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Saskatchewan destination

SUMMER 2019

CONTENTS All aboard the Wheatland Express

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Make this your summer to explore Saskatchewan

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Experience Regina

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Explore Saskatoon

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Central Fun

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Northern Adventures

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Southern Sensations

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Across the province

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All aboard t he Wheatland Express by D. Grant Black

Before the dominance of the automobile, passenger rail in Saskatchewan was a lifeline that brought people and goods to rural communities. On June 2, 2018, passenger rail service began again in central Saskatchewan – with a tourism twist. This time, instead of bumping along through rural communities on a milk run, the Wheatland Express Train offers theme excursions with entertainment, libations and fresh catered meals for comfort tourists. The Wheatland Express operates on 14 km of rail line between Cudworth and Wakaw. The short train originates from either Cudworth or Wakaw, about an hour drive northeast of Saskatoon. Imagining new opportunities for this valuable 14 km segment of rail line, the Wheatland Express team was inspired by thriving tourist and event trains around North America that offered popular excursions, entertainment and events for vacationers and train enthusiasts. In 2012, Ogema’s Southern Prairie Railway

(SPR) became Saskatchewan’s first full-size tourist railway offering short train excursions for tourists. But the northern half of the province was under-serviced. The new rail tourism is being embraced with great enthusiasm from locals and out-of-town guests. It’s the hot ticket in Saskatchewan right now: the organizers, who originally scheduled eight excursions for 2018, expanded their first season to 24 when the trips began to quickly sell out. The Wheatland Express offers up a wide variety of theme excursions. My wife, Patricia, and I enjoyed the Oktoberfest train ride and dinner package. It was one of the last excursions of the 2018 season. We were on the abbreviated Wheatland Express version of Oktoberfest. We boarded a passenger car at 4 p.m. beside the small ticket booth, adjacent to Wakaw’s commercial strip. I walked the entire train: one 1954 passenger car refurbished as the Wheatland Express Safety Train, which is used as an “on-the-rail safety classroom” when it’s not an excursion car; two CN passenger cars built in 1937; and a 1916 former dining car, rebuilt in 1923 as a

Passengers disembarked at the historic Cudworth train station, then made their way to the Cudworth Heritage Museum for a tour. / Photo: D. Grant Black

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business car, brings up the rear. The four cars are powered by a 1971 dieselelectric locomotive, which was originally built for Norfolk & Western Railway. The three passenger cars were full of eager Oktoberfesters – 186 in total – ready for their beer-tasting adventure on a sunny day in early October. A few minutes after Patricia and I took our seats, that familiar lurch of a passenger car that I’ve felt on a Via Rail or Amtrak train meant we were on our way; this time heading south to nearby Cudworth at a much slower speed. Once we left Wakaw, the golden, recently harvested fields began to emerge outside the windows. Passengers were able to get a fresh perspective that we don’t see from a car window hurtling down a highway. As we chatted with our fellow passengers, we were offered an appetizer by a host. This traditional Bavarian pretzel, shaped like a long bun, was meant to accompany the beer tasting. It had the familiar salty taste of a fresh pretzel. Now we just needed the beer. Soon a woman dressed in a Bavarian blouse and skirt made her way down the aisle, carrying a wireless microphone. Jenn Srayco’s task was to instruct the beer-tasting students about her craft beer offerings. Srayko represents 9 Mile Legacy Brewing, a popular Saskatoon craft beer producer. Srayko provided tastings of 9 Mile’s current German-style beers (Marzen style Amber Ale and German style Lager) selected from the company’s 70 different beer varieties. In less than an hour, we arrived at the historic Cudworth train station. Passengers disembarked and milled about the platform area and the Cudworth museum. We watched from a distance of about three city blocks as the engineer moved the locomotive to the front of the train again, using a siding. Once we were ready to go again, we boarded the train and headed north to Wakaw. The passengers cocked their heads to view three mule deer who had scampered across the tracks a few seconds earlier. The Wheatland Express soon rolled into Wakaw and the entire train trip took less than two hours. The passengers disembarked and walked two blocks to the Wakaw Rec Centre. It was now time for our authentic Bavarianstyle dinner, prepared by the German Cultural Centre.


The Wheatland Express Train includes a 1916 former dining car, a refurbished 1954 passenger car and two CN passenger cars built in 1937. The four cars are powered by a 1971 diesel-electric locomotive, which was originally built for Norfolk & Western Railway / Photo: D. Grant Black

Excursion & Dinner Show. Tours run weekly until September with fewer dates scheduled through the fall and winter months. Summer Saturdays will feature Theme Excursion & Dinner Shows ($120/ per person) and Sundays offer Theme Excursion Experiences ($50/per person). Since Wheatland Express will add several more new train cars for the 2019 season, on-board dining will be offered instead of the dinners at the Wakaw Rec Centre. Book at wheatlandexpress.ca

The delicious and authentic buffet dinner included Rouladen with brown Jäger sauce, Bavarian bratwurst, spätzle, braised rotkohl, sauerkraut and mixed salads. Beer for the many Bavarian toasts to come was available at a cash bar. As we dined, we were entertained by Humbolt’s Little German Band, which also provided the brass band music for the dancers from Saskatoon’s Concordia Alpenrose Schuhplattler Verein. The diners were delighted with the dancers’ colourful outfits and complicated Bavarian dance

moves. This unique gathering felt like a harvest season celebration and the authentic and delicious food really added to the sense of occasion. Wheatland Express’s 2019 season excursions include train heists, tasting excursions, medieval feasts, musical tributes, award-winning entertainers and more — all with a scenic view of the prairie grain belt and the rolling hills to the west. Wheatland Express’ second season opens on Saturday, June 1 with a Johnny Cash Tribute

The Wheatland Express Train’s first season was extremely successful. Dates quickly sold out and the initial eight excursions expanded to 24. / Photo: D. Grant Black

Passengers enjoy views of the scenic prairie and lush agricultural fields. A trio of mule deer were spotted on this journey. / Photo: D. Grant Black

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Make this your summer to

explore Saskatchewan!

BY JESSE GREEN

So many of our events and attractions are celebrating big birthdays this summer. From the Watermelon Festival turning 25 to the Saskatchewan Science Centre’s 30th year, the Resort Village of Manitou Beach turning a cool 100 to the Gateway Music Festival marking 15 years, 2019 is a year of milestones. It will be the final year for the amazing Saskatchewan Fashion Week, which will end on a high note after eight very successful years. We will welcome a new festival to Saskatoon, the Co-op xye Beer Wars Festival is slated for Kiwanis Memorial Park North on Aug. 23-24. Craft beer, wine and spirit vendor booths, food

vendors and the Bartari video game lounge await; look up all the details of this Zero Waste Festival at yxebeerwars.com. Celebrate a milestone this summer, start a new tradition and support our amazing events, festivals, attractions and historical destinations. Support not only by visiting, but by reaching out with a helping hand. Every time someone flips pancakes at a community breakfast, marshals a running race, sets up some chairs or helps on the clean-up crew, the world becomes just a little better.

