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contents Discover yourself in Regina.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


For mature audiences: Adult science nights.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

7 Experience YXE.. . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 GAME ON: Boomtown Pursuit.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Winter camping: Try it, you’ll like it.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Things to do! Places to go!.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Plenty of white space in Saskatchewan. . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Marvelous Moose Jaw.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26


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WRITERS Jennifer Jacoby-Smith jesse green jonathan hamelin andrew livingstone Jenn Smith Nelson DESIGNER Christine Pearce

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by Jenn Smith Nelson

Rumour has it Regina residents are in for a long and cold winter. Even if that’s true, don’t fret because there’s a smorgasbord of cool things that will keep you warm during even the chilliest of days. This winter, check out some of the neatest new attractions and wellloved festivals that offer fun, adventure and a whole lot of warmth. Stone Hall Castle is a medieval-inspired castle in the heart of Regina. Photo: Stone Hall Castle

Make a break for it

Does a challenge under pressure appeal to you? If so, grab a group of friends and book some time at Escape Manor. Break a sweat as you race the clock and work together collecting puzzle clues, attempting to find keys to escape the room. A fun way to spend time together, Escape Manor currently offers two puzzle rooms: Regina Asylum and Prison Break, with another two more (Apocalypse and Wine Cellar) on the way. Group sizes vary per puzzle and entry is $22/person (Apocalypse $27/ person).

Tour Regina’s only castle

Wait. Regina has a castle? It sure does and not only can visitors take a tour of Stone Hall Castle, they can spend the night. This medieval-inspired European castle exists in the heart of the city on College Avenue. Transported to a space so authentic (materials such as limestone from 4

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Greece were reportedly shipped over) one may just forget where they are. With stained glass windows, original 18th century paintings, candle-filled rooms, stone walls, trap doors and secret tunnels, it’s worth a wander. The 90-minute guided interactive tours run every Thursday to Sunday.


Located in Regina’s Heritage neighbourhood, familyfriendly Hunter Gatherer Vegetarian Diner has become a welcome addition to the city’s growing food scene. Featuring comfort food done veggie-style with all fresh ingredients, you can enjoy all your food favourites, from burgers and fries, eggs and hashbrowns to rootbeer  floats and Italian sodas. The diner also offers delectable sweets like pies, cinnamon buns and cakes.


ACROSS THE TURTLE’S BACK The Kampelmacher Memorial Collection of Indigenous Art


3475 Albert Street | Regina, SK | Organized by the MacKenzie Art Gallery with the support of Namerind Housing Corporation, PCL, Canada Council for the Arts, SaskCulture, Saskatchewan Arts Board, City of Regina, and University of Regina. Qavavau Manumie, Dark Fantasy, 2008, etching/aquatint on paper, edition 36/50, 81.3 x 96.5 cm. Wolf and Sala Kampelmacher Memorial Collection. Photo: Don Hall.

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Canadian Western Agribition 2016. Photo: Agribition

Money, money, money!

Keep warm inside (but cool under pressure) with the Bank of Canada’s state-of-the-art exhibit, Decoding E-Money. Hosted at the RCMP Heritage Centre until December 31, learn how money and transactions have transformed over time, and where technology is headed next. The exhibit features more than 60 fascinating artifacts along with an interactive Bitcoin game, video and more.

Take in a classic

The whole family will enjoy the brilliant Christmas classic direct from Russia. The Great Russian Nutcracker takes the stage at Conexus Arts Centre on November 19. The two-act ballet features exceptional dancing from a company of almost 40 performers, a 60-foot growing Christmas tree, and spectacular costumes and sets!

New (and well-loved) offerings abound at Agribition 2016

Bigger and better than ever, is the promise from the Canadian Western Agribition 2016 (CWA), November 21-26 at Evraz Place. “Agribition 2016 is going to up the ante in terms of excitement,” says Chris Lane, CWA’s new CEO. Boasting a new Pro Rodeo format ensures an action-packed event on the dirt and in the stands. Don’t miss “Running with the Bulls,” where daring souls are pitted against real rodeo bulls in a competition to outrun

each other. Wander the massive tradeshow, shop for unique gifts or take in a cabaret party at the CWA.

Chill out at Winterruption

There’s no cooler way to celebrate winter than with a Winterruption! From January 19-21, this chill festival aims to leave visitors with a warm fuzzy feeling, while stopping the continuous progress of the coldest season of the year. Back for year two, Winterruption ensures a frosty good time with jam-packed fun and entertainment including over a dozen artists, seven shows and three venues.

Mid-Winter Blues Festival cranks up the heat

The 2017 Mid-Winter Blues Festival kicks off with a bang on February 25 through March 4. Headliners include Toronto’s Bill Durst, Vancouver’s Miss Quincy & the Showdown and Juno Award-winning Sue Foley. Free and paid shows will be offered at various licensed venues around town including the Exchange, the Performing Arts Center and a finale at the Casino Regina Show Lounge on March 4.

