This land of endless prairies, rolling hills, unique sites and countless historical areas, is a draw for many travellers. If you are travelling within the province or from a different area, there is much to discover and enjoy during the summer months. Hidden gems of restaurants; off the beaten track wilderness areas; ancient sites; First Nations historic and cultural sites; endless outdoor and adventure activities; and fun places to hang out are all features of the province of Saskatchewan. Don’t forget to check out the night skies and phenomenal sunrises and sunsets in this land of the living skies.
Visit Some Unique Natural Attractions
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Nature creates some of the most incredible things to see and since every province in Canada has different landscapes and different weather patterns, it is easy to find some very unique formations to visit. From the incredible sand dunes and sand formations to the creepy twisted trees, if you like to see some unusual nature, these will be right up your alley.
- Great Sand Hills – This area is home to 1,900 sq. kms of active desert-like sand dunes. Native grasses and small clumps of trees such as aspen, willow and sagebrush grow amongst the dune formations while mule deer and antelope frequent the area. Visit the Great Sandhills Museum prior to travelling to the dunes. SK-32, Sceptre
- Twisted Trees – The aspens here have grown for hundreds of years in an unexpected manner, with squat, twisted trunks and branches. Another strange aspect is that these Twisted Trees are flanked by other groves of Quaking Aspen, all of which are “normal” – tall, straight, and majestic.
- Castle Butte – With a circumference of 0.5 km and an elevation of 60 metes, this is a relic from the ice age. It was a landmark to the Indigenous people, the North West Mounted Police and early Canadian settlers. While it is open to enter, please respect this is on private land.
- Athabasca Sand Dunes – These dunes stretch about 100 kilometres along the south shore of Lake Athabasca. They are the largest active sand surface in North America and the world’s most northernly sand dunes. These sand dunes support a unique ecosystem and very rare plant life.
- La Roche Percee Provincial Historic Site – Featuring unusual rock formations eroded by wind and water. Once covered with symbolic animal carvings by Indigenous people and later autographs of early European explorers, US Cavalrymen, North West Mounted Police (NWMP) and surveyors.
See Some Strange Roadside Attractions
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It is so much fun to be driving down the highway or a random side road and suddenly come across something unusual. How would you feel about seeing the largest moose in the world, a lighthouse in the middle of the prairies, a giant Ukrainian statue, a coin way too big to put in your pocket, or a replica Eiffel Tower? You can find out, as they are all located within Saskatchewan! 15 Giant Attractions For a Road Trip in Saskatchewan
- Mac the Moose – Standing 32 feet tall, Mac is the largest moose in the world. He was built in 1984 and is internationally famous. 450 Diefenbaker Dr, Moose Jaw
- Cochin Lighthouse – This strange lighthouse is located in the middle of the prairies and looks out over rolling hills of grass and a tranquil lake rather than thrashing waves, and so, has no purpose at all, even though it is a fully functional lighthouse. 591 Jeanne Crescent, Cochin
- Eiffel Tower of Montmartre – This is a scaled-down version of the famous Parisian tower. In the 1890s, French settlers colonized the land here and named the village after the Parisian district they once called home. The connection between the village and the French city has remained strong. Recently town officials rebranded Montmartre as the “Paris of the Prairies.” 136 Central Avenue, 3M0, Montmartre
- Lesia – Dressed in traditional Ukrainian clothing, this 24-foot statue, named Lesia, clutches a slab of wood in her hands topped with bread and salt honoring the descendants of the Ukrainian and Eastern European settlers. Lesia welcomes travellers in the traditional Slavic way, offering them bread and salt.
- Churchbridge Coin – This Dollar Coin located on the south side of Highway #16 on Bridger Road was created to commemorate Rita Swanson, the artist resident of Churchbridge, whose design was chosen to mark Canada’s 125th birthday in 1992. With a diameter of six feet, it is what is possibly the largest loonie you will ever see!
Take a Look at a Historic Lime Kiln
A forgotten part of the history of the province, lime kilns were used to produce quicklime through the calcination of limestone (calcium carbonate). Quicklime was used to make plaster and mortar for building construction. Used from the earliest days of European settlement, there is very little evidence left of these structures today.
- Meewasin Northeast Swale – This is the remains of an ancient river channel. The greater swale has signs of human habitation and use over the past several centuries, including the archeological remains of the lime kilns near the swale and the holes left by the movement of large limestones used to build the University of Saskatchewan. Directions
Stay in a Ranch
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You may think of grain crops when you consider the farmland around the province and the farms that produce them are certainly plentiful. There are still many cattle ranches and dairy farms, mixed livestock and grazing lands that dot the central lowlands region of this prairie province, and visiting one for a trail ride or an overnight stay is an excellent way of getting into the lifestyle of the working ranch.
- Willow Creek Guest Ranch – This is the ultimate experience of everyday life on a working ranch. Check out their long list of services, including Day Rides, Bed and Bale, Campfire Meals and more. A short distance from the Ranch, you can visit Batoche, Fort Carlton, museums, Seager Wheeler Farm, The Station Arts and a beautiful golf course at the Valley Regional Park. Access via Hwy 11 N of Rosthern and 11 km E on Blocka Rd.
- Spring Valley Guest Ranch – Stroll around the barnyard, lawns and gardens, or hike over prairies, hills or a wooded valley with a year-round flowing spring running through it. Relish fresh air, tranquility and beautiful views! Davis Creek Road, Exact coordinates, -49.574337, -109.201016, Near Eastend
- Sturgeon River Ranch – This is a place where work and play are combined into one exciting adventure after another. Visit the horses and go for a ride through the Boreal forest or saddle up and head into Prince Albert National Park to view Canada’s only free ranging wild Plains bison still within their historic range.
- Reesor Ranch -This historic guest ranch provides a living testament to the resourcefulness and tenacity of the early prairie settlers. Days are filled with ranch life adventures from horseback riding to ATV Guided tours, or simple hikes though quiet and majestic forests of pine and spruce, unique alpine flowers, and endless bird species.
Fishing for a Big One
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The open waters of the lakes and rushing waters of the rivers of Saskatchewan call out to fishermen and fisherwomen, boasting some of the best fishing in the country. Spend some time trying to catch a record breaker or simply enjoy casting a line. Since there are 100,000 lakes and rivers along with 68 species of fish available in the province, there is no shortage of places to spend time with your rod and reel.
- Lake Diefenbaker – Walleye, Rainbow Trout, Northern Pike, Lake Trout, Sauger, Yellow Perch, Lake Whitefish, Burbot and Goldeye all are possible to catch here, including world-record trout, plus numbers of trophy pike and walleye.
- Tobin Lake – A premier walleye and pike fishing lake.
- Boundary Dam – One of the premiere Largemouth Bass lakes in all of Canada because some areas of the lake have a year-round growing season.
- Lake Athabasca – Fishing on this interprovincial lake is second to none, and includes Trophy Lake Trout, Arctic Grayling, Northern Pike, Walleye and occasionally Burbot and Lake White Fish. Note: this is a fly in destination.
- Blackstrap Lake – A half hour from Saskatoon, this easy access lake holds walleye, pike, perch, burbot, whitefish and suckers.
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Spending the night in the wide-open spaces of the prairies, or tucked into a forest of trees, alongside a beautiful lake or on the banks of a river, there is something special about camping out under a Saskatchewan night sky. Sit back and relax in front of a fire, take a good look at the stars, and sleep listening to the howls of coyotes.
- Minowukaw Beach Campground – This quiet campground is located in Candle Lake Provincial Park. Sleep nestled amongst the jack pine, in an area bordered by a long stretch of fragile sand dunes and natural beach. #50, SK-265, Candle Lake
- Echo Valley Provincial Park – With two beaches and access to two lakes, this park is a great destination for the fishing and water enthusiast. For that perfect getaway with minimal effort and preparation, three Camp-Easy sites are available for booking. 12 SK-210, Fort Qu’Appelle
- Buffalo Pound Provincial Park – Historically used by the area’s First Nations as a space to corral bison, this is a scenic prairie park dotted with green trees and a lake. If you’re looking to connect with the great outdoors, be sure to pack a tent and camp in one of the area’s scenic campgrounds. Marquis No. 191
- Meadow Lake Provincial Park – Set out into the wild and explore the 20 lakes, rivers, and streams in one of Canada’s largest provincial parks, not to mention the over 800 camping sites available. Saskatchewan 4, Beaver River No. 622
Beaver Glen Campground – Located within Prince Albert National Park, this lovely campground is right by the lake town of Waskesiu but nestled right in the forest. It’s a perfect escape that allows the enjoyment of the gorgeous nature, but also will satisfy the craving for a little bit of that lake town life.