Happy summer, Saskatchewan!

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MACKENZIE ART GALLERY View works in the permanent collection by internationally-renowned artists, try self guided and hands-on programming in the BMO Learning Centre, Studio Sunday program, admire the outdoor sculpture garden and check the gift shop for original giftware. Enlightenment is free at Saskatchewan’s oldest and largest public art gallery. mackenzieartgallery.ca Photo: Postmedia/Brandon Harder

WASCANA CENTRE See if you can find the Lakeshore Park totem pole, the College Avenue frog or Joe Fafard’s cows; these are just a taste of the many public art installations, monuments and memorials that dot this wonderful urban park. Wascana Lake is the centrepiece and supports all manner of recreation and wildlife while the protected Natural Habitat area homes 46 species of nesting birds and is a great place for a hike. The many historic buildings, galleries and venues, along with the infusion of nature in city centre make this a beloved community gathering place. wascana.sk.ca Photo: Tourism Saskatchewan/Greg Huszar Photography

MOSAIC - A FESTIVAL OF CULTURES May 30 - June 1 Break out your lederhosen and head to the German pavilion, see the beautiful folk dresses of Poland and the Chilean chupallas; traditional garb, food and sounds of the world are admired at Regina’s long-running cultural celebration. reginamulticulturalcouncil.ca Photo: Regina Multicultural Council

SASKATCHEWAN FASHION WEEK May 9-11 It’s the final curtain call for Saskatchewan’s flagship celebration of fashion and creative design. This is last year for this ambitious and successful project; events highlight fashion design, makeup artistry, photography, event production and graphic design. saskfashionweek.com Photo: Saskatchewan Fashion Week

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REGINA ROLLING ROBOT TOURS Hop on the segway and treat yourself to a gliding tour of the sprawling Wascana Park. Tours focus on nature and history, taking in the highlights like prominent buildings and monuments as well as lesser-known corners of the park. rrrtours.ca

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CANADA’S FARM PROGRESS SHOW June 19-21 This is our country’s largest trade show. See why 40,000 people flock to Regina each year; hundreds of exhibitors, industry-leading speakers, live shows and music are just the start. Innovation, education and collaboration are the backbone of this global summit. myfarmshow.com

REGINA CLIMBING CENTRE The tagline is: Fun, passion, performance. Climbers of all ages can test their strength, strategy and endurance at this family-friendly centre. Check out youth and adult courses and clubs, or just try a drop-in session. climbingcentre.ca

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BAZAART June 15 This party has it all : delicious food, amazing local music, a family fun zone and, of course, the handmade creations from more than 150 Canadian artisans. Our province’s largest outdoor art and craft show and sale draws thousands of people to join the fun and support the MacKenzie Art Gallery’s exhibitions and programming. bazaart.ca

ROYAL SASKATCHEWAN MUSEUM Get social with #Massive2019 – this mega project will see Scotty, our world’s largest T.rex skeleton, coming to Regina from her place of discovery in Eastend. Check out the galleries at this musuem of the province; you can meet the First Nation’s trickster Wi sa ke cahk, learn how the ice age created our prairies and calculate your ecological footprint at the Human Factor. royalsaskmuseum.ca Photo: Royal Saskatchewan Museum/Facebook

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REGINA INTERNATIONAL FRINGE THEATRE FESTIVAL

July 10-14 Prepare to be entertained. Experience the authentic world of live theatre with something for all tastes; spoken word, drama, musical, dance, theatre for young audiences, magic, comedy and so much more. reginafringe.com

REGINA FOLK FESTIVAL Aug. 9-11 Victoria Park plays host to this amazing festival of music, performing art and community, now in its 50th year. Blue Rodeo, A Tribe Called Red and Jason Isbell are just a few of the headliners for this summer’s festival. reginafolkfestival.com

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QUEEN CITY EX July 31- Aug 4 Nothing says fun like the fair! Midway rides (including Kiddieland for the little ones), fair food, shopping and special events like the Pile O’Bones Rodeo are calling. Check out social media for announcements of events and attractions as the date gets closer. queencityex.com Photo: Queen City Ex/Facebook

RCMP HERITAGE CENTRE Learn the story behind the iconic red serge at this interactive heritage centre. Inquiring minds are needed to crack the case! Walk through RCMP Forensic Identification Services and see whether you can solve the crime. Get behind the wheel of a real police cruiser in the driving simulator, and check out the augmented reality replica of a cadet’s room. Can you pass inspection? rcmphc.com Photo: Tourism Saskatchewan/Chris Hendrickson Photography

KINGS PARK SPEEDWAY Figure 8 trailer race, ‘Run Your Junk,’ hobby stock, demolition derby and many more race formats await at the speedway this summer. Check the website for race dates and ticket information. kingsparkspeedway.org Photo: Kings Park Speedway/Facebook

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Watermelon helmets are optional! Help Gainer the Gopher cheer on the green and white as they go for the Grey Cup in the Canadian Football League. riderville.com Photo: Postmedia/Brandon Harder

GOVERNMENT HOUSE Jocko was Lieutenant Governor Forget and Madame Forget’s mischievous little monkey. He was known to swing from the chandeliers and steal hair pieces! Each month, visitors to Government House can look for this little scamp; find him and enter to with the “Where’s Jocko” prize. Ask about GPS tours and scavenger hunts to better explore the Edwardian Gardens and period home. governmenthousesk.ca Photo: tourism saskatchewan/j.f. bergeron/enviro foto

WORDS IN THE PARK, VICTORIA PARK It’s a date – you, your lunch and an intriguing author reading. With playwrights, children’s authors, poets and spoken word presenters, this series is presented by the Regina Downtown BID and Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild. skwriter.com/programs-and-services/summerreadings/words-in-the-park

STONEHALL CASTLE A medieval-style castle on the prairies? Really? See this Game of Thrones-esque marvel of architecture and history with a tour, party booking or overnight stay. stonehallcastle.com Photo: Stonehall Castle/Facebook

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Real science, real fun. For 30 years, this innovative museum been bringing awe, wonder and a love of science into the lives of kids and adults. Hundreds of hands-on exhibits, exciting stage shows and our province’s only 3D IMAX Theatre await. Check out the classic film series which features favourite documentaries – out from the vault for a limited time. sasksciencecentre.com Photo: Jesse Green

