The province of 100,000 lakes, Saskatchewan, is situated between the provinces Manitoba and Alberta. With rolling fields and Canada’s warmest and sunniest weather to greet the visitors, the province offers a number of adventure sports mostly in and around the numerous lakes of the province. The agricultural landscape of the province tells of the ancestral farmer settlers and offers a peek into the social and cultural aspect of the area.
There is a lot to explore in the province. The assimilation of large sand dunes and the green wilderness with the intervals of open and wide landscapes that offer wholesome views of the sunsets, Saskatchewan has plenty to attract the interest of the travellers.
EXPERIENCE THE HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL ASPECT OF SASKATHCEWAN
The historically and culturally rich province caters to various kinds of tourists with its variant places to explore. There are plenty cultural centres and museums to entertain the tourists interested in the cultural history of the province and there are places that provide for adventure sports as well which meet the requirements of the souls seeking to explore the province differently. The heritage sites and spectacular cities are listed below, followed by the places offering exciting adventures to make your trip here memorable.
Prince Albert National Park:
The sheltered woodland of the province was once home to the First Nations people and archaeological evidence can be found of the ancient tribes migrating to these parts of the province in harsh winter months of the year and intermingling with the ingenious people of the province. The landscape houses a number of large lakes, uplands and is the natural habitat of several animals and birds. Lavallee Lake has been recognised as colony of white pelicans, Canada’s second largest. The northern part of the forest is inhabited by mooses, wolves, black bears, foxes, lynxes, caribous, eagles and buffalo bisons of the Sturgeon river plains. While the parkland in the south is home to elks, deer, badgers, coyotes and squirrels.
In addition to all that the nature has to offer, the park had been home for seven years to Grey Owl, a naturalist, back in 1930s. His books profess his adoration of nature and the threats upon it due to the advances of the civilization. The small log cabin in which he stayed still remains and is popularly known as the Beaver Lodge. You can reach the cabin by boat, rowing across the Kingsmere Lake or avail the 20 kilometre trek from the southern side of the lake.
This sunny city is located by the South Saskatchewan River. It is rich in culture and history with its heritage buildings and museums. Wanuskewin Heritage Park, Ukranian Museum of Canada and four Western Development Museums are located in the city along with a brilliant reconstruction on the main street which is known as Boomtown 1910. The city cater to variant interests of the tourists through the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park and Zoo which is famous for the collection of exotic animals and the grounds, and Remai Modern Museum that is eminent for its Picasso collection.
Fort Walsh National Historic Site:
The fort was established under the order of James Walsh in 1875. This historic site was intended for staunching the illegal whisky trade but it eventually became an important post in the Western part of the province. The fort had operated as a bridge between the whisky traders and the native people and even played an important part in offering refuge to the Sioux warriors after altercation with the U. S. forces. After the railway was built, the Sioux people returned to the USA, and the fort was abandoned. However, in 1942, the land was acquired by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and a ranch was built to breed horses. The estate later became a national historic site and an extensive reconstruction program restored it to its current glory. Along with hiking and biking on the interconnected trails on the grounds, the fort also offers costumed re-enactments to entertain the visitors.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police Heritage Centre:
The heritage centre has on display various equipments, weapons, photographs from different eras and more for the visitors to glean information from. Sergeant Major’s Parade and Sunset Retreat are popular among the tourists. These parades invoke the military ceremonies of 18th-19th century Britain and involve marching bands and colourful costumes and flags. You can join the guided tour of the centre to get more information on the traditions and practices and learn interesting historical facts.
Regina, the capital of the province, houses a cluster of government and provincial offices. The Saskatchewan Legislative Building is situated in this cosmopolitan commercial and cultural centre and is open for visitors. The attractions of the place is not limited to culture and architecture but it also boasts of numerous arts and heritage institutions, like the Royal Saskatchewan Museum and Mackenzie Art Gallery which are established along the grounds of the Wascana Centre from which the Wascana Lake is a short walk. The Saskatchewan Science Centre is also open for exploration for the tourists.
Batoche National Historic Site:
This historic site was of importance during the Northwest Rebellion of 1885. The rebellion finally came to a conclusion in the battle that took place here. The cultural centre there has a detailed collection of the events before and during the battle. The Church of St. Antoine de Padoue has been reconstructed into a museum and numerous other remnants of the battle are displayed on the various memorials and monuments. Costumed guides offer detailed informative tours of the site and there is a shuttle service available which can take you around the sprawling ground through the important areas.
