Saskatchewanderer: Summer '19 Highlights!

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Ever since I’ve been “inaugurated” as the 2019 Saskatchewanderer in January, a vacant block on my calendar has been considered a rare sighting. To most, the idea of a jam-packed schedule is somewhat anxiety-inducing. I personally view this on-the-go lifestyle with nothing but positivity. I’m given a limited window to take in as much of this vast province as possible in a somewhat restricted time frame. One year is not as much time as one would think to cover ground in a province as expansive and diverse as Saskatchewan. I’d be amiss if I took this once in a lifetime opportunity for granted.

 

Despite the routine nature of my non-routine life, I was completely blindsided by the acceleration of my day-to-day between the end of May and the beginning of June. I was forewarned by my predecessors of this “peak season” but I suppose I didn’t fully believe just how mobile I would be. Now that the summer is coming to a close and I’m beginning to re-attach myself to the ground I can truly reflect on my unforgettable summer. Here are some of the highlights:

 

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Cypress Hills Destination Area

 

 

I kicked off June by immersing myself in the magic that is the SouthWest - most specifically the Cypress Hills Destination Area. I did this excursion with a group of incredibly talented local influencers and photographers assembled by Tourism Saskatchewan. Through this community, I learned a lot about my craft as well as the area. Some stops on the itinerary included Ghosttown Blues, Reesor Ranch, The Resort in Cypress Hills, Tree-O-Six Adventure Parks and a hike through The Hidden Conglomerate Cliffs which are photographed above.

 

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The Saskatchewan River Delta with Ask Holistic Adventures

 

 

I drove straight from Cypress to my next stop which is essentially as far across the country as one could get - the North East. To reach my final destination of Big Eddie Lodge which is about 5km North of Cumberland House (The oldest permanent settlement in Western Canada) I had to go beyond where roads could take me and canoe nearly 50km across the Saskatchewan River Delta (the largest inland Delta in North America). The excursion was through Aski Holistic Adventures which is a First Nations Medicine Retreat that teaches you about the indigenous values surrounding this historic region.

 

 

 

 

Full Blog: https://saskatchewanderer.ca/blog/miyopimatisowin

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Stanley Mission and The Holly Trinity Anglican Church

 

While on the subject of Northern Saskatchewan’s rich history, I also ventured past La Ronge to Stanley Mission, Saskatchewan where I saw the provinces oldest Standing Building. The Holy Trinity Anglican Church was built along the banks of the Churchill River between the years of1854 and 1860. 

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Saskatchewan Pride

 

Over the course of the summer I acquainted myself with Saskatchewan’s vibrant LGBTQ2 community. These bonds were established through my attendance at multiple pride festivities as well as my first ever Two-Spirit Pow Wow! I’m so proud to be a member of this small but mighty community 

 

 

Full Blog: https://saskatchewanderer.ca/blog/saskatchewan-pride

 

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The Snowbirds and the Saskatchewan Airshow

 

 When the Snowbirds reached out to me and asked me to tag along in one of their aircrafts as they rehearsed for the Saskatchewan Airshow, I jumped at the opportunity. What I wasn’t prepared for was the crippling motion sickness that came with the experience. I admittedly had my head between my knees for the majority of this hour long flight - but even so, it was an unforgettable experience. 

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Ness Creek Music Festival

 

A definite summer highlight was attending the Ness Creek Music Festival. Not only was the program and the festivities life-altering but the area itself is so incredibly beautiful and accessible year-round. I established a relationship with complete strangers who demonstrated Saskatchewan’s renowned reputation for having some of the world's kindest people. I hope to return again before the end of my term.

 

 

Full Blog: https://saskatchewanderer.ca/blog/happy-ness

 

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Fossil Fever in Grasslands National Park

 

 

I was lucky enough to join the team at the RSM for a dig in one of the worlds premiere fossil locations: Grasslands National Park. This was where they uncovered one of the very first remains of prehistoric life found in Canada. It felt like a BONE-ified palaeontologist (sorry). 

 

Full Blog: https://saskatchewanderer.ca/blog/fossil-fever  

 

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The Western Canada Summer Games in Swift Current

 

If I were asked to sum up the spirit of Saskatchewan in a condensed format I would refer them to my video of The Western Canada Summer Games in Swift Current. At a population of 18,500 people there was 1,700 volunteers involved in making this event happen - thats nearly a 10% rate. The environment was saturated with a brand of showmanship and dedication that is exclusive to our great province. I was a truly moving experience and a great way to wrap up the summer! 

 

 

Full Blog: https://saskatchewanderer.ca/blog/go-team-sask

 

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What I learned this summer is that there is so much available right in our back yard - a lot of which is free. I would recommend that Saskatchewan citizens challenge themselves to learn more about their home province. Trust me - you won’t regret it.

 

None of these life-changing experiences would be possible without the help of my partners at CAA. It would be nearly impossible to cover so much ground in a province as vast as Saskatchewan without a reliable mode of transportation. At nearly 40,000km to date, the CAA Wanderer-mobile could tell a tale or two. 

 

...Now get out and explore, Saskies!