1. You see towns with names like choiceland, Fertile, Golden Prairie and Goodsoil.
Saskatchewan is a province built on agriculture. When the Canadian government was trying to encourage settlers to come to the western prairies, they promised 160 acres of land for only $10 to anyone who cleared 40 acres and built a house on it within three years. This was a very enticing offer considering that even today the average farm size in Europe is about 40 acres.
The farmers who immigrated to the West had to work hard to clear and break the land. But it was good land, rich and fertile. The wheat crops the farmers were able to grow on it (10% of the world production) gave Saskatchewan the nickname, ‘Bread Basket of Canada.’ Those farmers who persevered were often rewarded with plentiful crops, a good income, and a nice lifestyle. This bounty is reflected in many town names.