Saskatchewan’s Southwest Region offers a rare opportunity to travel
back through time as you follow in the footsteps of some of the
most fascinating visitors this province has ever known.
Relive the rich history of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)
with a visit to Fort Walsh National Historic Site, located 55 km
southwest of Maple Creek. Visit the place where Chief
Sitting Bull and Major James Walsh shared an historic peace-pipe
ceremony, or poke around an authentically restored fort. Learn first-hand
what life was like for members of the North West Mounted Police,
predecessors of the RCMP, who lived and worked on the prairie frontier
a taste of pre-history in Saskatchewan, a visit to Eastend is a must.
Located 160 km southwest
of Swift Current, Eastend is home to ‘Scotty’, a
65-million-year-old tyrannosaurus rex skeleton. The marvelous T-rex Discovery Centre is Scotty's "must see" home.
a guided tour through the Big Muddy Badlands, a fascinating tract
of hills, buttes, cliffs and caves that once served as the northernmost
station on Butch Cassidy’s Outlaw Trail, which wound south through
the U.S. and into Mexico.
Visit Wood Mountain Post Provincial Historical Park (200 km southwest
of Regina and learn of Chief Sitting Bull’s people,
who sought refuge in the area after defeating General Custer at
the Battle of Little Big Horn. Or take in the action at Canada’s oldest, continuously-running rodeo
during the Wood Mountain Stampede in mid July.
Explore the rich history of Moose Jaw (pop. 33,803) by taking a walking tour of the city’s downtown
and then explore the "Tunnels of Moose Jaw",
said to have been used by the likes of Al Capone during the liquor-smuggling
days of Prohibition.
The Southwest Region also offers a stunning variety of natural
wonders, from the pristine prairie landscape found in Grasslands
National Park (150 km south of Swift Current) to
the pine-covered highlands of the Cypress Hills Interprovincial
Park (27 km south of Maple Creek), to the desert-like
sand dunes of the Great Sand Hills (135 km northwest of Swift Current).
The hills represent one Saskatchewan’s most fascinating, yet unheralded,
landscapes. Wildlife in the southwest ranges from burrowing owls,
prairie dogs and swift fox to bald eagles, moose, deer and elk.
At the end of a long and busy day, there’s nothing like a soak
in the warm, rejuvenating, mineral-rich waters of Moose Jaw’s Temple
Gardens Mineral Spa. The popular resort is a good example of "what all the fuss is about" in southwest Saskatchewan, a captivating and diverse region to experience.
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