Be at Regina’s Hottest Summer Festival!
Retweet this tweet before 12noon on Thursday, August 21, 2014 and you’ll be entered to win a pair of tickets to Sasktel Summer Invasion. Two winners will be randomly drawn - each will receive one pair of tickets.
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Contest winners must respond to newsletter@sasktourism.com within 24 hours of being notified of winning (by 12noon Friday, August 22, 2014) otherwise a new winner will be drawn.
Winners will be required to pick their tickets up from the Tourism Saskatchewan office (189 - 1621 Albert Street, Regina) by 5pm Friday, August 22, 2014.
Winners will be required to show photo ID when picking up their tickets. 

Be at Regina’s Hottest Summer Festival!

Retweet this tweet before 12noon on Thursday, August 21, 2014 and you’ll be entered to win a pair of tickets to Sasktel Summer Invasion. Two winners will be randomly drawn - each will receive one pair of tickets.

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  • Contest winners must respond to newsletter@sasktourism.com within 24 hours of being notified of winning (by 12noon Friday, August 22, 2014) otherwise a new winner will be drawn.
  • Winners will be required to pick their tickets up from the Tourism Saskatchewan office (189 - 1621 Albert Street, Regina) by 5pm Friday, August 22, 2014.
  • Winners will be required to show photo ID when picking up their tickets. 
#SaskLakes Instagram Contest - Pic of the Week
Does it get any better than a gorgeous Saskatchewan sunset, fishing and a big beautiful lake? Congrats to chrlf for being our #SaskLakes Instagram Contest Winner.
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#SaskLakes Instagram Contest - Pic of the Week

Does it get any better than a gorgeous Saskatchewan sunset, fishing and a big beautiful lake? Congrats to chrlf for being our #SaskLakes Instagram Contest Winner.

*** If you’re on Instagram share your Saskatchewan lake shots with us using #ExploreSask AND #SaskLakes! Winners are announced every Friday. Enter now for your chance to win a FREE t-shirt.***

Bleed Green? Retweet and You Could Win!
Retweet this tweet before 1pm on Thursday, August 14, 2014 and you’ll be entered to win a pair of tickets to the Saskatchewan Roughrider home game on August 16 at 5pm against the Montreal Allouettes at Mosaic Stadium. Three winners will be randomly drawn - each will receive one pair of tickets.
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Contest winners must respond to newsletter@sasktourism.com within 24 hours of being notified of winning (by 1pm Friday, August 15, 2014) otherwise a new winner will be drawn.
Winners will be required to pick their tickets up from the Saskatchewan Roughriders Ticket office at Mosaic Stadium. For location information click here.

Bleed Green? Retweet and You Could Win!

Retweet this tweet before 1pm on Thursday, August 14, 2014 and you’ll be entered to win a pair of tickets to the Saskatchewan Roughrider home game on August 16 at 5pm against the Montreal Allouettes at Mosaic Stadium. Three winners will be randomly drawn - each will receive one pair of tickets.

Fine Print

Contest winners must respond to newsletter@sasktourism.com within 24 hours of being notified of winning (by 1pm Friday, August 15, 2014) otherwise a new winner will be drawn.

Winners will be required to pick their tickets up from the Saskatchewan Roughriders Ticket office at Mosaic Stadium. For location information click here.

Quaint Rural Accommodation – The Crossing Resort

Perfectly situated on the western edge of Grasslands National Park isThe Crossing Resort. It is a great place to stay if you’re exploring the area. The hosts Johanna and Ken are full of useful tips and suggestions for your time in the area and they offer a variety of accommodation options.

You can stay in one of their clean and bright suites that includes bathrooms, a kitchenette and gorgeous views out the front deck. They also offer RV and tent camping spots, with a camp kitchen and shared washrooms. At The Crossing, you can also stay the night in a tipi. All accommodation options have breath taking views of the park.  

For more information on The Crossing Resort, click here

Prehistoric Fun in Eastend

Who doesn’t love dinosaurs!? It’s probably safe to say that most people are somewhat interested or completely enamoured with the prehistoric beasts. There’s so much to learn about them and they tell us so much about the history of the earth, this is why a visit to the T.rex Discovery Centre in Eastend is a must. 