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SASKTEL SASKATCHEWAN JAZZ FESTIVAL June 21-30 The people of Saskatoon have voted this the “best festival” in Planet-S Magazine for 10 years in a row ! This year’s new format will feature a free music series in the Bessborough Gardens and five days of free programming at the TD Mainstage. Ticketed headliners include The Roots, Jann Arden, Walk Off The Earth, Johnny Reid and Lyle Lovett. saskjazz.com Photo: Postmedia/Matt Olson

FORESTRY FARM PARK & ZOO Say g’day to the newest arrivals - renovations began in April to make space for two dingo pups journeying from Australia to live at our zoo. Other newcomers are a mob of meerkats. These feisty little guys are always on the move and are a treat to watch. Hop on the Kinsmen Express Train during summer months, check out the historic and interactive displays in the Affinity Learning Centre and stroll the zoo; see how many of the 300 animals you can see in one visit! Don’t miss the cafe and gift shop on your way out. saskatoonzoosociety.ca

ECO GLIDE ADVENTURES Experience Saskatoon in a whole new way, with Eco Glide Adventures. Located in River Landing, Eco Glide Adventures invites you to glide the Meewasin Trail aboard a Segway or Ninebot. Take a guided tour or have a personalized event created for your group. Ecoglideadventures.com Photo: Eco Glide Adventures

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WYANT GROUP RACEWAY Join the fun and excitement at the track. Stock car racing is back with the season opener slated for June 1. Check out junior racing, race experience and the 2019 NASCAR Pinty’s Series. wyantgroupraceway.ca Photo: Wyant Group Raceway/Facebook

RIVER LANDING There is always something happening at River Landing. With art installations, access to downtown and the Meewasin Trail, this public area is free and has one of the prettiest views going. Bring the kids to cool off at the water play area, stop for a workout at the outdoor adult fitness circuit, gather at the amphitheatre for concerts and events or grab a bite at the Pavilion Building concession. riverlanding.ca Photo: Jesse Green

NUTRIEN WONDERHUB This is the day we’ve been waiting for! June 28 is opening day of Nutrien Wonderhub, where creativity, curiosity and hands-on exploration are encouraged. This fabulous space will open in its fresh and cheery location in the former Mendel Art Gallery building on the river. wonderhub.ca WANUSKEWIN HERITAGE PARK Kids’ Mother Earth Day Camps, the transformative Moon Dinner experience and tipi sleepovers are just some of the interactive activities at Wanuskewin. Of course, just walking the earth of this ancient gathering place a privilege. Head online to see renderings of the future playground, new gallery space and information on the return of bison. wanuskewin.com Photo: Wanuskewin Heritage Park

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REMAI MODERN This riverfront building is a work of art itself. Visitors to the ground floor will find large-scale art commissions, an active learning studio, an art and design store and fine food at Shift. The upper levels house collection galleries, the famed Picasso linocuts collection and a performing art theatre. remaimodern.org

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THE BARN PLAYHOUSE This year’s summer shows feature a charming small-town comedy of errors, ‘Ed’s Garage’ (June 19-23 & June 26-30) and a delightful comedy about pirate radio in the roaring 20s called ‘Radio Gals’ (Aug. 22-26 & Aug.29Sept.2) Come early for a tour of the Craft Barn, live music, food booths and horse-drawn wagon rides. barnplayhouse.com

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SHAKESPEARE ON THE SASKATCHEWAN July 5-20 Those trademark riverside tents mean that Shakespeare, medieval feasts, workshops, art displays and Community Stage performances are coming! This year’s plays are The Comedy of Errors and As You Like It. shakespearesask.com Photo: Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan/Facebook

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2019-2020 Performing Season May 3, May 10, June 6 and June 7, 2019. The Saskatoon Children’s Choir offers young singers a rich and challenging experience. All young people who enjoy singing are welcome to audition. Preparatory Choir: ages 7-9 • Apprentice Choir: ages 8-13 • Concert Choir: ages 12-16 Phoebe Voigts, Artistic Director, Michelle Aalders, Accompanist For more information or to book an audition, call 306-249-3927. www.saskatoonchildrenschoir.org

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PION-ERA July 13-14 The Western Development’s celebration of old-time prairie life is back! Costumed interpreters present the Story of Threshing, pioneer activities and the Parade of Power. wdm.ca Photo: Postmedia/Michelle Berg

BLACK FOX FARM & DISTILLERY The world’s best cask gin was created at this micro-distillery. Seriously. Their award shelf is full of gold, silver and World’s Best accolades. Visit the brewery tasting room and be sure to check out the festivals page on their website, including the Black Fox Glad Fest featuring 10,000 glorious gladiolas in full bloom, World Gin Day and the fall Pumpkin Fest. blackfoxfarmanddistillery.com

FOOD TRUCK WARS July 26-28 The big event here is the Flavour Challenge, where competing food vendors’ creations are judged by a panel of guest, celebrity and foodloving judges. New additions to the festival last year were a vendors’ market, buskers circle, Strongman Power Lifting demonstrations, Saskatchewan’s Got Talent & The Ultimate Hamburger Championship. foodtruckwarsyxe.com Photo: Food Truck Wars/Facebook

NUTRIEN FRINGE THEATRE AND STREET FESTIVAL

Aug. 1-10 Six venues, 10 days, 33 plays and more than 200 performances … and that’s just the live theatre! The streets of Broadway are alive with artist and craft vendors, food vendors and amazing street performers. Check out the ‘How to Fringe’ section on the web; this is one of Saskatoon’s favourite summer festivals. 25thstreettheatre.org Photo: Postmedia/Liam Richards

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THE SASKATCHEWAN RAILWAY MUSEUM Sleeper cars, street cars, cabooses and engines; this museum is a place for train lovers of all ages to climb, explore and play. saskrailmuseum.org Photo: Jesse Green

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THE SASKATOON EX Aug. 6-11 What’s summer without the ex? Fair food, midway games, circus acts, the demolition derby and dozens of rides that range from the Bumble Bee to the Zipper. Live music caps off each night at this summertime favourite. saskatoonexhibition.ca

JOHN ARCAND FIDDLE FEST Aug. 8-10 This grassroots festival is a must-do. Nightly concerts, old time dances, Métis Cultural Camp with finger weaving, beading, storytelling and dancing, plus free fiddle and guitar workshops for all ages. johnarcandfiddlefest.com

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SASKATOON FOLKFEST Aug. 15-17 Visit the Asia Pacific Pavilion to experience the traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony and try your hand at Mah Jong. Be welcomed with a “Namaste,” the Nepalese greeting gesture with palms held together in front of the heart and bowing head. The pavilions are too many to list; check the website and get your passport early for unlimited access to all FolkFest has to offer. saskatoonfolkfest.com Photo: Postmedia/Liam Richards

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Daily main stage, 100+ workshops, Métis culture camp, old time dances, concerts, fiddle contest, children’s area & unserviced camping all included with admission. On site concession.

