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Explore Saskatchewan by train h1>
With half of its territory covered by forest and dozens of national, provincial and regional parks, Saskatchewan is a destination of choice for outdoor activities. This province at the heart of the Canadian Prairies also has many charming communities to discover. Take the train to Saskatoon and get ready for your share of discoveries.
This city hub in central Saskatchewan offers a perfect balance between natural serenity and urban effervescence. Prepare to fall under its spell and to discover its picturesque, historically rich surroundings.
- Choose among Saskatoon's many museums. Visit the Remai Modern, a museum and gathering space dedicated to modern and contemporary art: wander through the 11 galleries to discover a selection of local and international art pieces, including contemporary Indigenous creations and the world's largest Picasso linocut collection. Travel back to the time of the Prairie settlers at the Western Development Museum, delve into Canada's political history at the Diefenbaker Canada Center and discover a diversity of cultures, voices and points of view at the Ukrainian Museum of Canada and the Saskatchewan Indigenous Cultural Centre.
- Enjoy Saskatoon's rich performing art scene. Go to a concert or a play a the Persephone Theatre, or head to the Broadway Theatre to watch a movie or a live performance. If you're in town at the beginning of August, don't miss the Saskatoon Fringe Festival, a dynamic and eclectic celebration of art and culture. You can also attend the Saskatchewan Jazz Festival in the first week of July, and get to see big names from the local and international jazz scenes.
- Spend an afternoon biking through the city and stop on the train bridge over South Saskatchewan River to watch the sun set on downtown Saskatoon. In the warm months, canoe, kayak or paddleboard down the river to get a unique view of the city.
- Get your share of family fun at Kinsmen Park, where kids of all ages can enjoy great rides and a playground with a splash area, or at the Saskatoon Forestry Park and Zoo, home to more than 80 species of animals.
- Try one (or more!) of Saskatoon's farm-to-table restaurants, at the heart of Saskatchewan's vibrant food scene. Taste inventive dishes made with heirloom ingredients and enjoy unique takes on traditional prairie cuisine. Don't forget to go for a drink at the Black Fox Farm and Distillery, nationally renowned for its SE Eleven whisky, or to try one of Shelter Brewing's beers, featuring ingredients from the prairie grassland.
- In the summer, take a day trip to the Batoche National Historic Site, the final battlefield of the Northwest Resistance of 1885, to learn more about the reality of Métis settlers in the 19th century, the life of Métis resistance leaders Louis Riel and Gabriel Dumont and the conflict that changed Canada forever.
- Want to get your share of nature? Explore the 6 kilometres of looped trails in the Wanuskewin Heritage Park, a National Historic Site home to a herd of Plains bison, as well as Canada's longest running archaeological dig site, or head to the protected green space of the Meewasin Valley Trails to get stunning views of the river and city skyline.
2h45 away from Saskatoon by bus, Saskatchewan's capital city is the ideal destination for a getaway. Its unique blend of nature, culture and history guarantees memorable experiences for everyone.
- Visit Regina's prestigious museums and historic properties. Explore Saskatchewan's past and present through the interactive displays of the Royal Saskatchewan Museum and get the opportunity to see unique pieces, including a life-size cast of the world’s largest T. rex, Scotty. Discover the work of Saskatchewan's most renowned artists at the Slate Fine Art Gallery, admire Victorian architecture at Government House (the former Lieutenant Governor's residence), and head to the RCMP Heritage Centre to learn more about the history of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police from 1873 to today.
- Take a stroll or ride a bike on the trails of Wascana Centre, a 930-hectare urban park surrounding a scenic 120-hectare lake in the heart of Regina. Discover the park's unique features, including the Queen Elizabeth II Gardens and the MacKenzie Art Gallery, and enjoy amenities such as floral gardens, natural habitat zones, public art and monuments. Rent a canoe, kayak or paddleboard to get on the lake in the summer, or put on a pair of skates in the winter. Hungry? Stop for a bite at one of the restaurants located within the park.
- Create your share of fun memories while experiencing Regina's family attractions. The Saskatchewan Science Centre features over 150 hands-on science exhibits and live stage shows and is home to the Kramer IMAX Theatre. The Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame is also a must: its activities and games, including a sport simulator and an adaptive curling rink, are guaranteed to please sport enthusiasts of all ages.
- Head northwest of Regina to spend a day at Over the Hill Orchards and Winery, an organic grower of exotic fruits including Prairie Cherries, peaches from Georgia and grapes from Europe and California. Treat yourself to some wine tasting after a tour of the orchard, savor a picnic with a breathtaking view on Qu'Appelle Valley and Wascana Creek, relax with a drink on the outdoor patio or have dinner in the winery. Don't forget to get some treats at the shop before you go: you can choose from a selection of gluten-free pies, low sugar spreads, Prairie Cherry Chocolates and more!
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