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mature audiences

by Jonathan Hamelin

Adult Science Nights an invitation to ‘come back and play’


Think the Saskatchewan Science Centre is just for kids? Think again! Over the last few years, the Saskatchewan Science Centre in Regina has been hosting Adult Science Nights once a month (Thursdays from 7-10 p.m.) for people 19 and over, offering fascinating programming and stage shows, a licensed bar and snacks. Although the event only attracted a handful of people at first, it now draws 150 to 200 people each month. “It took us a while to achieve that growth,” said Jessica Bickford, marketing Visitors attempt to build an adequate shelter to protect their effervescent tablet coordinator at the Saskatchewan Scifrom the elements (ie: a blast from a water gun). Photo: Saskatchewan Science Centre ence Centre. “Now when we talk do outreach about Adult Science Nights, there are very few people left who haven’t at least heard of it.” of impairment are. We love it when other groups can Nostalgia is adding to the event’s popularity. “Become and show off what they do.” cause the Saskatchewan Science Centre is more than Adult Science Nights are not only great learning op25 years old, lots of people who used to come here as portunities, but social experiences. With an admission kids can now come back as grown-ups,” said Bickford. price of $10 plus taxes, it’s a cheap night out. People can “So many of us have such great memories of the Science take part in the excitement with their friends or come Centre and it’s nice to have an excuse to come back and by themselves and make new ones. SaskGames usually play a little,” said Bickford. attends each event, bringing board and card games that Each Adult Science Night has a different theme. In relate to the theme. September, the Science Centre hosted an event to coin“People are here to try new things and have fun and cide with Global Biotechnology Week. Participants could be engaged, which I think can be a really hard thing to check their own cheek cells, take a “cellfie” and get some find when you’re looking at the 20 to 45 age range,” BickDNA extracted. October’s event was Halloween-themed ford said. “It’s a great atmosphere. Some newcomers are and included a look at how movie special effects like more hesitant at first, but they open up and have a great blood and wounds are created. time.” “One that really stands out to me was our Night Club Adult Science Night is one of the Science Centre’s Science theme,” Bickford said. “We had the Interactive most diverse events, as participants range from 19 years Media and Performance Lab out from the University old to senior citizens. All attendees need to present idenof Regina; they brought a whole bunch of DJ sets and tification at the door. taught people how to mix and scratch. People could The next Adult Science Night is Nov. 24 and is themed make their own glow sticks. We also had a drunk goggle “How To Adult”. For more information, visit saskscienceobstacle course so people could see what the real effects destination saskatchewan winter 2016-2017





YXE! by Jeannie Armstrong

Among the trends influencing travellers these days is the desire to discover untouched and unique places. According to the recent Travel Luxe Report, released by travel company Virtuoso, today’s travellers are seeking: • untouched, unique places • unforgettable memories • ‘bucket list’ adventures • pushing the boundaries of your comfort zone • close-to-home experiences Trevor Broughton, Director of Leisure Marketing with Tourism Saskatoon, affirms that tourists’ desire for outof-the-ordinary and authentic travel experiences has put Saskatoon in the national spotlight. “Saskatoon has a fresh, young vibe that’s really capturing people’s interest. We boast the youngest demographic of any major Canadian city. That energy and enthusiasm is really apparent in the cultural renaissance that we’re seeing in Saskatoon. That’s particularly apparent in the young entrepreneurs who are revitalizing Saskatoon’s Riversdale district, opening new restaurants, boutiques and gathering places,” says Broughton. Saskatoon offers unique experiences for every type of traveller. “Millennials, in particular, are showing interest in trying new places,” says Broughton. “They’ve been to Banff, they’ve been to Vancouver, a hundred times. Now it’s time to discover what’s in-between.”

Picture perfect

Visitors invariably comment on the spectacular beauty of our city’s river valley. In winter, the Meewasin Valley takes on a crystal splendour, cloaked in fluffy white snow and ice. Extending along the downtown riverbanks are extensive walking trails as well as the Cameco Meewasin Skating Rink @ PotashCorp Plaza. Named one of Canada’s best outdoor skating rinks by Readers’ Digest, the Meewasin rink attracts over 24,000 users every season. Free skate rentals are available at the warm-up shelter. 8

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Cameco Meewasin Skating Rink @ PotashCorp Plaza. Photo: tourism saskatoon

Explore Saskatoon’s riverside trails. Photo: Tourism Saskatoon

Festivals galore

Think festivals are only a summer phenomenon in Saskatoon? Think again! Winter brings a flurry of festival fun, beginning with the Enchanted Forest Holiday Light Tour, presented by BHP Billiton at Saskatoon’s Forestry Farm Park (Nov.19-Jan.7) and the Saskatoon Festival of Trees (Nov.20-26) at the Western Development Museum. A new music festival – Winterruption – launched last January in Saskatoon and Regina, the result of a partnership between the Broadway Theatre and the Regina Folk Festival. The event returns for its second year, January 19 to 21, with stellar performances by over a dozen buzzworthy artists.

Ayden Kitchen & Bar, in downtown Saskatoon. Photo: Tourism Saskatoon

What a Rush!

The hottest sports ticket in the province is to the Saskatchewan Rush home games at SaskTel Centre. The professional box lacrosse team relocated to Saskatoon last season from Edmonton and wowed sell-out crowds by taking the National Lacrosse League championship title. The first home game is January 21.

Are you game?

