Saskatchewan is a Canadian province that borders the United States to the south. Grassland covers its southern plains, and to the north are the rugged rock of the Canadian Shield plateau, coniferous forests, rivers and lakes. Regina, the provincial capital, is home to the Royal Saskatchewan Museum, with exhibits on natural history and the people of Canada’s First Nations.

Regina’s beaux-arts Saskatchewan Legislative Building houses the provincial government. The RCMP Heritage Centre traces the history of the Canadian Mounted Police. The university town of Saskatoon is known for its live music scene and the Wanuskewin Heritage Park, an archaeological site that traces First Nations heritage. The white-water rapids of the northern Churchill River draw kayakers and canoers. In winter, skiing, snowshoeing, dogsledding and ice fishing are all popular. The province is nicknamed the “Land of the Living Skies” after its cloud formations, colourful sunsets and views of the Northern Lights.

When to visit

Peak travel to Saskatchewan is May–Aug, when days are long and sunny. Hiking, boating and fishing are popular activities then. Big summer events include the Windscape Kite Festival (Jun) in Swift Current and Saskatoon’s Jazz Festival (Jun–Jul). The Craven Country Jamboree (Jul) is a country music festival. Canadian Western Agribition (Nov), in Regina, is a big livestock show. Winters (Dec–Mar) are cold, snowy and windy, particularly on northern Saskatchewan’s Canadian Shield plateau.