Welcome to Saskatchewan
Imagine swirling grasslands, tall trees, abundant wildlife, pristine lakes and quick-moving rivers, and you're imagining Saskatchewan. Get ready for wide-open adventure in a dynamic province.
Canada's Queen City started out as Pile o' Bones, a humble tent settlement on a treeless plain near a small, winding creek. Today Regina is the provincial capital with more than 350,000 hand-planted trees, an extensive park system, major attractions, and a colorful heritage. The RCMP Heritage Centre, near the Royal Canadian Mounted Police training academy, is a must-see attraction. Others include Wascana Centre, a 2300 acres parkland development in the heart of Regina featuring six distinct parks, the Saskatchewan Science Centre/IMAX Theatre, the Royal Saskatchewan Museum, the MacKenzie Art Gallery, and Casino Regina in the historic Union Station.
The shores of the South Saskatchewan River are lined with Bridge City landmarks like the University of Saskatchewan and the historic Bessborough Hotel. In 1882, the founders of Saskatchewan's largest city pitched their tents on the banks of the South Saskatchewan River.
The tree-lined campus of the University of Saskatchewan is the centerpiece surrounded by abundant shopping, galleries, and attractions. Festivals, from jazz to fringe to movies and river races, dot the city's calendar. The Western Development Museum, Ukrainian Museum of Canada, Diefenbaker Canada Centre, Saskatoon Farm Park and Zoo, and Wanuskewin Heritage Park are all must-see attractions. Explore the Meewasin Valley Trail that winds through the heart of the city.
From the postcard scenes of the Qu'Appelle Valley to the high country of Moose Mountain and the unusual rock formations of Roche Percee Provincial Historic Site in the Souris Valley, the southeast is an area of unexpected landscapes.
Moose Mountain Provincial Park rises from the surrounding rolling plains to form an island of birch and aspen. The Visitor Center is located in the historic, 1931 fieldstone chalet, a designated Provincial Heritage Building, overlooking Kenosee Lake.
Step into the past at Cannington Manor Historic Park, a restored historic village on the site of an 1882-1900 English settlement and Last Mountain House Historic Park, a reconstructed fur trade outpost from 1869-1871.
Motherwell Homestead National Historic Park depicts the lifestyles, costumes, and architecture of the early 20th century. Here you have a glimpse of the life and career of pioneer farmer and politician, W.R. Motherwell, and his significant influence on the development of scientific agriculture in Western Canada.
Located in the southeast corner of the province, Estevan is surrounded by rich farmlands of grain. Oil and coal mining are key industries in this area. Local attractions include the Estevan Energy Tour and Souris Valley Museum and Heritage Mining Equipment Display.
Grasslands National Park and the picturesque Cypress Hills are just two of many reasons to tour the wide open southwest. Antelope, mule deer, black-tailed prairie dogs, and ferruginous hawks are frequently sighted along the Grasslands' self guided driving tour route, which features
Coulees, buttes and the valley bottom draw many sightseers. A high plateau rising above the prairie as an island of cool and moist forest, Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park straddles the southern Alberta-Saskatchewan border. With a mix of forests and grasslands, it is home to an astonishing diversity of plants and animals.
Step back in time and visit Fort Walsh National Historic Site, a former North West Mounted Police post (circa 1878-83). Take a guided tour of the fort's buildings, the Fort Walsh town site, and two cemeteries.
The T. Rex Discovery Centre in Eastend is home to "Scotty," Canada's most complete T. Rex skeleton. It houses dinosaur and prehistoric mammal galleries, educational interpretative area and 98-seat theatre.
East Central Region
Saskatchewan's East Central Region offers a mineral water spa, three provincial parks, historic sites, and cultural heritage. The transformation of the landscape from prairie to boreal forest showcases nature in its most grand form.
National Doukhobor Heritage Village depicts the lifestyles of the Doukhobor immigrants who settled the area in 1899 and flourished for two decades. The Village features thirteen buildings including the Veregin Prayer Home, bathhouse, blacksmith shop, machine shed, and grain elevator. More than sixty villages sprang up in the first years of the century.
Indulge in the luxurious pleasures of Manitou Springs Resort and Mineral Spa at beautiful Manitou Beach. Calm yourself in the mysterious waters of Manitou; legendary for its natural buoyancy mineral-rich properties and curative powers. The water is so buoyant, it's impossible to sink.
The lure of the North Country lies in its natural beauty. In the morning, whether you raise the blinds of your RV or lift the flap on your tent be prepared to be amazed. The rolling farmlands of the south surrender to majestic boreal forests and pristine lakes that stretch all the way to the Northwest Territories.
The City of Prince Albert is your starting point for explorations north. Prince Albert National Park anchors a surrounding vacation resort area that includes McPhee, Emma, Christopher, Angling, and Candle Lakes.
World-class fishing is just one of many outdoors adventures waiting for you in the North's accessible wilderness.