Perhaps you’re a Canadian native, or you could be planning the trip of a lifetime to the country. Whatever your reason for visiting Canada, make sure you don’t miss incredible Saskatchewan, known affectionately as ‘Land of the Living Skies,’ on your travel itinerary.
Best known for its breathtaking parks and abundance of natural beauty, the province is a dream destination for nature fans, hikers and water sports lovers alike. If solitude and wide-open spaces are your cup of tea, you’ll fall head over heels for the Prairie state. Simply put, there’s plenty of space and not many people in Saskatchewan.
The landlocked province experiences extremely continental weather, with hot summers and extremely low winter temperatures. From hiking across rugged trails to exploring sand dunes to enjoying one of the province’s 100,000 lakes, there are endless things to see and do in this Canadian beauty spot. Here are five reasons to visit the unmissable province.
Prince Albert National Park
Stretching out for over 200 kilometres, there are endless things to do at Prince Albert National Park. Get your pulse racing with a waterskiing adventure, venture into nature with a day-long hike. Wildlife lovers are drawn to Prince Albert National Park for its abundance of natural gems, like bison, moose, timber wolf, black bear and elk, all of which roam free through its luscious plains. Sleep under the clear sky at the park’s impressive campgrounds in Waskeiu Lake.
Lac La Ronge Provincial Park
Nestled deep within Boreal Forest, Lac La Range Provincial Park is perfect for travellers who want to leave the hustle and bustle of city life behind. Take a canoe ride along one of the park’s many routes, catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights or fall in love with the stunning Nistowiak Falls. Fishing enthusiasts will love the Provincial Park’s fishing season, which runs from May to March. Although Saskatchewan boasts 100,000 lakes, rivers and streams, Lac La Range is regarded as one of the best places to fish in the province.
Athabasca Sand Dunes
The Athabasca Provincial Park is home to vast, virtually deserted sand dunes, sprawling over 100km of breathtaking land. The sand dunes are the largest in Canada and are a sight to behold, stretching on for miles on end and framed by thick forests. Watch in awe as the shifting sands move like the waves of an ocean, putting on a unique show for every visitor.
Saskatchewan’s largest city, Saskatoon, shouldn’t be forgotten. Spread out along the Saskatchewan River in the middle of the region, the city is a good location to stop off and reintroduce yourself to human life after a few days enjoying the tranquil solitude of Saskatchewan’s sprawling landscape. Compared to Canadian giants Toronto and Vancouver, Saskatoon is small in population, but with a growing food, music and nightlife scene, this friendly city is well worth a visit. Explore a handful of interesting museums, parks and even a distillery in Saskatoon.
Grasslands National Park
A popular spot for campers in the summer, Grasslands is popular for its sprawling scenery, deep valleys and luscious grass landscape. Miles from the hustle and bustle of city life, Grasslands National Park offers a chance to immerse yourself in nature. Tune out of technology and tune into the rustling of long grass. Spot an almighty Canadian bison, the large, wild herbivores who call the Grasslands National Park home. The species originally roamed free here, but when European settlers disrupted their habitat, large herds moved on or died. Bison were re-introduced to the landscape in 2005 and have roamed free here ever since. Lucky visitors may also see prairie dogs, squirrels, deer and much more in this quaint national park.
There’s no time like the present to start planning that trip of a lifetime to explore Canada. With an abundance of quiet landscapes, plenty of wildlife and the chance to truly unplug from modern life on offer in Saskatchewan, don’t miss this hidden gem on your travel bucket list.