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One Tank Trip for Saskatchewan Camping
Total Mileage/average drive time:
148 km - 1hour, 56 minutes
Lying in the heart of the Canadian Prairies, Saskatchewan is a land of open sky, miles of beautiful flowing fields of wheat and a surprising diversity in landscapes outside of the prairie geography it's known for, including thousands of lakes and pristine boreal forests. The only thing missing from this combination is you....so better load up that RV and let's get to exploring the beauty of Saskatchewan!
Let's start our exploration in an area known as the Battlefords, which encompasses North Battleford and Battleford, just 3.5 miles south on SK-16B. There is a very distinct feeling to this area—a mix of a strong aboriginal culture and an early pioneer history that is hard to overlook. Adventurers will enjoy the endless availability of hiking, canoe tours and biking and when you're ready to explore the great cultural offerings found here, start at the Allen Sapp Gallery, Canada's only public gallery named for a living artist. Allen Sapp's work is both a powerful and poignant look into the lives of the Northern Plains Cree Indians. From there, head to the Fred Light Museum where you will get a glimpse of the early days of Battleford when it was the first seat of Territorial Government. The museum houses an impressive collection of artifacts in several themed rooms within a 1914 school building. Continue your exploration of history at the Fort Battleford National Historic Site, where you can tour several original buildings, watch historic weapon demonstrations and view artifacts. There are guided tours of the area, or you can explore at your own pace.
142 km - 1 hour, 48 minutes
From the Battlefords we're going to make our way to SK-16 heading east for the 89 mile trip into Saskatoon. This is the largest city within the province well known for its cultural diversity, warm friendly residents and incredible four seasons outdoor opportunities. In fact, Saskatoon enjoys more hours of sun annually than any other Canadian city; all those years of wishing for more hours in the day finally paid off! Within the city, you'll find an overwhelming array of galleries, theaters, restaurants and museums, but if you want to ease into your exploration, take one of the boat tours up and down the river that offer spectacular views of the city. Don't forget your camera! To see more of the natural prairie habitat this area is famous for, head to Beaver Creek Conservation Area where you'll discover an interpretive center and a number of trails, which take you through prairie brush. A short distance from the city you'll find Wanuskewin Heritage Park, spanning over 700 acres and hugging the western bank of the South Saskatchewan River. Within the park are 19 pre-contact sites that represent activity of the Northern Plains People who once flourished in this area. You'll find winter and summer camp sites, tipi rings, bison kill sites, a medicine wheel and more. It's a fascinating place offering a rarely seen glimpse into the lives of those who lived here long ago. It's a good thing we had those extra hours to squeeze all this in!
Other Area Sponsors in Saskatchewan:
Saskatchewan West Central Tourism
Check out the 2011 One Tank Trip For Saskatchewan
Check out the 2010 One Tank Trip For Saskatchewan
Woodall's Recommended Campgrounds in Saskatchewan
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