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Top 10 Most Beautiful and Best Places to Visit in Saskatchewan

Best Places to Visit in Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan is sometimes criticized for being bland, but that’s not a fair assessment. Scratch the surface a little and you’ll find a state with over 100,000 lakes, boreal forests, fast-flowing rivers, and endless recreational opportunities. A little-known fact is that Saskatchewan is Canada’s sunniest province. Maybe that’s why it has such a friendly population.

Saskatchewan isn’t a Canadian cul-de-sac, but it shares a very straight border with Manitoba to the east, Alberta to the west and the US states of Montana and North Dakota to the south. Visitors traveling through the state will see vast expanses, but the northern region is also a delight for those who love canoeing, fishing and swimming, with numerous lakes.

For the Kerry Aboriginal people who hunted and lived in the Great Plains centuries ago, the major river waterway was the “Fast River” or “Saskatchewan”. The province eventually got its name from the river.

Have a look at our list of the Best Places to Visit in Saskatchewan and make your trip enjoyable.

10 Best Places to Visit in Saskatchewan

Here are the top 10 Most Beautiful and Best Places to Visit in Saskatchewan:

1. Prince Albert National Park

Prince Albert National Park is a highland dotted with rolling spruce swamps, large lakes, and aspen. This is a hotspot for wildlife watching. The park’s boreal forests are home to Canada’s second largest herd of white pelicans, Sturgeon River Plains bison, moose, wolves, black bears, foxes, lynx, caribou, and Lake Lavallée eagles. You’ll find elk, moose, badgers, coyotes, and squirrels in South Park.

The park also has one of the best beaches in Saskatchewan: Waskesiu Main Beach. This 600-metre-long golden sandy beach is at the eastern end of Lake Vasquexiu, surrounded by green grass and trees. Across the beach are restaurants and local shops that make ice cream a breeze on a hot, sunny day.

If this beach isn’t for you, there are nine more beaches around the lake, mostly quiet and deserted. It can be windy here, so look at the wind direction and choose the appropriate beach.

Aboriginal people have lived here for thousands of years, and there is archaeological evidence that tribes from the savanna migrated north to these sheltered woodlands to mingle with the people who lived here during the harsh winters.

Gray Owl, the colorful and controversial naturalist of the 1930s, lived in this park for seven years in a log cabin called “Beaver Lodge” on Lake Ajawaan. The author’s bestseller speaks of his love for the wilderness, threatened by the progress of civilization. His cottage can be reached by boat or canoe along Kingsmere Lake or by a 20km trail from the south end of the lake.

Official website: www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/sk/princealbert/index.aspx

2. Saskatoon

Sunny Saskatoon is a delightful city on the South Saskatchewan River. From the first prairie people at Wanuskewin Heritage Park to the European settlers and culture at the Canada Ukraine Museum, many attractions explore local heritage. The largest of the four western development museums in the state is located in the city, with a vibrant redevelopment of Main Street known as “Boomtown 1910”.

Traveling with children? So be sure to add Saskatoon Forest Farm Park and Zoo to your Saskatoon itinerary, popular not only for its collection of creatures but also for its beautiful grounds. Interested in art? Visit the new Remai Modern Museum, already famous for its collection of Picasso’s works.

3. Fort Walsh National Historic Site

The Fort Walsh National Historic Site was established in 1875 under the direction of James Walsh. It was designed to stop the illegal whiskey trade and has become one of the most important locations in the West. During its lifetime, the castle negotiated with thousands of Sioux warriors who sought refuge in Canada after conflicts with whiskey merchants, Aboriginal people, and American cavalry.

With the construction of the railroad and the return of the Sioux to the United States, the castle was destroyed and abandoned. In 1942 the Royal Canadian Mounted Police bought the land and built a ranch to raise the horses. When the RCMP moved to Ontario, the property became a National Historic Site and went through an extensive redevelopment program. Besides enjoying the costumed reenactments, fun things to do in Walshburg include hiking and biking along with the extensive network of trails.

Address: Fort Walsh, Fort Maple Creek, Saskatchewan

Official website: www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/sk/walsh

4. RCMP Heritage Center

The RCMP Heritage Center is the largest of its kind in Canada and showcases equipment, weapons, photographs and more. Both the Staff Sergeant’s Parade (held on Parade Square, alternately in winter or in inclement weather in the Exercise Hall) and Sunset Retreat (in summer) draw large crowds. The second is a colorful flag parade, reminiscent of tattoos in the British military traditions of the 18th and 19th centuries, including a novice parade and a marching band.

