To those who feel Saskatchewan lacks the visual drama of the other Canadian provinces, we say, “You’re not looking hard enough.” Located in central Canada, Sask (as it’s often abbreviated) projects a subtle beauty in its seemingly endless stretches of rolling prairie and open skies. Look harder and you’ll find cities with world-class history museums and thoughtful connections to nature, including the beloved Meewasin Valley Trail in Saskatoon. Untamed and underrated, Saskatchewan offers endless surprises for the open-minded traveler.
When to go
Expect mild temperatures, with highs of 60°F. Kick off the warmer weather with high tea at Regina’s historic Government House ballroom.
Saskatchewan is among the sunniest places in Canada. For proof, visit during warm-weather months when highs can top out in the mid-90s°F. While you’re at it, don’t miss the Saskatchewan Jazz Festival, held each June in Saskatoon.
Another mild season thanks to the region’s frequent Indian summers. Each October, Regina hosts the Harvest of Art festival featuring artists and artisans from around the province.
Winter arrives in November, when temps drop below freezing—and stay there throughout the season. If you’re in Saskatoon, look for the light displays at the Enchanted Forest at Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park, running from mid-November to early January.
All of Saskatchewan’s major cities, including capital Regina, have public bus systems. But if you’re touring the region, rent a car, preferably one with 4WD to handle the occasional rugged terrain.
- Canadian Mounties (you know, the policemen in the hats and red suits) train at the RCMP Academy in Regina. Visit the nearby RCMP Heritage Centre and watch the daily Sgt. Major’s Parade, when Mounties and their horses run through their drills.
- The world’s northernmost sand dunes can be found at Athabasca Sand Dunes Provincial Park in northwest Saskatchewan.
- Speed round: Saskatchewan’s main language is English, it doesn’t follow daylight savings time and its Roughriders football team rivals hockey for the province’s favorite spectator sport.
Located in the bustling Central Business District, Radisson Hotel Saskatoon offers a stunning view of the city’s skyline and the sparkling South Saskatchewan River. The onsite WaterWorks Recreations Complex, BodyWorks fitness centre, and the Aroma Resto Bar ensure that there is fun for guests of all ages.
Conveniently located a brief three‐minute drive from Skyxe Saskatoon Airport (YXE), Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Saskatoon offers all the essential comforts of home just off Route 16, including free hot breakfast, fitness centre, and free Wi-Fi. The hotel is pet-friendly, and is located seven minutes from the University of Saskatchewan, and is also within seven minutes of TCU place. Guests can also take in the beautiful scenery in the area with a stroll along Meewasin trail.