Out There Saskatchewan    
 
 
 
From the Trans Canada highway Saskatchewan may seem rather flat. You only need to venture away from hwy. #1 to see the difference between the "Grain Belts" wide open spaces and the endless hills, badlands and forests of backcountry Saskatchewan.  
     
   
 
Saskatchewan is extremely diverse, from the wildly scenic badlands of the south, to the cypress hills high country (1,393 meters, over 4000 feet) in the west. As you move north, you'll venture through deserts, heavy forests and on into the lake regions of the Precambrian Shield. This transition makes for an endless variety of beautiful landscapes and breathtaking scenery. Oh, and by the way there's prairie, too.

It's very difficult to visit Saskatchewan without encountering at least some of its abundant wildlife. White tailed deer are everywhere sharing the province with elk, moose, black bear, raccoons and even bison.

 
 
Given its key geographical position and its extensive wetland preservation projects, Saskatchewan is a nature lover's dream. There are several hundred bird species to observe.  
 
Photo Courtesy Saskatchewan Tourism
   
  Depending on the time of year, you may observe sandhill cranes, swans, burrowing owls, pelicans and even, the still endangered, world famous, whooping crane. Saskatchewan has a wealth of parks, five National Wildlife Areas, two Ramsar Sites and fourteen Migratory Bird Sanctuaries affording endless nature observation opportunities.
 
 
 

Photo Courtesy Saskatchewan Tourism

  Saskatchewan still has huge areas of pristine wilderness. Within its boundaries, you'll find some of the best canoe tripping in the world in the provinces north.
   
 
Northern Saskatchewan's wilderness maze of interconnected lakes and rivers provides plenty of canoe camping opportunities. There are over 50 documented canoe routes in the province which should get you started on the thousands of possibilities that exist.
 
  The Churchill River, which rages across Saskatchewan, provides canoeists and kayakers with some of the most challenging and exhilarating whitewater in the country. Another favorite is the Clearwater River (a Canadian Heritage River) with bountiful whitewater, waterfalls and limestone cliffs forming majestic canyons and chutes. Another opportunity lies in the less traveled Porcupine River, which is another major whitewater challenge waiting to be explored.
 
  For the hiker or backpacker, Prince Albert National Park has an extensive trail system with everything from short self-guided trails to extended overnight hikes through some 388,000 hectares of boreal forests and grassland. The Grey Owl Trail is a linear 20 km trail with stretches of beach along the east side of Kingsmere Lake, alternated with forested pathways and open hillside vistas. Grasslands National Park in the south, also has many hiking opportunities through rugged landscapes with of weathered ridges, washes, and deep coulees.
 
  The Trans Canada Trail in Saskatchewan, passes through three parks. 15 kilometres of trail have been designated in the west block of Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park, 12 km in Douglas Provincial Park, and 17 km in Duck Mountain Provincial Park. With twenty other provincial parks with trail systems, you'll find a lot of areas with great hiking opportunities in the province. In addition, there are over 40 regional parks with hiking trails.
 
  Mountain bikers should pay a visit to Prince Albert National park as well as several of the Provincial parks throughout the province. A particular favorite is Cypress Hills in the South western part of the province. You'll also find some good riding in and around Saskatoon and Regina. If you're looking for some real gnarly technical stuff then head up north to the La Ronge area for endless challenges.
 
  Once you've been to Saskatchewan, your perception of this "prairie province" will be changed forever. Adventure in every sense of the word is there to be had if you venture into the backcountry.
   
  Adventure Sports In Saskatchewan
   
 
Backpacking Camping Canoeing
     
Cycling Hiking Mountain Biking
     
Nordic Skiing Sea Kayaking Nature
     
Snowboarding Snowshoeing  
 
 
Visiting from outside Saskatchewan: Saskatchewan has an interesting history. Events in Saskatchewan are often tied closer to the old west than some well known areas in the U.S. After all, Sitting Bull retreated here after the west's most infamous battle, "The Battle of the Little Big Horn". Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid had a history in this area. Their gang, the "Wild Bunch" used Saskatchewan's Big Muddy as a place to lay low. From a purely Canadian perspective, one of the most significant events in Canadian history was played out in the city of Regina - the Trial of Louis Reil which shook this country to its foundations.

As the old west was laid to rest with the coming of the railroad. Saskatchewan came into its own as the world's bread basket. Sheaves of wheat will always be associated with the province, but more and more visitors are looking at the natural wonders of the prairies and the unlimited prospects for adventure provided by the vast boreal forests, crystal lakes and rivers of the northern Canadian Shield. This province is an untapped recreational wonderland, rivaling (and besting) many of Canada's well known outdoor recreation areas. The badlands, the Great Sand Hills, Moose Mountain, La Ronge, Meadow Lake, the Churchill, Lac du Fond and the Clearwater Rivers are only the beginning of the regions possibilities. In addition the province is one of the finest birding areas in the world. If you really want to see just how much the province has to offer, skip highway 1 (the truckers highway) and do your exploring on highway 13, 55 and 16. You won't be sorry.

We have put together the following pointers to help make your visit to this unique province even more enjoyable.

Regions



Visiting from outside Saskatchewan

Language /Culture
Festivals / Events
Restaurants
  Tipping / Gratuities
Accommodations
Sales Tax
 
Visiting from outside Canada: Depending on your country of origin you may have little to understand or adapt to when you visit Canada. On the other hand many of Canada's customs, its commerce and cultural may be very new to some you. We have put together a list of helpful information to assist you in your planning and later when you have reached your destination.
 
 

  Books
 
  Buy Saskatchewan Books Online
   
  Articles
  La Ronge to Arviat 2002 trip map - Bill Layman & Lynda Holland's canoe expedition. 55 Days / 1000 Miles
   
  Buffalo Pound Prov. Park SK
   
  Quill Lakes -
 
  Photography tips & Ethics 
   
 
  Sawyer Lake
  By Joan Eyolfson Cadham
   
  Prairie Fall Colors
By Joan Eyolfson Cadham
   
  Camping in Saskatchewan Parks
   
  Grasslands National Park
   
  Prince Albert National Park
   
     
  Adventure/Nature
  Backpacking
  Camping
  Canoeing
  Cycling
  Hiking
  Mountain Biking
  Nordic Skiing
  Sea Kayaking
  Nature
  Snowshoeing
   
  Lands & Water
  National Parks
  Provincial Parks
  Regional Parks
  Heritage Rivers
   
  Resources
  Associations
  Events
  Festivals
  Guides
  Hostels
  Instructors
  Outdoor Gear
  Lodges
  Maps & Charts
  Nature
  Outfitters
  Outdoor Retailers
  Rock Gyms
  Clubs
  Bike Shops
  Magazines
  Gear Rental
   
  Tourism
  Sask. Tourism
  Regional Tourism
   
  Accommodations
  Area Guides
  Chamber of Com.
  Cities & Town
  Government
  Hostels
  Magazines
  Maps Sask.
  Newspapers
  Restaurants
  Urban Transit
  Weather
   
   
  Travel
   
  Air Charters
  Airlines
  Banks & Trusts
  Buses
  Car Rental
  Credit Cards
  Currency
  Driving Distance
  Flying Times
  Maps Sask.
  Railways
  RV & Motorhomes
  Travel Agents
  Weather
   
 

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