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Saskatchewan

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Introduction

Saskatchewan in spring ©Jeff

Boasting some of the most breathtakingly beautiful scenery in Canada, Saskatchewan is a paradise for lovers of the great outdoors and eco-tourists, featuring everything from world-class fishing, kayaking and hiking to hunting, horseback riding and wildlife spotting in the wilderness.


Saskatchewan's capital and second largest city, Regina, is the original headquarters and birthplace of the famous Royal North-West Mounted Police, or 'mounties' as they are affectionately known. Saskatchewan is made up of prairie in the south, while the north comprises boreal forest, rolling hills and the majority of the province's 100,000 lakes.


Discovered by Henry Kelsey, a British fur trader, in 1690, and boasting a rich Scottish heritage and even a provincial tartan, Saskatchewan proudly displays its history including indigenous North American Indians, such as the Sioux, Saulteaux, Athabaskan and Cree tribes, in the 250 or so museums dotted throughout the province. There are also cultural landmarks and more urban things to do in the city of Saskatoon, which is a centre of nearly 250,000 people.


The Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park, as well as the centre at Batoche, scene of the North-West Rebellion's Battle of Batoche, remain a couple of the top tourist attractions. However, most who choose to visit Saskatchewan come here to get away from it all and enjoy the wilderness, clear skies, wildlife, and peace and quiet. The memories of a visit to Saskatchewan are ones that will last a lifetime.


Travellers must come prepared for the climate, however, as Saskatchewan experiences both some of the highest and lowest recorded temperatures in Canada. Northern Saskatchewan has a subarctic climate. Temperatures range from highs of 79°F (26°C) in the summer to an average of 0°F (-18°C) in the winter.


Getting Around

Although public transport is not extensive, getting around Regina is relatively easy. Buses operate seven days a week along routes from the city centre to most areas of the city. A number of taxi companies also operate across Regina and can either be hailed off the street or ordered in advance via telephone. Car hire is available and the city is quite easy to navigate, with roads structured on a grid system.


Regina International Airport (YQR)

LocationThe airport is located two miles (3km) from Regina city centre.
Time DifferenceLocal time is GMT -6.
Getting to city

The city centre is five minutes away from the airport. Taxis, shuttles and car rentals are available from the airport to the city centre.

Car Rental

Car rental companies represented at the airport include Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, National and Thrifty.

Airpor Taxis

Taxi services to and from the airport are provided by Capital Cabs. Taxis are available right outside the terminal doors where a taxi coordinator will assist you in getting to your destination.

Airport Facilities

Airport facilities include a restaurant, cafe, lounge, fast food outlets, shopping, ATM and currency exchange.

Car Parking

The airport provides both short- and long-term parking options. Short-term parking has 110 stalls located immediately in front of the terminal building. C$2 is charged for each half hour for a maximum of two hours. Long-term parking can accommodate 1,100 vehicles and costs C$4 for the first hour, and C$2 for each additional hour. The daily maximum rate is C$15.

Websitewww.yqr.ca


Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker International Airport (YXE)

LocationThe airport is located four miles (7km) from the city centre.
Time DifferenceGMT -6
Getting to city

Taxis, limos, shuttles and car rental services are available at the airport. Saskatoon Transit has two bus lines that service the airport and run to the city centre.

Car Rental

Car companies represented at the airport include Avis, Alamo, Budget, Enterprise and National.

Airpor Taxis

United Blueline Cabs is licensed to operate taxi services from the designated pick-up and drop-off area located along the terminal curbside. Metered fares apply. A taxi coordinator is on duty from 7.30am to the last arrival of the day to assist travellers.

Airport Facilities

Airport facilities include ATMs, currency exchange, wifi, an information booth, shopping (including duty-free), restaurants and an art display.

Car Parking

There are more than 1,100 parking stalls available at the airport parking lot, conveniently located just outside the terminal building. The front two rows of the public parking lot are designated for short-term parking. This is for the convenience of those picking up or dropping off passengers, or who require parking for only one day. Parking can be paid for in the terminal at the exit kiosk (cash, debit and credit card) or at the exit lane (credit card only).

Websitewww.yxe.ca


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