One Tank Trip for Saskatchewan Camping

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July 22, 2010

This One Tank Trip seen in the Woodall’s 2010 North American Campground Directory.

Rough and ready, that’s Saskatchewan. Boasting a mix of prairie life coupled with mountains and lakes, rivers and streams, as well as a bustling metropolitan scene, the “Land of Living Skies” is filled with enough adventure and excitement to satisfy even the most jaded traveler. From museums that depict the area’s prehistoric development, to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Heritage Centre, Saskatchewan provides something to suit every taste and style.

Kicking this one tank trip off in Moose Jaw, you’ll see a wealth of art galleries and museums just waiting for your investigation, along with more outdoor-oriented activities. The surrounding area exists in a river valley, so see the sights from a boat deck as you cruise down the river. The town has a thriving spa culture, so after you’ve hiked along the many trails in the Saskatchewan camping area, give your muscles a reward with a refreshing soak in hot mineral water. This is also the home of the endangered burrowing owl, and when you visit the interpretive centre devoted to telling the tale and safeguarding these rare birds, you can set up an appointment to see these magnificent creatures.

Driving east for slightly less than 50 miles on Canada’s incredibly scenic Highway 1, you’ll soon come to Regina, home of the RCMP Heritage Centre. This facility showcases the world-famous Canadian Mounties, the police force represented in silent films as rescuing damsels in distress from villains with curling mustaches and black top hats. The centre uses a blend of historical artifacts and multimedia technology to relate the history of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and how it helped create the identity of today’s Canada. Be sure not to miss Wascana Centre, a sprawling park that covers nearly 2,500 acres and features walking trails that wind through the trees; keep you camera handy, because you never know when those cute little ground squirrels will pop out demanding food.

Continuing east on Canada Highway 1 for another 16 miles, angle north on Highway 10 which takes you the rest of the way on this one tank trip – about 30 miles – into Fort Qu’appelle. This area was originally a trading post for prospectors and passers-through beginning in the mid 19th century, and today the Hudson’s Bay Trading Company serves as a museum, depicting what life was like in those rough and rugged days when the province was first being settled. Fort Qu’appelle is positioned between two lakes, Mission Lake and Echo Lake, which are two of the region’s more famous fishing destinations. There’s no shortage of spots for Saskatchewan camping by the beach, and there are a few casinos on Native land for you to try your luck at.

Adventure of all kinds, coupled with rest and relaxation is what Saskatchewan is all about. Give it a chance to win you over, and the odds are good you’ll want to come back for more.

See a list of Good Sam Recommended Saskatchewan RV Campgrounds.

Planning a Saskatchewan camping trip? Don’t miss this other great route on one tank of fuel:
2009 Saskatchewan One Tank Trip


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  14. George

    I hope all the gas for the one tank trip is going through the motor and no one is sniffing it. I gotta wonder as I’ve was born in Sask. 62 years ago and have yet to see any mountains. Oh sure, we have big hills, deep river valleys, grain waving in the wind, great people who’ll wave back, stop to help or ask if you’re lost and spend time to fill you in on what’s interesting, but alas, no mountains. Oh, wait a minute. You must mean “Mt Blackstrap”. If you google that it says: “Mount Blackstrap, offers year-round activities from cross-country and downhill skiing to hiking trails”. Well the ski hill has closed for good and the “mountain” is really just a big hill. Our visitors from British Columbia, where there really are mountains, are often rude by snickering at this prairie landmark. To add insult to injury, the google page I got showed lots of mountains but that photo was taken in Alberta.