Advice for Visitors to Canada
A Vacation in Saskatchewan
Located between Manitoba and Alberta, just north of Montana and North
Dakota, the province of Saskatchewan offers visitors a rich blend of culture
and abundant wildlife. A vacation in Saskatchewan should not only entail
visiting its exciting cities, but also exploring its wilderness. The province
boasts more than 100,000 rivers and lakes and numerous beautiful parks.
Its friendly people will make you feel right at home.
Weather in Saskatchewan
Saskatchewan is relatively distant from any large body of water, the southern
half of the province enjoys a warm summer during the months of July and
August with an average temperature of 90°F, while the northern areas,
which are much less populated, experience a sub-arctic climate. Annual
precipitation is around 16 inches, which typically occurs between June
and August, but without extended periods of rainfall.
If you are taking a vacation in Saskatchewan in the winter, pack your
warmest clothes. Snow is a sure thing in this province and temperatures
can dip below 0°F (-18°C) for days at a time, making snowmobiling
a popular activity.
Cities in Saskatchewan
If you are looking to experience the urban Saskatchewan environment,
Regina and Saskatoon are the two main cities to visit. You will find the
shopping remarkable, the nightlife exhilarating, and the food fabulous.
– You may have heard that Regina started out as a treeless plain
near a winding creek; well that is the truth. The province’s capital
now boasts over 350,000 hand-planted trees, magnificent parks and plenty
of major attractions. The Saskatchewan Science Center, Museum, IMAX
Theater and Mackenzie Art Gallery are all considered must-sees during
your visit in the city.
- Saskatoon – This vibrant city has a phenomenal
shopping area, art galleries and various attractions. It is home to
the Farm Park and Zoo, the Western Development Museum, and the Wanuskewin
Heritage Park. From festivals to river races, there is always something
interesting to do or see.
Things to do in Saskatchewan
Taking a vacation in Saskatchewan involves many decisions as
there is a multitude of attractions available to satisfy everyone’s
interests. If you enjoy the outdoors, it offers world-class fishing, kayaking,
canoeing, hiking, horseback riding, boating and camping.
- Fishing – It is no surprise that Saskatchewan
has many “fish that got away” stories. Over 68 species dwell
in the lakes and rivers of this province. Ice fishing is very popular
with exceptional opportunities for catching a big one at Churchill River
and Lac La Rouge.
- Winter Sports – Ice hockey, skiing and snowmobiling
are Saskatchewan’s most popular activities when the temperature
gets cold. With 25 cross-country trails and 13 downhill locations, your
need to burn energy will be satisfied.
- Bird Watching – People from around the world
visit Quill Lakes and Chaplin Lake to stroll through the habitat of
over 300 species of birds. You may come across some rare species such
as the peregrine falcon, Hudsonian godwit and ferruginous hawk.
If you are more of an indoors person, you can spend hours relaxing in
a spa, shopping, visiting galleries and museums, or trying your luck at
- Spas – A spa to be remembered is The Manitou
Springs Mineral Spa located at Manitou Beach. Here you can relax and
float in warm, mineral-rich, salt waters that are said to provide relief
for a wide variety of ailments.
- Shopping – While all of the major chains can
be found in Saskatchewan, there are numerous small craft stores selling
homemade pottery, silk screen articles, stained glass, bead work, rock
jewelry and woodwork. Valuable treasures are waiting to be found.
Entertainment in Saskatchewan
Your vacation in Saskatchewan will not be boring. There is an
abundance of restaurants and night clubs to keep you happy when you want
to indulge yourself.
- Food and Drink – Saskatchewan offers a great
selection of restaurants to satisfy all tastes and budgets. Some of
their specialties are pickerel, whitefish, wild duck and prairie chicken,
all served with local wild rice. Saskatoon berries are a must-try while
you are there. Similar to blueberries, they are typically served fresh
with cream, or used in pies, jellies and jams.
- Nightlife – The big cities host an abundance
of live music in their nightclubs, many of which are hot spots for dancing
the night away. In small towns, summer fairs take over the streets,
and the locals make it their duty to show the tourists a good time.
The legal drinking age is 19 in this province.
What you will remember most of your vacation in Saskatchewan will be
the friendly folk who offered you a warm welcome and a sincere smile.
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About the Author
Johnny Mangiante is an online journalist. He is also the editor and webmaster
for many websites. For more information on Travel Medical Insurance for
Visitors to Canada see his website http://www.visitorstocanada.com/.