Saskatchewan River: Wonder City
Saskatoon sprouts from the Prairie
Saskatoon is sometimes called the "City of Bridges" because of its seven spans that straddle
the South Saskatchewan River. It was once better known as the "Wonder City" because of its
sudden emergence from the seeming-vacuum of the boundless Prairies.
The first white settlers arrived in 1883 after the area had been selected to be a "temperance
colony" where alcohol would be banned. The rapid development of prairie agriculture caused
Saskatoon to boom.
Saskatoon today is an urban multicultural city of Cree, Mennonite, Ukrainian, Scandinavian,
Dutch, Austrian, and Polish cultures. Most recently, Asians and South Americans have arrived
to contribute to Saskatoon's community blend.
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