Address: 5907 Dewdney Street, Regina, Saskatchewan

Official website: www.rcmpheritagecentre.com/

5. Batoche National Historic Site

During the Northwest Rebellion of 1885, Batos was the headquarters of the famous Métis Louis Riel. This is also where the rebellion finally came to an end after a decisive battle. The exhibition showcases the Métis lifestyle, the events leading up to the rebellion, and the May war of 1885.

The Presbyterian and Saint-Antoine de Pardou Church (1883-84), which still display bullets and bullet holes from the war, are now excellent museums. The graves of Dumont and Letendre, as well as the mass grave of the fallen Métis, can be found in the cemetery. There’s a good shuttle bus that takes you around the expanse, and other fun things to do include renting a canoe and interacting with a well-dressed guide.

Official website: www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/sk/batoche

6. Trans-Canada Highway through Saskatchewan

Along the Trans-Canada Highway, which spans the grasslands and fields of Southern Saskatchewan, visitors can see much of the province. In summer, the fields become colorful with canola flowers blooming bright yellows and flax flowers blooming bright purples. Colorful fields are disappearing near Chaplin, being replaced by shallow lakes and dazzling piles of white salt.

When planning your route, it’s best to start at the state’s southeastern border with Manitoba and travel east to west along the highway past the capital towns of Regina, Moose Jaw, and Swift Crater.

You can then veer north or south to many other interesting places easily accessible from the highway, such as Moose Mountain Provincial Park, Qu’Appelle Valley, and Cypress Hills Provincial Park. There are many opportunities for swimming, fishing and hunting along the way.

Note that Saskatchewan sadly lacks highway rest stops. Plan your bathroom breaks to coincide with the larger centers above.

7. Cypress Hills and Grasslands National Park

The highest point in Saskatchewan is in the Cypress Mountains, a large piece of land in the state’s southwest. The area is home to great outdoor attractions such as the Interprovincial Parks on the Alberta-Saskatchewan border and Prairie National Park near the US border.

The park is huge and offers a great opportunity to escape from nature. Take a hike, hike alone in the hills, or pitch a tent at a campground. At night, light a crackling fire and gaze at an incredibly dark sky filled with a billion stars.

While the prehistoric sites in Alberta’s Drumheller region are better known, Saskatchewan’s East End is home to the Tyrannosaurus Rex Discovery Center, whose full-scale skeletal replicas are worth seeing.

8. Moose Jaw

The “friendly city” of Moose Jaw is located at the confluence of the Moose Jaw River and Thunder Creek. The city’s main attraction is the Moose Jaw Tunnel, which has survived from the days of the first Chinese immigrants. Today, costumed guides recreate characters from Moose Jaw history here. And, of course, there’s Mac the Moose, the giant deer statue that adorns the town’s welcome center.

Another branch of the Saskatchewan Western Development Museum is located in Moose Jaw and focuses on the history of grassland traffic. There are also other important museums in Saskatoon, North Battleford and Yorkton.

9. Qu’Appelle Valley

It is a beautiful steep valley that runs along the Qu’Appelle River, carved out of savanna gently tumbled by glacial waters. It is a rich, garden-like landscape with eight lakes lining the valley to create a unique ecosystem.

The Qu’Appelle Valley, with its three stunning parks, is one of Saskatchewan’s most popular summer destinations. Buffalo Pound Provincial Park is located in the west region and has great swimming areas, mountain bike trails, and campgrounds. Echo Valley Provincial Park, near Fort Qu’Appelle, has two beaches on two lakes, plus a lovely hiking trail and camping opportunities. A little further east, Crooked Lake Provincial Park has a great campground with great waterfront attractions, hiking trails, and a golf course nearby.

10. Battlefords

Battleford consists of two cities, North Battleford and Battleford, separated by the Saskatchewan River. During early settlement, Battleford was an important mounted police station and the first center of government in the Northwest Territories. The Fort Battleford National Historic Site explores the Mounties’ past with exhibits in the renovated building.

The city’s Western Development Museum puts the history of agriculture into practice through farms and villages. If you have time, consider taking a leisurely stroll to the top of King’s Peak for great views of the city and the surrounding area.

Conclusion:

Hope you like our choice of the best places to visit in Saskatchewan. If you think there are some more beautiful places to visit in Saskatchewan, we should cover them. Write us below in the comment box.

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