Saskatchewan is smack dab in the middle of central Canada. Despite its reputation for being mostly farming country, Saskatchewan has a wide range of attractions, places to go and things to do. Saskatchewan has an area of 566, 276 square kilometers and a population of just over one million. The major cities are Prince Albert, Regina (the capital), North Battleford, Moosejaw, Yorkton, and Swift Current. Saskatchewan got its name from the Cree word for its biggest river, the Saskatchewan River, which means ‘swift flowing river’.
The province was first discovered by Europeans in 1690. Henry Kelsey travelled up the Saskatchewan River to trade furs with the First Nation peoples. There were many different tribes at that time including Algonquin, Athabaskan, Sioux, Cree, Atsina and Salteaux. The first settlement was not established until almost one hundred years later, in 1774, when the Hudson’s Bay Company set up a trading post in the northeast called Cumberland House. In 1803 part of the land was given to the United States by France as part of the Louisiana Purchase and in 1818 it was given to the United Kingdom, but Saskatchewan did not join the Dominion of Canada officially until 1905.
Saskatchewan or “the land of living skies” as it is called by locals, offers both rural and urban choices for tourists. Saskatchewan has an astonishing 100, 000 lakes and rivers and that means there is an abundance of fishing and water sports! Swimming, boating, white water fishing, and rafting are just some of the things you can do. Little Manitou Lake offers unique briny waters that have therapeutic qualities. The combination of minerals gives the water a specific gravity that allows the human body to be buoyant, which helps those with joint problems find relief. Little Manitou Lake is one of three such lakes in the world.
Saskatchewan is at the center of the three prairie provinces (Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba) and is distinguished by the fact that it produces over 54% of the wheat grown in all of Canada. In addition, Regina, Saskatchewan’s capital city, is home to Canada’s only training academy for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Saskatchewan also includes the sunshine capital of Canada – the city of Estevan!
Saskatchewan Tourist Attractions
Saskatchewan has casinos galore if you like to gamble! In Regina, there is the Casino Regina: Historic Union Station that has been transformed into a full-service casino. The Dakota Dunes Casino just south of Saskatoon opened in 2007. In Central Saskatchewan there is the Painted Hand Casino (in Yorkton) and in the north be sure and check out Northern Lights Casino in Prince Albert.
If hunting is your game choose from one of the 200 outfitters who supply and accompany hunters for their excursions. Saskatchewan has a wide range of wild life and some of the best hunting you’ll find anywhere.
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Things to Do in Saskatchewan
Saskatchewan offers a variety of family attractions, romantic getaways, golf tours, adventure tours, and art exhibits and excursions. Enjoy Saskatchewan’s wilderness by trying a Fishing/Hunting package; Discover the heritage of Saskatchewan with a guided Heritage Regina Tour; Visit The Hepburn Museum of Wheat located within a refurbished Pool Elevator; Relax at the Pavelich Farm Bed and Breakfast; Check out the bird watcher’s paradise – Luck Lake Heritage Marsh; or enjoy good food, and small-town fun at the Meath Park Polka Festival