Province/Territory: Saskatchewan

Wide Open Adventure

  • 01 World's Largest Active Sand Dune
  • 30 Provincial Parks
  • 2540 hours of sunshine yearly in Estevan - the city which boasts Canada's clearest skies year-round.

Locals call it the Land of Living Skies and after your first evening staring at the endless expanse of sparkling stars you will nod in agreement. Saskatchewan does everything big. Expect to find open prairie ranches where horses run with abandon with no fences in sight. Launch a canoe or a motorboat in large lakes and long meandering rivers. Cast off to reel in massive freshwater fish or waterski in many of the 100,000 lakes. Hike trails through the Great Sand Hills where the desert-like dunes shift in the breeze. Watch the endless trails for wildlife from tiny chickadees to mega-sized moose. The province is proudly rich in cultural history, take a step back in time to learn about the legendary Metis and First Nations but take a step into the future in the cosmopolitan centres rich in arts, entertainment and culinary delights. And at the end of the day, look west for the biggest longest crimson sunset you’ll find anywhere in the world.

Arts & Culture

  • Let the scarlet tunics tell the story of iconic and respected law enforcement at the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Heritage Centre.
  • So you want to be a gangster? Relive the outlaw heydays tracing their steps through the tunnels they built under the main streets of Moose Jaw. It's fun and entertaining for the family.
  • The Northwest Resistance, Louis Riel, The Battle of Batoche—you've seen the headlines; now get the real story.

Outdoor adventure

  • Strap on your leather chaps and settle into your saddle then spend a week learning to be a cowboy at the Historic Reesor Ranch.
  • Learn to howl with the coyotes while lounging by the campfire in front of your traditional Cree tipi at the Sturgeon River Ranch.
  • Stand on the biggest sand dunes on the continent and pitch your tent in their shadows, spend the days learning about the sparce plant life and 8000-year history of humans in the protected wilderness area.
  • Ride the range of emerald pastures then saunter into steep coulees to the wide crystal blue Saskatchewan River at La Reata Ranch. After a hard day in the saddle head to the saloon after dark.

Urban adventures

  • It's water that does a body good. Soak in the mineral-rich pools at Temple Gardens Mineral Spa Resort in Moose Jaw.
  • It's bigger than New York's Central Park, home to a waterfowl park and an art gallery. Visit Regina's Wascana Park on foot, bike, canoe or skates.
  • Canoe the South Saskatchewan River through Saskatoon or walk, bike or run the 60 km of trails of the Meewasin Valley.

On the water

  • Paddle across many of Saskatchewan’s 100,000 lakes and rivers, unchanged since the time of the voyageurs and fur traders in the province’s remote northern reaches.
  • Is it the arctic grayling, walleye and whitefish you are after or the tranquility and remoteness of the fly-in fishing camp of Foster Lake Lodge? You decide.
  • Catching monster-size lake trout and trophy northern pike, hiking sand dunes or relaxing under the hands of a masseuse make an excursion to Selwyn Lake Lodge the ultimate northern experience.

Weather

  • Summer weather with long days of sunshine extends from late-May until late September. Expect average daily July temperatures of 27°C in Regina (in the south) and 23°C in Prince Albert (in the north).
  • Winter, from late October until late March can be quite cold for short periods of time. Expect January daytime highs around -10°C with overnight lows of -22°C. Despite the cold, it's usually sunny. Saskatchewan receives more hours of sunshine than any other Canadian province so sunglasses are a must in any season.
  • Spring lasts from March until mid-May and brings variable temperatures and some rain.
  • The end of September brings the colourful season of Fall and lasts through October. The days can be warm and sunny but an extra sweater is always a good idea.
  • Discover local weather information. Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada's Canadian Climate Website.
Quick facts

Area: 651,900 sq-km
Capital City: Regina
Largest City: Saskatoon
Total Population:1,084,127
Official Languages: English & French (English predominant)
Provincial Motto: “From Many Peoples Strength”

When to go
  • Come in June, head to the northern part of the province and catch some massive northern pike under a midnight sun.
  • Head to Moose Jaw's Temple Gardens Mineral Spa Resort in January and lounge in the outdoor pool under a wintery sky.
  • Stroll the hip streets of Saskatoon in August to laugh and cry during performances at the Fringe Street Theatre.
  • Visit in July when Regina's Wascana Park is bursting with blossoms.
  • Witness the glorious colours of autumn in the sprawling Cypress Hills of southern Saskatchewan.
  • Start planning your festival stops in Saskatchewan.
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