taking sides: Saskatchewan vs. Alberta

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the grudge match of the century:
in the left corner, wearing yellow trunks, Saskatchewan, pop. 1 million, birthplace of Universal Health Care, home of the first Democratic Socialist Gov't in the world, and also of the first ever radio broadcast of a hockey game. Key assets: Uranium, Wheat, Horace Mann
in the right corner, wearing red, white & blue trunks (with pie crumbs), Alberta, pop. probably around 2 million+, birthplace of, uh, Alberta Separatism, home of legendary party animal and enemy of the poor Ralph Klein. Key assets: Oil industry, Rocky Mountains, Anthony Easton.

Horace Mann (Horace Mann), Thursday, 10 July 2003 14:57 (seventeen years ago) link

Calgary vs. Edmonton -vs- Regina vs. Saskatoon!

I was going to say that you forgot Alberta's beef industry but then I saw you had Anthony Easton there, surely one of the best examples of beefcake on the prairies!

Sean Carruthers (SeanC), Thursday, 10 July 2003 15:07 (seventeen years ago) link

Chalk up a point for Alberta simply because it's home to the Calgary Stampede! yeehaa!

Philippe, Thursday, 10 July 2003 15:10 (seventeen years ago) link

They've got their own flavour of potato chips, the Calgary Stampede, that is. Something like Scorchin' Stampede BBQ or whatever. You won't see any Stubblejumper Moonshine Nachos anytime soon, so another point to AB.

Horace Mann (Horace Mann), Thursday, 10 July 2003 15:13 (seventeen years ago) link

On the other hand, Saskatchewan has a lot of really perplexing town names, like Eyebrow, Elbow, Qu'Appelle (translation "WHO ARE YOU?"), Disley and of course Moose Jaw.

But Alberta has Head-Smashed-In-Buffalo-Jump. Hm.

Sean Carruthers (SeanC), Thursday, 10 July 2003 15:16 (seventeen years ago) link

Sask also has Love and Climax and Fort Qu'Appelle as well as Caddilac and Mozart.
Alta has Fort Saskatchewan.

Horace Mann (Horace Mann), Thursday, 10 July 2003 15:19 (seventeen years ago) link

Is Saskatchewan named after THE SASQUATCH? if so it wins.

DV (dirtyvicar), Thursday, 10 July 2003 15:39 (seventeen years ago) link

actually it's vice versa DV.

Horace Mann (Horace Mann), Thursday, 10 July 2003 15:45 (seventeen years ago) link

My answer to this question should be painfully obvious by now.

Chris P (Chris P), Thursday, 10 July 2003 16:10 (seventeen years ago) link

Saskatchewan: Look kids, wheat!
Alberta: Where you wake up after smoking to much pot in BC.

Mr Noodles (Mr Noodles), Thursday, 10 July 2003 16:15 (seventeen years ago) link

alberta=pot hangover¿
i hate klein, he can't even take a pie in the face like a man.

saskatchewan wins.

dyson (dyson), Thursday, 10 July 2003 16:52 (seventeen years ago) link

okay, let's go for accurate numbers:

alberta: 3,059,100
saskatchewan: 1,017,100

these are 2001 figures, so probably still quite true today.

as for any discussion of which province is actually better, i care little for any talk of economics, history, or geography. who really cares?

all i care about is how cool the cities are. what is the hipster ratio? how many vegetarian restaurants are there? can i get a beer after 2a.m.? are there good local bands? can i spend my saturdays combing the city for used vinyl?

edmonton, my home for most of the last six years, meets these goals admirably. we are slowly turning this city into the culture capital of middle-canada, and soon even vancouverites will move here for its "realness" and "energy" (edmonton will be to vancouver as brighton is to london).

this is the most vital city in canada right now. i wouldn't want to live anywhere else because i would be afraid of missing something tremendously important. as a friend said to me recently "something fucking weird is happening in this town." i would tend to agree.

fields of salmon (fieldsofsalmon), Thursday, 10 July 2003 16:55 (seventeen years ago) link

I thought he did take it like a man, ie wanting to punch the little fucker who did it.

Mr Noodles (Mr Noodles), Thursday, 10 July 2003 16:55 (seventeen years ago) link

i saw him whining afterwards that "it hurt" and wanting to press charges, i htought he was going to cry.

dyson (dyson), Thursday, 10 July 2003 16:59 (seventeen years ago) link

this is the most vital city in canada right now
ya, right after flin flon.

dyson (dyson), Thursday, 10 July 2003 17:01 (seventeen years ago) link

I hear Medicine Hat is where its at.

Mr Noodles (Mr Noodles), Thursday, 10 July 2003 17:15 (seventeen years ago) link

how many vegetarian restaurants are there?

Eep yeah. If I do manage to do this prairie tour (right now thinking Winnipeg->Edmonton) will I starve?

