Come to Saskatchewan’s Northern Region and play on one of the thousands
of beaches, hike the scenic woodland trails, fish and eat meals
prepared over an open fire and, at the end of the day, watch ribbons
of northern lights dance overhead as you drift off to sleep beneath
a blanket of stars.
One of the most popular recreation destinations in the province,
Prince Albert National Park (150 km north of Saskatoon),
offers opportunities for adventurers of all stripes. The 40-km,
round-trip hike to the cabin of legendary conservationist Grey Owl
is not for the faint of heart. But it’s a challenge whose scenic
and historical rewards are sure to last a lifetime. The cabin also
is accessible by water taxi, for more information),
for those with a little less time on their hands.
The resort town of Waskesiu, located within the park’s boundaries
on the southeast shore of Lake Waskesiu, offers visitors a variety
of entertaining options ranging from a relaxing day at the beach
to a lively round of golf on 18 of the most beautiful holes this
province has to offer: the Waskesiu Golf Course.
The Clearwater River, located about 500 km northwest of Saskatoon, has been designated a Canadian Heritage River because
it was used by early fur traders and explorers. But they weren’t
the first to travel this area. Riverside cliffs feature prehistoric
Indian pictographs. Prehistory of a slightly different sort is something
to watch out for when you’re near Turtle Lake (200 kms northwest
of Saskatoon), where local lore tells of a monster who inhabits
South of the Clearwater lies Meadow Lake Provincial Park,
with its excellent opportunities for hiking, camping, swimming and
fishing. The huge park features 25 lakes nestled amid Saskatchewan’s
beautiful boreal forest.
Sand Dunes Provincial Park, located 750 km northwest of Saskatoon,
encompasses one of Saskatchewan’s most unusual and fascinating areas.
The park is home to many rare plant species as well as the world’s
most northerly sand dunes - some as high as 30 metres (100 feet).
Upon your return to civilization, you may choose to explore Canada’s
only ‘border city’, Lloydminster (pop. 18,019), so named because
it straddles the boundary between the provinces of Saskatchewan
and Alberta. In fact, the boundary runs right down the middle of
For historical vistas, visit the Holy Trinity Anglican Church Historic
Site (380 km northeast of Saskatoon, 306-425-4234, boat access only) at Stanley Mission
(pop. 111). The log church was built by Indians between 1854 and
1860, and it has the distinction of being Saskatchewan’s oldest
History buffs will also find the Fort Pitt Provincial Historic
Park (260 km northwest of Saskatoon, 306-837-2410) a memorable
visit. The restored Fort was a fur trading post during much of the
1800’s and bore witness to the 1885 North West Resistance, led by
Louis Riel. A visit to the St. Walburg and District Historical Museum
(240 km northwest of Saskatoon, 306-248-3373) is sure to please,
and the extraordinary life and works of German Count Berthold Von
Imhoff are a must-see at the Imhoff Museum just south of town (306-248-3812).
Take in the celebration of Indian culture by attending the annual
Prince Albert Powwow (100 kms northeast of Saskatoon, (pop. 33,507,
306-764-3431). Powwows are a colorful blend of dance and song that
attract participants from around North America, and beyond.
Saskatchewan’s North is a recreational playground with the ability
to make your dream vacation come to life.
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