Cypress Hills and Grasslands National Park:
The Cypress Hills are the highest land in the province of Saskatchewan. A sprawling land in the southwest side of the province makes up the grassland of the national park. This region is famous for the outdoor adventures that it offers. The tourists come here to enjoy the ambience of the inter-provincial park that is situated between Alberta and Saskatchewan and the Grasslands bordering on the U.S. soil. There are prehistoric sites situated in the Drumheller area which falls under Alberta’s portion but the Saskatchewan Eastend houses the T.rex Discovery Centre which has a number of reconstructed full size skeletons of the creatures.
Fort Carlton Provincial Park:
In 1795, the fort was used as the outpost for the Hudson’s Bay Company. It used to aid in river patrols and provided necessary provisions for the fur trading companies and was kept operational for these purposes till 1885. The present reconstruction had been built upon the foundations of the third site in 1967. It is a close replica of the original fort as it stood in its golden days. The fort now offers the insight of the early life in the fort during the trading days. Canoe tours are availed in the summer. The fort is a magnificent rendition of the architecture of the days and wandering through the grounds provide occasion for entertainment.
The city of Moose Jaw is also known as the friendly city. It is situated at the meeting point of Moose Jaw River and Thunder Creek. The Tunnels of Moose Jaw that are the remnants from the days of the beginning of the first Chinese immigrations to Canada. Historical recreations are provided through costumed enactment of the Moose Jaw history. There is also a humongous moose sculpture, Mac the Moose that is installed at the welcome centre of the city. The Western Development Museums have a branch near Moose Jaw that focuses on the Prairie transportation history. There are a number of museums solely dedicated to impart the historical and cultural knowledge in Saskatoon, North Battleford and Yorkton as well.
The valley adjacent to the Qu’Appelle River is known as the Qu’Appelle Valley. The mesmerizing valley has a steep edge to the river, and is gently carved out by the glacier. From the Buffalo Pound in the west of the valley to the Round and Crooked Lake in the eastern side, the valley is dotted with eight lakes throughout and hosts a landscape that is garden-styled. The scenic beauty of the park attracts the visitors and the small towns along the valley are worth exploring as well.
The area was an important landmark during the early days of the settlement. It used to be an outpost of the Mounted Police. Among the Northwest Territories, the Battlefords was the first seat of the government. The historical significance of the place is preserved in the Fort Battlefords National Historic Site which exhibits the evolution of the Mounties and the details of the life in the contemporary times. Being mostly a rural town, the agricultural history is also a significant part of the history of the people and it has been put on display in the Western Development Museum of the city where the agricultural practices of the farms throughout history is traced.
EXPERIENCE THE ADVENTUROUS SPIRIT OF SASKATCHEWAN
Along with the historic and cultural artefacts, the province of Saskatchewan is also popular among the tourists for its allure of adventure sports. Uneven landscapes balanced with sprawling valleys and fields make up most of Saskatchewan. The most popular among the places for adventure are listed below.
The highway runs across the province of Saskatchewan and cuts through towns and a vast expanse of the rural side of the area. A journey through this road can show the visitors a major part of the landscape that Saskatchewan has to offer. The popular route taken by the tourists begins from the southeast border of the province in Manitoba and cuts across the province westward, through the capital Regina and the Swift Current town. Short detours north and south can take you to Moose Mountain Provincial Park and Cypress Hills Provincial Park through the Qu’Appelle Valley, where you can swim, go fishing or hunting and even camp under the starry night.
Athabasca Sand Dunes:
To experience the most of the adventurous spirit that this province can offer, you must visit the Athabasca Sand Dunes. The 100 kilometre stretch along the south shore of the Grey Lake of Athabasca is the largest of active sand surface in the whole of North America. It is also the world’s northern most sand dunes.
You can experience rafting or rent a canoe in the Clearwater River. With its rapids, the river makes for the site of some of the most challenging water sports.
Lac La Ronge:
Along with the oldest building of the province, this area also has the tallest waterfalls of Saskatchewan.
The Denare Beach Winter Festival attracts tourists from all over the world every February. Jigging competitions, boot hockey, Freezie Mountain and other games and adventurous activities are the special attractions of the festival.
Creighton Limestone Crevices:
The limestone crevice is a deep climb down and can be interesting for the adventure lovers. The rock formations are intriguing as well. The depth of the crevices is so deep that snow and ice sheets are seen in there even in the summer months.
Meadow Lake Provincial Park:
The park is famous for its wetlands. You can boat through the waters, go swimming or windsurfing here. Relaxing in the greenery of the park is refreshing as well. The province’s some of the best beaches are situated in this area.
The Boreal Trail is one of a kind in the province. It is a destination backpacking trail through the Meadow Lake Provincial Park. You can see the various ecosystems of the forests and go deep into the woods to avail spectacular views of the land.
There are numerous other sites that offer golfing, fishing trekking and camping. Depending upon the kind of holiday and experience you are looking for, you can comfortably plan a trip to Saskatchewan and be assured to have an amazing experience.