Saskatchewan is a highly underrated province. It is true that it may not have as much to do here compared to the big cities, but we do take pride in what we do have to offer. Saskatchewan is surrounded by beauty year round; such as when the trees are covered in frost, the leaves are budding, the bright fields, or the warm hues of autumn. If you were to visit Saskatchewan, the first place I would take you is my home.
As you may know, I live on a farm facing the riverfront. I don’t mean to brag, but looking out the kitchen window the view outside is quite impressive. Every single time we have visitors, they ask me, “do you ever get tired of looking at this view?” My answer is yes, I’m used to it, but I’ve always appreciated how lovely it is. Just taking a walk around my hometown and area you will be able to witness various ecosystems in Saskatchewan.
My go-to place, would definitely be Waskesiu Lake in Prince Albert National Park. It is located further north therefore it’s in a cooler region with coniferous trees and more bodies of water. There are many attractions at the lake such as the beaches, hiking trails, fishing, golf and tennis courts, shopping, and dining. My personal favourite in Waskesiu is Pete’s Terrace restaurant, which is a charming log cabin with an outdoor patio. When my family and I come here we always order the pesto pizza to share, it is absolutely delicious. (It is very hard to stop at one piece). Apparently the beer is also satisfactory, if you are of legal age, of course.
Fun fact: Not all of Saskatchewan is actually flat! We actually do have many rollings hills and valleys. Last summer I visited the Great Sandhills in southwestern Saskatchewan. It is very unique, and I’ve never seen anything quite like it.
We are super friendly here, it is common courtesy to wave to each other when passing. There is a good chance that you will see people you know all the time. Hence, Saskatchewan has a strong sense of community, that brings me to the best event in Saskatoon. Saskatoon Folkfest. (To learn more please visit- http://www.saskatoonfolkfest.com/) For over 35 years many countries showcase their culture through their assigned pavilions through performances, food, and traditional items. Some of the pavilions this year include German, Scottish, Caribbean, Ukrainian, Greek, Vietnamese, India, Philippines, etc. This will be my 9th year as a volunteer dancer in the Philippines pavilion. For three days we are on our feet performing in front of a large crowd. I have learned a lot about my own culture, as well as made friends for life, and increase my pride as a Filipino-Canadian citizen.
Here is a compilation I created using dances from over the years!
Mabuhay! (toast to ‘life’) Love,