Back in 1991, a large vertebra was found in the Frenchman River Valley near Eastend that turned out to be Scotty, one of the largest and most complete T.rex skeletons in the world. This amazing find has led to many other discoveries and to the development of the T.rex Discovery Centre as a leader in scientific research and education.  

A stop at the centre allows visitors to learn more about the dinosaurs that roamed the land that is now Saskatchewan. Known species that have been discovered include Triceratops, duck-billed dinosaurs and, of course, Tyrannosaurus rex. You can even see a replica of Scotty at the Centre. Many other reptiles and plants have been found in the area and you can get a glimpse of paleontologists working on site.  

To find out more about Scotty and the T. rex Discovery Centre, click here

Frenchman River Valley Ecotour

Heading to Grasslands National Park? Have about 2.5 hours to spare? Might as well try out the Frenchman River Valley Ecotour!

This self-guided driving tour winds you through the beautiful West Block of Grasslands National Park. It is full of all sorts of wildlife from antelope and prairie dogs to hawks and deer, if you’re lucky you might even spot the some of the bison from the herd that roams the park! Views in this area are endless and diverse – coulees and buttes to beautiful grasslands (go figure).

Along your drive there are markers for you to pull over at. Each stop provides you with an opportunity to stretch your legs and learn more about the area by reading the information panels provided along the way.

Before heading out make sure you check in at the Visitor Reception Centre for updated road conditions and to learn how to stay safe while exploring (as you are in bison and rattlesnake country). 

See Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park From a Different View

Loch Leven in Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park is a little gem. Seriously, this small body of water is a great spot to go for a quick dip to cool off or to take a nice evening stroll around. Surrounded by the beautiful lodge pole pines that the park is known for, it’s a picture perfect.

To get a different view of the park hit the water and rent a paddle board, kayak, canoe or paddle boat from the Loch Leven Marina

Prairie Vineyard

When one thinks of touring vineyards they typically picture destinations like France, Italy and California. However, you don’t actually need to venture out of the country to visit a vineyard and do wine tastings. In fact, you don’t even need to leave the province!

Set in the beautiful Cypress Hills Destination Area is 4.5 acres of vineyard, located just outside of Maple Creek in southwest Saskatchewan. Cypress Hills Vineyard & Winery is the perfect place to tour and sample wines.  Nine different wines are made on site and you’re sure to find one that pleases your taste buds. Before or after your tasting you can wander at your leisure and enjoy a self-guided tour of the vineyards.

If you just feel more like relaxing there is a beautiful outdoor patio space to sip on a glass of wine and have a light lunch. There is also a gift shop to browse that is full of uniquely Saskatchewan wine-associated items. 

Highest Point Between the Rockies and Labrador is in Saskatchewan?

You betcha! The Conglomerate Cliffs are located in Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park – on the Saskatchewan side *gasp*. Located in the West Block this natural attraction is a “must see” when you visit the park.

The views atop the cliffs are amazing. No matter the time of day you’re sure to appreciate the view, but we can only imagine what they would be like during sunrise or sunset.  So, if you’re looking for a good vacation photo opportunity make sure you visit the cliffs. 

A Day in the Life of an RCMP Cadet

It was a little before 5:30 am when I woke to begin my day in RCMP Boot Camp. My first thought was - I NEED coffee! My second thought was - what on earth have I signed up for? First things first, I needed to get some food into my stomach. I’m happy to report that our RCMP Cadets are definitely well fed and thank goodness I ate what I did because I needed the fuel. Right after breakfast we were off to marching lessons and then had a date with the fitness staff.

I like to think that I lead a fairly active lifestyle, but that active lifestyle doesn’t happen to include the gym. We hadn’t even tried out the Physical Ability Requirement Evaluation (PARE) and my legs already felt like jelly. Pretty sure if I was actually in training, not only would I not meet requirements, but my superiors would likely yell something like “Cadet Cunningham gimme ten!”, yikes!