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With the numerous lakes and rivers in the province available for watersports, getting out in a canoe or kayak to explore the watery zones is an excellent way to spend some time during the summer months. It is extremely easy to enjoy a multiday trip on the water to a destination such as the historic Grey Owl’s Cabin, or simply exploring the amazing small islands in Lac La Ronge, or adventuring down the small rapids on the Churchill River.
- Grey Owls’ Cabin – This takes a solid day by canoe but is highly worth it for the amazing adventure as well as the chance to spend some time in this historic site. Note: there are portages for this route.
- The Churchill River – This river was used by local First Nations as a travel and trade route. Today, the Churchill is where adventurers can ride the white waters, as it is full of rapids and drops that draws paddlers from around the world. It is best to book with a local outfitter who knows the river.
- Wascana Lake – Wascana Lake is a perfect place for an urban paddle. Rent a boat from Wascana Marine Rentals and head off onto the water. Check out the pretty scenery near the Saskatchewan Legislature Building. 2900 Wascana Dr, Regina
- Clearwater River – Featuring some of the most challenging rapids in a canoe, not to mention this is Canada’s first heritage river.
- Lac La Ronge – Due to the incredible number of islands here it is advisable to get a map or support from the local information center or outfitters.
Visit a Historical Site
It is difficult to separate out the unique historical sites in Saskatchewan from the provincial sites, the First Nations sites, the museums and the Forts because the history here is so intertwined that it is not easy to separate them into categories. However, every site has something interesting to see and do and you won’t regret any time that you spend exploring these sites.
- Al Mazur Memorial Heritage Park – A re-creation of Hudson Bay circa 1909. Buildings include general store, two churches, settler homestead, barn, original CN train station with train rides and tea house with collection of over 1,700 cups and saucers. SK-3, Hudson Bay
- Hudson Bay Museum – Situated in the former Blake Beattie School, displays include a tearoom, kitchen, living room, doctor’s office, drugstore, hair salon, school room and general store. 512 Churchill St, Hudson Bay
- Motherwell Homestead National Historic Site – An amazing step back in time to traditional life on the prairies. Highway #22, Abernethy
- Doc’s Town Heritage Village – Here you will find a house, church, school, blacksmith, general store, professionals building, grain elevator and Tea Room. 17 Ave SE, Swift Current
- Cannington Manor Provincial Park – Costumed staff will introduce you to a Victorian way of life that existed here more than 100 years ago. Staff will lead interactive activities such as ropemaking, croquet, tennis, and horseshoes and more. Kenosee Lake
See a Sod House or Dugout House
In the early 1900’s wood was so scarce on the prairies that many homesteaders built their first homes out of the sod. Soddies were relatively small structures that were cheaply built out of blocks of sod and rudimentary house fittings. Sod refers to grass and the soil beneath it that is held together by the grass’s roots. Other settlers used what the prairies offered up to them to create unique dugout dwellings. Each one of these sites has incredible historic importance in the province.
- Addison Sod House National Historic Site – Built by English carpenter James Addison between 1909 and 1911, this modest farmhouse is a well-preserved example of sod construction. The Addison house, originally covered in vines for weatherproofing and now protected by exterior cladding, survives as a rare illustration of an important prairie settlement phenomenon. Highway 21, Rural Municipality of Oakdale no. 320, Kindersley
- Tompkins Sod House – This replica, early settler Sod House features an old-style bed, potbelly stove, table and other settler items. Working plough and wooden wheelbarrows are displayed outside. 23 Centre Ave, Tompkins
- Elbow & District Museum – In 1965 the first replica of an authentic sod house was constructed and in the summer of 2000 a house was rebuilt from native prairie sod and furnished with period pieces. Operated as part of the museum, the “Sod Shack” is a symbol of the past, giving visitors a glimpse of how thousands of settlers lived.
- Doukhobor Dugout House – Take a tour of this incredibly unique place to see the dugout houses that are still being surveyed by archeologists. Discoveries of artifacts are still being made as well. The lives of the Russian Doukhobors who made this place their home make an amazing story of the tenacity of the settlers of the time. This site is only open on specific days.
Spend Some Time in a Provincial Park
There are 39 Provincial Parks in Saskatchewan. Each one offers up a different look at the provincial geography, geology, wildlife, birdlife, and scenery. Some have historic stories; others provide unlimited opportunities to adventure and experience the outdoors. Remember, for all Provincial Parks you will need to purchase a day pass or year-round pass.
- Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park – This area is an anomaly on the southern prairies –rising 200 feet above the surrounding prairie, to a maximum elevation of 4,816 ft, making this the highest point between the Rocky Mountains and Labrador. Home to 700 different species of plants and animals, you’ll also find 14 species of orchids, the only lodgepole pine trees in Saskatchewan, and one of the highest densities of cougars in North America.
- Douglas Provincial Park – Home to a huge sand dune in the northeast sector of the park that stretches more than a kilometre in length and rises 30 metres above the prairies. To enjoy the dunes, as well as to maintain the landscape, the only access is by hiking in.
- Narrow Hills Provincial Park – Home to Gem Lakes – deep, sand bottomed lakes which reflect colours of emerald, jade and aqua blue.
- Pike Lake Provincial Park – Featuring an outdoor pool, volleyball, and a 1-mile hiking trail, this is conveniently only 20 minutes from Saskatoon. Nestled along the South Saskatchewan River, this is where you will encounter the beautiful nature at its best.
- Rowan’s Ravine Provincial Park – An ideal destination for water sports such as swimming, boating and fishing for trophy walleye, with one of the largest natural beaches in the province. Have a picnic in the day-use area or watch for wildlife while hiking a trail. Close enough to Regina for a day trip, or utilize the camping facilities.
Visit a National Park
There are only two national parks in the province, and each offers a perfect look at the unique differences of the varied landscapes. In the south, travellers will find the beautiful prairies and slightly rolling hills of the grasslands, and to the north, the rugged rocks and coniferous forests of the Canadian Shield plateau.
- Grasslands National Park – The only national park that is dedicated to preserving prairie grasslands and is also home to wildlife that can’t be found anywhere else in the country, this is the southern National Park in the province.
- Prince Albert National Park – With landscapes from aspen parkland to boreal forest with pockets of grasslands, this park is one breathtaking and unique place to vacation.
Visit a Traditional Museum
What constitutes a traditional museum for us? Well, there are so many museums and historical sites in Saskatchewan that we must try to break them up into some sort of categories. So, this category covers the museums that we consider to be the most traditional in set up and content.
- Royal Saskatchewan Museum – Full of Saskatchewan’s natural history and indigenous cultures, past and present, the flora and fauna in the province, a First Nations Gallery, and a life-size cast of the world’s largest T. rex – Scotty! 2445 Albert St, Regina
- Western Development Museums – There are four of these incredible museums in the province, each one highlighting a different part of settler’s life and the history of the province, with exhibits, artifacts and buildings.
- Prince Albert Historical Museum – Relive the area’s grand history through photos and artifacts, including 1885 weapons, photographs and a translated Louis Riel diary. 10 River Street East, Prince Albert
Fly-In to a Destination
One of the best types of adventures in the province is to get away to a fly in destination. These are more numerous that you may think, as the entire northern part of the province is wilderness and lake regions that encourage visitors to look for a local plane to take them to their desired site. Stay at a resort fishing lodge or discover the areas on a backcountry camping, hiking or canoe trip.
- Athabasca Sand Dunes Provincial Park – The outstanding scenery, with sand dunes as high as 30 meters and a unique ecosystem that’s rich in rare and endemic plants, scientists consider the dunes an evolutionary puzzle. This park is accessible by floatplane only and is only recommended for experienced wilderness users. Visitors must check with a conservation officer prior to visiting the area. Guided tours by licensed outfitters are available and are recommended.
