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  1. Introduction
  2. Statistics
  3. Information
  4. Climate
  5. Adventure Travel Activities
  6. Major Cities (Regina & Saskatoon)
  7. Transportation (Highway, Air & Railway
  8. Shopping
  9. Saskatchewan Adventure Travel Location
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Introduction

For a listing of Ya'Gotta Saskatchewan destination feature articles click here. For announcements about adventure travel events, parks, locations, clubs, outdoors activities and conservation activities go to our Ya'Gotta Saskatchewan Adventure Travel Links page.

Saskatchewan has about everything that an adventure traveler is looking for in Canadian destination. In this Province you will be treated to prairies, boreal forest, and the two Canadian National Parks of Prince Albert and Grasslands.

During the summer months sites in National Park campgrounds in Saskatchewan are at a premium and it is suggested that campers should use Parks Canada's online Campground Reservation Service. Travelers using hotels, motels, hostels and bed and breakfast are also encouraged to make reservations.

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Information

For information about parks, locations, clubs, outdoors activities and conservation activities go to our Saskatchewan Links page.

For the traveler using either the Trans Canada Highway Number 1, going through Regina, or the Trans Canada Yellowhead Highway, going through Saskatoon, the Province of Saskatchewan, would appear to be primarily agrarian in nature. This is true, for this part of the province, as southern Saskatchewan is the heart of Canada's great plains!

This is only the lower third of the province, the other northern two thirds can be called Canada's best outdoors secret. In fact, with the exceptions of mountains and oceans, Saskatchewan has almost everything to offer, for the outdoors enthusiast. The slogan for the Province's travel industry is "Saskatchewan, Naturally" and a visit to their website, will show you why!

The further north you go in Saskatchewan the opportunities for adventure tourism, hiking, fishing, canoeing and aborginal experiences become amazing! There are also an abundance of private, municipal, Provincial and National Park campgrounds. Pay close attention to posted warnings about bears and fire bans.

Climate

From late spring until early fall has long sunny days, with the sun hardly setting during June and July and as you reach the Northwest Territories the midnight sun is experienced. Winter can also be very sunny, however days are very short and temperatures can be cold. During late winter and early spring, the northern lights (aurora borealis) are often visible.

As with all of Canada, Saskatchewan measures temperature on the Celsius scale (F = 9/5 X C + 32) and extreme temperatures can range between summer (+30) and winter (-30) and wind chill can make it physically much colder. Normal average temperatures range between summer (+17C) and winter (-15C). With these factors in mind, traveler should have a variety of clothing with light to medium for summer and medium to heavy in winter. In mountain regions summer temperatures can vary greatly, with weather and altitude.

Tourist Attractions

One of the biggest tourist attractions of Saskatchewan, is that it's capital Regina, is home to the famous Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). In true "Canadian" they are more often called the "Mounties".

Activities

Summer Activities: Backpacking, camping, canoeing, caving, climbing, cycling, dragon boat racing, fishing, hiking, horse riding, orienteering, sailing, scrambling, and water sports.

Winter Activities: Biathlon, mushing, snow shoeing, skiing (x-country and downhill), tobogganing, winter camping.

Northern Saskatchewan

Travelers, wishing to experience northern Saskatchewan, should make their way to Prince Albert, within a half hours drive from Prince Albert National Park. The more remote centre for adventure and aboriginal tourism, in northern Saskatchewan is La Ronge, 240 kms. north of Prince Albert. The area is well known for provincial parks with Canadian shield rocky lakes, islands, boreal forest and waterfalls on the Churchill River. Fur trade era history can be found along the North Saskatchewan River.

Central Saskatchewan

The central Saskatchewan gateway city is Saskatoon and going east, from there into east central Saskatchewan, on the Trans Canada Yellowhead Highway, travellers will encounter the awe inspiring sight of prairie flat lands around Foam Lake. You can almost see the curve of the earth's surface in this area and headlights and taillights, on the highway at night, go for kilometers.

Southern Saskatchewan

Just west of Regina is Moose Jaw , with its secret underground tunnels, used by Al Capone's whisky smuggling operations and recently developing mineral springs.

There are two parks, of interest to travelers in southern Saskatchewan.

  1. Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park spans Alberta/Saskatchewan border. Due to the elevation of this area being higher than that around it, it was an "island" in the flow of the glaciers during the ice age. The terrain and vegetation is very different that adjacent areas.
  2. Grasslands National Park is a Parks Canada project that is preserving a portion of natural prairie grassland, of western Canada.

Speed limits and distances are measured in kilometers (Miles = Kms x .6). Many major highways, in central northern and southern areas are twinned, with many having a maximum posted speed limit of 100 km/h. (60 mph) and some at 110 km/hr. In the National Parks traffic is limited to 90 km/h. (54 mph.) and most urban speed limits are 50 km/h. (30 mph.), however speed limits will increase on freeways. Both traditional radar and photo radar are used and major urban centres use cameras to ticket for red-light infractions. 

Gasoline for vehicles is sold by the litre (3.78 litres = 1 US gallon). Diesel and propane fuel is also available in major urban and tourist centers. 

Road condition reports are available from the Saskatchewan Motor Association. During the winter months vehicles should be appropriately tuned and equipped with block heaters, snow tires and emergency supplies, clothing and equipment. Distances between centers and services can be long, especially in the northern and isolated parts of the Province.

Major car rental companies operate in Saskatchewan and most points are served by regular scheduled bus services and all major centres have excellent public transit. Rail

The Trans Canada rail service, VIA Rail, services Saskatoon and it goes west into Alberta and on to British Columbia. It also comes west via Manitoba.

Saskatchewan has cosmopolitan downtown areas is its major cities, shopping centres or "malls" in the suburbs and great opportunities for poking around smaller cities and towns.


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