Saskatoon is embracing board game mania! Meet your friends at the Burning Beard lounge on Broadway or Kingme Boardgamery and Café in Riversdale for rousing matches of Giant Jenga, Scrabble and more! Every Wednesday night is trivia night at Woods Ale House in downtown Saskatoon.

The Saskatchewan Rush lacrosse team plays its first home game January 21 at SaskTel Centre. Photo: Tourism Saskatoon

Saskatoon’s biggest outdoor winter party – the PotashCorp Wintershines Festival – takes place January 28 to February 5. Every year, Wintershines gets bigger and better! Attractions include amazing ice sculptures, a unique Ice Park with a sculpted ice slide and climbing wall, pony rides and a petting zoo. Watch the city’s top chefs battle for honours at the Warm The Heart Soup Cook-off. The Saskatoon Blues Festival turns up the heat February 27 to March 5, presented by Cherry Insurance. Hosted at clubs, bars and coffee shops throughout the city, the Blues Festival features top Canadian and international blues artists.

Foodie Paradise

Saskatoon has emerged as a culinary hot spot, earning kudos from food writers from across the country. A recent write-up by shared “how to spend 72 hours in Saskatoon for food lovers.” Their go-to choices included: Top Chef Canada Dale MacKay’s two restaurants, Ayden Kitchen & Bar and Little Grouse on the Prairie; the perennial Broadway favourite, Calories; Little Bird Patisserie in Riversdale; chef/ owners Christie Peters and Kyle Michael’s two Riversdale dining spots, The Hollows and Primal; a tasting at 9 Mile Legacy Brewing and nightcaps at Flint.

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GAME ON! Watch out, Pokemon Go! There’s a new game that’s all the rage in Saskatoon: Boomtown Pursuit. We asked travel writer Jesse Green and her family to head over to Saskatoon’s Western Development Museum and try out this new digital scavenger hunt. by Jesse Green PHOTOS BY SARAH GRUMMETT


When we heard there was trouble brewing down at Saskatoon’s Western Development Museum (WDM), we put together a crackerjack team of detectives and headed straight over. It’s a good thing we got there when we did, because things were definitely awry at Boomtown 1910! Turned out there was a crook on the loose and it was up to us to bring him to justice. Armed with nothing but a cell phone and our wits (we each have at least two), we set out to follow the trail of clues. We zigzagged back and forth across Main Street to follow the clues, solve puzzles, look for connections and of course snap the odd selfie. We found ourselves in and out of the livery yard, the general store, the drug store and the Royal North West Mounted Police post, just to name a few. I believe we were deputized and sworn to secrecy, so I won’t say any more about our adventure. We may or may

not have tracked down the scoundrel, but the only way to be sure is to check out Boomtown Pursuit with your own team! Our family members’ ages range from seven to quite a bit older than that, and each of us were able to help with the mystery. We all had an excellent time and think that kids and adults of all ages would enjoy themselves. It took us about 70 minutes to complete the game, leaving us lots of time to visit the fun house, the sod house and hit up the Boomtown Café for some wonderful home cooking. Boomtown Pursuit was launched in collaboration with the WDM and Saskatoon’s Media Manifesto Inc. Digital scavenger hunters can purchase an entry code at the front desk of the WDM during regular opening hours. Your device must be able to do SMS text messaging (sending and receiving text messages with photos) in order to play. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, with

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What we liked best:

Travel writer Jesse Green, her husband Chad, and her three children Joe, Bruce and Kitt had fun playing the new digital scavenger hunt – Boomtown Pursuit – at Saskatoon’s Western Development Museum.

ern Development Museum shares our prairie province’s rich heritage, its distinct sense of place while telling “Saskatchewan Inspired” stories. Saskatoon’s WDM is located at 2610 Lorne Ave and online at www. Check out their website and social media sites for all the latest on travelling exhibits and special events.

What we didn’t like:

• That it was over! • That my new-fashioned phone auto-corrected one of our answers and we were stuck at one clue for a while. Beware the evils of auto-correct.

Photos by Shelly Balbar

a number of corporate groups booking in for team building and staff party events as well as members of the general public playing the game. “We are hearing that people are seeing the exhibits in a new way and noticing new things thanks to the game,” says Scott Whiting, Education and Public Programs Coordinator. From its four locations, the West-

• How each clue was so different from the next. • Getting the chance to see a well-loved museum from a different perspective. • The excitement of the chase. • How slick the game worked with no lag time or glitches of any kind. • Even though we have all been there on many a school field trip, we found and noticed new things.

Sing Choirs of Angels Friday, December 2 and Saturday, December 3, 2016 Knox United Church in Saskatoon Tickets are $30 and $15 (limited sight lines). Reserved seating. Available at McNally Robinson Booksellers and at the door.

Many Hearts: One Voice Spring Concert Friday, April 7, 2017 Knox United Church in Saskatoon

Tickets are $30 and $15 (limited sight lines). Reserved seating. Available at McNally Robinson Booksellers after March 1, and at the door.

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camping Try it,

you’ll like it!

