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Discover Canada: Saskatchewan

Author: Canadian Living

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Discover Canada: Saskatchewan

With 100,000 lakes and rivers as well as nearly 12 million acres of national and provincial parkland, the Prairie province of Saskatchewan -- also known as the land of living skies -- is an outdoor paradise waiting to be discovered.

Saskatoon
What to do
Wanuskewin Heritage Park
Located just north of Saskatoon, Wanuskewin celebrates 6,000 years of local Aboriginal history, including worship, hunting, celebration and spirituality, with interpretive offerings in the form of performing arts, baking and archaeological finds. For a unique learning vacation, indulge in Wanuskewin's "Pê-nipatân" (come and sleep over), where families and individuals alike can overnight in a tepee and enjoy traditional stories, bannock and muskeg tea by the fire.

The Saskatoon Princess
This one-hour tour takes passengers under some of the city's picturesque bridges, past the downtown area and along the river valley, all the while highlighting Saskatoon's landmarks, history and cultural attractions. May to September only.

Where to eat
The Berry Barn
Sure, the homestyle borscht and perogies are wonderful, but it's the yummy Saskatoon berry pie that you'll remember forever. You can also pick your own berries and visit the flower gardens and greenhouse. April to October only.

Saskatoon Station Place
Located on Idylwyld Drive North, Saskatoon Station Place offers not only a tasty menu of prime rib and steak, but a historical journey into centuries past. The restaurant was designed on a railroad concept, and includes original CNR dining cars and railway artifacts.

Where to stay
Sargent's Holiday Farm
For an authentic farm experience, spend a night or two at a country guest ranch. Depending on the time of year, you can take part in horseback riding, hiking, skiing, snowshoeing and more. Summer offers a great bonus for parents -- a weekly camp for the kids with swimming, riding, wiener roasts, wagon rides, campfires and crafts.

Candle Lake Provincial Park
With over 140 campsites just steps from one of Canada's finest inland beaches and from the fragile Minowukaw sand dunes, Candle Lake is the perfect place to kick back and unwind from a packed touring schedule. The park offers great fishing, boating and waterskiing, while the small resort village of Candle Lake has a variety of restaurants, gardens, golfing and more.

Image courtesy Tourism Saskatchewan/Paul Austring

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Moose Jaw
What to do
The Tunnels of Moose Jaw
Kids and adults alike will be enthralled with a tour of the tunnels, where Al Capone reputedly organized the city's rum-running and other illegal activities between Canada and the United States, and where Chinese immigrants toiled to make money to pay for Canadian citizenship.

Where to stay
Temple Gardens Mineral Spa Resort Hotel
Spend a luxurious night -- or more -- at the Temple Gardens, where you can also soak in a geothermal mineral pool and delight in a signature salt scrub or montecilli mud wrap.

Where to eat
Copper Café
Located in the Yvette Moore Gallery, the café offers fabulous fare, including homemade soups and specialty sandwiches, handcrafted desserts and signature iced tea. Walk off your meal with a stroll through the gallery.

Regina
What to do
RCMP Centennial Museum
Established in 1933, the museum celebrates the 125-year history of Canada's RCMP with a mix of historical materials and artifacts promoting and preserving the police force's contributions to crime-fighting and culture.

Dog River Express Tour
If you're a fan of hit Canadian sitcom Corner Gas, you should know that the series is filmed in the community of Rouleau and that you can actually visit the sites and the set during this four-and-a-half-hour tour. Summers only.

Where to eat
The Willow on Wascana
The Willow offers some of the city's best cuisine in a most beautiful setting - overlooking Wascana Lake in Wascana Centre, a 2,300-acre park in the middle of Regina. The menu is distinctly "made in Saskatchewan," with main ingredients -- from the produce to the beef -- coming directly from the province as much as possible. Call 306-585-3663.

Where to stay
Hotel Saskatchewan Radisson Plaza
Get a good night's sleep at this historic downtown hotel, the province's only four-diamond hotel, with a spectacular view of Victoria Park.

Further links
Tourism Saskatchewan
Tourism Saskatoon
Tourism Moose Jaw
Tourism Regina

Image courtesy Tourism Saskatchewan/Paul Austring

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