Prince Albert is the third-largest city in Saskatchewan, after Saskatoon and Regina. On the banks of the North Saskatchewan River, it is located not far from the province’s center. It was established as a logging center in the early 1900s and was named after Queen Victoria’s consort. Currently, Prince Albert acts as a distribution hub for the uranium and gold mining operations in northern Saskatchewan. Oil extraction, carpentry, pulp and paper milling, and food packaging are some of its industries. It is the final significant settlement before reaching Saskatchewan’s northern resources, hence its nickname, “Gateway to the North”.
The 51 km (32 mi) north of the city Prince Albert National Park is home to a variety of lakes, forests, and wildlife.
Weather in Prince Albert
The climate of Prince Albert is humid continental. The average temperature between May and September is a little above 10 °C (50 °F), making it almost subarctic. The hottest month is July, with an average high of 24.3 °C (75.7 °F), and the coldest month is often January, with an average low of 23.1 °C (9.6 °F).
The five-month winter season has a daily mean of 17.3 °C (0.9 °F), which results in a large temperature range when compared to July’s mean temperature of 18.0 °C (64.4 °F). The brief transition zones, where April records temperatures over 32 °C (90 °F) and below 33 °C (27 °F), further highlight the city’s varying climate.
According to Statistics Canada’s information from the 2021 census, Prince Albert had a population of 37,756 up from 35,926 in 2016. Prince Albert’s population density in 2021 was 562.1/km2 (1,455.8/sq mi), with a land area of 67.17 km2 (25.93 sq mi). Indigenous people make up about half of the city’s population. In racial distribution, Prince Albert is 61.1% European, 22.2% First Nations, 13.5% Metis, 2.5% Asian, and 0.6% African.
As a center for agriculture, forestry, tourism, mining, retail, and services for the nearby market and the northern settlements, the city’s location has helped the community in many ways. The easy access to healthcare, low taxes, and convenient transit are some of Prince Albert’s most remarkable characteristics. The median household income in the city is approximately $67,555, with an average property tax of $1,543, and an average rent of $800.
Historical museums in Prince Albert include;
- The combined “The Evolution of Education Museum & Rotary Museum of Police and Corrections”
- The Historical Society Museum
- The Prince Albert Heritage Museum
- The Blockhouse from the 1885 Rebellion & First Presbyterian Church/School
- Historic St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church
- Honeywood (Dr. A.J. Porter) Heritage Nursery
- Keyhole Castle
- LaColle Falls Hydroelectric Dam
- Oldest Downtown Store
- Prince Albert Arts Centre, and
- The Cathedral Church of St. Alban the Martyr (Anglican), among others.
The population is 37,756 (2021), Area: 65.68 km² and Elevation: 440 m