When I was a kid, there were three places we’d drive to that I would look forward to with much anticipation. One was driving through Saskatoon on our way to my grandparents’ house. We’d drive by the beautiful University of Saskatchewan campus, and I’d imagine going to university there. I loved every second of my four years there.
Thorvaldson Building, University of Saskatchewan campus in Saskatoon
Driving to Banff, and getting that first glimpse of the mountains was (and still is) a thrill! For at least the last 10 years, maybe more if I really thought about it, I’ve been to mountains somewhere in Western Canada or Montana.
driving to Banff
But, Cypress Hills in Southwest Saskatchewan is most likely the place I’ve been to the most. It was about a two hour drive from the town I grew up in and it’s the first place I remember going where I felt like I was going somewhere! I’d watch for that first glimpse of the hills, just a silhouette far off in the distance, and as we passed through Maple Creek, I could finally see the hills close up! I’ve camped here a lot with my family, gone to Brownies and Girl Guide camp at Camp Shagabec, and I’ve been several times as an adult, but most of my memories of it are as a kid (including one Victoria Day long weekend when it snowed – I think I was 5 or so. I think that was also the last time I rode a horse!).
Lodgepole Pine forest walking trail at Cypress Hills
Sunset at the Lookout Point – Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park
Lookout Point down the road from Bald Butte – further proof that all of Saskatchewan is not flat!
Young Hutterite couple enjoying the view at Bald Butte
View from Bald Butte at Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park – the highest point of land between the Rockies in Alberta and the East Coast of Canada (proof that all of Saskatchewan is not flat!)
Look-out Point at Cypress Hills
Rose in the Legistlative Garden on Labour Day
Vivid colour in Victoria Park, late July
Pretty flower discovered while walking to the bathroom (too much information I’m sure!)
This is probably the third time I’ve posted a picture of this mug. I must drink my coffee from this mug on a camping trip.
View from the top of Bald Butte
Sunset view at the Lookout Point
Waskesiu Lake sunset at Prince Albert National Park….my favourite part of camping in the park was listening to the sounds of loons calling in the distance. If you look at this picture long enough, you just might be able to hear their distinctive and haunting song.
Saskatchewan is more than just endless miles of prairie landscapes, we have beautiful lakes and forests and rivers, too!
Made me think of how many National Parks I’ve visited in Western Canada, so here’s my list: Prince Albert National Park in Saskatchewan, Banff, Jasper, Waterton, and Elk Island National Parks in Alberta, Kootenay, Glacier and Yoho National Parks in British Columbia, and Pacific Rim National Park Reserve on Vancouver Island. I’d love to visit more, in particular, Gwaii Haanas and Gulf Islands off the coast of British Columbia, and Gros Morne in Newfoundland. Never a bad thing to have travel goals!