Saskatoon is an interesting city set in the middle of rolling farmland. Its downtown district has plenty to keep you occupied and its buildings are no eyesore either. Geographically, it’s notoriously flat. The might bore some people and fill others with a sense of wonder at the wide, open horizon. Like most Canadian cities, Saskatoon takes its sporting events very seriously. Here’s a pick of three sporting events to give you a flavour of what the city can offer:
Swimming Canada Summer National Championships
This long course meet also doubles as trials for the Swimming World Championships, which will be held in Barcelona this year. Taking place in a 50m long pool, this is a wonderful chance to see the cream of Canada’s swimming talent compete to see who’s the fastest in the 50 freestyle or the 200 meter butterfly.
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CIS Men’s Hockey Championship
This tournament takes place in the spring of every year. If you want to root for the home team, treat yourself to a Saskatchewan Huskies jersey. Tickets for the finals cost between $30 and $40. If you want to catch a couple of games, then you can find some good deals on Saskatoon hotels and take your pick of the most exciting matches of the season.
Taking place on the 26th of May 2013, the Saskatechewan Marathon unites the general public with Olympians like Dylan Wykes (20th at the London Olympics) and Reid Coolsaet. The prize money ranges from $150 all the way up to $1000 for the winners of the full marathon. The first Marathon was staged in 1979 – giving this civic event a long and proud heritage. Much of the course runs alongside the river, making this an outdoor event that you can make a whole day of if you should choose to watch for one stage of the race and then go your own away around the city.
Once you’ve had your fill of these sporting attractions, did you know you can visit the Mountie training barracks at Regina? Every day at noon you can attend a parade and see these red-jacketed legends in action. A trip to this city is definitely a step off the beaten track and you’ll have some great stories to tell your friends and family back home. Canadians are sports fanatics and you’ll find some very passionate fans to rub shoulders and have a few beers with.
Ben Booker is a freelance content writer from Canada. His passions include sports, photography and traveling.
There are a lot of great reasons for visiting a wilderness resort. One is certainly the beauty of the environment and the being close to nature. The scenes can be breathtaking and the fun can be unforgettable. At Tweedsmuir Park resort life-long memories are made.The wilderness is teaming with wildlife and rugged landscapes making for a great vacation area for families, family reunions, boy scout or girl scout trips, corporate groups, or honeymooning couples. This is where visitors get to enjoy one of the greatest Grizzly Bear tours anywhere. Sometimes guests can spot as many as 15 to 20 bears in one float down the Atnarko River. The Mckenzie drift boats used for the tours give guests a comfortable seat from where they can view these magnificent Grizzly Bears as they roam through their natural habitat. The guides are highly trained and experienced in handling these outdoor situations. Again, one of these tours is nothing less than ‘unforgettable’. This is where guests can enjoy the ultimate in nature experiences.
The activities that guests can participate in are fantastic. Aside from the Grizzly Bear safari there is some excellent fishing. Guides will lead guests on a long drift along the Atnarko and stop at every good fishing hole along the way. For those who just want to walk around and take in the scenery up-close and personal there are guided nature walks. On the Fjord trips guests can visit the hot springs and view the where the interlinking fjords reach the river from the ocean. Here they can catch a few crabs or shrimp as well as spot dolphins, seals, and orcas. If hiking is their passion they will surely love to go ‘heli-hiking’. There are helicopter adventures all designed to fit several categories of fitness levels and interests. They can range from a short leisurely walk to a long and strenuous hike. Guests will get to enjoy wilderness places that are otherwise inaccessible.
Bird enthusiasts who visit here are in for a real treat. The area there is a transitional zone where birds flock from the wet coastal climate seeking the drier interior climate. This means plenty of bird and a bio-diversity that makes for excellent bird photography conditions. Bald Eagles are seen there all the time. Even one of the all-time favorites the ‘hummingbird’ comes to feed at the feeders that are put out. While watching the birds is very hard not to also see Mountain Goats, Black Bears, Moose, Deer, and of course the Grizzlies.
Jackie Sno loves to write about her travels, and recently has fallen in love with Bella Coola in BC. She had an amazing vacation with her family at Tweedsmuir Park Lodge and highly recommends you visit http://www.tweedsmuirparklodge.com/adventures/grizzly-bear-safaris to see what amazing activities they have to offer!
Your big day is meant to be one of the most memorable of your lives. You’re committing your lives to each other and you want to ensure that you’re in the most memorable location with all of your favourite people there to share it with you.
Of course, you have plenty of options when it comes to the location. It’s tradition in the United Kingdom that the bride gets married in the city, town or village she comes from but many would prefer a more exotic location. You can never trust the good old British weather to provide a sunny day for your wedding, so jetting off to a sun-kissed location instead seems like a much more attractive – yet expensive – option.
However, if money isn’t too big an issue for your wedding day, take a look at five of the most exotic wedding locations in the world to make it even more memorable:
Situated in the Caribbean, the Dominican Republic is often overlooked for the more well-known islands such as Barbados or Jamaica, but with budget-friendly prices, stunning beaches and plenty of local traditions it’s a highly popular holiday location and – as with most Caribbean islands – it’s like paradise.
The stunning tropical island of Mauritius is becoming one of the most popular locations to exchange vows. The white sandy beaches and gorgeous weather all year around make for the most amazing setting to get married. It’s also an amazing place to experience for all of your guests, especially with plenty of 5* holidays to Mauritius with Club Med providing hotels and other advice to make the most of your time in heaven!
When you think of the term “exotic country” you almost instantly think of Hawaii. With stunning beaches, palm trees, beautiful weather and amazing scenery, you’d do well to find anyone who could argue against Hawaii being a tropical paradise. With hotels overlooking the beaches and sea, amazing local food and almost guaranteed beautiful weather it makes for the perfect exotic wedding location with the breeze flowing in off the sea through your hair on the alter.
Exotic resorts, amazing local food and plenty to see and do no matter what your idea of time away consists of, Mexico provides the ideal wedding venues no matter what your theme may be. With a typically Mexican laid back approach to life, and a natural want to party, the Mexicans are sure to help your wedding day become the most memorable of your life for all the right reasons – and the weather and beaches aren’t bad either!
The Atlantis resort in the Bahamas is famous throughout the world for being one of the most amazing locations on the planet. For that very reason it makes the list of top five wedding locations. With weather, beaches, resorts and more to die for, the Bahamas is almost made for exotic weddings.
Matt Rawlings is a travel writer based in the UK. Having travelled all around the world, Matt has seen some amazing countries with beautiful beaches, stunning architecture and better weather than back home!