Dreaming of travelling, taking a vacation, and enjoying the sights and sounds of warmer climates and destinations? Who isn’t? These are all certainly top of mind for many of us these days. With things as they are, travelling outside of Saskatchewan is not recommended, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
Why not take advantage of the time we have now and put the spotlight on Saskatchewan for a closer look to explore this place we call home.
There really is so much to see and do, from short one day winter road trips to longer excursions or vacations, even during the cold months.
Meet the Saskatchewanderers
And who better to share those Saskatchewan destinations, those hidden gems, than the experienced Saskatchewanderers who have inspired local wanderlust for the past decade. The job of the Saskatchewanderer is to travel by car to showcase the province as the best place to live, work and play. As the official vehicle sponsor, we’ve been a proud supporter every kilometre of the way since the program started in 2010.
Leah Mertz (2020 Saskatchewanderer), Andrew Hiltz (2017 Saskatchewanderer), and Ashlyn George (2015 Saskatchewanderer) shared their favourite Saskatchewan getaways in a recent issue of the CAA Saskatchewan Magazine. It’s no surprise to learn that hiking, breath-taking views, and unique small towns in Saskatchewan made it to the top three of their road trip destinations.
1. Grasslands National Park
Andrew Hiltz’s Saskatchewan hidden gem is Grasslands National Park. “It’s pretty well-known, but not many people venture to the east block of the park. It’s a relatively new addition and, if you walk about 5 km southeast from the visitor centre, the lookout is epic; valleys filled with hoodoos, big grassy hills, pastures, no designated trails. It’s so quiet and breathtaking and totally different than anything else you’ll find in Saskatchewan.”
Ashlyn George shared her love of roadside attractions found in small towns. One of her latest discoveries is a Dr. Seuss-like house on the south side of Highway 5 in Englefeld which she’s stopped at in both winter and summer. According to George, “it’s so adorable, cute and whimsical. It makes for the perfect, Instagram-worthy photo op.”
Leah Mertz fell in love with the quaint small towns that populate the Saskatchewan landscape. “I absolutely love visiting the town of Rosthern,” admitted Mertz. “You can spend the day walking around or taking in some of the local attractions like the Station Arts Centre – a converted train station that hosts gallery shows, plays, performances, and more.”
Need more Saskatchewan destination ideas?
For fun in the snow on your winter vacation, try hiking, snowshoeing, tobogganing, snowboarding, snowtubing, downhill skiing, and even night sky viewing. According to Tourism Saskatchewan, there are several destinations that offer lots of winter family-friendly activities including:
• Blue Mountain Resort, North Battleford
• The Resort at Cypress Hills, Cypress Hill Interprovincial Park
• Waters Edge Eco Lodge, Meadow Lake Provincial Park
• Elk Ridge Resort, Prince Albert National Park
• Lost Creek Resort, Prince Albert National Park
• Northern Greens Resort, Nipawin
• Thompsons Resort, Missinipe, Lac La Ronge Provincial Park
Now, to be honest, winter in Saskatchewan can be tricky, but planning well in advance and knowing what to pack, will help keep everyone on your family road trip comfortable, warm, and safe. Check out our road trip information to make sure your vehicle is winter ready.
So, what’s your Saskatchewan hidden gem or winter getaway? Check out Tourism Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Provincial Parks, or Parks Canada for details on passes, getaways, and more.
Connect with your local CAA Travel Consultant for road maps, plus gathering information on local lodgings and accommodations. Consider purchasing a CAA membership or ensure your current membership will auto-renew so you aren’t caught without coverage.
Just a friendly reminder, please follow the current health guidelines to help keep everyone safe. It’s also a good idea to respect the places that you visit, the people who live there, and the local wildlife too.
Safe travels everyone!