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Old 11-22-2015, 05:35 PM
 
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If it were a US state, would Saskatchewan be classified with Montana (and Alberta) in the West or North Dakota (and Manitoba) in the Midwest?
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Old 11-22-2015, 05:38 PM
 
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It's mostly prairie right? Saskatchewan would be "The Plains". By the way, if Canada is offering up Saskatchewan as a US State, we will gladly oblige and take the energy reserves and mineral rights as well.
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Old 11-22-2015, 05:41 PM
 
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The Plains itself is split between the Midwest and West regions.
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Old 11-22-2015, 06:18 PM
 
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The Plains itself is split between the Midwest and West regions.

I think of the Dakotas the same way, split between Midwest and West.
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Old 11-22-2015, 06:27 PM
 
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I can see that. Some say the Missouri River is where the west begins (and Saskatchewan falls on the western side).

Interestingly I can't think of any marker that splits the "western" and "eastern" Prairies in Canada.

I guess the Dakotas get classified as Midwestern because most of the population is in the eastern part. They are both fully Plains. Minnesota however I don't think of as a Great Plains state, even there is some prairie in the state and Minnesota and North Dakota share cultural ties.
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Old 11-22-2015, 06:42 PM
 
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It's mostly prairie right? Saskatchewan would be "The Plains". By the way, if Canada is offering up Saskatchewan as a US State, we will gladly oblige and take the energy reserves and mineral rights as well.
Not sure how much we'd get, I think the vast majority of that is in Alberta.
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Old 11-22-2015, 06:46 PM
 
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I've always thought it was weird that Minnesota is in the Midwest in the US but Manitoba is considered the west in Canada, when they are pretty much the same thing.


I think Manitoba and Saskatchewan would both be considered Midwestern if they were part of the US. Either that or the US would have to create a new mental region out of them, the Dakotas and Minnesota.
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Old 11-22-2015, 07:03 PM
 
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I've always thought it was weird that Minnesota is in the Midwest in the US but Manitoba is considered the west in Canada, when they are pretty much the same thing.
Part of the reason for that is that the east/west divide is much sharper in Canada. In the US it's more a gradual transition. In Canada, the industrial heartland only goes as far west as Windsor/Detroit. You have a huge swath of thinly populated Canadian Shield separating southern Ontario and the Prairies and nobody thinks of Winnipeg and Windsor as being in the same region. In other words, we don't have the equivalent of three states beginning with the letter "I".

Manitoba is very much a Prairie/Plains province, while I don't really think of Minnesota as a Great Plains state.
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Old 11-22-2015, 07:47 PM
 
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Manitoba is very much a Prairie/Plains province, while I don't really think of Minnesota as a Great Plains state.
That is more your perception and the fact that the Canadian concept of the prairies and the US concept of the Great Plains are not exactly interchangeable. Minnesota and Manitoba are very similar to each other, probably more so than Washington and BC.
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Old 11-22-2015, 08:38 PM
 
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Part of the reason for that is that the east/west divide is much sharper in Canada. In the US it's more a gradual transition. In Canada, the industrial heartland only goes as far west as Windsor/Detroit. You have a huge swath of thinly populated Canadian Shield separating southern Ontario and the Prairies and nobody thinks of Winnipeg and Windsor as being in the same region. In other words, we don't have the equivalent of three states beginning with the letter "I".

Manitoba is very much a Prairie/Plains province, while I don't really think of Minnesota as a Great Plains state.
The one thing that has always amazed me when thinking about Canada's vastness is that Winnipeg with a metro population of only 800,000 is the biggest city in Canada between Toronto and Edmonton/Calgary. That's just such an amazingly large area that's unpopulated or only with small cities.
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