Plains Indians are credited with originating the name Saskatchewan. Their word was "kisiskatchewan" - meaning the river that flows swiftly - in reference to the most important waterway running through their territory, now known as the Saskatchewan River.

Saskatchewan covers 651,900 square kilometers - more than a quarter million square miles. Contrary to popular belief, fully one half of the province is covered by forest, one third is farmland (42% of the cultivated land in Canada) and one-eighth is fresh water (with over 100,000 lakes !).

Saskatchewan is home to a million people, many with family roots in Europe, Russia, Scandanavia, and the British Isles. Although the province is dependent on the farm economy, two thirds of its people live in the cities and towns.

Premium Quality Honey Production
Saskatchewan honey is produced in  the heart of Western Canada's Agricultural bread basket.

Our honey is produced from a variety of sources, including canola , alfalfa, sweet clovers, borage, sainfoin, dandelion, wild flowers, and berry trees. There are areas where unifloral sources of sweet clover, alfalfa, and borage honey can be produced, along with a mixture of all these sources.  

All of these honeys produce a light and sweet white honey which is used around the world for table honey and for blending with stronger honeys.

Because of Saskatchewan's northern latitude, the long day length and warm summer days in June, July and August translate into immense honey flows with daily colony weight gains in excess of 20 pounds per day (sometimes over 30 pounds per day). The growing season is short and intense. However the dry climate and populous hives take advantage of the six million acres of canola and an equal amount of alfalfa to profduce large surplus honey crops. There are significant acres of clover and borage grown for seed in the areas of highest bee concentration and this also contributes significantly to the honey crop.


Importation of Bees in Saskatchewan

Important Notice:
The SBA Board is concerned about the negative impact of bees on comb approved for import into Saskatchewan. Please direct your concerns regarding the importation of bees on comb to the Honourable Lyle Stewart, or our Provincial Specialist in apiculture Geoff Wilson