- Milton Lake Lodge – Milton Lake Lodge is a fly-in fishing destination (with a lodge and outpost camps) in the remote wilds of the province. The lakes in this area are known for their huge fish. Every time you cast you have a chance at a massive northern pike, a powerful lake trout, or a feisty arctic grayling.
- Cree Lake Lodge – The lake is the fourth largest in the province and only reachable by float plane. Of course, along with the beautiful views and the lovely lodge experience, this is another fantastic place to fish for Northern Pike, Lake Trout, Walleye, and Arctic Grayling.
- Black Bear Island Lodge – This location is extremely remote with wonderful fishing and hunting opportunities, not to mention the gorgeous surrounding scenery, great food and comfy accommodations.
- Wheeler River Lodge – Absolute serenity and unspoiled northern lakes and forests, with guided hunting and fishing opportunities and comfortable accommodations.
First Nations Sites
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The First Nations of Canada of the provincial area of Saskatchewan have been here for thousands of years. They gathered on these prairies to hunt, fish, worship and celebrate. Their traditions remain alive today, and the historical sites and museums provide visitors with an opportunity to learn more and appreciate everything about the long history and culture.
- Wanuskewin Heritage Park – For over 6,000 years, this area was a meeting place for indigenous peoples of the Northern Plains. Explore educational trails, visit archeological digs full of tipi rings, stone cairns, pottery fragments, and animal bones, or stay overnight in a tipi and listen to traditional stories around a campfire. RR 4, Penner Rd, Saskatoon
- Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park – Bring history to life with a trek into the hills to see a bison rubbing rock, teepee rings and remnants of the old Battleford Trail.
- Duck Lake Regional Interpretive Centre – This center features artifacts pertaining to the Northwest Resistance and First Nation-Metis-Settler history of 1870 – 1905. Hwy 11 (The Louis Riel Trail) between Prince Albert and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan 212, Duck Lake
- Chief Poundmaker Historical Centre – This center brings the fascinating history of the Poundmaker Cree Nation to life. The Cut Knife Hill Battlefield is located on the reserve as well.
Pick Your Own Berries, Fruits and Veggies
Spend some summertime days getting out in the fresh air at one of the “pick your own” farms. This is a fun, safe and educational opportunity to pick some fresh berries, fruit and veggies. It is always a good idea to check with the farm before you go, both to check on crop availability and hours.
- Very Berry Farm – Saskatoons, raspberries, sour cherries, and rhubarb. Ladysmith Rd, Pilot Butte
- Ol Mill Berries – Saskatoons, sour cherries, and raspberries. Located near Qu’Appelle
- Rocky Acres Orchard – U-pick saskatoons and apples along with loads more produce that can be bought from them at their onsite store. Lipton Kellross No. 247
- Bouvier’s Berry Basket – Saskatoon berries, sour cherries, haskap berries, strawberries, raspberries, apples, and grapes. Near village of Kincaid.
- Rhodes’ Raspberries and Blackcurrants – Raspberries (14 varieties), 3 varieties of black currants, 3 varieties of Saskatoons, and Sea buckthorn berries. 36229 Range Road 3062 near Cedar Villa Estates, Carmart Rd, Saskatoon
Stay in a Historic Hotel
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Step back in time as you spend a night or two in one of the historic hotels or bed and breakfasts in the province. With properties that are more than 100 years old, you may have low expectations, but these are beautifully restored and have all the amenities that you may require, including fantastic restaurants, gorgeous décor, and comfortable rooms.
- Grant Hall Hotel – This hotel in Moose Jaw first opened its doors in 1927 and was named after the Vice-President of the Canadian Pacific Railway. The majestic five-storey building was designed by an English architect by the name of Richard Geoffrey Bunyard and has been open since, with only a brief break for renovations. 401 Main St N, Moose Jaw
- The Hotel Saskatchewan – This is the most luxurious and historic property in Regina. Originally constructed in 1927, this hotel is now part of the Marriott Autograph Collection and features an on-site restaurant, bar, and spa. 2125 Victoria Ave, Regina
- Hotel Senator – Built in 1908 in the outskirts of a growing Saskatoon, this hotel has blossomed into the centre of the city. The rooms take a page from Europe, not any one is alike. Unique character with all the amenities awaits you here. 243 21st St E, Saskatoon
- Delta Bessborough – This was one of the original Canadian National Railway hotels. Opened in 1935, this hotel has changed hands several times over the years but has been renovated to restore the original elegance. 601 Spadina Crescent E, Saskatoon
- Wakamow Heights Bed & Breakfast – This is an adult-oriented, historic B & B in a beautiful 1902 house, located in a quiet park right in Moose Jaw. A scrumptious breakfast greets you each morning, and rooms are equipped with private ensuite bathrooms, cable TV, WiFi, fridges, fireplaces and incredible views. 690 Aldersgate St, Moose Jaw
Enjoy an Adventure Activity
Imagine yourself flying over the treetops, walking over a suspension bridge, climbing up a “ship ladder”, dangling far above the ground as you navigate a ropes course, fat biking through the forest, free falling down a very long waterslide, or “gliding” over the sidewalks of Saskatoon. All of these activities are possible in this fabulous province!
- Treeosix Adventure Parks in Waskesiu – This location offers up fat biking, zip line tours, a climbing wall, mini zips for kids, a giant swing and axe throwing.
- Treeosix Adventure Parks in Cypress Hills – This location provides fat bike rentals, zip line tours, high ropes course, climbing wall, mini zips for kids, and a treetop drop. 3 Pine Ave, Maple Creek
- Blue Mountain Adventure Park – Here you can experience zip lines, paintball, wall climbs, aerial course, ultimate target practice, team challenge course, obstacle course and more! RR 1, North Battleford No. 437
- Eco Glide Adventures – This is a guided, self-balancing personal transporter tour company who use Segways, or Ninebots, to glide the Meewasin Trail. 110 Spadina Crescent E, Saskatoon
- Kenosee Superslides – A waterslide park like no other, you may find yourself airborne on some of the slides. The name doesn’t lie… these are definitely superslides.
Unique Places to Eat
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Eating out is a big part of travel. It gives travellers an opportunity to try foods that they might not eat at home and provides an opportunity to taste some different styles of meals and seasonings. Saskatchewan is made up of a wide variety of cultures, and these can be found in some of the unique, and yummy, places to eat in the province. Try a drive-thru perogy stop, munch down on one of 100 flavours of wings, or try some traditional First Nations cuisine.
- The Berry Barn – The panoramic view of the South Saskatchewan River is breathtaking with the splendid array of gardens in a relaxed country setting. Visit the country style indoor eatery and enjoy some home cooked meals and scrumptious Saskatoon Berry pie. 830 Valley Road, Saskatoon
- Déjà vu Café – Featured on the show “You’ve Gotta Eat Here”, this restaurant has an amazing assortment of chicken wings with more than 100 unique flavours, not to mention the 80 flavours of homemade milkshakes. 23 High St E, Moose Jaw
- Wanuskewin Heritage Park Restaurant – Specializing in cuisine that utilizes the same ingredients the Indigenous people would have used thousands of years ago. Seasonal menus include dishes like a bison burger with house-cured bison bacon and Saskatoon berry barbecue sauce on a bannock bun, and more traditional dishes like rabbit pot pie with muskeg tea. Penner Rd, Saskatoon
- Baba’s Homestyle Perogies – Considered a Saskatchewan tradition, if you are in a hurry you can pick up some perogies to go. All of the food here is handmade by the almost entirely Ukrainian kitchen staff and is the largest handmade perogy restaurant in Canada. 720B 51st St E, Saskatoon
- The Grotto – This great Mexican restaurant is located in an old convent that was built in 1923, so you know the ambience will be incredible. Mix that with the authentic Mexican food and you will find a small-town restaurant worthy of any big city. 101 2nd Ave, Vibank
Explore the Trail of 1885
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Extending across three provinces – Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta – you can travel part of this trail to relive the dramatic days of 1885 when Métis, led by Louis Riel, clashed with the Canadian Militia. These sites commemorate the significant events that occurred in 1885 during the Northwest Resistance.
