More than just wheat fields...

It was my first time visiting my neighbouring province to the East. I don't know why it had taken me so long, there is such a simple beauty to the prairies and towns here. From what I had heard, it's a flat province with thousands of lakes that make for some great fishing. What I didn't realize was there is a lot more to it that most people don't even know about, including myself.

Grasslands National Park in Southern Saskatchewan protects some of the last remaining areas of undisturbed mixed-grass/shortgrass prairie grassland in Canada. From snakes and lizards to burrowing owls and pronghorn it is home to some very rare and endangered species. There is back-county camping and short day hikes that offer stunning views of the prairies. My favorite was the 5km "70 mile butte trail", it makes for a great spot to watch the sunset. 

The Northern regon of Saskatchewan boasts Prince Albert National Park, where you will find yourself deep in the Boreal Forest. Bears, moose, elk, deer, foxes and many other types of wildlife are often seen in the park. I recommend renting a canoe or kayak to explore the multiple lakes and the impressive Waskesiu river in the park.

The South West corner of Saskatchewan holds Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park and The Great Sand Hills. It is an area where the forest, dunes and prairies all mix together to create one unique landscape! 

The conglomerate cliffs in Cypress are a great spot to hang out and take it all in. 

After experiencing these parks in the province I can't wait to go back and see what else there is to offer!

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