Saskatchewan, the heart of the Canadian prairies, has long been at the crossroads. Since it was founded at the beginning of the nineteenth century, the province has grown into a place home to diverse cultures, thriving cities, and seemingly endless stretches of pristine landscapes. When you join the ranks of people who have come to visit, you'll find a immense beauty in all year round.
Whatever time of year you visit, you will have a long list of things to do and places to visit. It's easy to get here, whether you're planning on driving, taking the train, or flying. The province, the only one with entirely manmade boundaries, is bordered by Alberta to the west, Manitoba to the east, and America to the south—Montana and North Dakota to be exact. You'll find regular flights, paved highways, and trains that roll through the prairies in the south and the rocky landscapes of the north.
The transportation hubs and the center of life in Saskatchewan are its capital, Regina, and the city of Saskatoon. Both combine big-city amenities with a down-to-earth charm. Nicknamed the Queen City, Regina has grown from a tiny Wild West tent city into a thriving metropolis rising from the undulating prairies. Visitors enjoy a mix of welcoming hotels and other hospitality providers that make their stay as comfortable as possible. The old Union Station has been transformed into the home of Casino Regina that offers Las Vegas-style fun. Other must-see attractions include the Saskatchewan Science Center, which has an IMAX theater, and the MacKenzie Art Gallery. Nature lovers and outdoor buffs should make plans to visit the heart of town, where the Wascana Centre is located. One of the great urban green spaces, much like New York's Central Park or Stanley Park in Vancouver, British Columbia, offers acres and acres of natural beauty and walking paths.
Regina is also the only place in Canada with the next generation of the Royal Mounted Canadian Police are trained. The Mounties, who had their start paroling the wild lands of western Canada, have come a long way, serving as the country's police force has come. Open since 2007, the RCMP Heritage Centre has welcomed visitors to meet the Mounties. The site offers an array of exhibits and public programs, and in the summertime, the pageantry of the mounties is on display in the evening, as cadets participate in the Sunset-Retreat Ceremony.
Saskatoon, the other big city in Saskatchewan Canada, offers plenty of interesting places to explore as well. Settlers were drawn by the winding river, which shares a name with the province. This young and vibrant city is a great place to watch a Broadway-style play, catch live jazz, or just relax at an cafe. You'll also find the Ukrainian Museum of Canada-outside of the motherland, more Ukrainians live in central Canada than anywhere else in the world. Wanuskewin Heritage Park, another Saskatoon attraction, celebrates the region's First Nations culture, while the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park & Zoo is a place to connect with the majesty of the great outdoors.
There's more to the province than it's cities on the prairie. Two of Canada's three provinces lie to the north of the Saskatchewan Canada border, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. Up near the border, you'll find thousands of pristine lakes, approaching 100,000 in total. After the prairies of the south give way to rolling hills and towering forests, the province feels far away from the ordinary.
Anglers rave about the abundance of pike, walleye, and trout throughout Saskatchewan. An excursion to one of the remote fishing lodges is a perfect excursion when you really want to get away from all, while the lakes closer to the southern cities offer easy access without the extensive travel. Largemouth bass are easy to find in the Boundary Dam Reservoir close to the U.S. border.
Hunters and wildlife watchers, while they have different goals, both make plans to make a visit to Saskatchewan Canada. In the fall, thousands of migrating birds make their way through the province. One of the oldest bird sanctuaries around opened in 1887 alongside of Last Mountain Lake. Hunters will find plentiful geese, grouse, and ducks, as well as Hungarian partridges among the prairies.
Whether you want to try your favorite outdoor activity or experience something new, one of Saskatchewan's outfitters can help you plan a perfect getaway. If you're the type who likes to explore on your own, you'll appreciate the friendly locals that can help you get around this amazing place.