An old house on the prairie, Saskatchewan© Tyler OlsonAn old house on the prairie, Saskatchewan
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Saskatchewan is known for its wide-open prairie, but there is more to the province than open sky and grasslands. The highest part of Saskatchewan is the Cypress Hills, known for its rare wildflowers and outdoor activities. Lac La Ronge is nicknamed the "lake of a thousand islands" and offers great canoeing. Go looking for bison in Prince Albert National Park, which also has one of western Canada's best golf courses. And if any of your kids are into palaeontology, head for the Eastend Fossil Research Station, where you can watch scientists uncover dinosaur bones.

Saskatchewan also has played an important role in Canadian history. Batoche, for example, was the site of the last major battles on Canadian soil, while the Métis rebelled against the Canadian government. Today, you can tour the trenches used by the Canadian military, as well as other sites.

At the Western Development Museum in Saskatoon, you can learn what life was like for one of the farm families who built the province, in the excellent 1910 Boomtown exhibit. Just outside the city, at the Wanuskewin Heritage Park, you can walk in the footsteps of 6,000 years of Aboriginal history.

Elsewhere in the province, a unique and rather surprising attraction is the Tunnels of Moose Jaw. Underneath this city with the funny name is a network of tunnels that bootleggers used to move illegal booze around, often with the help of local authorities. Today, staff dress in 1920s costumes and sometimes tell tall tales about Al Capone. This small city is also the unlikely home of the luxurious Temple Gardens Mineral Spa.

Antique wooden wagon, Saskatchewan© TootlesAntique wooden wagon, Saskatchewan
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You can visit one of Saskatchewan's newest attractions, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Heritage Centre in Regina. It will absorb the current RCMP Centennial Museum, one of the best collections of RCMP history in Canada.

by Laura Byrne Paquet

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