- Batoche National Historic Site – Take a journey to a time when the Metis settled on the banks of Saskatchewan River. Learn the history of the final battle of Northwest Resistance of 1885 between the Metis provincial government and the Canadian government.
Duck Lake Regional Interpretive Centre – In recounting the events of 1885, the centre interprets the conflict from the perspectives of the settlers, First Nations, and the Métis. Among the many exhibits are North-West Mounted Police items, Gabriel Dumont’s gold watch, and a letter written by Louis Riel.
- Fort Carlton Provincial Park – At one time this was one of the most important Hudson’s Bay Company posts on the prairies but by the early 1880s, the glory days were all but over. It gained a new life when the North-West Mounted Police were stationed here but following the disastrous battle at Duck Lake, the Mounties realized the post could not be defended and retreated to Prince Albert.
- The Marr Residence – Built in 1884 this is the oldest home in Saskatoon that is still on its original site. When the Riel Resistance broke out, the Marr was seconded to be used as a field hospital. Wounded and sick were brought from Fish Creek and Batoche overland or on the steamer Northcote to be cared for here. 326 11th St E. Saskatoon
- Frenchman Butte – This site marks the spot of the armed battle of 1885 between Plains Cree warriors fighting under the leadership of War Chief Wandering Spirit, and the Canadian Militia troops. The area is marked by 98 defensive pits that were dug by the Cree warriors. There are almost no modern intrusions, thereby preserving a landscape that has changed little from 1885.
Go Horseback Riding
Riding out onto the wide expanse of the prairies on horseback is a traditional experience second to none. The freedom of horseback riding, through the variety of landscapes, with working cowboys guiding you every step of the way, is a way to create memories that will last a lifetime. Take some time to soak up the atmosphere as you enjoy a bit of the western life that has been an integral part of the province for so long.
- Sturgeon River Ranch – Sturgeon River Ranch is a place where work and play are combined into one exciting adventure after another. Visit the horses and go for a ride through the Boreal forest, from one hour to multi day adventures. Sturgeon River, Big River No. 555
- Historic Reesor Ranch – Head off on trails starting from this historic location, from two hours rides to experiencing including cowboy cookouts.
- La Reata Ranch – Much more than a trail riding experience, this is a multi-day adventure that allows you to experience life on horseback on a traditional working ranch.
- Rivers North Ranch – Offering horse-drawn wagon and sleigh rides, trail rides, basic horsemanship lessons, summer day camps and 1/2 day at the farm packages.
Get outside and explore some of the magnificent landscapes and terrains that are available in the province. From trails that lead you through lovely rolling prairies, to those that take you through the boreal forests, wetlands or into canyons, you will surely enjoy every step that you take.
- Elbow View Trail – Take an hour or so to hike along Lake Diefenbaker, beginning at the Chief Whitecap Waterway and through Danielson Park with panoramic lake views. About 6 kms in total, this is part of the longer Trans Canada Trail system.
- Boreal Trail – This trail system in Meadow Lake Provincial Park will take you through a variety of ecosystems within the boreal forest and into some places of that most visitors do not get to see.
- Pelly Point Trail – A three hour long, 4.4 km hiking trail through some of the most beautiful ecosystems in Duck Mountain Provincial Park, including old growth balsam fir, large aspen with maple understory and fern meadows.
- Red Buttes Route – This trail, in the East Block of Grasslands National Park, is rated very difficult and requires good backcountry skills. However, if you are looking for a challenge, along with spectacular scenery, this is the trail for you.
- Bearspaw Sea Trail – This hike offers a unique experience as you hike up and down the landscape through coulees, taking in the vistas from the top and experiencing all that is to offer in the depths of the Frenchman Valley. 9.6 kms one way, for experienced hikers only.
Mountain bikers may think that Saskatchewan is too flat for good bike riding, but the valleys are more challenging than riders think because of the small but constant changes in elevation. There may not be visible mountain peaks but there are plenty of valleys and coulees that provide consistent side slopes to create beautiful bench cut trails.
- Buffalo Pound Park – This park has some of the toughest trail riding in the country, and it is a hidden paradise for mountain bikers. There are about 60 km of trails that would challenge the most experienced riders and the cross-country trails and steep descents are fast and exhilarating.
- Wascana Valley Nature Recreation Site – A great place for families or inexperienced bikers to spend some time. 15 kilometers of breathtaking views of the Qu’Appelle Valley and feature a variety of challenges such as gradual hills, sharp and winding descents and steep climbs.
- Narrow Hills Provincial Park Trails – An abundance of trails, roughly 210 km, are available in this area.
- Moose Mountain Provincial Park Trails – Offering an extensive trail system that passes through the beautiful stands of aspen, birch, green ash and Manitoba Maple that characterize this unique southern Saskatchewan forest. Many of the trails border small lakes which offer scenic viewpoints and opportunities for wildlife viewing.
- Good Spirit Lake Provincial Park Trails – The park offers roughly 39 km of excellent trails, with the two major trails travelling through natural terrain – the Dune Discovery Interpretive Trail (3 km) and the Trans Canada Trail (The Great Trail) (roughly 18 km).
To be honest, with the province being fairly flat, it is not easy to find a canyon here! There are lots of coulees, and dips, and small hills, but proper canyons that travellers may be looking for are few and far between. There are still some beautiful and unique places to visit though, that we can include in the “Canyon” category. Spending time in these will ensure some fantastic Instagram pics.
- Massold Clay Canyons – These Canyons are within a 256-acre wildlife area that is located beside the Claybank Brick Plant National Historic site. This area has never been farmed, so there are tons of indigenous plants to be seen, along with a variety of birdlife. There is a 3.1-kilometer trail route that you can follow through this amazing canyon area from the historic site.
- Grasslands National Park – Of course, there are canyons here to be enjoyed! If you are an experienced hiker try the Valley of 1000 Devils Route, although some of the shorter routes will also take you into the wide canyon areas of the region.
See One of the largest earth-filled dams in the world
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While there are tons of fantastic buildings and great architecture in the province, along with impressive, historic grain elevators and barns that dot the landscape, there is one particular engineered wonder which can not be missed. One of the largest earth-filled dams in the world, you can not only drive across the top to view it, but you can also visit the impressive visitor’s center, with its visual interpretive displays, souvenirs, and a not-to-be missed vintage film on the construction of the dam.
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Get your clubs and head to one of the many fabulous golf courses around the province. Spend some time trying to get on par, or simply enjoying the walk around the gorgeous greens. Surrounded by prairies or boreal forests, the courses in the province offer up surprisingly varied landscapes and difficulties.
- Dakota Dunes – Ranked as the province’s #1 course, this course is located on the historical Whitecap Dakota First Nation lands and is laid spaciously throughout natural sand dune formations and the indigenous prairie grasses that surround its edges. 202 Dakota Dunes Way, Whitecap
- Riverside – Hitting the top 100 list in Canada, this course is a member’s only country club, well worth the fee to enjoy the beautiful course. 3180 Grasswood Road West, Corman Park No. 344
- Waskesiu Lobstick Golf Course – Opened in 1935, this course was designed by legendary Canadian architect Stanley Thompson. The gorgeous scenery and challenging holes make it a perfect choice. Kingsmere Dr, Waskesiu Lake
- Deer Valley – Nestled in the scenic Qu’Appelle Valley, this course is set alongside the idyllic Deer Valley Residential Development which is built within 475 acres of natural valley and prairie terrain. 10 Deer Valley Rd, Deer Valley
- Elk Ridge – With three courses to choose from, you will want to spend several days enjoying them all. Located just outside Prince Albert National Park, the scenery and courses are fabulous. Hwy 264, Waskesiu Drive
Not So Traditional Museums
There are some unique museums in the province that are well worth a visit. While traditional museums may give visitors the opportunity to see exhibits about the general history of the area and peoples, these slightly unusual museums that focus on specific areas or unique parts of the history of the province.