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SASKATCHEWAN AVIATION MUSEUM AND LEARNING CENTRE

Meet the stewards of Saskatchewan’s aviation history, try the flight simulator and see the historic airplanes up close. Look for updates on the Cessna 180 that was recently retrieved from the depths of Peter Pond Lake 60 after the tragic crash. saskaviation.ca Photo: Postmedia/Michelle Berg

PRAIRIE LILY RIVER CRUISES These river rides have become a Saskatoon summer institution. Charter a private ride for that special occasion or hop aboard one of the scheduled tours and see the city from a whole new perspective. theprairielily.com Photo: Tourism Saskatchewan/Chris Hendrickson Photography

BERRY BARN, SASKATOON This quiet country getaway is just minutes from the city, and a world away. Soak up the beautiful views, stroll the grounds, sample the orchard-fresh Saskatoon berry pies and country-style dining. Help the Berry Barn celebrate its 20th year by tagging with #berrybarn 20! berrybarn.ca

NUTRIEN FIREWORKS FESTIVAL Aug. 31-Sept 1 The skies will be alight with choreographed and wonderful fireworks displays and River Landing will be buzzing with cultural showcases, food trucks, arts and crafts markets. This is a great way to wrap up summer in Saskatoon. nutrienfireworksfestival.ca Photo: Nutrien Fireworks Festival/Facebook

THE GLEN AT CROSSMOUNT Sign up for a workshop via the Whimsy Store, have a bite to eat and specialty coffee at the Prairie Grounds Café, have a wander through the greenhouse and of course enjoy the beautiful prairie view. This is home to Crossmount Cider Company, a field-to-cork cidery. theglenatcrossmount.ca Photo: Glen at Crossmount/Facebook

Check out the brand new Prairie Oasis Campground for your next camping destinations this summer. Featuring 25 electrified stalls complete with water hook-up, a barbecue pit and a picnic table. Accessible washrooms and a shower house are also on site.

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Family Fun Night & Drive In Theatre – June 1 | West Coast Amusements Midway – June 20 - 23 Summer Fun Program – June 28 – August 23 | Canada Day Celebrations – July 1

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WHEATLAND EXPRESS EXCURSION TRAIN Cudworth Gourmet meals, the nostalgia of a train journey and those gorgeous prairie views await; rides feature live music or themed entertainment like the hillbilly wedding, Elvis tribute and Murder on the Wheatland Express. wheatlandexpress.ca Photo: D. Grant Black

BATOCHE NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE You may get to push a Red River cart, scrub laundry with a wash board or pump water, just as the Métis families did in the 1880s. The Northwest Resistance tore through this community, and today we honour our history by walking the grounds, exploring the village, paddling the river and remembering the past. pc.gc.ca/batoche Photo: Jesse Green

YORKTON FILM FESTIVAL & GOLDEN SHEAF AWARDS

Yorkton May 23-27 Showcasing the best of short film from across Canada, this long-running festival features informative panels from industry leaders, the prestigious Golden Sheaf Awards and, of course, the Yorkton Lions’ Lobsterfest. yorktonfilm.com

CENTRAL FUN

BIG DAY AT THE FARM MUSIC FESTIVAL Rosthern July 13 Come for the music – with talent like Rugged Little Thing, Hook & Nail and Corner Grass – and stay for the craft beer and cider, delicious local food and sites of this historic site. Heritage buildings, picturesque gardens and u-pick orchard with berries and cherries make this worth the trip. tinyurl.com/BigDaySeagerWheeler

ALLEN SAPP GALLERY North Battleford Born in 1928 on the Red Pheasant Reserve, Allen Sapp was a recorder of life; named Kiskayetum (he perceives it) by the Nootokao (matriach) as a child. His art tells the story of his people as no words can. See for yourself at the award-winning gallery in North Battleford, open daily during summer months. allensapp.com Photo: Tourism Saskatchewan/Allen Sapp Gallery-The Gonor Collection

LOUIS RIEL RELAY & KIDFEST July 6 This is a lively, high-octane adventure race where competitors mimic a day in the life of a Métis or Indigenous outfitter in the days of the fur trade. Running, horse riding, canoeing, weighted pack runs and biking feature in this exciting race. KidFest features rope making, archery, petting zoo, live music, traditional Métis games and – a must have – the bouncy castle! louisrielrelaydays.com Photo: Louis Riel Relay Days/Facebook

GODFREY DEAN ART GALLERY Yorkton Contemporary art from local and national artists is on display at the area’s only professionally-operated public art gallery. Check for cultural and artistic programming throughout the year. deangallery.ca Photo: Godfrey Dean Art Gallery/Facebook

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BLUE MOUNTAIN ADVENTURE PARK Battlefords Test your strength and strategy on the climbing wall and aerial course, sail over the trees on a zip line tour or challenge your frenemies to a paintball battle. Or, unleash your creative side with a DIY wood sign workshop. Check out accommodation options and concession at the Snack Shack. explorebluemountain.com Photo: Blue Mountain Adventure Park/Facebook

FORT BATTLEFORD NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE Battleford The Saskatchewan of today was shaped by the turmoil of the late 1800s at this original North West Mounted Police post. Explore original stockade, bastion and barracks and learn what life was like for the early settlers, First Nations and Métis people. parkscanada.gc.ca/battleford Photo: Tourism Saskatchewan/Greg Huszar Photography

NORTH BATTLEFORD INTERNATIONAL STREET PERFORMER FESTIVAL

July 26-27 Fire juggling, unicycle riding, living statues; there is no end to the talent and family fun at this festival. Featuring both home-grown and international talent, the festival is in its fifth year and just keeps getting better every year. nbstreetfest.com Photo: North Battleford International Street Performer Festival/Mandy May Photography

Northern Lights Palace Arena, Waterslide & Wave Pool Northeast Northe Nor theast Sa Saska Saskatchewan’s skatch tchewan’s Premier Premi Pr emier Indoor Recreation Facility!

Spruce Haven Park NE Saskatchewan’s Premier Outdoor Recreation Area!

