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THE REMAI MODERN OFFERS EXTRAORDINARY CULTURAL EXPERIENCE 4 75 MUST-DO ACTIVITIES AND ATTRACTIONS 6 TO EXPLORE THIS FALL AND WINTER

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Gobsmacked! That’s how the CEO of the Remai Modern says people will feel when they walk into the new gallery. The museum of modern and contemporary art is like nothing ever seen in this city, or likely this province, before. “It’s phenomenal what has actually been realized,” says CEO Gregory Burke. “It doesn’t happen once in a lifetime. It happens once in many generations.” That fact has been noted far afield and generated considerable media buzz. The Arts and Life section of the Wall Street Journal recently devoted three-quarters of their cover page to the Remai Modern, with a nod to the opening of the new Louvre in Abu Dhabi, in the remaining space. Britain’s, The Art Newspaper, the American Express Essentials Magazine, various in-flight publications and others have praised the new gallery. But New York’s Surface magazine – a highly respected design, culture and travel journal - perhaps captured it best with their story: “Canada’s Coolest New Art Museum Isn’t in Toronto”. Newsflash. It’s in Saskatoon. And it’s putting Saskatoon on the map as never before. Burke finds the buzz extraordinary and unprecedented, but also a testament to the standing the gallery will have in the international art community and in Canada. “It won’t be the largest art gallery in the country but it will be the most beautiful,” Burke says. After the closing of the Mendel Art Gallery in 4 | DESTINATION SASKATCHEWAN WINTER 2017

2015 and two years with no public gallery, the opening of the Remai Modern on October 21, was long-awaited and much-anticipated. Field Guide, the inaugural exhibition, showcases samplings of the 8,000 pieces inherited from the Mendel collection (including Lauren Harris), the Picasso collection (Ryan Gander selections: the most comprehensive in the world), as well as international selections from artists from South America, Asia, Europe and across Canada. “It also represents our desire to reflect the diversity of the population here in Saskatoon. A large component of the show features First Nations and Métis Artists,” says Burke. Featured works include those of American art-

It won’t be the “largest gallery in the

country, but it will be the most beautiful!

- Gregory Burke

CEO of Remai Modern ists like John Baldessari, Christopher Williams, Lawrence Weiner and Pae White, prominent international artists including Walid Raad, Rosemarie Trockel, Haegue Yang and Philippe Parreno, as well as renowned Canadian artists such as Stan Douglas and Ian Wallace and such noted Sas-

katchewan artists as Bob Boyer, Eli Bornstein and Kara Uzelman. While artwork can invite silent contemplation, public engagement and interaction is at the core of Remai Modern’s values. It’s reflected in a range of programming designed to engage audiences. A learning studio invites people to make their own art. A state-of-the-art theatre will screen films for “Cinema in the Museum” and a Discovery Cinema program for families and kids. Reading groups have started and musical performances


will be an attractive option. A design store offers modern and high-quality product at a range of price points. A new restaurant called ‘Shift’ by Oliver and Bonacini out of Toronto, capitalizes on the riverfront location of the gallery, with floor to ceiling windows and wide-open views. Burke says the protection and accessibility of the river banks in Saskatoon is “totally visionary.” An exhibit on the ground floor called “Determined by the River” speaks to the importance of the South Saskatchewan River. The building itself is a startling example of distinctive architecture, one of the visual arts. The Remai Modern occupies a mind-blowing 130,000 square feet, five times the space of the Mendel, and offers 11 galleries. When lead architect Bruce Kuwabara of the design firm KPMB spoke about the design in Saskatoon two years ago, he discussed intimate monumentality – the apparent contradictions between making something that is really human and intimate and something that is monumental, a building that can accommodate individual moments and very large gatherings. Burke considers the Remai Modern Kuwabara’s best work to date. Gatherings will be another major component of the museum. “It is so engaging, it’s so transparent toward the outside, it’s so inviting and there’s an extraordinary amount of community space, not just the galleries where the exhibitions will be, but there’s just as much space again for people to have community events, weddings, galas and conferences,” Burke says.

Strategically located on the banks of the South Saskatchewan River, the Remai Modern offers exciting new programming that facilitates public engagement and participation.

“Access to the museum’s ground floor is always free, including the Connect Gallery and the light-filled atrium which hosts art installations, readings, and performances.” Burke says with the hotel and office tower going up across the street, and the new Remai Modern, the centre of gravity of downtown Saskatoon will shift to that area. The booking schedule for 2018 is already filling up with different activities and conferences. “There will be an uptick in visitation from tourists and we’ll do

our bit to support the food culture here in Saskatoon and the vitality of Saskatoon itself.” The river motif on the ground floor speaks metaphorically through a vessel that is navigating a course for the future. It now falls to Burke and Chief Curator Sandra Guimaraes to navigate the future of the Remai Modern Art Gallery. Burke invites people to enjoy the new exhibits and acquisitions the gallery rolls out over the next couple of years. “We’ve got some big things planned!”

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NUTCRACKER MEETS DUKE ELLINGTON, SSO AND SJO DEC. 2, 2017

Join the holiday cheer as Tchaikovsky meets Duke Ellington in this performance of the beloved yuletide hit ‘The Nutcracker Suite.’ The Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra and the Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra collaborate for this outstanding live show. saskatoonsymphony.org/event/pops-2-nutcracker-and-the-duke www.saskatoonjazzorchestra.com

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FORESTRY FARM PARK & ZOO

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SHIVERING STRINGS WEST MUSIC CAMP JAN. 19 - 21, 2018

This music camp fosters the love for traditional music and the community that accompanies it. Featuring talented, award-winning instructors, Saturday night family dance and a whole lot of fun. shiveringstringswest.com

The fun doesn’t stop during winter months. Guests can visit animal displays, take part in a Young Naturalists’ snowshoeing trek and make creature friends with a Saskatoon Zoo Society program. saskatoonzoosociety.ca POTASHCORP WINTERSHINES JAN. 27 – FEB. 4, 2018

This winter festival just keeps getting bigger and better. Check out the ice maze, towering igloo with snow park, sleigh rides, soup cook-offs and oh so much more. potashcorpwintershines.ca PHOTO: POTASHCORP WINTERSHINES

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ICE SKATING Dust off the skates and get outside with this favourite winter pastime. The Meewasin has skates to borrow, a warm-up shack and washrooms. Also, the City of Saskatoon has outdoor skating rinks in most neighbourhoods, five indoor ice surfaces and the Clarence Downey Speed Skating Oval. meewasin.com/visitors/skating-rink 6 | DESTINATION SASKATCHEWAN WINTER 2017


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Saskatoon FESTIVAL OF TREES AT THE WESTERN DEVELOPMENT MUSEUM, NOV. 24 – DEC. 2, 2017

It’s not Christmas in Saskatoon without a visit to this hallmark charity event. With Minion dance parties, celebrity parades, face painting and the amazing trees, this is a fan favourite. Don’t miss the rest of the Western Development Museum’s heritage displays and new cyber-chase game ‘Boomtown Pursuit.’ festival-of-trees.com wdm.ca/stoon.html

SASKATOON BLUES FESTIVAL PRESENTED BY CHERRY INSURANCE, FEB. 26 - MARCH 4, 2018

Get happy with the Blues. Musical talent from national and international stages gather in Saskatoon clubs, bars and coffee shops during festival week. saskatoonbluessociety.ca

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DIEFENBAKER CANADA CENTRE See the powerful Great War and the Vimy Battle exhibits, on display here until December 15, 2017. Permanent exhibits tell of our country’s past, its culture and our 13th Prime Minister’s quest for a strong, united Canada. usask.ca/diefenbaker

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ENCHANTED FOREST HOLIDAY LIGHT TOUR NOV. 18, 2017 – JAN. 2, 2018

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This perennial winter favourite at the Forestry Farm Park has new displays every year. It now features LED lighting and walking-only nights in addition to the traditional vehicle entry. enchanted-forest.org

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HUSKIE ATHLETICS Join the action with top notch – and often championship winning – sporting events. Cheer on the green and white in football, soccer, basketball, volleyball, hockey, wrestling and track events. huskies.usask.ca

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SUNDOG ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT FAIRE, DEC. 1 - 3, 2017

Friday, December 1 and Saturday, December 2, 2017 Knox United Church in Saskatoon Tickets are $30 and $15 (limited sight lines). Reserved seating. Available at McNally Robinson Booksellers and at the door.

SCC Spring Concert Friday, April 13, 2018 Knox United Church in Saskatoon Tickets are $30 and $15 (limited sight lines). Reserved seating. Available at McNally Robinson Booksellers after February 25, 2018, and at the door. www.saskatoonchildrenschoir.org SAS00382476_1_1

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Shop the finest in handmade wares by more than 200 artisans and specialty food producers from across Canada. Make a day of it with main stage entertainment, ethnic food court, children’s stage and demonstration areas. sundoghandcraftfaire.com

THE REMAI MODERN Set in a striking copper-clad gallery overlooking River Landing, this is a community gathering place, a learning centre, a makers’ space and a gallery for local, national and international modern art. remaimodern.org

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WANUSKEWIN HERITAGE PARK This gathering place holds secrets of the early people, with archaeological dig sites dating back thousands of years. Wanuskewin features events, exhibits and learning programs all year. wanuskewin.com

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THE BARN PLAYHOUSE

The Barn Playhouse, an iconic barn-turnedtheatre located 25 km north of Saskatoon on Hwy 12, has entertained prairie audiences for 27 seasons. Their annual Christmas Dinner Theatre is a tradition with Saskatchewan families.

This year, The Barn Playhouse presents “Uh-Oh, Here Comes Christmas”, Nov. 29-Dec.3, Dec. 6-10, Dec. 13-17. Before the play enjoy a visit to the Craft Barn, sleigh rides and a buffet! Barnplayhouse.com

CHRISTMAS CONCERT DELIGHTS On Dec. 1 and 2, 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. saskatoonchildrenschoir.org On Dec. 8-10 in Saskatoon, the 22nd annual Elim Church Christmas Celebration returns, featuring the Elim choir and band along with special guests. Elimchurch.ca.

FOR MORE FUN THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN SASKATOON, VISIT TOURISMSASKATOON.COM.

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REGINA

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Ava Wild and a silent auction featuring talented local artists and businesses. All proceeds to the neighbourhood’s flagship event, the Cathedral Village Arts Festival. cvaf.ca

WINTERRUPTION JANUARY 18-20, 2018

Take a break from the daily grind with three days of live music and that warm festival vibe. Winterruption! is presented in both Regina and Saskatoon; check websites for particulars. broadwaytheatre.ca and reginafolkfestival.com

SASKATCHEWAN SCIENCE CENTRE & KRAMER IMAX THEATRE

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Hands on? Yes, please. With hundreds of interactive exhibits, awesome stage shows, day camps and adult science nights, there is always something new and exciting happening here. Plus, the province’s only 3D IMAX theatre will blow you away with its big sights and big sounds. sasksciencecentre.com PHOTO: SASKATCHEWAN SCIENCE CENTRE

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WASKIMO WINTER FESTIVAL FAMILY DAY, 2018

So. Much. Fun. Waskimo 2.0 is a reboot of the beloved winter festival and features many old favourites like outhouse races and shinny. Try fat bikes, snow cricket, snowshoeing and the many indoor activities. waskimo.com 10 | DESTINATION SASKATCHEWAN WINTER 2017


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Regina Pats Home Games

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Canadian Western Agribition NOVEMBER 20-25, 2017

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Homecoming Weekend

Regina Pats Family Day Celebrations FEBRUARY 16-19, 2018

2018 Tim Hortons Brier MARCH 3-11, 2018

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REGINA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Join this modern symphony orchestra as it explores classics, the holiday favourites and much more during the 2017-18 season. The Kids Concert Series features comedy, creativity and a fun introduction to classical music. reginasymphony.com

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WINTERGREEN FINE CRAFT MARKET NOV. 17-19, 2017

This market features the finest in original, authentic and handmade pieces by juried members of the Saskatchewan Craft Council. Gifts of clay, photography, sculpture, wood, jewellery and glass. saskcraftcouncil.org/markets/wintergreen-fine-craft-market

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COUGAR ATHLETICS

Support these up and coming stars as they vie for titles in hockey, basketball, soccer, swimming, cross country, track and field, volleyball and wrestling. reginacougars.com ROYAL SASKATCHEWAN MUSEUM Explore our natural and cultural heritage through themed exhibits. The Megamunch Club, Young Explorers, Yoga at the Museum and guided tours are just some of the dynamic programs offered here. royalsaskmuseum.ca PHOTO: ROYAL SASKATCHEWAN MUSEUM/MARIA JUBA

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MACKENZIE ART GALLERY

Saskatchewan’s largest public art gallery offers original art, educational programs and public tours. Explore contemporary Sioux aesthetics with the Dana Claxton: The Sioux Project - Tantanka Oyate exhibit, which runs until January 7, 2018. mackenzieartgallery.ca


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DISTRICT 3 ESCAPE ROOMS Dust off the old noggin for the challenging and entertaining world of escape rooms. Teamwork and quick thinking are your allies here, where groups use puzzles, clues and hidden items to escape the room. district3.ca

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LIVING SKIES STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL EARLY MARCH - CHECK WEBSITE FOR DATES

Catch a preview of the world’s best up and coming film makers at this outstanding film festival. With screenings of student work and industry professional-run workshops, this is a celebration of talent and ingenuity at our very own University of Regina. livingskiesstudentfilmfest.com PHOTO: TOURISM SASKATCHEWAN/DOUGLAS E. WALKER

RCMP HERITAGE CENTRE Hop in the saddle and experience the Musical Ride in 3D virtual reality, take an audio tour and explore multimedia displays devoted to our Mounties. rcmphc.com

BEER BACON & BANDS JAN. 26 - 27, 2018

The title says it all. Calling all fans of live music, good cold pints and that magical meat that should be its own food group. Conexus Arts Centre for tickets. facebook.com/pg/beerbaconbands PHOTO: CHRIS GRAHAM

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REGINA

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VICTORIA PARK SKATING RINK With a heated shack and donated skates, this downtown rink plays host to wonderful winter memories like first dates, family fun days and newcomers trying the sport. The City of Regina also maintains dozens of outdoor neighbourhood rinks. reginadowntown.ca/victoria-park/victoria-parkskating-rink

LUMBERJAX AXE THROWING Check out this quickly growing recreational sport - darts with attitude! No experience required, safety lessons included and fun is on the menu. lumberjaxthrowing.com PHOTO: LUMBERJAX

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PRINCE ALBERT WINTER FESTIVAL This is the mother of winter festivals, with too many events to list. Buy a button and just try to see it all: dog sled races, street hockey, jigging, live music, King Trapper, the Beerd Derby, craft and trades show and Kidz Fun Zone, just to name a few! princealbertwinterfestival.com

PRINCE ALBERT NATIONAL PARK

A million acres of wilderness await with cross country ski trails, skating, winter camping, snowshoeing and some chances for kite-boarding on the frozen lakes. Heated washrooms are available in the Waskesiu town site Visitor Centre. pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/sk/princealber

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SUNDOGS EXCURSIONS

From one-hour to multi-day excursions, the Sundog experience is one of a kind. Explore Canada’s beautiful boreal forest and mush with the hardy sled teams. sundogs.sk.ca 16 | DESTINATION SASKATCHEWAN WINTER 2017

TORCH RIVER SLED DOG RACE INC., SPRUCE HOME

This two-day, eight-dog race is a well loved format. Spanning 40 miles per day along groomed trails in the Christopher Lake area, this annual race is a musher’s favourite. torchriverrun.com


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CANADIAN CHALLENGE SLED DOG RACE, PRINCE ALBERT, FEB. 20, 2018

This is one tough sled dog race. Kicking off on Central Avenue in Prince Albert and winding through forest and across lakes to various end points, the eight- and six-dog races have new distances this year, while the 12-dog race remains a qualifier for the Yukon Quest or Iditarod. canadianchallenge.com PHOTO: SKI TIMBER RIDGE

SKI TIMBER RIDGE, BIG RIVER

This ski hill is a triumph of community spirit. Tucked into the northern forest just outside Big River it offers 300 vertical feet and six runs with varied terrain, lessons, concession and a comfy lodge. facebook.com/pg/skitimberridge

PRAIRIE WOMEN ON SNOWMOBILES Over the years these dedicated riders have raised $2.5 million for breast cancer research and $150,000 for the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency. They will visit more than two dozen locations during the 2018 season; making a difference with every new journey. prairiewomen.ca

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NORTHERN

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ALL SEASON WATERS EDGE ECO LODGE, MEADOW LAKE

E.A. RAWLINSON CENTRE FOR THE ARTS, PRINCE ALBERT

Cozy up to the fire after a winter adventure at this lakefront lodge in the beautiful Meadow Lake Provincial Park. With snowshoeing, cross country skiing and ice skating, there are many ways to love winter here. watersedgeecolodge.ca

A hub of arts and culture, this centre houses the John and Olive Diefenbaker theatre and Saskatchewan’s northernmost public art gallery, the Mann Art Gallery. earawlinsoncentre.ca

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The Saskaloppet is a staple of the Saskatchewan winter. Run by a wonderful group volunteers, this race offers groomed trails in both skate and classic cross-country ski styles through the stunning boreal forest of Lac La Ronge Provincial Park. skilaronge.ca

Established in 1967, this is a genuine trading post where raw furs are bought and sold. Shop the award-winning butcher shop, local wild rice, clothing, groceries and see Aboriginal artwork like beadwork, birch bark bitings, traditional leathercraft and more. facebook.com/ Robertson-Trading-Ltd-1085859948102425

ELK RIDGE RESORT, HWY 264 Skate on a frozen pond, throw rocks on the curling rink, take a cross-country skiing or snowshoeing trek, hurtle down the tobogganing hill or explore the snowmobile trails. Check out the epic events, dining options, indoor pool and spa services. elkridgeresort.com

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BIG EDDY CAMP / ENDURANCE ADVENTURES, CUMBERLAND HOUSE

Visit this scenic, four-season camp named for the large water eddy in the nearby North Saskatchewan river. Accessible by motorboat, float plane or dog team, this is the real deal with tremendous wildlife viewing, fat bike trips, dogsledding, skiing and much more. tourismsaskatchewan.com/site-info/all-listingsand-packages/101457/big-eddy-campendurance-adventures PHOTO: MANN ART GALLERY

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TABLE MOUNTAIN, NORTH BATTLEFORD Snow school for skiers and snowboarders, day lodge with cafeteria and 11 different runs, terrain park and snow tubing mean fun for all. Quad chair lifts and magic carpet conveyors for less waiting in line, more downhill fun. tablemountainregionalpark.com

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WAPITI VALLEY SKI & BOARD RESORT, GRONLID Freestyle fans will love the Terrain Park, while skiers and snowboarders have 15 runs to choose from. Lessons, certified learning programs, rentals, cafeteria, night skiing and licensed lounge for that apres-ski beverage. wapitivalley@sasktel.net

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DUCK MOUNTAIN SKI AREA, DUCK MOUNTAIN

Ski the Duck this winter! Terrain park, “Little Ducks” learn to ski program, tubing run, skiing and snowboarding await. Relax and enjoy the scenery from the Lookout Lounge above the clubhouse. skitheduck.com

! Northern Lights Palace Wave Pool, 100’ Water Slide, Sauna & Hot Tub and Arena ! Kerry Vickar Centre Performance Arts Theatre and Convention Centre

!Spruce Haven Park

MELFORT & DISTRICT MUSEUM

Step back in time in our Pioneer Homestead Pion Pi oneeeer on er Ho Homest Hom meeest m estea stead ead Village! Vi Villa llage lla ge! ge! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

Blacksmith Shop Barbershop Church One Room School General Store Medical Office Real Estate Office Grist Mill Saw Mill Outdoor Oven Windmill Vintage machinery & tools.

Host your ceremony, reception & dance all in one spectacular setting. From business meetings to family reunions, it’s ideal for both intimate and large events.

Ball Park, Tourism Info Centre, Mini Golf, Day Park and Centennial Walking Trails

! Melfort Golf & Country Club Challenging 18 hole Grass Green Course

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!Melfort & District Museum Heritage Pioneer Village

!Melfort Campground

Fully Treed Serviced Campsites

!Nearby Regional Parks

Wapiti Ski Hill, Codette, Kipabiskau, Struthers and St. Brieux Lakes.

!Upcoming Play Dates January - Viterra Scotties Tournament of Hearts February – Mustang’s Banquet March – Melfort Ice Carnival April – Wildlife Banquet May – MelBex Awards Gala June - XFM Show & Shine

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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: Annual Tree Lighting Event - November 30, 2017 Santa Day - December 9, 2017 Snowmobile Rally - March 3, 2018 FOR TOURISM INFORMATION VISIT OUR WEBSITE: www.porcupineplain.com OR CONTACT US AT

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GALLAGHER CENTRE WATER PARK, YORKTON Jump on the two-storey waterslide, surf the wave pool, challenge yourself on the climbing wall or just relax in the lazy river and sauna. gallaghercentre.com

ICE FISHING With thousands of lakes and rivers, Saskatchewan is home to excellent fishing. Get started with a reputable fishing outfitter or phone a friend; maybe you’ll break the world record ice fishing record for walleye, set on Tobin Lake in 2005. tourismsaskatchewan.com

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WESTERN DEVELOPMENT MUSEUM, NORTH BATTLEFORD

STATION ARTS CENTRE, ROSTHERN This is a true hub of arts and culture with story telling, big-name recording artists, world champion Hoop Dancing set to hip hop, all-ages SPARK Concert Series, ever changing art exhibits, workshops and festive feasts. Visit their website at once! stationarts.com

Saskatchewan’s rich natural resources are the highlight at this branch of our province’s largest human history museum. The “Born With a Drum” tipi takes a look at First Nations education and their role in history. wdm.ca WESTERN DEVELOPMENT MUSEUM, YORKTON

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The first newcomers to Saskatchewan are featured, with the story of immigration and settlement a highlight. Time Square is a place for kids to play with traditional toys, “shop” the general store and take a desk in the one-room school. wdm.ca

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BLUE MOUNTAIN ADVENTURE PARK, NORTH BATTLEFORD

Cross-country ski trails range from a quick 2km jaunt to the more challenging 9km Boundary Trail. Snow-shoeing, ice skating and the new toboggan hill round out the winter roster. Chalet is available for private bookings. explorebluemountain.com

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PROVINCIAL SNOWMOBILE FESTIVAL, KELVINGTON, FEB. 23 - 24, 2018

Ride both guided and unguided tours on local trails, celebrate the Saturday night banquet with great food and company, dancing, live music and fantastic prizes up for grabs. sasksnow.com/provincial-festival

MUSHERS RENDEZVOUS, PREECEVILLE, FEB. 2-4, 2018

The excitement of sled dog races is just the beginning. This memorable weekend is fun for all ages with a talent show, Saturday night dance, hockey and great kids events. townofpreeceville.ca

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Saskatchewan destination

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DANCELAND, MANITOU BEACH Cut a rug at the Danceland Ballroom, where everyone is light on their feet thanks to the famed horse-hair sprung dance floor. Events include weekend dances, square dance evenings, dinner theatres and more. danceland.ca

MANITOU SPRINGS RESORT AND MINERAL SPA, MANITOU BEACH

Discover ‘Canada’s Dead Sea,’ at this European style spa featuring three temperature selections of this rare, mineral-rich water. Lakefront resort hotel also offers therapeutic and spa services, an excellent gift shop featuring swimwear, fitness centre, restaurant, lounge and poolside cafe. manitousprings.ca

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The Moose Jaw location of this provincial museum takes visitors on a journey of transportation. Exhibits include CPR steam locomotives, autoboggans and snowplanes and the skilled aerobatic tools of our Canadian Forces’ Snowbirds, just to name a few. wdm.ca PHOTO: RAVINE ADVENTURES

SOUTHERN

WESTERN DEVELOPMENT MUSEUM, MOOSE JAW

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DICKENS FESTIVAL, CARLYLE DEC. 1-2, 2017

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MISSION RIDGE WINTER PARK, FORT QU’APPELLE

With everything from beginner’s bunny hill lessons to downhill races and terrain park snowboarding, skiers and snowboarders of all stripes can find a challenge here. Try a night ski and enjoy the updated day lodge with food by Bubba’s on Mission and lounge area. missionridge.ca RAVINE ADVENTURES, ABERNETHY Love those winter days with fun and excitement at this adventure park. Late fall features paint ball and when the snow flies the tubing hill and challenge games are a hit. ravineadventures.ca

With high tea, evening lighted parades, carriage rides, musical entertainment and food vendors, this long-running event puts the festive in festival. Check the website for more information closer to the date. townofcarlyle.com/dickens-festival

ASSINIBOIA MISTLETOE ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW NOV. 3-4, 2017

Get those Christmas lists ready; this art and craft show features handmade items, original art and limited edition pieces. Check out the concession, door prizes and 50/50 draw, kids’ movies and pictures with Santa. PHOTO: THE CARLYLE OBSERVER

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BLENDERS ART + MUSIC CONCERT SERIES, SWIFT CURRENT

Discover Canadian Folk Music Award nominees, internationally-renowned musicians and sounds from all genres. Swift Current, with its massive music scene, is on the must-do list for this winter. blendersmusic.ca

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FORT WINTER FESTIVAL, FORT QU’APPELLE MARCH 2-4, 2018

Relive the good old days at this familyfriendly winter celebration. The weekend is action packed with log carving in the ice castle, sled races, brave souls doing the polar bear dip, the awesome sport of Crokicurl (if crokinole and curling had a baby) and so much more. fortwinterfestival.com

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JIBFEST PRESENTED BY OFFAXIS, FORT QU’APPELLE EARLY MARCH - CHECK WEBSITE FOR DATES

PHOTO: TOURISM SASKATCHEWAN/GREG HUSZAR PHOTOGRAPHY

TUNNELS OF MOOSE JAW, MOOSE JAW Live theatre meets history in these award winning tunnel tours. They feature the boisterous and exciting Chicago Connection and the littleknown story of our early Chinese immigrants in Passage to Fortune. tunnelsofmoosejaw.com

Catch the excitement as riders compete for top prizes at Mission Ridge Winter Park. This premier snowboarding event is the province’s longest-running contest and features categories ranging from amateur to pro. jibfest.ca MODEL TRAIN SHOW, MOOSE JAW MARCH 24-25, 2018

Expect to see outstanding craftsmanship attention to detail at this annual show, which features displays from clubs across the Prairies. Admission includes entry to the Western Development Museum. tcmrc.org

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WINTERFEST WAKAMOW VALLEY, MOOSE JAW FEB. 11, 2018

Join in the fun with snowshoeing, skating, horse-drawn wagon rides through the scenic valley and some glow in the dark crafts and nocturnal scavenger hunt. Concession food available. wakamow.ca PRAIRIE KITEBOARDING, LUMSDEN Be a winter champion with this exhilarating sport, where frozen fields and hills are the playground. First flight lessons cover the basics of site choice, terminology, safety for set up, launching, flying and landing. prairiekiteboarding.com

PHOTO: TOURISM SASKATCHEWAN/CHERYL CHASE

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JEWEL OF THE NORTH – EMMA LAKE, SASK.

Winter Special!

TEMPLE GARDENS HOTEL & SPA, MOOSE JAW Just minutes from downtown attractions, this hotel features the therapeutic geothermal mineral waters of the rooftop pool, spa services, dining room and poolside cafe. templegardens.sk.ca

Licensed Lounge and Restaurant

ROOMS – pay for 2 nights, get the 3rd night for FREE CABINS – pay for 3 nights, get the 4th night for FREE Call Roy at 306-982-3662 for more information. 24 | DESTINATION SASKATCHEWAN WINTER 2017

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JUNIOR HOCKEY At the heart of so many Saskatchewan communities is the hockey rink. Cheer on these young athletes as they go for the win in your town this winter. sjhl.ca and pjhl.ca VISIT TOURISMSASKATCHEWAN.COM FOR EVEN MORE EXCITING ACTIVITIES AND ADVENTURES TO ENJOY THIS FALL AND WINTER!

ACROSS THE PROVINCE

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING Our province is chock full of fabulous cross country skiing trails with both classic and skate skiing in towns, cities and parks. Google your destination and cross-country skiing to find a loppet, winter festival or race this winter. crosscountrysask.ca

PHOTO: TOURISM SASKATCHEWAN/KEITH STARKS

TOBOGANNING Organize a tobogganing party or just take the little ones for a slide; feel like a kid again and what better excuse to mix up some hot chocolate!

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MUSEUMS ASSOCIATION OF SASKATCHEWAN Keep history and heritage alive by visiting museum this winter. Or, get involved! The Museums Association of Saskatchewan is a vibrant community with conferences, educational opportunities and collaboration throughout the province. saskmuseums.org

PHOTO: TOURISM SASKATCHEWAN/ROB WEITZEL GRAPHIC PRODUCTIONS

CURLING Check out your local rink. Put your name on the spares list, or if you’re new look for lessons or a fun bonspiel where you can try out this iconic prairie sport.

PHOTO: TOURISM SASKATCHEWAN/GREG HUSZAR PHOTOGRAPHY

Enjoy a Winter Wonderland at Anglin Lake Your Destination for X-Country Skiing, Ice Fishing, Snowmobiling, Dog Sledding! Call 306.982.4478 or email loon.land@sasktel.net for affordable self-stay accommodation Rates start at $80 per night

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Everyone loves the Cypress Hills Destination Area in the summer, but it’s just as much fun in the winter! From winter sports, to cozy accommodations, and great events here are some of the Top 10 Winter Activities the Cypress Hills Destination Area has to offer:

COZY WINTER PACKAGES – Cuddle up with the Cowboy Comfort Winter Romance Package at the Historic Reesor Ranch or with the Hideaway in the Hills at The Resort at Cypress Hills. GULL LAKE WINTERFEST – Enjoy a day of funfamily winter themed events culminating in a fantastic fireworks display.

TOBOGGANING – Proving once again that Saskatchewan isn’t flat, come out on New Years Day and experience the Annual Toboggan Party. ICE-FISHING – Loch Leven and Cypress Lake on the Saskatchewan side.

GRASSLANDS NATIONAL PARK – Grasslands is never closed, so enjoy a peaceful day wildlife viewing or hiking, followed by an equally peaceful night’s rest at Sky Story Bed and Breakfast located in nearby Val Marie.

SNOWMOBILING – both Cypress Hills Saskatchewan and the Historic Reesor Ranch offer snowmobiling areas where you can enjoy an icy cold adrenaline rush.

This winter, instead of wishing the season away, take the time to try and learn to love winter. Go to visitcypresshills.ca for more information.

FINE DINING – Enjoy a night out with some of the finest chefs in Saskatchewan from Ivan’s Restaurant in The Resort, to the Star Café, Rockin Horse Cookhouse, The Shop and the Harvest Eatery. Your stomach and your date will thank you.

This story provided by the Cypress Hills Destination Area.

SNOWSHOE & CROSS COUNTRY SKIING – The Resort at Cypress Hills offers rentals while Sask Parks offers the breathtaking trails to enjoy them on.

TEA & FOSSILS – sip on a cup of hot tea while working alongside Dr. Emily Bamforth at the T.Rex Discovery Centre enjoying a hands-on experience with fossils.

SKATING – Enjoy a game of shinny at the rink provided by The Resort at Cypress Hills or take in the Annual Battle of the Little Big Puck Hockey game in February in Maple Creek.

ART – Take in one of the many exhibits at the Broken Spoke Fine Art Gallery or paint your own masterpiece at one of the Self-Paint Night events offered in Maple Creek.

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Destinations Saskatchewan Winter  
Destinations Saskatchewan Winter  

Spotlight on festival & events, sports & recreation, attractions, accommodations (hotels, B&B, campgrounds), dining and shopping.