WEST CENTRAL REGION
From the quiet meander of the Battle, to the mighty forces of the South and North Saskatchewan, rivers form an important part of the landscape here. Crucial to the fur trade and the province’s early development, these moving waters and their shores provide some of Saskatchewan’s most beautiful scenery.
Natural areas abound, including outdoor playgrounds like Jackfish Lake, bordered by Battlefords Provincial Park and other resort communities. Beaver Creek Conservation Area near Saskatoon has walking trails through prairie valley and river landscapes. At Redberry Lake, the Stuart Houston Ecology Centre carries out valuable work on American white pelicans and other wildlife. Nature lovers will also enjoy Blackstrap and Pike Lake provincial parks, or birdwatching on Lucky Lake Heritage Marsh near the town of Lucky Lake, where Ducks Unlimited has designed a self-guided tour.
Originally a gathering place for early settlers, Saskatoon (231,400 CMA) was established in the summer of 1883 by a group of settlers looking for Utopia. The name Saskatoon comes from the Cree Indian word “mis-sask-quah-toomia” for what we know today as saskatoon berries.
Saskatoon enjoys more hours of sunshine than any other major Canadian city and glows as a four-season destination with much to offer visitors. Enjoy an outdoor hike, cruise, or paddle on the river or discover the diverse heritage of our city. For an insight into the past, head to the Western Development Museum and Wanuskewin Heritage Park. Stop and smell the wild flowers in our many parks and trails along the South Saskatchewan River. Vibrant festivals, innovative art, drama and music and spirited sporting events provide year-round entertainment. Winter lights up like nowhere else in North America! Indulge yourself in a wide assortment of dining and shopping experiences throughout the city. Delight in the energy and brilliance of Saskatoon!