We're nearing the half-way point of this cross Canada journey, and today I bring to you my home province of Saskatchewan.
To many, Saskatchewan is boring: it's difficult to spell, easy to draw and plain to look at. In reality however, Saskatchewan is beautiful. It's covered in thousands of lakes, rolling hills, sand dunes, lush forests and sprawling cities. It's a plethora of cultures and a mosaic of people. It's my home, and freezing winter aside, I love it.
Being from southern Saskatchewan, I don't get up north very often so I don't even get to see the things in this article. To be honest, I've lived here for 23 years and I've never been to my neighboring city of Saskatoon. That's right: I've been to Rome and I've been to Hong Kong, but I've never been to Saskatoon. Seeing that city via Instagram was a treat, and I hope to make my way up there soon. Because of this, I shared a lot more Saskatoon pictures than I did Regina pictures. If you're interested in seeing more about Regina, I did a whole article about it.
Before we begin, I want to thank my sweetheart, Jessica Nuttall, who I thank at the end of every blog, for letting me use a picture of her farm for my cover image. She doesn't Instagram much, but she's an incredible photographer. Please be sure to give her a follow.
I have a feeling this was one of my most anticipated articles as my Instagram fanbase is mostly located in Saskatchewan, so, I finally introduce you to "Instagramming Canada - Saskatchewan".
Lakes and Rivers
Land of Living Skies
And, as always, a big thank you to my sweetheart Jessica Nuttall for proof reading a countless number of my articles. I couldn't do any of this without you. I love you.
Are you looking to explore Saskatchewan? I recommend:
As I stood in the courtyard of Fort Henry, I heard screams emanating from within. Fort Henry was constructed to protect the Kingston Royal Dockyard from the invading American forces during the War of 1812. The threat was so real that the capital of Canada – which was then Kingston – was moved to Quebec to protect it. The docks are all that stood between the United States and the St. Lawrence River and both countries were all too familiar with how easily it would turn the tides of battle.
As the screams from inside Fort Henry faded, I turned to the man beside me. He had come with his family. We got talking, trying to calm our nerves as bloodied clowns and undead mimes began wandering out from inside the fort.
Several months ago Ford Canada approached me to review their 2017 Ford Explorer. I wanted to see how it handled grid roads, so I took it to a variety of ghost towns, abandoned houses and empty villages around Saskatchewan. I had a lot of fun with the article, and I guess Ford liked it too because a few months later they invited me to go out to the Sunshine Coast to try out a few other vehicles.
There were a few differences between this trip and the one I did around Saskatchewan. The first difference was that this was in the wooded forests of British Columbia and not the flat prairie of Saskatchewan. Instead of having the vehicle for a week, this would be a 2-day trip from Vancouver to the Painted Boat Resort and back again. Also, instead of traveling solo, I'd be travelling with several lifestyle and travel bloggers from across Western Canada – including the 2015 Saskatchewanderer Ashlyn George from The Lost Girl's Guide to Finding the World.
The vehicle we got on the way up to the resort was the same red Ford Explorer I tried out earlier this year. This worked out great for me as I was already very familiar with the vehicle and its quirks. On the way back Ashlyn drove a white 2017 Ford Edge.
Last summer my family and I tried fishing up in Northern Saskatchewan. We had a great weekend, but we caught nothing. I wasn't too disappointed though, as I have never actually caught a fish. After 25 years of fishing and failing, I have officially given up on the sport.
That is until I was invited to visit Medicine Hat, Alberta and go sturgeon fishing on the South Saskatchewan River. I was hesitant, but I said yes. I really didn't want to spend eight hours out on the water just to come home empty-handed, but I figured to give it one more shot.
My guide for the day, Brent Thorimbert, picked me up at my hotel around 8:30 a.m. and drove us to a valley located just outside of Medicine Hat. We got out on the water about 9 a.m. and arrived at our fishing spot twenty minutes later. Brent explained that sturgeon fish are "bottom feeders" so they swim along the bottom of the riverbed and eat up bugs and small fish. Our fishing lines were weighted for this very reason. The bait should sit on the riverbed and would get sucked up by an unsuspecting sturgeon.