• New Skate Park • Picnic Shelters • Memorial Labyrinth • Soccer Pitches MANITOU SPRINGS RESORT AND MINERAL SPA Manitou Beach Long have the waters of Manitou Beach been a place of healing and of peace. Discover the legends and soak in buoyant and mineral-rich waters at this European-style mineral space. Enjoy a bite to eat on the newly renovated patio, take in spa services and check out the huge selection in the swimsuit store! manitousprings.ca

• Ball Diamonds • Washrooms • RV Dump • Spray Park Under Development

NE Saskatchewan’s Premier Event & Convention Centre!

Photo: Tourism Saskatchewan/Carey Shaw Photography

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CENTRAL FUN MANITOU MAPLE MADNESS CHAINSAWCARVING COMPETITION

CROOKED BUSH Hafford Visit the eerie, twisted forest grove to see one of nature’s great mysteries. Be sure to stick to the winding boardwalk which protects the trees and habitat. hafford.ca/recreation/attractions.html Photo: Tourism Saskatchewan/Saskatchewanderer

Aug. 8-11 It’s back! This bi-annual showcase of sawdust, sculptures and talent is back to the beach this summer. This is the only professional carving competition of its kind in the province, and features professional carvers and judging, quick-carve contests and celebrations for the Resort Village of Manitou Beach turning 100 will make this a weekend to remember. manitoubeach.ca

REDBERRY LAKE BIOSPHERE RESERVE Hafford This is Saskatchewan’s only biosphere reserve. At its heart is the clear saline lake named for the many varieties of red berries that grow in the area. Hikers, beach bums, nature and bird lovers alike enjoy recreation here. Check out canoe and kayak rentals from the Research & Education Centre. redberrylake.ca

Photo: “Where’s My Love?”/Ryan Villiers/Resort Village of Manitou Beach

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AWARD WINNING PUBLIC GALLERY “Powerful and sensitive images of the Northern Plains Cree” June - September: 11am - 5pm Daily October - May: 12pm - 4pm Wed - Sun

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WORLD BUNNOCK CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT

Macklin Aug. 2-4 The Game of Bones is back, with the 320 teams vying for the title of world champs. This traditional German-Russian game takes the spotlight, but the weekend is a festive one with children’s rides, a street dance and vendors. #Bones2019 macklin.ca/bunnock.html Photo: World Bunnock Championship Tournament/Facebook

PETROFKA ORCHARD Waldheim Extra-aged apple cider vinegar, jams, pies, frozen fruit … mouth-watering, naturefresh products await at the Petrofka Orchard Country Store. Ask about a group tour of the orchard or stroll the grounds and see dozens of bird species, blossoming orchards and the grand, century-old cottonwood poplars. petrofkaorchard.com

THE SESULA MINERAL GEM MUSEUM Radisson Please, touch all the stuff! This is a hands-on museum brimming with gems, fossils and minerals and so many wonders of our earth, including Canada’s only baby T.rex skeleton. Meet the Mineral Kid and his sister – likely the youngest museum curators you’ll meet. tinyurl.com/Sesula

DANCELAND Manitou Beach Dance halls used to dot the countryside – they were the place to be on a weekend night. This is one of the last dance halls, and its horsehair sprung floors make it a wonder. Reserve your spot at the pre-dance buffet and check the schedule for special events. danceland.ca

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Photo: Petrofka Orchard/Facebook

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LLOYDMINSTER CULTURAL & SCIENCE CENTRE Lloydminster This summer’s travelling exhibits include thought-provoking subjects like The Residential School Experience, World War Women among others. Permanent exhibits include the OTS Heavy Oil Science Centre, the Fuch’s Wildlife Gallery and the Imhoff Art Gallery. lloydminster.ca/lcsc Photo: Tourism Saskatchewan/Eric Lindberg

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CENTRAL FUN

DENHAM’S RAM TOUGH CPCA FINALS Lloydminster Aug. 14-18 Cheer on the best of the Canadian Professional Chuckwagon Association as they vie for champion title. Wagon Week action includes a family fun night, the Chuckwagon Cabaret, beer gardens, pancake breakfast and more. facebook.com/LloydExh

HUMBOLDT WATER TOWER Humboldt Climb the spiral staircase – all 143 steps – to take in the aerial view of town and learn about the struggle for fresh water on the prairies. This is Saskatchewan’s only water tower of its kind open to the public, with tours running during July and August. humboldtmusuem.ca Photo: Jesse Green

ANCIENT ECHOES INTERPRETIVE CENTRE Herschel There is a lot to capture the imagination here with a focus on prehistoric times, aboriginal history and ecology. Check out summer programs on pottery, drum making, craft day and activities like full-moon walks and palaeontology hikes. This community-led centre is the winner of a 2018 National Trust Ecclesiastical Insurance Cornerstone Award for illustrating resilience and benefit to a community. ancientechoes.ca

STATION ARTS CENTRE & TEA HOUSE Rosthern This arts centre aims to share the love of art through performing and visual art, concert series and special events. The Tea Room & Kathy Thiessen Art Gallery are housed in a renovated CN Railway station, and annual summer theatre productions often draw sell-out crowds. stationarts.com Photo: Station Arts Centre/Facebook

Photo: Ancient Echoes Interpretive Centre/Facebook

ORIGINAL HUMBOLDT Humboldt Discover the Dominion Telegraph line and its first female telegraph operator in the west, the Carlton Trail trading highway and those iconic Métis red river carts, Chief Whitecap and the Dakota tipis, military tents of the 1885 Northwest Resistance; read the history, walk the lands and relive this fascinating chapter of our history. Just west and south of town; see website for directions and information on excavating opportunities. humboldtmusuem.ca

NATIONAL DOUKHOBOR HERITAGE VILLAGE Veregin The 1908 Doukhobor-built grain elevator has received a status update; it is officially a heritage building. Visit the village’s blacksmith shop, houses and prayer home, and, if you are offered bread – say yes! The village originated in the late 1800s when thousands of Doukhobors fled Russia seeking religious freedom. ndhv.ca Photo: Tourism Saskatchewan/Rob Weitzel Graphic Productions

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MANN ART GALLERY Prince Albert A fine wolf sculpture called Mahihkan guards this vibrant centre for the arts. Bridging culture and community, the gallery features permanent pieces in many mediums and travelling exhibitions. mannartgallery.ca Photo: Mann Art Gallery

TREE-O-SIX ADVENTURES

Elk Ridge Resort Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park Nature meets thrills. Treetop zipline tours are the bread and butter, but both locations have base camps packed with fun, outdoorsy adventure. Try your hand at slack ropes, climbing walls, high ropes and more. treeosix.com Photo: Jesse Green

PINE NEEDLE MOUNTAIN BIKE & MUSIC FESTIVAL

June 9 Join the fun in Little Red River Park at this awesome, active festival. The six-hour bike enduro event can be tackled as a team or solo with prizes for top fundraisers. The MNP Kids’ Wilderness Run is a super fun and challenging course for the littles, and the food and live music runs all day. pineneedlebikefestival.com Photo: Pine Needle Bike Festival