- Tunnels of Moose Jaw – This is a very unique take on the history of Moose Jaw. “Passage to Fortune” is a journey of the early Chinese immigration to Canada and their triumph over adversity. “The Chicago Connection” is a tour of the prohibition era focusing on the connection between Al Capone, Chicago and Moose Jaw. 18 Main St N, Moose Jaw
- Hepburn Museum of Wheat – Here you can view displays pertaining to the history of wheat in Saskatchewan including Canadian National Railway and the Wheat Pool. 6 Heritage Pl #10, Hepburn
- Museum of Natural Sciences – An interesting and unique museum where you can see displays of fossils, minerals and rocks, animals and plants. Learn about air-breathing fishes, swimming reptiles, flying reptile and more, along with a working seismograph. 114 Science Pl, Saskatoon
- Evolution of Education Museum – Exhibits tracing the history of local education displayed in a one-room schoolhouse dating to 1920. 3700-3702 2 Ave W, Prince Albert
- Soo Line Historical Museum – Visit here to see the Charles Wilson Silver Collection, the largest one-man collection of silver known to exist in Canada, with approximately 5000 pieces ranging from 1750 – 1972. 411 Riverview Dr, Weyburn
- Sukanen Ship Pioneer Village & Museum – Born in 1878, Tom Sukanen led a fascinating life. The ship he built in the middle of the prairies, destined to one day sail home, pays homage to his life. The museum is also home to an impressive hundred thousand artifacts including a display of old tractors and cars, as well as a hundred year old grain elevator.
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It is a lot of fun to go poking through antique stores to find treasures – be it furniture, glass, dishware, signs, pictures, or other odds and ends. The province is home to some incredible stores offering up a wide selection of great antiques and collectibles, some of them housed in historic properties.
- Regina Antique Mall – Three floors of absolutely incredible antiques of all sorts, just waiting to be discovered. Allow at least an hour to get through this family-owned and operated store. 1175 Rose St, Regina
- Kinder Surprises Antiques – Not what you would normally expect from an antique shop, you are going to want to dedicate quite a bit of time here. The interesting antiques are spread out through a variety of farm buildings and is considered to be the largest antique shop in the province. 6 kms East On Road 747, Davidson
- The Indefinite Article – Specializing in quality refinished and original furniture with 2500 square feet of display area. 249 2 Ave S #5, Saskatoon
- The Cat and the Fiddle Antiques – Located in a 1912 heritage house situated on Regina’s historic 13th Ave, this store has an incredible selection of antiques and collectibles. 3128 13th Ave, Regina
- The Antique People – Housed in a restored 1925 two storey home, this business features a sizable collection of Canadiana, folk art, antique and ethnic furniture, art and collectibles. 202 Norway Rd S, Canora
See Some Murals
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Outdoor artwork is a lovely, free way to experience some of the towns and cities in the province. Saskatchewan is home to many towns that pride themselves in the beautiful murals that tell the stories of the past.
- Murals of Moose Jaw – Moose Jaw is the mural capital of North America featuring 46 giant outdoor murals. Painted on the exterior walls of downtown buildings they depict the challenge and excitement of the city’s early years.
- Murals of Nipawin – Featuring nine outdoor and four indoor murals that showcase life in Nipawin through the years and provide a tribute to both the history and the present.
- Murals of Humboldt – History comes alive through the murals located around the historic downtown. Featuring scenes of “Old Saskatchewan” and historic events, the murals take the city’s history to the streets.
- Murals of Duck Lake – Famous for its many large murals painted on town buildings that depict various historic themes such as the Carlton Trail, the signing of Treaty 6, and women of 1885-era Batoche.
Summertime is meant to be enjoyed, and the beaches in the province allow visitors to rest, relax and soak up the sun while experiencing some of the most stunning waters and surrounding scenery. The long stretches of fine sand that can be found at most of the province’s lakes allow travellers to find the perfect place to spend some time. Take a picnic and your bathing suit, because you will want to swim and stay all day.
- Meadow Lake Provincial Park – Boasting some of the best beaches in the province. Saskatchewan 4, Beaver River No. 622
- Regina Beach Recreation Site – Spend a day soaking up the sun, swimming, picnicking or playing beach volleyball on this lovely stretch of sand. 104 Centre St, Regina Beach
- Rowan’s Ravine – Drive to one of the biggest natural beaches in southern Saskatchewan to spend some time relaxing and soaking up the sun!
- Candle Lake – Make sure to check out the portions of the beach that have purple sand, caused by fine particles of granite showing through. As well, the lake bottom is sandy, with a gradual drop that is great for swimming. #5 Bayview Drive, Candle Lake
- Good Spirit Provincial Park – With fine white sand and shallow waters, this is a perfect beach for families. As well, this lush park is home to fishing, mini golf, and volleyball.
Hot Springs/Mineral Waters
At the end of a long day of hiking, biking, shopping or driving, there is nothing better than soaking your bones in some lovely hot springs or mineral spa waters. There are only two places in the province that offer natural springs waters to help heal your body and soul.
- Little Manitou Lake/Manitou Beach – The briny waters here are unique in the western hemisphere, possessing natural therapeutic properties. The minerals found in significant concentrations give the water a specific gravity of 1.06. This translates to an impossible-to-sink buoyancy that helps relieve pressure on tired or aching joints.
- Manitou Springs Mineral Spa – Three connected pools are heated to temperatures that range from 94 to 102 degrees Fahrenheit, this mineral spa uses the same waters as available from Little Manitou Lake, but in a refined atmosphere. 302 MacLachlan Ave, Manitou Beach
- Temple Gardens Hotel and Spa – Home to the largest therapeutic geothermal mineral pool in Canada, you can spend time soaking either inside or outside on the rooftop pool at this hotel and spa. 24 Fairford St E, Moose Jaw
Go Bird Watching
There are more than 400 species of birds that use Saskatchewan as a home or as part of a migration route. That means that there are an incredible number of opportunities to birdwatch throughout the area. No matter where you travel there will be amazing chances to view and listen to some of the beautiful songbirds, eagles, waterfowl and more that frequent the province.
- Battlefords Goose Project – An abundance of waterfowl, songbirds, shorebirds, and other wildlife greet you in this wetland that is located next to a boreal forest and prairie grasslands. There is an observation deck and walking trails to enhance the wildlife viewing experience. 801 River Valley Drive, North Battleford
- Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area – Over 280 species of birds have been recorded here including the Burrowing Owl, the Piping Plover, Peregrine Falcon, and the Whooping Crane (the tallest bird in the world).
- Chaplin Lake Birding Area – Part of the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network, Chaplin, Old Wives and Reed Lakes are important inland sites for migrating birds including over 30 species of shorebirds, American Avocet and endangered Piping Plover.
- Luck Lake Heritage Marsh Trails – Covering an area of 6,000 wetland acres and 800 upland acres, the Marsh provides excellent opportunities to view the more than 200 species of migratory birds and 35 species of butterflies that have been observed in the area, along with numerous other bird and animal species.
- Burrowing Owl Interpretive Centre – This endangered species can be viewed and enjoyed at the learning center here, which focuses on burrowing owls with self-guided tours. 250 Thatcher Dr E, Moose Jaw
Ride a Train or Learn about Saskatchewan Trains
At this time there are only two scenic rail journeys available for enjoyment in the province. Each one offers different excursions and fun outings for special occasions. Travel back in time and experience the beauty of the prairies in a different way.
- Southern Prairie Railway – Head to the town of Ogema for a rail excursion along in a renovated passenger car. Enjoy a pioneer meal, see the market, be startled by a robbery all the while peaking into the heritage of an old town. 401 Railway Ave, Ogema
- Wheatland Express Excursion Train – The newest scenic railway in Saskatchewan, this centrally based train operates between the communities of Cudworth and Wakaw. Wheatland Express Inc. was honoured to be named “Rookie of the Year” at the 2018 Saskatchewan Tourism Excellence Awards. Railway Ave, Wakaw
- Saskatchewan Railway Museum – This site is home to an impressive collection of railway artifacts. Climb aboard locomotives, cabooses, a 1911 Canadian Pacific sleeping car, or a Saskatoon Municipal Railway streetcar. Ride down the track on the museum’s own “speeder” and learn all about the railway in the museum’s interpretive centre.
