Prince Albert, SaskatchewanPrince Albert
is the third largest city (after Saskatoon
) in the province of Saskatchewan
. Its population as of 2001
is 34,291. It is situated more-or-less in the center of the province on the south bank of the North Saskatchewan River
. The city is known as the "Gateway to the North" due to its being the most northerly major centre as well to its being situated where the agricultural prairie of the south meets the forested and lakeland areas of the north.
Prince Albert's primary industries are mining, forestry and agriculture. A pulp and paper mill is one of its major employers. A maximum-security penitentiary also exists to the west of the city.
The settlement was founded in 1886 and incorporated as the city of Prince Albert in 1904, named after Prince Albert Victor, son of the Prince of Wales (the future King Edward VII). Its government is of a council-mayor type.