The sunniest capital city in Canada, Regina, is a real oasis on the prairies. Almost every single tree in the city has been hand-planted, and the expansive Wascana Centre stretches through the heart of the city, encompassing 2300 ha (about 5700 acres) of parkland. One of the largest urban parks in North America, the park consists of 6 distinct sub-parks, as well as an IMAX theatre, Science Centre, Mackenzie Art Gallery, a waterfowl park, and even a small island on the lake.
Delve into the history of the prairies by visiting one of Regina's exciting museums. The new RCMP Heritage Centennial Museum is a 3 million dollar project situated on the grounds of the RCMP training center, and celebrates the past, present, and future of the RCMP. The Regina Plains Museum depicts life on the plains through art and murals. The Diefenbaker Homestead is a log home built by Diefenbaker (Canada's Prime Minister from 1951-63) and contains furnishings and original family artifacts. The Royal Saskatchewan Museum, with three galleries focused on Life Sciences, Earth Sciences, and First Nations History, caters to visitors of all ages and interests. Regina also has a thriving cultural life, and a visit to the Saskatchewan Centre for the Arts will attest to the diversity of events offered here. Visit Regina and see why the Queen City rules.
Book accommodations in the prettiest prairie city, Saskatoon, and discover why so many visitors return again and again; some never leave. Saskatoon has the best air and water quality in Canada, friendly residents and, to top it off, is situated on the picturesque banks of the South Saskatchewan River. The Meewasin Valley trail, running 21 km (13 mi) alongside the river and through the heart of the city, is often full of joggers and cyclists enjoying the scenery. Life is certainly not dry in this prairie town.
Learn about the days of pioneer settlement at the Western Development Museum's impressive 1910 Boomtown. Waneskewin Heritage Park, situated on the river, is a sacred cultural site and interpretive center honouring 6000 years of First Nations history. Nearby Batoche is the place to relive the saga of Louis Riel, and view the fully restored church, rectory and battlegrounds of the Metis' final skirmish with the English.
If history isn't your thing, try Kinsmen Park rides and outdoor pool, Beaver Creek wildlife site, the Saskatoon Zoo and Forestry Farm, or the Marquis Downs races. Experience Saskatoon's buzzing cultural life at Folkfest, Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan, or the Saskatoon Symphony. Whether you are a history buff, a culture fan, or an outdoor enthusiast, there is definitely something for you to love about Saskatoon. Book accommodations in the City of Bridges today, and discover what all the talk is about.
Yorkton Saskatchewan is known as the hub of the parklands, and is conveniently located near several of the region's parks. Check out the sparkling lakes and aspen forests of Duck Mountain Provincial Park, or Greenwater Lake Provincial Park, a rolling forested area with a sparkling marina, and picturesque beach.
Often compared to the great spas of Europe, the Manitou Springs Resort near Watrous offers visitors a chance to float in its naturally mineral-rich, buoyant waters that have supposed healing powers.
Visit the 1876 district headquarters for the Northwest Mounted Police, the Western Development Museum and Pioneer Village, or the nearby historic town of Battleford. Recreational activities such as golf, skiing, fishing and nearby provincial and regional parks make this a wonderland for the outdoor enthusiast.
Visit Saskatchewan's border city, Lloydminster, and get a real taste for small-town life with all the amenities of big-city living. Lloydminster's major industries include oil and agriculture.
Prince Albert National Park
On the sloping south bank of the North Saskatchewan River is Prince Albert, a mining, forestry and agricultural center. Nearby Prince Albert National Park is the largest protected area in the province and a popular vacation resort.
The summertime lake experience is lived out at Waskesiu Lake, one of the province's most popular tourist destinations. Located in Prince Albert National Park, Waskesiu is a shopping, cross-country skiing, dining, golfing, swimming and boating paradise.
Moose Mountain Provincial Park
This recreational hot spot offers golf, horseback riding, waterslide parks, shopping, go-carting, tennis courts, a casino, and shopping facilities, as well as traditional park activities such as camping, hiking, and boating. Check out the local resort town of Kenosee for a summer night you won't forget.
South Western Saskatchewan
From the scandal of Al Capone's bootlegging days in the tunnels of Moose Jaw to the T-Rex skeleton discovered here in 1991, there is never a dull moment, as history is still in the making here. Tear through the sand dunes near Leader, fish to your heart's content in Lake Diefenbaker, or spot endangered birds in Grasslands National Park. If you're up for discovery, this is your region.
Take a tour of the infamous Tunnels of Moose Jaw, where Al Capone and his cronies hid from the authorities. Ride on a trolley car and tour Moose Jaw's murals and streets. Try your luck at Casino Moose Jaw, decorated in the art-deco style of the roarin' Twenties, then relax in mineral-rich waters at the local Mineral Spa. Book accommodations in Moose Jaw and get in on this hidden hub of excitement.
This friendly prairie community is waiting to welcome you to its sunny spot by the creek. Learn about the region's history and culture through museums and galleries in the city. Nearby Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park is a unique mosaic of forest and grassland, and is home to rare flowers, plants and bird species. Be sure to explore Eastend's T-Rex Discovery Centre, the site of an almost entirely complete T-rex skeleton discovered several years ago.
Grasslands National Park
Badlands, prairie, rolling hills, hidden coulees, flora and fauna can all be found in the confines of this national park, as well as some of the last undisturbed mixed-grass natural prairie in North America. Bird watchers bring your binoculars...
For first-rate fishing, golfing, boating and sailing, stop at Lake Diefenbaker, the largest body of freshwater in southern Saskatchewan. Nearby Saskatchewan Landing, Danielson, and Douglas Provincial Parks offer additional camping and hiking opportunities.