Saskatchewan, Canada

The Prairie Province in the Heart of Canada

Welcome to Saskatchewan, Canada’s sunniest province. The region is known for its massive vistas, wide wheat fields, and spectacular summer storms. Here you’ll also find the world’s northernmost sand dunes, the Athabasca Sand Dunes. The province will wow you with rugged boreal forests, myriad lakes, and countless backcountry trails. Pack your backpack and prepare for adventures under Saskatchewan’s endless sky!

Travel photos from Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan Facts

  • Capital: Regina
  • Area: 651,900 sq km (251,700 sq mi)
  • Population: 1,098,352
  • Saskatchewan is also known as the land of 100,000 lakes, most of them located in the north.
  • The province boasts some of Canada’s most beautiful sunrises and sunsets. Get your camera ready!

Map of Saskatchewan

Sandwiched between Alberta and Manitoba, Saskatchewan is located in the prairie region of Canada. To the north lies the Northwest Territories and to the south lies the U.S. states of Montana and North Dakota.

Northern Saskatchewan is known for its untouched wilderness and pristine lakes. The south’s prairie landscapes will charm you with wheat fields and wooded hills. 

Saskatchewan Provincial Park in Canada

Getting There & Around

The easiest way to get to Saskatchewan is to catch a direct flight from major Canadian transport hubs. The province capital Regina is a 2-hour flight from Vancouver, 1,15-hour flight from Calgary, a 55-minute flight from Winnipeg, and a 2,5-hour flight from Toronto.

If you want to properly explore Saskatchewan, go on a road trip. With your own car, you’ll be able to appreciate the best the province has to offer. Just follow Highway 1, which traverses the province from the western border with Alberta to the Manitoba border.

Saskatchewan Weather

Saskatchewan River in Canada

Saskatchewan is the sunniest province in Canada. The summers are warm and perfect for travel. You’ll love the long days and cool nights that rejuvenate your mind and body after a day spent adventuring. Summer temperatures range from 15°C (60°F) to 32°C (90 °F).

The province is also famous for its summer thunderstorms. Photographers venture here to capture clouds glowing blue, gray, and bizarre green.

Winter begins in November and stays chilly with average temperatures below the freezing point. So dress in many warm layers and prepare for fairy-tale wintry landscapes!

Major Cities in Saskatchewan

The province has two major cities you don’t want to miss: Regina and Saskatoon. Often thought of as rivals, these cities are full of surprising sights and welcoming communities. 

Explore the Cosmopolitan Life of Regina

Regina City in Canada

The capital city of Regina is a cosmopolitan center and a base to explore southern Saskatchewan. The city is home to major government institutions and a great number of cultural attractions. Don’t miss out on the Royal Saskatchewan Museum housing an impressive collection of insects, fossils, birds, plants, mammals, and reptiles.

Regina is bustling with good restaurants and bars. So you’ll easily find a gourmet place for dinner!

Insider tip: For scenic walks, venture to the Wascana Center or Victoria Park.

Discover the Charm of Saskatoon

Saskatoon Skyline in Canada

Located about 230 km (143 mi) north of Regina, Saskatoon is an attractive city, often regarded as the rival of the provincial capital. The sparkling South Saskatchewan River flows through downtown, offering lovely riverside walks. The major attraction is Wanuskewin Heritage Park exploring the heritage of the first Prairies people.

Saskatoon is known for its scrumptious desserts made with the Saskatoon berry, a tiny fruit similar to a blackberry. Don’t leave the city without tasting these must-eats!

The Best Things to Do in Saskatchewan

Hike in Prince Albert National Park

Trail in Prince Albert National Park

This is Saskatchewan’s most popular parkland, where the vast prairie meets boreal forest. With more than 150 km (93 mi) of hiking trails, pristine lakes, and cross-country ski routes, it’s an outdoor enthusiast’s dream any time of year. Come here in fall when the golden leaves are vibrant and the weather is still mild. The charming resort village of Waskesiu Lake is a base for exploration within the park.

With more than 150 km (93 mi) of hiking trails, pristine lakes, and cross-country ski routes, it’s an outdoor enthusiast’s dream any time of year

Lose Yourself at Manitou Beach

Manitou Beach in Canada

Manitou Beach is a hidden gem of the province. There you’ll find Little Manitou Lake, renowned for its healing water properties. Known as Canada’s version of the Dead Sea, this saltwater lake will allow you to effortlessly float on your back. After a relaxing soak, pay a visit to onsite Danceland, one of the remaining horsehair-sprung dance floors in North America. These two extraordinary attractions are sure to leave you in awe.

Known as Canada’s version of the Dead Sea, this saltwater lake will allow you to effortlessly float on your back

Visit Grasslands National Park

Grasslands Natonal Park in Canada

Located deep in the south, Grasslands National Park will amaze you with wild vistas and endless horizons. Marvel at hills, buttes, and wide-open spaces where wild animals roam. Gain up-close views of free roaming bison population, deer, and pronghorn as you explore the parkland. No wonder the park is a true delight for photographers. Keep your camera ready!

Marvel at hills, buttes, and wide-open spaces where wild animals roam

Photograph Athabasca Sand Dunes

Sand Dunes in Saskatchewan Canada

Stretching 100 km (62 mi) along the south shore of Lake Athabasca, the Athabasca Sand Dunes are the world’s northernmost dunes. The scenery is considered among the most spectacular in Canada. And as if that weren’t enough, the area is also home to a unique ecosystem rich in rare plants.

The dunes can be accessed only by floatplane, but it’s totally worth it for the chance to explore the active sand dunes this far north.

he scenery is considered among the most spectacular in Canada

Explore Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park

Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park in Canada

Located in the province’s southwest, Cypress Hills is home to the highest point in Saskatchewan. The hills reach 1,392 m (4,567 ft) above sea level and reveal breathtaking views. For the most scenic spots, venture to Lookout Point in the Centre Block. In the West Block, discover Conglomerate Cliffs, a forested wildlife viewing area. 

Fun fact: Cypress Hills are a stargazer’s paradise. The area is a Dark Sky Preserve, which means only one thing: you’ll have an unobstructed night sky all to yourself.

FAQ

What Travelers Ask About Saskatchewan?

Saskatchewan is located in the heart of Canada, neighboring the provinces of Alberta and Manitoba. To the north it borders the Northwest Territories and to the south the American states of Montana and North Dakota. 

Saskatchewan is known for its vast wheat fields, boreal forests, sand dunes, and rugged hills. There you’ll find plenty of scenic highlights as well as hidden gems. Regina, Athabasca Sand Dunes, Prince Albert National Park, Little Manitou Lake are just a few to name. 

The province is busiest in the summer months of June and August. However, most visitors choose to come in shoulder seasons (April to May or September to November) when the crowds thin and the weather is still pleasant. The province welcomes cross-country skiers and lake skaters in winter.