Lac La Ronge Provincial Park. Photo: Tourism Saskatchewan / Eric Lindberg

The cold temperatures don’t have to be an obstacle to enjoying the great outdoors. Winter camping is a fun, family activity with a few tips from the experts at SaskOutdoors By Jennifer Jacoby-Smith


As the trees lose their leaves and temperatures start to dip, it’s time to put away your camping gear for another season. Or is it? Last year, SaskOutdoors (Saskatchewan Outdoor and Environmental Education Association) offered two Learn How to Winter Camp sessions. The Winter Camp sessions are just one of many classes the volunteer-run organization offers. The goal is to encourage Saskatchewan residents to get outdoors and enjoy themselves. The group has plans for more winter camping sessions this year. Steve Abbott with SaskOutdoors says, “Our goal for the event was to get whoever participates comfortable with being outside.” Winter lasts a ridiculously long time in Saskatchewan. It stands to reason that if you’re going to live here, you might as well make the best of the cold and snow and have fun at the same time. “The main thing with winter in Saskatchewan and Canada in general is people fear it. Once they realize they can get past the freezing part of it rather easily – by dressing properly – it opens up an entire season,” Abbott says. “And for us that’s an eight-month season.” Saskatchewan scenery is transformed by a thick blanket of pristine white snow. You might notice the tracks of a snowshoe hare or other animals you aren’t used to seeing. “Winter is a different landscape. It’s not something people experience very often. And one of the things we want to do is show how fun it can be and how different it is because there’s no people around,” says Abbott. Because of the tendency for everyone to gather around the cook stove or campfire, winter camping becomes a very social and intimate experience. Roasting marshmallows around the fire while swapping stories with friends and family can be a great bonding time. 12

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Nights become long during the winter so there are plenty of opportunities to explore your surroundings at night and do some serious star-gazing away from the light pollution of populated centres. You may even see northern lights dance across the sky. The class is a hands-on experience. Campers are given instructions on what to bring, but they learn by camping overnight. Topics covered include winter camp cooking, thermal regulation (how to stay warm) and how to create a good sleep system. Last year’s group also learned how to build snow shelters like a quinzhee. This type of snow shelter is similar to an igloo, but instead of being made from ice blocks, the snow is simply packed into a pile and then hollowed out. “These are quite neat. It can be minus 40 degrees outside and if you build these properly it can be hovering around the zero degree to minus 10. It can be a really drastic difference between inside a quinzhee and outside,” says Abbott. Abbott says there are two major rules for winter camping: stay dry and stay fed. It’s important to know how to layer clothing correctly so you can stay dry. If you perspire you will lose body heat much more quickly. Because winter camping is very active with chopping fire wood, building shelters, or other camp maintenance, participants must make sure they consume enough calories. Just like summer camping, enough planning and preparation beforehand can make all the difference when it comes to food. Abbott says there is one last winter camping essential. “You just have to be adventurous. You just have to have faith that you can do it. And it’s a lot of fun.” For more information about the Winter Camp sessions or other upcoming events, visit SaskOutdoors’ Facebook page or

Things Places to do!

Cool blues festivals will take place across the province in February (see page 20). Photo: Tourism Saskatoon

to go!

Hibernation is for bears! Winter is a wonderful time to get out and explore Saskatchewan. With so many exciting attractions, events and festivals, you’ll never run out of great things to see, do and experience!

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Things to do Art of cinema

The Mackenzie Art Gallery in Regina is the province’s oldest and largest public art gallery, featuring world-class exhibitions and public programs. Now through January 2, Mackenzie Art Gallery presents Atom Egoyan: Steenbeckett. Canada’s Atom Egoyan is one of the world’s most celebrated Sundog Handcraft Faire Photo: Tourism Saskatoon contemporary filmmakers. This extraordinary lens-based installation Write Out Loud features a continuously moving web of 35 mm footage Celebrating its 30th season, Write Out Loud is a from his film version of the Samuel Beckett play: Krapp’s popular showcase of prairie authors, hosted by Swift Last Tape. Current’s Lyric Theatre. Each evening combines musical entertainment with a reading by the selected author, Get your craft on followed by an audience discussion. The next Write Out The holiday season brings a blizzard of amazing craft Loud evening features award-winning cowboy poet and art sales across the province. Head to Regina for the Bryce Burnett on November 16. February 15 will turn Our Best to You Craft & Art Sale (Nov. 10-12, Evraz Place); the spotlight on local writers. Gabriel Dumont biograWintergreen Fine Craft Market (Nov.18-20, Conexus Art pher Darren Prefontaine will be featured on March 15. Centre). In Saskatoon, don’t miss the Our Best to You Craft Poet Lynda Monahan takes the stage April 19, followed & Art Sale (Nov.18-20, Prairieland Park) and Sun Dog Arts by author Rod MacIntyre on May 17. & Entertainment Faire (Dec.4-6, SaskTel Centre).

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Holiday Lights Extravaganza

The Enchanted Forest Holiday Light Tour, presented by BHP Billiton. Photo: Tourism Saskatoon

The Enchanted Forest Holiday Light Tour, presented by BHP Billiton, enters its 18th sparkling season at Saskatoon’s Forestry Farm Park, November 19 to January 7. Over 70,000 visitors have made the Enchanted Forest Saskatchewan’s top wintertime attraction. Enjoy the dazzling LED light displays on the 2.5 km drive-through route. On Nov. 18 and Jan. 8 only, tour the Enchanted Forest on foot during Saskatchewan Blue Cross PushtoPlay Light Walk.

