5 Things to do in the Prairies
By Delaney Rombough
Posted on August 3, 2021
Go to a sports game in Winnipeg
No matter what season it is, Winnipeg locals love attending sports. In the summer, fans gather in Shaw Park and cheer for the Winnipeg Goldeyes baseball team. In the fall, people enjoy the Canadian Football League (CFL) season—especially Winnipeg’s very own Blue Bombers. Winter is when hockey season is in full swing, and the province’s National Hockey League (NHL) team, the Winnipeg Jets, take over the Canada Life Centre arena. Sports events in Winnipeg are generally family friendly fun, with food, music, and of course cheering for your favourite teams.
Visit Riding Mountain National Park
Riding Mountain National Park is located in Treaty 2 Territory atop the Manitoba escarpment. Indigenous Peoples have long lived in the Riding Mountain region and the Ojibway people still live in the area today. The forests and grasslands are home to a wide diversity of living creatures, including elk, wolves, black bears, moose, and hundreds of species of birds. In the park you can go camping, hiking, boating, and paddling.
Visit Assiniboine Park
Assiniboine Park in Winnipeg is a great place to spend an afternoon in the winter or the summer. The park features a zoo, theatre, English gardens, walking paths, and a miniature train. In the winter, you can go skating at the Riley Family Duck Pond, go cross-country skiing on the groomed trails, or go tobogganing. There are outdoor activities for the whole family.
Explore Big Muddy Valley
Big Muddy Valley is part of Saskatchewan’s badlands near Coronach at the southern border. You can explore the beautiful, vast landscape that is rich with history. Big Muddy Valley extends from southern Saskatchewan to northeast Montana. In the past, the area provided a hideout for legendary outlaws including Sam Kelly, Dutch Henry, and the Sundance Kid. You can book guided tours of the Valley through the town of Coronach. On the tour, you can see sites such as Castle Butte, Big Beaver Nature Centre, Aust’s General Store and Paisley Brook School. You can also see the Ceremonial Circle, effigies, and tipi rings that are sacred to the Indigenous people who lived there.
Visit a museum in Regina
Regina is the capital city of Saskatchewan and is home to many museums. If you like art and history, check out the Royal Saskatchewan Museum or the MacKenzie Art Gallery. If you like science, visit the interactive Saskatchewan Science Centre where there are over 100 exhibits to explore. You can also visit the RCMP Heritage Centre where you can learn about the history of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. You may even see some new cadets training here. These museums are fun and informative and you’re sure to learn something new about Canada and Saskatchewan.