It’s not likely you’re travelling to Saskatchewan’s East Central
Region in search of furs, like explorer Henry Kelsey did 300 years
ago. But the beautiful scenery, abundant wildlife and promise
of adventure he experienced three centuries ago remains intact today.
In the early 1690s, when Kelsey first arrived in the region, one
of the few available modes of transportation was the horse. You
can see the area as Kelsey saw it—from atop your mount—with
a visit to the Coyote Creek Stables (80 km northeast of Yorkton,
306-542-3439), in the scenic Duck Mountain Provincial Park.
After a day or three in the saddle, a visit to the amenities of
civilization offered in Yorkton (pop. 15,574, 200 km northeast
of Regina) may be just what your bottom requires.
Fall into a plush theatre seat, grab a bag of popcorn and watch
some of the finest short films and videos in the world at North
America’s oldest, continuously-running short film festival, the
Yorkton Short Film and Video Festival (held each May).
Or check out the story of the immigrants who chose to make the
Prairies their home at the Western Development Museum (open May
to September). Most of the immigrants who settled
the area took up farming, and their turn-of-the-century farming
techniques and equipment are on display each summer at the annual
Thresherman’s Show, also held at Yorkton’s Western Development Museum.
Learn about the Doukhobors, a pacifist group who came to Western
Canada to escape religious persecution in Russia, at the remarkably
well-preserved National Doukhobor Heritage Village in Veregin (75
km northeast of Yorkton, 306-542-4441). Don’t miss the Doukhobor
lovers shouldn’t miss the Quill Lakes Interpretive Centre (175 km
north of Regina, where nearly 200 species share wetlands
so vital to migrating shorebirds they’ve been designated part of
the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network.
Set your binoculars and camera aside and take a relaxing dip in
one of three heated mineral pools, or enjoy a full-body massage,
at the Manitou Springs Resort near Watrous (pop. 1889, 150 km northwest
If you feel the need to get back to nature once again, perhaps
without a horse this time, Greenwater Lake Provincial Park (250
km east of Saskatoon), offers a full range of outdoor
activities, including boating, camping, golfing, hiking, and, yes,
even more horseback riding, if you’re up to it.
Whether it’s avian extravaganzas or down-to-earth hospitality,
Saskatchewan’s East Central Region offers first-class seating on
an unlimited basis.
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