Christmas magic

Now in its 31st year, the Saskatoon Festival of Trees has evolved into a family entertainment extravaganza. Taking place November 20-26 at Saskatoon’s Western Development Museum, this year’s theme is “Nature’s Magical Christmas.” In addition to spectacularly decorated Christmas trees, new attractions include the Perfectly Princess Tea Party, the allnew Gingerbread Lane and the Selfie Station, presented by PotashCorp.

Awesome Agribition

Taking place November 21-26 at Regina’s Evraz Place, Canadian Western Agribition has expanded into North America’s best beef show and the largest livestock show in Canada, featuring beef cattle, horses, sheep, goats and more. Explore the trade show with over 500 exhibitors, as well as the Everyday Living Marketplace.

The Saskatoon Festival of Trees. Photo: Tourism Saskatoon

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Things to do

The Saskatchewan Legislative Building in Regina lights up for the holidays. Photo: Getty Images

Light up the Capital!

The Saskatchewan Legislative Building in Regina lights up for the holidays, at 7 p.m. on December 1, as part of the national Christmas Lights Across Canada event. It’s the highlight of a fun evening of festival activities. Legislative buildings across the country will turn on the holiday lights simultaneously in this national celebration.

A Dickens of a festival!

Come to Carlyle, December 2-3, for Canada’s only Dickens Festival, featuring carollers, street vendors, free entertainment, carriage rides, theatre performances and a lighted parade. Every year, a new version of the play ‘A Christmas Carol’ is presented.

Artisanal excellence

For over 40 years in Saskatoon’s charming Broadway district, Handmade House has offered quality crafts by over 100 Saskatchewan artisans working in clay, fibre, glass, jewellery, metal, mixed media and wood. A different craft artist is featured in the on-site gallery every two months. Through November 26, Handmade house features the exquisite woodworking of Debra McLeod.

Elim Church presents their 21st annual Christmas Celebration. Photo: Elim Church

Christmas concert delights

On December 2-3, the internationally acclaimed Saskatoon Children’s Choir, under the artistic direction of Phoebe Voigts, presents “Sing Chorus of Angels” at Knox United Church. Enjoy stunning renditions of traditional seasonal favourites and contemporary choral music. On December 8-11 in Saskatoon, the 21st annual Elim Church Christmas Celebration returns, featuring performances of traditional and contemporary Christmas music performed by the 75-voice choir and accompanied by a full symphony orchestra. Enjoy a special performance by Jordan Janzen. On December 18 at TCU Place, the Saskatoon Fireside Singers present its 44th annual Christmas Memories featuring best-loved seasonal and sacred songs in every music genre. The dynamic 100-voice choir is led by artistic director Marilyn Whitehead. See the Fireside Singers Facebook page for details.

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Government House presents an Old-Fashioned Victorian Christmas. Photo: Government House The Barn Playhouse. Photo: Tourism Saskatoon

Victorian splendour

Enjoy an Old-Fashioned Victorian Christmas, December 8-10 at Government House in Regina. This annual weekend-long celebration includes carolling, cookie decorating, horse-drawn wagon rides and a visit with Santa.

Ring in the New Year

The annual New Year’s Day Levee at Government House in Regina is a tradition that began January 1, 1884. The celebration includes refreshments, entertainment and a chance to exchange greetings with Lt. Gov. Vaughn Solomon Schofield.

Christmas dinner theatre

The Barn Playhouse, the iconic red barn-turnedtheatre located 25 km north of Saskatoon on Hwy 12, has entertained prairie audiences for 26 seasons. Their annual Christmas Dinner Theatre has become a popular holiday tradition. This year, The Barn Playhouse presents “It’s a Wonderful Life,” based on the classic Frank Capra movie. Before the play, enjoy a visit to the Craft Barn, sleigh rides, and a delicious banquet. Show dates are November 30-December 4; December 7-11 and 14-18.

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Things to do The PotashCorp Wintershines Festival in Saskatoon. Photo: Tourism Saskatoon

Winterruption X2

Chill out at the province’s two Winterruption music festivals! In Saskatoon and Regina, Winterruption returns January 19-21, with three days of great live music. In Saskatoon, performances will take place at four venues, including the iconic Broadway Theater. In Regina, take in seven shows at three venues.

Regina’s Beer Bacon Bands Festival. Photo: Getty Images

great music, craft beer and tasty bacon creations. Fifty booths will feature over 150 products. New this year is the Jim Beam Bourbon Alley and the provincial Vodka Winter Wonderland.

Everything is better with bacon


Love beer? Love bacon? Love music? Regina’s Beer Bacon Bands Festival, Jan.27-28 at the Conexus Arts Centre, brings all three together, with a celebration of en e Op We’r Round r a e Y

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Saskatoon’s biggest outdoor winter party, PotashCorp Wintershines Festival, returns January 28 to February 5. This cool celebration includes an ice park with a sculpted ice castle slide, climbing wall, pony rides and a petting zoo. World-class sculptors create amazing ice carvings. Top local chefs put their best dish forward in the Warm the Heart Soup Cookoff.

