By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: We're planning a road trip out west this spring. The idea of travelling through Saskatchewan doesn't really appeal to me. I've heard from others that it's plain flat and quite boring. Right now, I'm considering skipping it altogether by driving through the states. If you have any suggestions here, we'd really appreciate hearing them.

A: Before setting out on a road trip, it's important to consider the trip's objective. Since you mentioned heading out west, I'll presume you're planning on visiting western Canada. If this is the case, then you certainly will want to drive across Saskatchewan; otherwise your option is to travel across Montana and North Dakota, pay more for gas and suffer the ills from our poor Canadian dollar.

Driving across Saskatchewan, you'll immediately appreciate why this province is commonly known as the "Land of the Living Skies." Here are a few fun facts on this prairie province: the town of Estevan is considered Canada's sunshine capital averaging about 2,540 sunshine-filled hours a year. Visit Grasslands National Park for some of the best views of some of the last untouched prairie remaining in North America. Canada's very own T. rex skeleton nicknamed "Scotty" was excavated in the Eastend and is reported as one of the best of only 12 such discoveries anywhere in the world. You can catch him on display at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum.

Did you know Saskatchewan houses the oldest bird sanctuary in North America? Called Last Mountain Lake, this sacred ornithologist's dreamplace was established in 1887. In addition, there are 100,000 lakes and rivers and nearly 12 million hectares of national and provincial parkland, perfect for campers and nature lovers.

For more travel-related information on Saskatchewan, visit their official web site at


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