Saskatchewan has become synonymous with outdoor adventure—and for good reason. Residents here don’t Netflix their winter away. Rather, they head outdoors for cross-country skiing, dog sledding, festivals, hockey, and more.
Here’s where you’ll find them—if you want in on the fun.
Winter Festivals in Saskatchewan
Like we said, winter is not something to endure here. It’s something to celebrate.
One of Canada’s best winter festivals is PotashCorp Wintershines (Jan. 27-Feb. 4). The festival features more than 100 events and attractions held all throughout the city of Saskatoon (the province’s largest city), including ice sculptures, a candy cane scavenger hunt, sleigh rides, the Blizzard Triathlon, a soup cook-off, ice-skating, a legendary snowball fight, live entertainment, great food, and more.
Skiing in Saskatchewan
Saskatchewan may not have any mountains, but it does have some fine ski resorts that make use of the province’s many hills and valleys.
The real action, however, is cross-country skiing. Imagine gliding through a coniferous forest on a path that leads to a wide open vista of a lake, where you see wolves loping along the shoreline.
That’s exactly what you can do at Prince Albert National Park, which offers 93 miles of trails.
If you’re staying in Saskatoon, check out the nearly 20 miles of trails that take you along the banks of the South Saskatchewan River and to parks and open places throughout the city.
Saskatchewan Destinations—Dog Sledding
If you’ve never tried this, it’s a rush that’s hard to explain. See for yourself by booking an outing with Sundogs Excursions. Trips range from just an hour to five nights and take you to the southern edge of the province’s majestic boreal forest where you’ll see ice-clad lakes and towering spruce trees.
If you want, you’ll have a chance to drive the sled—with a guide by your side. A typical half-day outing includes a stop at a campfire, plenty of photography opportunities, and the chance to learn about local wildlife.
If you’re interested in getting a closer look at Saskatchewan, check out the Saskatchewanderer blog by Andrew Hiltz, who has spent the past year exploring every nook and cranny of the province and sharing his journey.
Hiltz has been to Canada’s largest livestock show, hiked the Nut Point Trail in Lac La Ronge Provincial Park, canoed on Jan Lake, done goat yoga, went dog sledding, tried curling, and even ran the Queen City Marathon in Regina.
Saskatchewan and StorageMart
At StorageMart we’re proud to be involved in the communities we serve—and we’re even learning to love winter as much as our friends in Saskatchewan. If you’re looking for an adventure this time of year, check out the towns, trails, and attractions of Canada’s sunniest province.