40th Annual Snowarama

One of the biggest snowmobile events of the year is the Easter Seals Snowarama, Feb. 11 in Yorkton. Snowmobile enthusiasts rev up their machines, in support of children with disabilities. The 250 km-round trip begins at the Gallagher Centre in Yorkton, continuing to Stenen and back. Last year, over 160 riders helped raise over $133,000 for Easter Seals Saskatchewan.

Welcome All Visitors To Porcupine Plain Nestled in the Porcupine Provincial Forest, our thriving community has all the amenities you need to have a wonderful stay. When the snow falls, it’s time for a whole new world of fun! We are a four-season tourism destination with over 100 miles of well-groomed and marked trails, cross-country skiing, great hunting and ice fishing. Residential and commercial lots are also available. Upcoming Events: Warm Up To Christmas Shopping Event - November 16, 2016 Annual Tree Lighting Event - November 24, 2016 Santa Day - December 10, 2016 Snowmobile Rally - March 4, 2017 FOR TOURISM INFORMATION VISIT OUR WEBSITE: OR CONTACT US AT


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Things to do The original Winter Festival

The Prince Albert Winter Festival was the first of its kind in Western Canada, and is the second longest consecutively running winter festival in the country. In 2017, the P.A. Winter Festival returns February 16-26, with a huge variety of events, including King Trapper competitions, dog sled races, sleigh rides, fireworks and the popular Classic Country North music shows.

Pow Wow Spectacular

Celebrate First Nations culture at the Living Sky Casino Pow Wow, February 18-19. First Nations dancers and drummers compete in a wide range of categories, hosted by Living Sky Casino in Swift Current.

The Prince Albert Winter Festival. Photo: Tourism Saskatchewan / Thomas Porter

Canadian Challenge returns

Now in its 20th year, the Canadian Challenge Sled Dog Race is the country’s premier mushing event. Warm weather forced the cancellation of last year’s event, but with forecasters predicting a return to normal temps, the Canadian Challenge Sled Dog Race is back on track. Taking place February 20-25, mushers and their dog teams will race from Prince Albert, north to La Ronge, Grandmother’s Bay, Stanley Mission and return to LaRonge. The event is a qualifier for the Iditarod and the Yukon Quest.

Saskatchewan’s got the Blues!

The 20th annual Canadian Challenge Sled Dog Race. Photo: Canadian Challenge

Across the province, cool blues festivals turn up the heat. The Saskatoon Blues Festival, presented by Cherry Insurance, February 27 to March 5, is always a party! Hosted at clubs, bars and coffee shops throughout Saskatoon, the Blues Festival features top Canadian and international blues artists.

Regina’s Mid-Winter Blues Festival runs simultaneously, February 25 to March 4, with a great mix of free and ticketed events. The StirCrazy Blues Festival brings some of North America’s greatest blues performers to Swift Current’s Lyric Theatre, Feb.24-26.

Valley of Festivals

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Photo: SaskTel Jibfest

Get some air!

SaskTel Jibfest is Saskatchewan’s premier annual snowboarding contest, taking place in March at Mission Ridge Winter Park in Fort Qu’Appelle. Last year’s event saw a record 105 athletes participate. Now in its 15th year, Jibfest is the longestrunning snowboard competition in the country.

Hockey Night in Saskatchewan

It’s always hockey night in Saskatchewan, as the Western Hockey League (WHL) presents outstanding junior hockey action. The province’s five home-town teams have an enthusiastic fan base, excited to cheer their teams on to victory. Saskatchewan WHL teams, including the Saskatoon Blades, Regina Pats, Prince Albert Raiders, Moose Jaw Warriors and Swift Current Broncos, face off against WHL teams from across Western Canada and northwest U.S.

Restore and revive your winter-weary spirit at Manitou Springs Resort and Mineral Spa. Photo: Tourism Saskatchewan/Manitou Springs Hotel & Mineral Spa

Spa excellence

European-style luxury awaits in the heart of the prairies at Manitou Springs Resort and Mineral Spa. The soothing waters of Manitou are often compared to Israel’s Dead Sea for their buoyancy and mineral-rich properties. The scenic resort, with 102 rooms and suites, is home to a European-style mineral spa with three temperature settings, massage therapy, esthetic services, fitness studio, dining and on-site shops.

Adventure awaits

The fun never stops at Blue Mountain Adventure Park, 30 km northeast of North Battleford. In the winter, Blue Mountain is a haven for snowboarding, tubing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, tobogganing, skating and more! New this season are horse-drawn sleigh rides. Warm up and relax in the new 3,000 square foot log chalet. Equipment rentals are available.

Blue Mountain Adventure Park. Photo: Blue Mountain Adventure Park

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Things to do

Howl with the Huskies!