Next it was onto some classroom time - here we worked on our interview skills and learnt more about the RCMP core values (honesty, integrity, professionalism, compassion, accountability and respect).  We also had the chance to use our new marching skills in the Sergeant Majors Parade, learn how to shoot a gun in the Firearms Training Unit and yes, drive a cop car (well…to do simulated driving).

They took it easy on us at boot camp. We only saw a small part of what it takes to be an RCMP Cadet, but at the end of the day I walked away from the academy with a new respect for the RCMP. It’s a grueling process to get accepted into the academy and once you’re there some real character and determination to make it through to graduation.

~ Alex

Feeling Adventurous? Visit Cypress Hills Eco-Adventures!

Soaring through the lodge pole pines of Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park is a thrill one does not soon forget. Cypress Hills Eco-Adventures is a thrill seekers dream destination that offers ziplining tours, a tree-top adventure park, slacklines, a climbing wall, tree-top drop and mini-zips for kids.  

Test your limits by climbing high above the ground and zipping through the trees. A tour takes 1.5 – 2 hours, depending on the size of your group and takes you on six different zip lines rain or shine.  You can also try the tree-top drop – scurry up a 45 foot pole, then take the plunge and free fall back to earth!  If you’re agile like a monkey, the tree-top adventure park is for you – be your own guide as you climb through and over various obstacles. 

Being in such a pristine natural environment while having so much fun is the perfect way to spend your Saskatchewan vacation, so don’t wait, get out to the Cypress Hills and give it a try!

#SaskLakes Instagram Contest - Pic of the Week
Talk about a balancing act! Congrats to chelsun17 for being our #SaskLakes Instagram Contest Winner.
*** If you’re on Instagram share your Saskatchewan lake shots with us using #ExploreSask AND #SaskLakes! Winners are announced every Friday. Enter now for your chance to win a FREE t-shirt.***

#SaskLakes Instagram Contest - Pic of the Week

Talk about a balancing act! Congrats to chelsun17 for being our #SaskLakes Instagram Contest Winner.

*** If you’re on Instagram share your Saskatchewan lake shots with us using #ExploreSask AND #SaskLakes! Winners are announced every Friday. Enter now for your chance to win a FREE t-shirt.***

70 Mile Butte Hike at Sunset

Have you had the opportunity to explore Grasslands National Park? If you have, you are likely familiar with the beauty of the 70 Mile Butte hiking trail, if you haven’t - you’re missing out! I’ve done this hike twice now, it’s an experience like no other at sunset. This hike is the perfect way to dispel those nasty rumours that keep going around about Saskatchewan being flat.  

70 Mile Butte is one of the highest points in the park and was used as a distance marker for those traveling in the area. On the hike you will see teepee rings - the top of the Butte is the perfect spot to see what was going on all around the area; what weather is coming in, where the bison might be and back in the day was perfect for spotting intruders.

Now, back to the hike - we all know that Saskatchewan is “Land of Living Skies” and if you do this 5km loop in the evening you won’t be disappointed. Our big skies and the view from the top will “wow you” every time. If you’re lucky, you’ll see some wildlife and gorgeous prairie flowers in bloom. You can pick up a leaflet from the Visitor Centre that will give you information on the species of flowers so you know what you’re looking at as you go. 

For more information on this well-marked hiking trail and other hiking opportunities in the park, click here

~Carla

Corner Gas - Behind the Scenes & Road Trip

Did you hear? Corner Gas: The Movie was filmed out at Rouleau this summer! That’s right, if you’re a fan all you had to do was drive by to catch a glimpse of what a movie set is like.

I’m not familiar at all with how movie production is done and found our visit on set rather fascinating. “Action! Cut! Start that scene again from the top!” there’s a lot going on at one time and everyone on the team has a very specific role in making things come together just right.

While on set we had the opportunity to chat with some of the cast and find out where they like to visit in Saskatchewan. We also got to tag along as Brent and Lorne went fishing with G & S Marina on Last Mountain Lake.  After reeling a few in, we ended the day with a tasting at Last Mountain Distillery.  Next up was hitting Long Creek Golf and Country Club in Avonlea with Fred. It’s one of his favourite courses, and it’s not hard to see why. On a sunny Saskatchewan day it really is a great place to take in 18 holes. 

~ Alex