Eat Some Farm to Table Foods
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Since the province is made up of farms of all sorts, why not use the local ingredients to create fresh, creative dishes from locally sourced, sustainable products and ethically raised animals? These restaurants, among so many more that we just don’t have room to list, have made a name for themselves as providing clients with fabulous farm to fork meals.
- Odla – The name in Swedish means to grow, to cultivate, to farm, so you know that there is meaning behind each and every dish they serve up here. Their menus are based on seasonal Saskatchewan ingredients and ethically raised animals. 801 Broadway Ave, Saskatoon
- Mabel Hill Farm Kitchen & Marketplace – This farmhouse-style restaurant is surrounded by a four-acre garden and orchard, which guests are invited to walk through, sampling the produce before sitting down for a meal. The chalkboard menu changes with what’s in season. SW 2-51-14-W2 RM of Nipawin #487, Nipawin
- 641 Grill – Fresh ingredients sourced from local providers, including their own ranch. Not only is the food great, but the décor and atmosphere is also something to be enjoyed while you are there. 2 Fraser Ave, Craven
Primal – A Saskatchewan take on traditional Italian food, this restaurant uses Saskatchewan heritage grains and whole animal butchery, guaranteeing quality farm to fork handmade products. 423 20th St W, Saskatoon https://primalpasta.ca/
- Grain & Pulse Bakery Café – With a great atmosphere and even better food made with many locally sourced ingredients, and an ever-changing farm-to-table menu, this is one place you will want to return to again and again. You may want to end your meal with a piece of incredible homemade pie. 207 Royal St, Imperial
Ancient Sites and Items
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Archeologists are uncovering hundreds of artifacts in Saskatchewan every year. In fact, as of 2005, there were more than 20,000 officially recognized archaeological sites in the province. The Royal Saskatchewan Museum (listed in another category), generally houses artifacts found here, but there are several other sites where it is possible to view ancient items.
- St. Victor Petroglyphs – Located within the St. Victor Petroglyph Provincial Park, these rock glyphs hail from the Late Precontact Period, from around 500 to 1750. They are believed to have been crafted by the ancestors of present-day Dakota (Sioux) peoples. The ancient artwork depicts animals, humans, and various geometric shapes. The petroglyphs are some of the few in Canada on a horizontal rock face.
- Deep South Pioneer Museum – This pioneer village traces the evolution of prairie farming throughout the province, but visitors can also have the opportunity to view fossils that are millions of years old and aboriginal artifacts dating to 10,000 years ago. 504 Government Road, Ogema
- Herschel Petroglyph Site – This is a Municipal Heritage Property that occupies 64 hectares of land along the Eagle Creek valley. The site’s most prominent features are three boulders with precontact carvings (petroglyphs) of grooves, cup-shaped depressions and bisected circles. Additional archaeological remains include artifact and butchered bone deposits, hearths, a buffalo rubbing stone, tipi rings and other stone features.
- Swift Current Creek Rock Art Site – This is a Provincial Heritage Property. The 16-hectare site features a large limestone boulder bearing precontact carvings (petroglyphs) of bison figures, hoof prints and geometric shapes. Archaeological excavations around the base of the boulder encountered deposits of precontact artifacts and paintings (pictographs) of a mythological animal figure and geometric designs on the boulder’s buried surfaces. Swift Current RM 137
Take a Cruise
Even though there are numerous lakes and rivers throughout Saskatchewan, there are few places to take an actual cruise, so we’ve been a little creative with one of our choices. However, if you want to experience some life on the water without worrying about taking care of yourself, this is an excellent way to do it.
- Prairie Lily – Situated along the banks of the beautiful South Saskatchewan River, Prarie Lily offers the chance see the city from a whole new perspective. The Prairie Lily is a 118-passenger riverboat that traverses the river and includes sightseeing tours, dinner cruises, special event cruises and Sunday Brunch cruises.
- Ferry Boat Tours – Go on a ferry boat tours by the Provincial Capital Commission. These half-hour guided tours will take you on a leisurely excursion around Wascana Lake to give you a true “on the water” experience.
- Meewasin Interpretive Canoe Tour – Take a voyage along the South Saskatchewan River on traditional voyageur clipper canoes. 2703 Spadina Crescent E, Saskatoon
Visit Some Historic Government Sites
Saskatchewan has some interesting historic government sites and stories, and a visit to one of the following will give you some insight into not only the current government aspects but also the history of the buildings and one of Canada’s Prime Ministers – John Diefenbaker.
- Legislative Building – Completed in 1912, this is a grand, beaux-arts building designed to reflect the architecture of the English Renaissance and Louis XVI of France and was designated a National Historic Site in 2005. Stop in to see the building’s beautiful Grand Staircase, Rotunda and Legislative Assembly Chamber. Daily tours are offered in English and French. 2405 Legislative Dr, Regina
- Government House – Experience the former Lieutenant Governor’s residence, restored to its Victorian splendour of 1891. This National Historic Property provides tours, engaging programs, enriching exhibits and 8.5 acres of vibrant Edwardian Gardens. 4607 Dewdney Ave, Regina
- Diefenbaker Canada Centre – This Centre proudly displays and preserves the core collection of personal artifacts bequeathed to the University of Saskatchewan. Gather insights about the man who was Canada’s 13th Prime Minister. 101 Diefenbaker Pl, Saskatoon
- Diefenbaker House – John Diefenbaker donated this house to the city in 1975. It is an interesting look into the 1950’s life and his time as an MP in the city. The building is from 1912 and is filled with period furniture and items as it would have been when he was living there. Visits are by appointment only in the winter, call 306-953-4863, and open daily from May to September. 246 19 St W, Prince Albert
Take a Cave Tour
Saskatchewan is a mixture of flat prairie land, slightly rolling hills and stark cliffs and canyons. This mixture creates opportunities for unusual formations, such as the “Big Muddy” which supports dens and caves for not only animals, but humans.
Big Muddy Outlaw Cave Tours – Once the stomping grounds of Sitting Bull, Sam Kelly and the North West Mounted Police, these rolling hills are dotted with dramatic cliffs, canyons and ravines, with one of the most famous hiding places for the outlaws. The caves, which were originally wolf dens, were enlarged and used as living quarters by the Nelson-Jones gang. Another cave, a short distance away, was ideal for hiding their saddle horses. 2 Railway Ave, Coronach
Visit a Church
This may not be the first activity that you think of when travelling, especially on the prairies or in cities that aren’t considered to be “old” by the standards of most. While western Canada doesn’t have as long of a history as other countries, the building of churches represented the faith of the settlers and those communities that built up across the province. These unique and beautiful structures allow us to take a look at how members of the communities worshipped in the past, as well as today.
- Holy Rosary Cathedral – This cathedral is visible for miles, because at 90 feet, it’s one of the highest structures in the capital city. It was constructed between 1912 and 1917 and was modeled after various churches in northern France that were constructed in the Romanesque Revival style. The building’s facade consists of yellow bricks with limestone accents. In 1951, 43 stain glass windows designed by Andre Rault were installed. Other notable features of the cathedral include the mural in the apse depicting the Five Glorious Mysteries by local artist Lorraine Malach, as well as a pipe organ of more than 3,100 pipes. 2104 Garnet St, Regina
- All Saints Anglican Church – This church was built in 1906, but that’s not the draw here. It is home to the most amazing stained-glass windows (which, by the way, are over 500 years old), which were shipped from the Church of St. John the Baptist in Latton, Wiltshire, England in 2000 pieces, to be reassembled here, in this tiny church on the prairies. 310 Main Street, Watrous
- Our Lady of Assumption Co-Cathedral – This religious complex comprises a Cathedral, Bishop’s Residence, and Convent. The Cathedral (1918-1919), now a National Historic Site, is a dignified composition combining design elements from both the Romanesque and Italian Renaissance period and is notable for its twin towers crowned by cupolas. 8 4th Ave W, Gravelbourg
- Holy Trinity Anglican Church Provincial Historic Site – The oldest standing building in Saskatchewan, built between 1854 and 1860, it is also the oldest wood-frame church west of the Red River, made from locally cut and hewn timber. The church still contains original materials including hinges, locks and stained glass that were brought from England.
- Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of St. George – Begun in 1939 and completed in 1943, the church is a massive masonry structure with four-columns, seven-domes, and a cruciform-shape, Byzantine-style basilica with north, south and east apses. The icons and artistic decoration of the church’s interior was done, between the period of 1950 and 1955. 210 Avenue M S, Saskatoon
Visit a Fort
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The building and use of forts in the Canadian West were primarily to create bases for trading and for the Mounties. Scattered throughout the prairies at prime locations, each one holds pieces of the past for us to enjoy and helps us step back into the lives of those who helped shape the prairie life that we know today, along with allowing us to view the impact of the settlers on the First Nations in the area.
- Fort Walsh National Historic Site – Step back in time to the 1870’s and discover life at a working fort in Cypress Hills during the lawless time of rotgut whiskey runners. Hear Metis legends handed down through generations, learn traditional crafts and skills, and uncover the history of Canada’s part in the aftermath of the Cypress Hills Massacre. Fort Walsh, Maple Creek No. 111
- Fort Carlton Provincial Park – This was originally established as an outpost of the Hudson’s Bay Company in 1795 and remained in use until 1885. The present rendition, while a replica of the original, offers a fascinating look at life during this period. Visitors can take a canoe tour in summer, or wander the grounds to see the reconstructed fort, a Cree village, displays of hides, and various supplies. Highway 212 Mail – 102-112 Research Dr, Saskatoon, Duck Lake
- Fort Battleford National Historic Site – This incredible fort played a central part in the Conflict of 1885 and allows visitors to peek into the lives of the RCMP, the Metis, other First Nations, and the settlers. Central Ave, Battleford
- Fort Livingstone National Historic Site – Explore the site of what was once the first capitol of the North West Territories and the inaugural headquarters of the North West Mounted Police (NWMP). Highway 661, Pelly
- Fort Pelly National Historic Site – Explore the site of this once-bustling Hudson’s Bay Company fort, a hive of activity from the men working in the fields to provide food, to the steady stream of First Nations fur trappers, and Métis pemmican providers.
Sports are a large part of our lives, whether we watch them or play them. They influence our health, create social opportunities, and enhance our competitiveness. The province has some interesting history when it comes to sports, including being the site of the first baseball game (way back when the province was part of the Northwest Territories). Now is your chance to check out the museums and halls of fame based on the fantastic history.
- Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame – Take an hour or so and check out the only Baseball Museum in the province. The Town of Battleford was the site of the very first recorded baseball game in the old NWT on May 31, 1879. Here you will find the history of baseball heritage as you view 3000 artifacts including signed baseballs, gloves, caps, bats, trophies, photographs, uniforms, crests, jackets, newspaper articles, and more. 292 22 St, Battleford
- Turner Curling Museum – This site displays an impressive collection of rare historical curling pieces. They also have one of the largest collections of curling pins in the country. 327 Mergens St, Weyburn
- Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame – Take some time to explore this unique site, which was established to honour outstanding Saskatchewan athletes, championship teams and sport builders as well as preserve the history of Saskatchewan sport. 2205 Victoria Ave, Regina
- Saskatchewan Hockey Hall of Fame – If you want to take a break from the typical history museums, head on over to the Hockey Hall of Fame, which is open Tuesdays through Saturday from 1 – 5 pm. 2001 Chaplin St E, Swift Current
See the Night Skies
With open prairies and endless skies, this is the perfect place to spend nights gazing upwards to search the heavens. The Dark Sky Preserves are great places to either view the stars, the Milky Way, and all the constellations either with your naked eye, or with your own telescope. Otherwise, head to the observatory to use their telescope to explore the night sky.
- Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park – A Dark Sky Preserve providing exceptional star gazing opportunities.
- Grasslands National Park –The darkest Dark-Sky Preserve in Canada, this National Park protecting mixed grass prairie ecosystem, is where you can get away from the cacophony that is the bane of city life! The West and East Block covers over 729 square kilometres providing one with sparkling nightscapes to gaze upon!
- Saskatchewan Observatory – Located in Cypress Hills, the observatory includes a Dome Observatory with a 60 seat Yurt classroom and outside telescope platforms.
- University of Saskatchewan Observatory – On a clear Saturday night, sit before a refracting telescope to view star clusters, galaxies, and more. 108 Wiggins Rd, Saskatoon
Ride an ATV
Short for all terrain vehicle, this has become a popular sport across Canada, and indeed, in many parts of the world. It is a way of exploring the backcountry areas without having to hike and allows riders of all levels to enjoy the beautiful scenery and locations throughout the province. Those without their own quad or side by side can rent one in the major cities in the province.
- Big River – With the quickly changing scenery, this is somewhere that all ATVer’s will want to experience – open meadows, trails through forest and bush, and lakes in every direction. Riders can head in whatever direction they feel like along the hundreds of kilometres of trails.
- Fairy Glen – A rider-friendly trail for everyone that has a mix of everything from sand to mud.
- Narrow Hill’s Provincial Park – The ATV trails here are the same trails that are ridden in winter with snowmobiles. Most are wide and well-groomed because they are a part of the trans-Canada system. As well there are long stretches of old logging roads you can ride on.
- Nesbit Provincial Forest – Every type of riding is available here – wide open trails, mainly sandy trails and technical trails through the trees, with short and long trails that are appropriate for beginner to advanced riders.
Visit an RCMP or Police Museum
The RCMP have a long history in this part of the country, and each site offers up a unique view of the service and heritage of the long-standing police force in the province. You have a chance to watch a sunset ceremony, visit the training grounds of this iconic force, or check out some historic buildings associated with the RCMP.
- RCMP Heritage Centre – Filled with interesting artifacts and interactive games. The Centre is located on the doorstep of the RCMP Academy which is the only training academy in Canada. Hop aboard their “people mover” and enjoy a tour of the Chapel, dormitories, classroom buildings, Drill Hall, armoury, firearms building, driving track, Officer’s Mess, ‘Depot’ Cemetery, and the riding stables. 5907 Dewdney Ave, Regina
- RCMP Sunset-Retreat Ceremony – The Sunset-Retreat Ceremony is a special Canadian-signature event that happens on select days during the summer. It lasts approximately 45 minutes and includes military music, the lowering of the Canadian flag, the March Past, and a troop drill display performed by cadets dressed in the famous scarlet tunic. 5907 Dewdney Ave, Regina
- The Police and Corrections Museum – This is the original guard room for the F Division of the North West Mounted Police and was built in 1888. See artifacts and archival documents which tell the story of law enforcement in Prince Albert and Western Canada since 1884. 3700 2 Ave W & Marquis Rd, Prince Albert
- Russell Hanson Historical RCMP Museum – This museum is a great place to find out about the history of the RCMP and to see the amazing collection of RCMP Tunics, saddles, guns and much more. Elevator Rd, Duck Lake
Walk an Interpretive Trail
Do you ever spend time walking a trail and wondering what is around you? Would you like to know more about the history, the wildlife, the flowers, and plants in the area? Interpretive trails are fantastic ways to get out and moving while learning about the place that you are walking in. These trails provide panels of information on history, flora and fauna as you enjoy your walk.
- Nicole Flats Marsh Broadwalk Interpretive Trail – Located at Buffalo Pound Provincial Park, this area is home to birds, reptiles and mammals. Enjoy the signs along the boardwalk telling the story of this marsh and its residents.
- Kristi Lake Trail – This 1.8-km long interpretive trail will take you through four different ecosystems – black spruce wetland, white spruce and aspen mixed wood forest, jack pine upland and lake riparian corridor – along with breathtaking sand dunes. You may also encounter deer, beavers, songbirds, squirrels, and waterfowl. Approximately 8 km NE of Prince Albert via Hwy 2 N and Red Wing access road.
- Old Wives Lake Nature Area and Interpretive Trails – The self-guided, 2.4-km walking trail traverses through a variety of terrain – natural, grassland and possible wetland. Refer to the informational signs located along the trail complete with viewing deck, and further history of the area and the story behind the naming of Old Wives Lake.
- Rings, Ruts and Remnants Interpretive Trail – This trail gives you an overview of some of the history surrounding Saskatchewan Landing. The trail offers up teepee rings, rock cairns, remnants of homesteads, cart ruts, survey markings, and even graves.