The town of Gull Lake becomes Christmas Cove every December. Photo: Town of Gull Lake

Sundogs Excursions at Anglin Lake. For a truly memorable get-away, Photo: Tourism Saskatchewan / Keith Starks try dog sledding at Anglin Lake with Sundogs Sled Excursions. Go musha pie-eating contest, scavenger hunt, great eats and a ing through the boreal forest with guided team of huskies. Excursions range from one hour to overnight. While spectacular fireworks show. you’re there, enjoy snowshoeing, skijoring, family puppy Big River, big fun camps and guided nature experiences. A visit to Big River puts you at the epi-center of winter fun and adventure. Located on nature’s doorstep, Big Ski Timber Ridge River is a favourite destination for snowmobilers and Strap on your skis (or your snowboard) and plumquad enthusiasts. With lakes galore, ice fishing is a favoumet down the 300-foot vertical drop at Ski Timber rite past-time. Come catch the big one during Big River’s Ridge, near Big River. Warm up and relax in the new Fish Derby in March. If you dare, join in the Polar Bear chalet, which offers a large seating area, complete with Swim during the Big River Shiver in March. fireplace, along with a concession and outside deck overlooking the hill. For details, visit Ski Timber Ridge on Elk Ridge escape Facebook. The four-star Elk Ridge Resort is truly a winter wonderland. The fun’s all downhill at the spectacular toboggan Gull Lake celebrates! hill. Tubes are supplied and there’s a heated shed where Every season, the town of Gull Lake is transformed into “Christmas Cove.” The community offers a spectacu- you can warm up chilly fingers and toes. Explore the many ski, snowshoe and snowmobile trails. Enjoy skatlar holiday light display throughout the month of Deing fun or an outdoor curling match on the frozen pond. cember. On February 18, Gull Lake will host Winterfest Then head indoors to try out Elk Ridge Resort’s indoor 2017. Activities include a pancake breakfast, snow luge, corkscrew water slide, pool and hot tub. tobogganing, mini-golf, ice sculptures, street hockey,

Elk Ridge Resort. Photo: Tourism Saskatchewan / Greg Huszar Photogrpahy


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Hit the trails at PANP

Prince Albert National Park (PANP) offers non-stop winter fun and activities. Explore 40 km of tracked cross-country ski trails, or give snowshoeing a try. Don’t have your own gear? You can borrow cross-country skis, snowshoes, ice-fishing equipment and strollers with ski attachments from the Hawood Inn. Plan a winter picnic at one of the enclosed shelters, equipped with wood stoves. Pack your skates and try out the indoor skating rink.

The Lakeland District is a haven for snowmobilers. Photo: Tourism Saskatchewan / Greg Huszar Photography

Lakeland fun

Prince Albert National Park. Photo: Tourism Saskatchewan / Keith Starks

Fort Qu’Appelle

summer and winter

Whatever your favourite winter activity – snowmobiling, cross country skiing, ice fishing or hiking – the Lakeland District beckons. Sledders can explore 360 kms of impeccably groomed snowmobile trails that criss-cross around the area’s many lakes, including Emma, Christopher, Anglin and McPhee Lakes. Lakeland is also home to Saskatchewan’s newest provincial park: Great Blue Heron Provincial Park, located at Emma and Anglin Lakes. Join in the fun of vintage snowmobile races at Emma Lake’s Bell’s Beach in March.

Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park

There’s so much to see and do in Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park during the winter months! The park offers 17 kms of groomed trails for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Ski rentals and lessons are available. Bring your skates and try out the outdoor hockey rink and fire pits. Snowmobile enthusiasts can explore a designated area in the park’s Centre Block, when snow depth reaches 12 inches or more.

Minutes away from shopping, snowmobile trails, ice fishing & downhill skiing.

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Things to do

Historic Reesor Ranch in the Cypress Hills. Photo: historic reesor ranch

See the buffalo roam at Grasslands National Park. Photo: Getty Images

Historic Reesor Ranch

Cowboys know how to have fun all year long! At the Historic Reesor Ranch, just outside of Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park, visitors are invited to bring their snowmobiles, cross-country skis and toboggans to enjoy the breathtaking back country terrain. After all the outdoor fun, join your friends around a blazing winter campfire or kick back in your winterized cabin in the woods. Be sure to try out the delicious new menu at the Ranch Hall Grill.

Grasslands National Park

During the winter months, Grasslands National Park’s visitor centre closes but the park remains open. Come and hike the nature trails or drive the Eco-Tour Road. With fewer visitors in the park, you have an even better chance to see the resident wildlife, including native bison roaming the plains.

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Plenty of

white space in Saskatchewan! by Jeannie Armstrong

Rev up your snowmobile and try out these winter hot spots in Saskatchewan


Hudson Bay

With 700 kms of interconnected trails, it’s snow-wonder that Hudson Bay is one of the province’s top snowmobile destinations. The trail network in Hudson Bay has earned numerous Rider’s Choice Platinum Awards for Favourite Groomed Trail Riding in the past ten years, thanks to the hard work of the Hudson Bay Trail Riders. Riders can stop in at 12 different warm-up shelters, equipped with wood stoves, firewood, solar lights and outdoor washrooms. Join the fun at the Hudson Bay 100 Rally, held on the second weekend of February. The trail ride concludes with a supper, social, live music and prize giveaways.


Cougar Canyon, Porcupine Plain

One of the most visually thrilling snowmobile treks you can take in Saskatchewan is the 100 km Cougar Canyon trail, south of Porcupine Plain. The forested trail offers a high ridge scenic viewpoint, with breathtaking views of Cougar Canyon and a 150-foot dropoff. Riders can then head out across Big Valley Lake. Along the way, you’re sure to spot an abundance of wildlife, including moose, white-tailed deer, elk and fox.


