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Canada land of adventure

In the popular imagination, Saskatchewan is but one continuous wheat field, a place with little topography or cultural diversity.

And the traveller passing through parts of southern Saskatchewan in late summer can hardly be forgiven for thinking otherwise: this is Canada's breadbasket, after all, producing a full 60% of the nation's wheat in acres of golden fields that literally stretch to the horizon.

It is for this reason that the place is usually portrayed as nothing more than a cold monotonous patch of grassland between the lakes of Manitoba and the mountains of Alberta. And it's true: the entire province is subject to such bitterly cold winters that "plug-ins" – electric connections that keep a car battery warm overnight – are standard at a good hotel.

However, a little probing reveals a much richer identity than the stereotype indicates. The spectacular Qu'Appelle Valley cuts across two thirds of the province, slicing into the level plain with deep glacial creases running down to the river. Venture to Saskatchewan's two major cities and surprising architectural touches are revealed. In other areas, a preponderance of Eastern European churches crop up – painted church domes rising from the prairie like delicately painted Easter eggs, testifying to the province's solid Ukrainian influence.

Farther north, the prairies abruptly give way to foothills and then genuine mountains, woods and lakes – making it a bit less surprising to learn that there is more forest here – half a province worth, in fact – than farmland. All of the major rivers in the province flow east into Manitoba, eventually emptying into Hudson Bay.

Time still moves slowly in Saskatchewan. Today, farmers are diversifying and growing such crops as flax, and the mining of potash and the damming of rivers provide steady jobs, though wheat and oil continue to power the economy. The province's two major cities both contain just over 200,000 residents and strive to fill the short summer with festivities. Regina is the elegant capital, so English it appears never to have left the Crown, while Saskatoon has a large university and a thriving cultural scene, as well as proximity to many of the province's natural attractions.

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