THE NESS CREEK FESTIVAL SITE Big River Three festivals, one beautiful forest home: Ness Creek Music Festival (July 18-21) features headliners like Bombargo, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Crooked Creek. Flock to the forest and take in the magic of community at this celebration of ecology, music and art. nesscreekmusicfestival.com The Northern Lights Bluegrass & Old Tyme Music Festival & Music Camp (Festival Aug. 16-18, Music Camp Aug. 12-16) tips its hat to our rural roots and features both new and upcoming artists. northernlightsbluegrass.com Country at the Creek (June 20-23) Lisa Moen and Doc Walker headline this year’s familyfriendly country festival at the Ness Creek Festival Site. countryatthecreek.ca discovernesscreek.com Photo: Tourism Saskatchewan/Greg Huszar Photography

THE DIEFENBAKER HOUSE MUSEUM Prince Albert Dief the Chief was our 13th Prime Minister. Tour the well-appointed home which features personal belongings and original decor and learn of Diefenbaker’s connection with Prince Albert. historypa.com Photo: Diefenbaker House Museum

ELK RIDGE RESORT

Stay, play, dine and relax. Zip lining and more at the Tree-O-Six Adventure Park, boating at the Waskesiu Marina, horseback riding, hiking and championship golf are just some of the action-packed roster here. Set in the boreal forest and with a range of dining and accommodation options, your visit can be as casual or as formal as you like. elkridgeresort.com

PRINCE ALBERT NATIONAL PARK Visit once and you’ll be hooked. The thriving Waskesiu Townsite offers shopping, dining, interpretive programming just steps away from Waskesiu Lake. The park is a wonderland of natural adventures; canoeing, hiking, fishing, wildlife watching, camping, boating and so much more. pc.gc.ca/princealbert waskesiu.org

Photo: Tourism Saskatchewan/Greg Huszar Photography

Photo: Tourism Saskatchewan/Greg Huszar Photography

ATHABASCA SAND DUNES

This location would definitely take some planning, but a trip to this isolated and ecologically-important part of the world would be worth five-stars for sure. The world’s most northerly set of sand dunes, rare plants that live only here and a great adventure await. tinyurl.com/AthabascaSand Photo: Tourism Saskatchewan/J.F. Bergeron/Enviro Foto

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NORTHERN ADVENTURES

LAC LA RONGE PROVINCIAL PARK This northern park is a picture of natural beauty. Paddle, fish or swim in one of the 100 lakes and enjoy that gorgeous clean air. Make a stop at La Ronge’s Robertson Trading Post where raw furs are still bought and sold. tinyurl.com/LacLaRonge Photo: Jesse Green

WASKESIU TOWNSITE Prince Albert National Park Overlooking the beach of Waskesiu Lake is this charming townsite where shopping, cinemas, dining and heritage buildings meet. This little town in the Prince Albert National Park is definitely an icon of northern summers. waskesiu.org

WASKESIU & AREA WILDERNESS REGION The slogan is ‘Where adventure comes naturally,’ and it couldn’t be more fitting; the area encompasses the Lakeland district, Elk Ridge Resort, the town of Big River and the Prince Albert National Park. The grasslands are home to the only free-ranging plains bison still on their natural range. waskesiuwildernessregion.com

Photo: Tourism Saskatchewan/Greg Huszar Photography

Photo: Tourism Saskatchewan/Greg Huszar Photography

RIDE THE RED DEER RIVER Canoe & Kayak Hudson Bay Saskatchewan

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GEM LAKES Narrow Hills Provincial Park These bright lakes are named for the gemstones they mimic. Formed when the glaciers melted, they are deep and clear lakes with great fishing. Elsewhere in the provincial park are so many lakes known to be excellent spots for fly fishing. Hiking, canoeing and kayaking are also park favourites. tinyurl.com/GemLakes Photo: Tourism Saskatchewan/Greg Huszar Photography

CANDLE LAKE & MINOWUKAW SAND DUNES Enjoy the sprawling and shallow beach area, cast a line for walleye, perch, pike, burbot or whitefish or walk the trail to the Minowukaw Sand Dunes. Pop into the nearby resort village for amenities and fixed-roof accommodations. saskparks.com Photo: Tourism Saskatchewan/Paul Austring

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NORTHERN ADVENTURES HOLY TRINITY ANGLICAN CHURCH Stanley Mission Saskatchewan’s oldest standing building cuts a fine profile aside the Churchill River. It is a wood frame building built from locally cut and hewn timber in the 1850s, and still has original hinges and stained glass. It is accessible by boat from Stanley Mission. tinyurl.com/HolyTrinitySK

LIMESTONE CREVICES Amisk Lake Once covered by a sea, these ancient coral reefs are now miles of limestone caverns and crevices. Some measure up to 12 metres in depth, so watch your step! Best to leave the little ones and pets behind for this adventure. townofcreighton.ca

THE CHURCHILL RIVER SYSTEM Missinipe Paddle some of the world’s best wilderness canoeing on this historic route of the voyageurs. The mighty Nistowiak Falls and Otter Rapids will take your breath away. An experienced canoe outfitter can take you on the paddle of a lifetime.

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TUNNELS OF MOOSE JAW Moose Jaw Venture below the streets of Moose Jaw’s historic downtown to relive days gone by. Choose from the harrowing journeys that Chinese immigrants experienced in Passage to Fortune and the thrilling antics of bootleggers and gangsters in the Chicago Connection. tunnelsofmoosejaw.com Photo: Tourism Saskatchewan/Greg Huszar Photography

CYPRESS HILLS INTERPROVINCIAL PARK Tucked away in the province’s corner is this plateau that the glaciers missed; and the highest point in Canada between the Rockies and Newfoundland. Forests of lodgepole pine, a Dark-Sky Preserve with astronomy programs, excellent hiking and biking and the unmistakable Cypress Hills pine scent. Accommodations range from four-season resorts to camping. saskparks.net/cypresshills Photo: Jesse Green

CHAUTAUQUA INDEPENDENT PLAY FESTIVAL

Swift Current May 30 - June 2 Chautauqua – Swift Current’s Very Own Independent Play Festival – is sure to delight. See a young couple work through the craze of competition à la fitness trackers in ‘The Watch’; be moved through the heartfelt story of adults with physical disabilities searching for love and affection. Four professional plays will be presented over as many days; this is a must-see for spring in the southwest! lyrictheatre.ca

