the most popular team sport. There are various several recreational facilities and pools. These include an indoor driving range.
There are nearly a dozen shopping centres in and around the city. A casino and racetrack are both frequented by local gamblers. There are perhaps 75 dining out options of varied cuisines. There are also a few dozen bars and clubs and at least 15 locations offering accommodations within the city.
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Midsummer in Saskatoon is the time of the Saskatchewan Jazz Festival. This is a 2-week event. It is organized by the Saskatoon Jazz Society since 1992 on an annual basis. (http://saskjazz.com/)
Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan is an annual happening along the river. The performance season runs every year from early July through mid-August for the past quarter of a century. Large tents serve as the theatre for two full productions since 1985. (http://www.shakespeareonthesaskatchewan.com/)
The Saskatoon Exhibition is an annual event on the banks of the South Saskatchewan. It began in the 1920s. It is held for a week in early August. There are major amusement rides, a nightly parade, exhibitions of varied sorts, music, rodeo competition and more. (http://www.saskatoonexhibition.ca/)
The Saskatoon Blues Festival was first held in 2002. It is organized by the Saskatoon Blues Society with support from the city. It is a mid-winter event celebrating blues music throughout the province. (http://www.saskatoonbluessociety.ca/festival/)
The Saskatoon Fringe Theatre Festival promotes alternative and accessible performances. It is organized by the 25th Street Theatre Centre. It is an artist driven event that is happening since 1989. Theatrical troupes from around the globe participate. The event lasts for more than a week in mid-summer. (http://www.25thstreettheatre.org/about/fringe-facts/)
holidays - How to Get There
United Airlines estimates its total travel time from Sydney (SYD) to this destination (YXE) at 23 hours and 2 minutes. The shortest Air Canada flight lasts 26 hours and 56 minutes. The nearest consular services to this destination are provided by the Australian High Commission in Ottawa. (http://www.ahc-ottawa.org/)