From century-old architecture and indigenous traditions to craft breweries and vibrant cities, the lesser- visited Canadian province of Saskatchewan hides plenty of treasures among its vast prairies. Perfect for a summer self-drive, our specialists are on hand to introduce you to the region’s highlights.
Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park
With its towering hills, lush pine forests and wildflower-dotted prairies, this border-straddling park is a scenic delight. Be sure to include a hike to the Hidden Conglomerate Cliffs, then join a guided tour of Fort Walsh National Historic Site to hear stories from the 19th-century western frontier. At night, take in the astronomical delights of the largest Dark Sky Preserve in Canada.
The prairie town of Moose Jaw began life as railway outpost, its frontier history bringing in the likes of smugglers and Al Capone gangsters. Today, the past of “Canada’s Most Notorious City” lives on in tours of its bootlegger tunnels. And, below ground, geothermal reservoirs provide mineral-rich waters for the town’s Temple Gardens Hotel & Spa.
As Saskatchewan’s capital, Regina oozes provincial history. Its centrepiece is the stately Saskatchewan Legislative Building, set in one of North America’s largest urban parks. The city is also home to the sole training academy of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. And, at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum, the world’s largest Tyrannosaurus rex is on display.
The mighty South Saskatchewan River is Saskatoon’s lifeblood, offering riverboat tours and walking trails along its tree-lined banks. Trendy neighbourhoods showcase craft breweries, a delicious culinary scene and the city’s artistic character. The Remain Modern museum houses an impressive collection of Picasso’s works.
Wanuskewin Heritage Park
Step back through 6,000 years of the Northern Plains peoples’ history at this heritage park located to the north of Saskatoon. Wanuskewin features indigenous performances, interactive exhibits, hiking trails, archaeological digs and overnight tipi stays, while its restaurant serves traditional First Nations cuisine with a contemporary twist.
Saskatchewan’s natural world
In between its urban highlights, Saskatchewan is a pristine wilderness of rolling hills, rushing rivers and prairies, ripe for hiking, canoeing and horseback rides. Spot bears and eagles among Prince Albert National Park’s old-growth forests, while burrowing owls and roaming bison animate Grasslands National Park.