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MAC THE MOOSE #BiggerRackForMac #CanadianPride #SorryNotSorry Mac the Moose has stood as a beacon to travellers and watched over the city of Moose Jaw for more than 30 years, proudly holding the title of world’s largest roadside moose. The gentle giant is the centre of a controversy stemming from Norway’s newer, shinier and – gasp – bigger moose! Check out the gofund-me page where suggestions for Mac to reclaim his title include adding stiletto heels, a giant Mountie hat or a new, taller set of antlers. gofundme.com/mac-the-moose Photo: Jesse Green

TEMPLE GARDENS HOTEL & SPA Moose Jaw A travel favourite, this hotel and spa features an indoor / outdoor rooftop pool of geothermal mineral waters. Relax and revitalize in the pool, try a spa treatment and enjoy the fine dining or casual poolside cafe. Check out stay and play packages that include a spin at Casino Moose Jaw. templegardens.sk.ca Photo: Tourism Saskatchewan/Temple Gardens Hotel & Spa


Photo: Tourism Saskatchewan/Greg Huszar Photography

LONG DAY’S NIGHT MUSIC FESTIVAL Swift Current June 20 – 23 Performances by Reverend Horton Heat’s Rockabilly Invasion, The Sadies and The Garrys help celebrate the longest days of the year under the living skies. longdaysnight.ca SUMMER SOLSTICE FESTIVAL D’ÉTÉ Gravelbourg June 21-22 Over its 19 years this festival has grown to a community-wide celebration of sun, multicultural food and music. With artisan vendors and crafters, music at the live stage and the fun of the annual parade. summersolsticefestivaldete.com

SOUTHERN SENSATIONS

SASKPOWER WINDSCAPE KITE FESTIVAL June 22 - 23 These prairie skies are calling - watch as the world’s best kite flyers fill the heavens with their creations. Try your hand at kite making and flying, let the kids play in the straw bale maze and try face painting and balloon sculpting. windscapekitefestival.ca

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ALL FOLK’D UP MUSIC FESTIVAL Montmartre July 5-7 It’s been 10 years of eclectic live music, interactive children’s pavilions and great food in the beautiful Kemoca Regional Park. Get in on the festival this summer! allfolkedup.net Photo: All Folk’d Up Music Festival

GRASSLANDS NATIONAL PARK Walk the grasslands, untouched and just as they were. The stunning prairie vistas are matched only by the rare wildlife and that endless sky. Look up ‘Tours and Programs’ for info on geocache challenges, guided nature hikes, Métis heritage presenters, astronomy nights and more. pc.gc.ca/grasslands Photo: Tourism Saskatchewan/Greg Huszar Photography

T.REX DISCOVERY CENTRE – ROYAL SASKATCHEWAN MUSEUM

Eastend Discover ancient fish-eating reptiles and northern crocodiles that hung out here 60 million years ago, learn about famous Scotty, our planet’s largest and most complete T.rex skeleton (officially bigger than Chicago’s T.rex ‘Sue’ by 400kg!) and the Buzzard Coulee Meteorite. Your visit can include drop-in programs, guided tours and the film ‘Dinosaur Hunters.’ royalsaskmuseum.ca/trex Photo: Jesse Green

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BIG MUDDY BADLANDS TOURS Coronach The show stopper here is Castle Butte; it’s towered 70 metres above the badlands since the ice age. Tours take in caves that outlaw Sam Kelly hid in, cross the lands where Butch Cassidy and his outlaws rode. Stop at the Big Muddy North West Mounted Police post and the old one-room school house. Tours depart from the Coronach Tourist Information Booth on Highway 18. townofcoronach.ca/visitors/attractions/

COUNTRY THUNDER Craven July 11-14 Steve Earl and the Dukes, Travis Tritt and Tim McGraw headline this mega celebration of country music, summertime parties, camping and that amazing festival food! countrythunder.com/sk

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SASKATCHEWAN AIR SHOW Moose Jaw July 6-7 Back by popular demand! Hosted by 15 Wing Moose Jaw, the Saskatchewan Airshow on July 6 & 7 will be an exceptional opportunity for families, friends and aviation enthusiasts of all ages to enjoy and experience aviation at its best. The airshow will showcase spectacular air performances, aircraft and historically connected static displays, a kids’ zone, VIP and corporate chalets, food and retail concessions and more. For tickets and further details about this exciting event, visit airshow.ca.

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LAKE DIEFENBAKER Wakeboarding, waterskiing, sailing… there is room for everyone on southern Saskatchewan’s largest lake. In the surrounding communities you’ll find marinas, excellent golfing options, provincial parks, dining and more. This lake is an angling mecca with three world record breaking catches in the past few years. lakediefenbakertourism.com Photo: Tourism Saskatchewan/Greg Huszar Photography

WOOD MOUNTAIN STAMPEDE Wood Mountain July 12-14 This summer marks 130 years at Canada’s oldest continuous rodeo! Travel to cowboy country and take in the action of team roping, Little Britches Rodeo, CCA rodeo and unwind at the evening cabarets. woodmountainstampede.com Photo: Tourism Saskatchewan/Eric Lindberg

GATEWAY MUSIC FESTIVAL Bengough July 26-28 It seems like just yesterday this little festival was a newcomer to the Saskatchewan music scene. This summer marks 15 years of amazing music and that festival magic in the badlands. Headliners include Trooper, Kim Mitchell, Charlie Major and so many other talented acts. gatewayfestival.com

THE HAPPY NUN CAFÉ Forget This little café fosters a sense of connection; to the food, to the music and to the community. Join the legacy with a meal, a cooking class or one of many talented live performers.

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Photo: Happy Nun Café/Facebook

THE GREAT SOUTHWEST SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL

25TH ANNUAL WATERMELON FESTIVAL, SWIFT CURRENT

July 21 If watermelon isn’t the international fruit of summer, it should be! Join the Mennonite Heritage Village celebration in its 25th year, and check out the Living Museum while you’re at it. Visitors learn of the life and times of early settlers and contributions made to the country by Mennonite immigrants. mennoniteheritagevillage.ca Photo: Getty Images

Swift Current July 26 - Aug. 17 Theatre-goers will be delighted with the Bard’s classic story of love and magic and roll-in-the-aisles comedy. This is the inaugural festival in Riverside Park, the brainchild of Artistic Director Gord McCall who founded Saskatoon’s famous Shakespeare festival with this very play. Here’s to a long and successful future in the southwest. A Midsummer Night’s Dream runs for three weeks; see the website for details. lyrictheatre.ca

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MID SUMMER’S ART FESTIVAL Fort Qu’Appelle Aug. 3 It’s been 25 wonderful years of art, craftsmanship, food and music in the beautiful Qu’Appelle Valley. Head to the Fort Site for live entertainment, micro-brewery beer gardens and of course, some amazing creations in the vendor booths. tinyurl.com/MidSummersArtFestival Photo: Mid Summer’s Art Festival/Facebook

FORT WALSH NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE Retrace the lawless times of the 1870s at a working fort. Take in North West Mounted Police horsemanship demonstrations, traditional Métis crafts and stories, taste the traditional food at the cook tent and even see a historic weapons demonstration. Check the website for schedules. pc.gc.ca/walsh Photo: Tourism Saskatchewan/Hans-Gerhard Pfaff

MOTHERWELL HOMESTEAD Abernethy Check out programming like the Little Red Hen club that gets little ones involved in the kitchen, walk the wetland trails and meet the farm animals. Wagon rides and tours through the original fieldstone home of W.R. Motherwell are favourites, and a trip wouldn’t be complete without a stop at the café. parkscanada.gc.ca/motherwell Photo: Tourism Saskatchewan/Greg Huszar Photography

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BUCK-A-RAMA RODEO Bear Claw Casino, Carlyle Aug. 7-8 This action-packed event is back with rough stock competitors taking their chance for the championship belt. Bull riding, bareback bronc and saddle bronc riding are joined by intermission entertainment. bearclawcasino.ca primetimerodeo.com Photo: Bear Claw Casino/Facebook

SYMPHONY UNDER THE SKY FESTIVAL Abernethy August 24 The Regina Symphony Orchestra brings its blissful sounds to the Motherwell Homestead where festival activities include Field to Fork market vendors, threshing demonstrations and a kidzone. Bring lawn chairs or blankets, and note that the event rolls rain or shine. tinyurl.com/SymphonyMotherwell Photo: Regina Symphony Orchestra

THE WESTERN CANADA SUMMER GAMES

Swift Current Aug. 9 – 18 Western Canada’s next generation of champions will compete in 16 sports at this flagship event. Check the website for venues, competition dates and information on the many cultural events that are planned. 2019wcsg.ca

SASKATCHEWAN BURROWING OWL INTERPRETIVE CENTRE

SOUTHERN SENSATIONS

ESTEVAN ENERGY TOUR Estevan Learn about power generation on a journey to the Estevan Mine Site, Shand Power Station (Canada’s most environmentally advanced coal-fired generating station) and the Shand Greenhouse. See some of the largest pieces of mining equipment in North America using the strip mining technique. estevan.ca/energy-tour

Moose Jaw The building site was chosen because several pairs of burrowing owls would nest in the infield of the racetrack at Moose Jaw’s exhibition grounds. Today these stern and oh-so-cute owls can be viewed in their outdoor enclosures, visitors can explore the giant burrow and enjoy the prairie scene. skburrowingowl.ca Photo: Saskatchewan Burrowing Owl Interpretive Centre/Facebook

SOUTHERN PRAIRIE RAILWAY Ogema It started with a dream at an agricultural society meeting in the 90s… today the authentic, turn-of-the-century experience and bringing visitors to Ogema are very much a reality. Hop aboard the refurbished 1922 passenger coach in Saskatchewan’s only full-sized tourist train and choose from heritage tours, robbery trains, the settler’s supper and more. southernprairierailway.com Photo: Southern Prairie Railway/Facebook

CLAYBANK BRICK PLANT NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE

Claybank “More than bricks and mortar” - this is one of North America’s best-preserved brick making sites. Learn our industrial heritage, hike the Massold Clay Canyon and be sure to visit the Bunkhouse Café & Gift Shop during July and August. claybankbrick.ca Photo: Claybank Brick Plant National Historic Site/Facebook

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AC RE XO PS ES RTHE IENCE P R RO EV GINCE INA WESTERN DEVELOPMENT MUSEUMS This human-history museum shows us the story of our province from days of settlement to present day. A field trip favourite, each museum tells a different aspect of Saskatchewan history. Check the local schedule for special events, classes and more. Moose Jaw: Transportation North Battleford: Farm and rural life Saskatoon: 1910 Boomtown Yorkton: Immigration wdm.ca Photo: Tourism Saskatchewan/Eric Lindberg

CANADIAN COWBOYS ASSOCIATION SMALL TOWN RODEO TOUR

It’s rodeo time! This series of small town rodeo tours will culminate with a finale at Prairieland Park this October in Saskatoon. Check the website for dates and locations across southern Saskatchewan this summer! canadiancowboys.ca

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The Queen City Pride Festival is just one of many pride festivities which take place throughout communities in Saskatchewan. Most of these events take place in the month of June during Saskatchewan’s “Pride Month”, as proclaimed by the Government of Saskatchewan each year.

DRIVE-IN THEATRES There’s nothing quite like a summer night at the drive-in. We are so lucky to have four operational theatres in Saskatchewan; support these small businesses with a trip to the movies and popcorn! Prairie Dog Drive-In Theatre, Carlyle Clearwater Drive-In Theatre, Kyle Jubilee Drive-In Theatre, Manitou Beach Twilite Drive-In Theatre, Wolseley

Photo: Saskatoon Pride Festival/Facebook

Photo: Prairie Dog Drive-In/Facebook

PRIDE FESTIVALS

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SIGA CASINOS Take in live music or a comedian, share a meal with friends and see if lady luck is on your side at the gaming tables. The six Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Association (SIGA) casinos are proud to contribute to local and province-wide initiatives each year. Bear Claw Casino & Hotel, Carlyle Dakota Dunes Casino, Whitecap Painted Hand Casino, Yorkton Gold Eagle Casino, North Battleford Living Sky Casino, Swift Current Northern Lights Casino, Prince Albert siga.sk.ca


Hotel, Golf & Game Discount Packages

White Bear La

Golf Kenosee

ke GC

10% off - Bear Claw Hotel Room with the Siga Players Club Rate ($115 + 10% off + tax)

Pay $10 Play $20 Coupons per person (Based on Double Occupancy)

5 Discount

$

5 off Menu - Growlers Restaurant per person (Based on Double Occupancy)

6 Discount

$

$

off an 18 Hole round of golf at the White Bear Lake Golf Course per patron

off a round of golf at Golf Kenosee with Golf Cart

Free Day Park Entry

Free Day Park Entry

to White Bear Resort

Bear Claw Casino (306) 577-4577 Growlers Restaurant (306) 577-4258 Bear Claw Hotel 1-877-909-2327 Highway 9, White Bear First Nation North of Carlyle, SK www.BearClawCasino.ca

to Moose Mountain Provincial Park


North of Carlyle

Lloydminster

South of Saskatoon

Swift Current

North Battleford

Prince Albert

Yorkton

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