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Welcome to Saskatchewan


Boasting some of the most breathtakingly beautiful scenery in Canada, Saskatchewan is a paradise for lovers of the great outdoors and eco-tourists, featuring everything from world-class fishing, kayaking and hiking to hunting, horseback riding and wildlife spotting in the wilderness. Its capital and second largest city, Regina, is the original headquarters and birthplace of the famous Royal North-West Mounted Police, or 'mounties' as they are affectionately known. Saskatchewan is made up of prairie in the south, while the north comprises boreal forest, rolling hills and the majority of the province's 100,000 lakes. With warm and welcoming locals, visitors will enjoy this truly unique experience and find it has something to offer just about everyone. Discovered by Henry Kelsey, a British fur trader in 1690, and boasting a rich Scottish heritage and even a provincial tartan, Saskatchewan proudly displays its history including indigenous North American native Indians, such as the Sioux, Saulteaux, Athabaskan and Cree tribes in the 250 museums dotted throughout the province. There are also cultural landmarks and more urban things to do in the city of Saskatoon, which is a city of nearly 250,000 people. The Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park as well as the centre at Batoche, scene of the North-West Rebellion's Battle of Batoche, remain a couple of the top tourist attractions. However, most who choose to visit Saskatchewan come here to get away from it all and enjoy the wilderness, clear skies, wildlife, and peace and quiet. The memories of a visit to Saskatchewan are ones that will last a lifetime.

Information & Facts


Saskatchewan has an extreme climate, with both the highest and lowest recorded temperatures in Canada. Northern Saskatchewan has a subarctic climate. Temperatures range from extreme highs of 79°F (26°C) in the summer to an average of 0°F (-18°C) in the winter.

The official languages are English and French (predominantly in Quebec).

The currency used is the Canadian Dollar (CAD), which is divided into 100 cents. One-dollar coins are also known as loonies (due to the picture of a loon, a type of bird, on the coin), and two-dollar coins as toonies. Banks and bureaux de change will change money and travellers cheques, as will some hotels, but the rate will not be as good. Major credit cards are widely accepted and ATMs are plentiful. US Dollars are largely accepted, though due to fraud, larger notes might not be and change is usually given in Canadian dollars.

Canada covers six time zones, from GMT 8 in the west to GMT -3.5 in the east.
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