Saskatoon is the largest city in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon is known as the 'Paris of the Prairies' and "Bridge City" because of its seven bridges.
Saskatoon has dry weather and is sunnier than average in Canada; as a result, averaging 2,268 hours of bright sunshine yearly.
Below-average levels of humidity typically accompany extreme temperatures.
The winter of 2010 was the dreariest with only 44 sunny sunshine days, while 2012 was the brightest with 81. Thunderstorms are common in the summer months and can be severe with torrential rain, hail, high winds, intense lightning, and, on rare occasions, tornadoes.
Natural gas and oil extraction and refining have grown in significance in Saskatchewan and Saskatoon.
Other vital industries include food and dairy processing, printing, wood products, chemicals, clothing, machinery, computer and electronic products, metal, and fabricated metal products
Local industry also profits from the various research facilities in Saskatoon, including Canadian Light Source, Inc., which carries out synchrotron research.
Live theatre is a central, vibrant section of Saskatoon's history.
Saskatoon is host to several live theatre venues such as the Persephone Theatre in the Remai Arts Centre at River Landing in downtown Saskatoon, The Refinery, and the Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company.
Saskatoon Public Schools runs 49 elementary schools, ten secondary schools, three associate or affiliate schools in Saskatoon and the surrounding area.
Saskatoon Public Schools motto is "Inspiring Learning".