Landscape: This region represents the northern extension
of open grassland in Saskatchewan, and it's dominated by agriculture.
Native vegetation is mostly confined to non-arable pasture lands,
where spear grasses and wheat grasses grow naturally, and shrubs
like chokecherry, snowberry, rose and wolf willow are common. Small
aspen groves are found around sloughs and other wet areas.
ecoregion is the Saskatchewan with which most people are familiar.
Wildlife: Mule deer, white-tailed deer are common, as are
red fox, coyote, badger, Richardson's ground squirrel and jack rabbit.
Birds include eastern kingbird, yellow-headed blackbird, piping
plover, sharp-tailed grouse, western meadowlark and Franklin's gull.
Fish: Northern pike, walleye and perch. Fishing Guide
Recreation: Saskatchewan's largest population centres like Saskatoon,
260,600 (metro, 2011 census), and Regina 210,556 (metro, 2011 census) are located within this ecoregion,
as are Moose Jaw (33,000), Estevan (11,000) and Weyburn (10,000).
This is wheat country, but it's also home to a surprising number
of smaller but very popular provincial parks. Echo Valley and Katepwa
Point provincial parks, situated 70 km northeast of Regina in the
beautiful Qu'Appelle Valley, are busy summer playgrounds featuring
camping, boating, swimming, sailing, hiking, golf and mini golf.
Less than an hour northwest of Regina in a westerly portion of the
picturesque valley is the popular (day-use) Regina Beach on one side
of Last Mountain Lake, and Rowan's Ravine Provincial Park on the other.
Rowan's, with its good marina facilities and popular "camping cabins",
is big with anglers and family vacationers, alike, and the lake is
home to the oldest bird sanctuary in North America. Buffalo Pound
Provincial Park, 20 minutes north of Moose Jaw and less than an hour
from Regina, sports a heated swimming pool, a trout pond, a bison
range, the Nicole Flats Interpretive Area (wheelchair accessible boardwalk)
for birders, and downhill skiing in the winter. Danielson and Douglas
provincial parks, located an hour south of Saskatoon on massive, man-made
Lake Diefenbaker, offer great beaches, great fishing, sand dunes,
sailing, camping and hiking.
native grasslands used largely as pasture.
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