Lac La Ronge

The snowmobile trail system in Lac La Ronge and area is one of the most geographically diverse

in the province. Trails extend through boreal forest, over lakes and rivers and the rugged terrain of the Precambrian Shield. One of the most spectacular trips any serious sledder can take is to Nistowiak Falls, an 80-km journey from Lac La Ronge. Then follow the Churchill River to Stanley Mission where you can see the oldest building in Saskatchewan: Holy Trinity Anglican Church built in 1860.



Sledders can enjoy over 300 kms of groomed trails in and around Nipawin, including the Trans-Canadian Snowmobile Trail. Riders can explore diverse and exciting terrain: frozen lakes and rivers, rolling hills and boreal forest. Enjoy a short jaunt to nearby Tobin Lake or head farther afield to Greenwater, Candle Lake, Little Bear and Hudson Bay. Trails in the area are carefully maintained by the Twin Lakes Trail Blazers.


Candle Lake

Famed for its huge lake and gorgeous 18-hole golf course in the summer, in winter Candle Lake is transformed into a winter playground. The four-season Candle Lake Golf Resort offers a mix of inviting cabins and townhouses, a great hub for sledders who want to explore than more than 250 kms of trails in the area, which are groomed and maintained by the Sno-Drifters.

One of the most spectacular trips any sledder can take is to Nistowiak Falls, an 80-km journey from Lac La Ronge. Photo: TourismSaskatchewan/Eric Lindberg




Fort Qu’Appelle

Yorkton is ranked consistently among the top snowmobiling areas in Saskatchewan. The friendly prairie city connects to over 400 kms of groomed trails, complemented by 12 warm-up cabins. In this sledfriendly community, snowmobilers can even ride down certain streets within the city limits. Main riding areas in and around Yorkton include Good Spirit Lake Provincial Park, Duck Mountain Provincial Park and Swan River. Amazing scenery and above-average snowfall makes Fort Qu’Appelle a favourite snowmobile hot spot in Southern Saskatchewan. Less than an hour’s drive from Regina, Fort Qu’Appelle offers over 300 kms of family-friendly trails, with four well-equipped warm-up shelters. Four lakes are nestled in the picturesque valley; when safely frozen over, these lakes are ideal for sledding. The trail segment between Dysart and Pasqua Lake gets a big shout-out from

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Moose Jaw

From its historic downtown to its up-scale restaurants and attractions, Moose Jaw has something for everyone. by Carol Todd


Founded the same year as the provincial capital of Regina, just 71 kms down the road, Moose Jaw’s rich history can be traced to the conjunction of the railways that linked it to almost every point of the compass. From the gangsters who rode the Soo Line up from the United States, to the immigrants who built the Canadian Pacific Railway, history rode the rails that continue to connect this vibrant city of more than 33,000 to the country and the world.

History comes alive!

With more designated heritage properties than anywhere else in Saskatchewan except Regina, history is truly alive in Moose Jaw. The preponderance of brick and stone structures, built to stand the test of time, is largely due to the city fathers’ requirement that history not repeat itself — requiring all buildings be built of fireproof materials after a disastrous 1891 fire killed four people and wiped out a number of businesses and a church on Main Street.

Tunnel vision

Visitors to the Friendly City can also look up for a view of history. More than 40 murals, in paint, glass and bas-relief, primarily in the downtown area, give insight into the development of Moose Jaw. And, the past also lives underground. The tunnels that provided conduits for downtown buildings’ utilities have morphed into a popular attraction that takes visitors on a tour of the city’s underworld past. The Tunnels of Moose Jaw is a year-round attraction that entertains guests with tours featuring unique historical productions.

Shop til you drop

Instead of bootlegging arch-criminals, shoppers now flock to the city to take advantage of the many stores and specialty shops that fill the downtown and the Town ‘N’ Country Mall. Most offer specials and sales through26

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Wakamow Valley is a winter wonderland. Photo: Moose Jaw Tourism

out the holiday season, starting with the now famous Christmas in October.

It’s show time!

The tens of thousands of people who visit Moose Jaw every year are also drawn to the range of entertainment on offer. From the games of chance at Casino Moose Jaw to musical and dramatic productions on stage at the Mae Wilson Theatre in the Moose Jaw Cultural Centre and the concerts and sports events at Mosaic Place, there’s something for everyone.

The great outdoors

Outdoor lovers will enjoy spending some time in Wakamow Valley. With its kilometres of trails and numerous park areas, Wakamow is a winter wonderland offering numerous seasonal fun opportunities. It’s easy, too, to get some exercise without donning winter wear, as Moose Jaw Parks and Recreation also has numerous indoor activities for all ages. Indoor skating and swimming are available for extended hours over the holiday season, and there are even free skating and swimming hours to keep the kids busy.

Ring in 2017!

With all the events and activities taking place indoors and out at Moose Jaw’s numerous rinks and other facilities, the Friendly City pulls out all the stops for New Year’s Eve. Most bars and restaurants offer special events to mark the celebration, but nothing can compare to the fun of ringing in a new year with family and friends at the Moose Jaw Kinsmen Sportsplex during First Night activities. Whether looking up or down, playing inside or outdoors, there’s lots to see and do all winter long in the Friendly City of Moose Jaw!


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