It is called "the city of bridges" for the many spans across the South Saskatchewan River and its memorable name is borrowed from a local wild berry.
People first encountering Saskatoon often remark at how pretty it is, placed along the scenic river and filled with wide streets and green parks.
While its provincial rival Regina is the government center, Saskatoon is a diverse city - serving as home to the provincial university, an agricultural service centre, cradle for high technology and a celebrant of the performing arts.
The calendar is dotted with dates for civic festivals - from jazz to Shakespeare - and several performing groups thrive in a city known for cold winters but warm hearts.
It also has the rough-and-tough junior hockey Blades, the Prairie League baseball Smokin' Guns and a perennial college football powerhouse, the Huskies.