Check out Where Bricks, Coal and Gold Came From
Did you know that there was a gold rush in Saskatchewan? Or that there is a working coal mine, along with a coal-fired hydro power plant? What about the history of brick making in the province? Each of one these fantastic and interesting sites offers up a different side of history and the impact that these have had on the province.
- Creighton Museum and Tourism Centre – This is the place to visit to know more about Saskatchewan’s gold rush. Beaver City was established when Tom Creighton discovered gold on Amish Lake. The Museum houses artifacts of Beaver City and Tom Creighton’s claim stake. 216 Creighton Ave, Creighton
- Town of Coronach – Enjoy a free guided tour of a working coal mine and coal-fired hydro power generation plant.
- Claybank Brick Plant National Historic Site – Be whisked back in time to the early 20th-century industrial era in Canada. This is the best-preserved brick-making site in North America and here you can take the eco-educational tour by the historical society and learn how bricks are made.
- Estevan Energy Tour – The tour includes the Shand Power Station, Shand Greenhouse and Estevan Coal Mine. The tour is amazing source of history and geological facts about the industry that’s been important in Saskatchewan for over a century. 701 Souris Ave, Estevan
Dinosaurs lived in Saskatchewan at the very end of the Cretaceous Period (144 to 65 million years ago). This area was covered by a shallow inland sea, which was warm and muddy and teemed with shellfish, fish and marine reptiles such as the plesiosaurs and mosasaurs. The varieties of dinosaurs that lived here at that time included Troodon, Ornithomimus, Triceratops, Ankylosaurus, Edmontosaurus, Dromaeosaurus, Thescelosaurus, Chasmosaurus and of course, Tyrannosaurus rex.
- T.Rex Discovery Centre – Built after the 1991 discovery of a T.Rex skeleton in the hills outside of Eastend, the Discovery Centre holds “Scotty,” one of the most complete skeletons of this type in the world. 1 T-Rex Dr, Eastend
- Notukeu Heritage Museum – View amazing archeological and paleontological collections, including early Plains Indians artifacts, weapons and tools, some dating more than 10,000 years old at the Notukeu Heritage Museum. Here, you can see ‘Mo’, the fossil of a 75 million-year-old plesiosaur, a carnivorous underwater reptile. 110 Railway Ave, Ponteix
- Eastend Museum – A 37 million-year-old brontothere skeleton, a 63 million-year-old horned torosaurus shield and a five-foot (1.5-meter)-long shoulder blade and skull from triceratops, a plant-eating dinosaur, are displayed here. 306 Red Coat Dr, Eastend
Travel to See a Waterfall
Okay, we are not going to lie, getting to see the few waterfalls in the province is not necessarily an easy task. These falls are located outside of the normal travel routes, so you need to be prepared to go out of your way to see them. Since the province is fairly flat, waterfalls are not common on the rivers here, seeing these is certainly a special experience that you won’t soon forget.
- Nistowiak Falls – The name means “meeting of the waters” in Cree, which makes sense since these are located where the calm waters of Lac La Ronge drain into the beautiful Churchill River. You can certainly access this by float plane as well as on the water. This is one of the highest waterfalls in the province at 10 meters.
- Hunt Falls – Also known as Lefty Falls, this is the tallest waterfall in the province at 15 meters in height. The wide expanse – of 60 meters – creates an incredible scene as you view it from the bottom. These beautiful falls is located along Grease River and is accessible by float plane.
- Fond du Lac – There are quite a few rapids along this river, including two small falls – Burr Falls and Manitou Falls located between Wollaston Lake and Lake Athabasca. Accessible by float plane and canoe/kayak only.
Stay in Unique Accommodations
Spending the night in a fun, different environment is something that we search for while travelling. Consider spending a night of two in a traditional tipi, or in a converted grain bin, in a yurt, or in a tent reminiscent of the ones that prospectors used on their journeys.
- Wanuskewin Heritage Park – Spend a night in a traditional Tipi in the Opimihaw Valley. Sit around the fire while listening to traditional stories and learn about First Nations traditional living while snacking on Bannock and Muskeg Tea. RR 4, Penner Rd, Saskatoon
- Alive Sky Lodge/BINcredible – Fall asleep with a breeze while nature displaces the noise of life. Inhale the fresh prairie air under the ceiling of Northern Lights and starry nights. Experience the ever-changing alive skies and relax on the deck for a quintessential prairie sunset. Here, the most unique room to stay in is a luxury suite inside a metal grain bin. SK-15, St. Andrews No. 287
- Flora Bora Forest Lodging – This forest paradise offers up three-season yurt lodgings amid 30 acres of forests, nature trails and a small lake. Ideally located minutes from the beautiful beaches of Emma and Christopher Lake, each uniquely decorated yurt is fully furnished, complete with bathroom, kitchenettes, and private deck.
- Keyhole Castle – Built in early 1910s by Prince Albert businessman Samuel McLeod, this Queen Anne Revival style building is a B&B and one of the finest heritage homes in Canada.
- oTENTiks – A cross between an A-frame cabin and a prospector tent equipped with beds and furniture on a raised floor. Prince Albert National Park has 10 reservable oTENTiks in the Beaver Glen Campground.
Ghost Tours, Ghost Towns and Ghostly Houses
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Why are there so many ghost towns in Saskatchewan? In the early 20th century, Saskatchewan was the third-largest Canadian province by population, right behind Ontario and Quebec. However, over the course of the century, the shifts in farm economics, mechanics, machinery, and government support led to ever-increasing farm sizes and an ever-decreasing rural population. Ramshackle buildings on isolated farms and ghost towns, mere skeletons of their former glory, are all that remain.
- Moose Jaw Trolley Ghost Tour – This one-hour tour takes you around Moose Jaw telling you all about Moose Jaw Ghosts and tales of some rather untimely deaths while enjoying the unique trolley ride. 450 Diefenbaker Dr, Moose Jaw
- Bromhead – This town was established in 1913 and was once the thriving hub of the area. In its heyday it had many services including a three-storey hotel, a dance hall, a blacksmith, a department store, a tailor shop, a cafe, a pool hall and even a photo gallery. There are still many exciting sights to see today, including old, rundown buildings, an abandoned gas station, and rusted vehicles.
- Loverna – It is clear that the area residents welcome, even anticipate, visitors as well-researched markers line the empty streets, one on each lot. The markers note all the businesses that once operated along the wind-swept almost-empty town.
- Bents – View the hall, store, and grain elevator – complete with signs and artifacts. It’s a good idea to have permission to visit before you get there.
Cross a Bridge… or Two
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Every river needs a place or two to cross, and the bridges that are put into place to accommodate pedestrians, streetcars, vehicles or trains can be more than just useful, they can have their style and be works of art. From small swinging pedestrian bridges to longer, unique crossings, each one is something to be marvelled at.
- Sky Trail Bridge – The Sky Trail Bridge is (normally) the longest pedestrian bridge in Canada–it crosses the South Saskatchewan River at the town of Outlook. It wasn’t, however, always for hikers, but was built as a train crossing and formally opened a century ago in 1912. Currently the bridge is closed for foot traffic, instead stop by for a selfie and a look across.
- Albert Memorial Bridge – This bridge stretches 840 feet long but spans across a measly trickle of water approximately 3 feet wide. It thus boasts the bizarre claim to fame of being the longest bridge over the shortest span of water in the world. The bridge was constructed as a Great Depression-era make-work project and was officially opened on November 10, 1930. location
- Wolseley Swinging Footbridge – In 1902, the Canadian Pacific Railway dammed Adair Creek to create a water supply for its operations, and the area became ideal for settlers. The bridge has been rebuilt several times over the more than 100 years, the last being in 2004. 208 Sherbrooke St, Wolseley
- Saskatoon Bridges – There are eight bridges that cross the South Saskatchewan River in Saskatoon, which is why it is considered “the city of bridges”. The history of the bridges is interesting, so it’s not a bad idea to read a bit about the history before taking a driving or walking tour.
Go on a Road Trip
Summer is a great time of year to get into your vehicle and head out for a fun day or two to explore Saskatchewan on the road: