Land of the living skies

This was my first visit to the ‘land of the living skies’, I didn’t know quite what to expect both visually and physically. Saskatchewan has been a place I’ve wanted to experience for myself for a long time. Known in the adventure world for its stunning lakes, the grasslands in the south and the boreal forests of the north. A province rich in its agricultural ties that borders Alberta, North West Territories, Manitoba and our American friends in Montana to the south.

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Our trip started in Prince Alberta National Park but due to some unfavourable weather conditions we decided to head south to explore what the prairies had to offer. Grasslands National Park took my breath away, I was completely overwhelmed by the vastness, surrounded by pure beauty and wilderness. I’ve never seen anything quite like it before, grassland that literally went on for as far as the eye could see. A short 5km hike up 70 mile butte in Grasslands NP was the perfect place to catch sunset, the golden light igniting the landscape beautifully.

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I got to experience my first night sleeping in a traditional tipi, something I’ve wanted to do for a long time. And after another long day exploring Grasslands National Park it was the perfect way to finish off the day. I highly recommend doing this while you’re in Saskatchewan, whichever region you end up exploring.

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I had heard how beautiful Cypress Hills Inter-Provincial Park was but I didn’t quite expect it to be as stunning as it was. A short forty minute drive from our hotel Maple Creek allowed us to drive and hike the area for the day, catching sunset at conglomerate cliffs and blue hour at the entrance of the park. Without a doubt one of my favourite moments and photos of the trip was this fog that rolled through valley after the sun went down. The sky was a fiery pink colour still and the fog an eerie white, it made for a surreal experience at the end of another incredible day.

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The biggest surprise came on our last evening exploring the province, we had heard rumours of beautiful sand dunes an hour north of Maple Creek and we wanted to check them out for ourselves. Sand dunes… in the middle of Saskatchewan, it didn’t make sense. It felt like we we’re down in Utah, I couldn’t believe that these sand dunes existed and that there weren’t more people here, it left me speechless. The Great Sandhills should be on your must see list if you’re visiting Saskatchewan.

My time in Saskatchewan was short but sweet, I can’t wait to come back and visit, I heard rumours of how beautiful it is here during the fall, the colours are supposed to be incredible.


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For more information on the locations I visited during the trip check out: www.tourismsaskatchewan.com

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