The western region of Saskatchewan contains the largest city in the province. Saskatoon has been a hub for prairie activity for many years and continues to be full of excitement. Located on the Trans-Canada Highway, Saskatoon’s rich history focuses on the combination of Indians and immigrant-farmers who’ve developed the prairie into the world's breadbasket. The Emerald casino is a hot spot for anyone who enjoys putting a little money on the line. Great shopping, better sights, Saskatoon is a great place to visit.
Natural areas abound, including outdoor playgrounds like Jackfish Lake and Beaver Creek Conservation Area. Whether the quiet meander of the Battle, or the mighty forces of the South and North Saskatchewan, rivers form an important part of the landscape here. Nature lovers will also enjoy Blackstrap and Pike Lake Provincial Parks, or birdwatching near Lucky Lake.
This is also the land of Louis Riel, who led his Metis people in an armed uprising against the Canadian government in 1885. Batoche National Historic Site preserves the memory of Riel and his cause. A tour of the grounds includes the restored church of St. Antoine de Padoue and the rectory, where bullet holes are still visible from the conflict.
First nations history is vibrant in this community. Head to Wanuskewin Heritage Park, where 6,000-year-old archaeological sites have been unearthed, or Herschel, where Indian rock carvings and tipi rings speak of ancient mysteries. As well, visit the Meewasin Valley Centre and check out the historic exhibits.
Summer events range from fishing derbies and country fairs, to sports days and rodeos. Winter brings cross-country ski trails to explore and even some area downhill skiing. The area is rich in culture, to the brim with activities and has accommodations to meet any travelers’ demands.