Chris P (Chris P), Thursday, 10 July 2003 17:18 (seventeen years ago) link

You will learn to love apple pie?

Mr Noodles (Mr Noodles), Thursday, 10 July 2003 17:22 (seventeen years ago) link

You're saying that travelling through Canada will make me appreciate the US that much more?

Chris P (Chris P), Thursday, 10 July 2003 17:24 (seventeen years ago) link

Depends what you appreciate about the US I suppose.
I was just trying to thick of the one vegitarean item every dinner has.

Mr Noodles (Mr Noodles), Thursday, 10 July 2003 17:27 (seventeen years ago) link

(No I meant the whole "American as apple pie" thing.)

I'm so sure they make the crust with lard. Anyway maybe I can just live off Kraft Dinner for a week.

Chris P (Chris P), Thursday, 10 July 2003 17:43 (seventeen years ago) link

saskatchewan. i think head-smashed-in buffalo jump scarred me for LIFE, don't ask me why my parents thought it'd be a fun outing for small children.

Maria (Maria), Thursday, 10 July 2003 17:50 (seventeen years ago) link

My Grandpa used to tell stories about eating lard sandwiches during the depression.
Regina's got plenty of vegetarian friendly restos, including the all-organic Heliotrope which is right across the alley from my building.
Also, our India House is one of the best East Indian Food restos in Western Canada (features lotsa tasty vego goodness).

As for whatever Paris of the Prairies FOS speaks of, I'd sooner nominate Wpg than Edmtn.

Horace Mann (Horace Mann), Thursday, 10 July 2003 17:55 (seventeen years ago) link

me too, but for the purposes of this discussion i think edmonton takes it.

fields of salmon (fieldsofsalmon), Thursday, 10 July 2003 17:57 (seventeen years ago) link

Edmonton and Saskatoon are very similar.

Horace Mann (Horace Mann), Thursday, 10 July 2003 18:02 (seventeen years ago) link

Regina however exists in a cesspool all of its own.

Horace Mann (Horace Mann), Thursday, 10 July 2003 20:05 (seventeen years ago) link

I am so making this tour happen. Early October. Yes. The weather isn't ass in October is it?

Chris P (Chris P), Thursday, 10 July 2003 21:34 (seventeen years ago) link

four years pass...

West Edmonton Mall settles all.

I moved from Fort Saskatchewan to the UK when I was 12 (with 1 year in Sherwood Park in between), but I still have regular dreams about West Ed. Well, it's West Ed and it's not West Ed in my dreams, y'know? Whenever I have generally fantastical dreams, they take place in new imaginary areas of West Ed. And The Mindbender makes regular appearances, Except nobody gets decapitated. The Mindbender is such a clever name for a decapitating rollercoaster.

gnarly sceptre, Thursday, 19 July 2007 13:29 (thirteen years ago) link

I want to go to Alberta

gabbneb, Thursday, 19 July 2007 15:32 (thirteen years ago) link

how is this even a contest?

hstencil, Thursday, 19 July 2007 15:41 (thirteen years ago) link

I need to go back to Sask.

Casuistry, Thursday, 19 July 2007 15:51 (thirteen years ago) link

twelve years pass...


pplains, Tuesday, 24 December 2019 15:28 (seven months ago) link

I'm casting a vote for Saskatchewan, mostly because it's the one I've lived in.

Un sang impur (Sund4r), Tuesday, 24 December 2019 16:21 (seven months ago) link

Saskatchewan has a lot of bleak, windswept plains. The west edge of Alberta has a the Rockies Mountain range to marginally offset its own abundance of bleak, windswept plains further east. In my mid-20s I trekked in the wilder more remote parts of Banff Park and had ptarmigans feeding around my tent, watched pikas unconcernedly gathering hay while I ate my supper, and spent an afternoon stalking a local herd of bighorn sheep with my camera. I never saw another person for four days running. That was fun!

That clinches it for me. Voting for Alberta, in spite of Calgary and all it represents.

A is for (Aimless), Tuesday, 24 December 2019 17:34 (seven months ago) link

should be noted that there is boreal forest in the north of both provinces so not exclusively flat plain boredom, although i guess that's where 99% of the population of the provinces live.

i've never been to either of these provinces. my ex-wife is an edmontonian and i have lots of buddies from alberta so i'd probably vote for it.

xmas respecter (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 24 December 2019 17:39 (seven months ago) link

Lol, I just remembered that I did also live in Jasper, AB, for a summer. Yeah, Saskatchewan.

Un sang impur (Sund4r), Tuesday, 24 December 2019 17:43 (seven months ago) link

Thought this revive would be about the children’s play that got in trouble for being “anti oil” in Sask

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Tuesday, 24 December 2019 18:12 (seven months ago) link

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