What to Do in Saskatchewan with Kids

Hard to pronounce yet easy to love, Saskatchewan is one of Canada’s most intriguing Prairie Provinces. Considered the breadbasket of Canada, there’s plenty of farmland here, but few folks realize that half of the province is covered by forest. There are many freshwater lakes and rivers for taking a dip, too. Families find Saskatchewan to be extremely affordable, uncrowded, and filled with fun diversions to tucker out the youngsters. Explore these six unique things to do in Saskatchewan with kids.

Not to miss experiences in Saskatchewan with kids
Not to miss experiences in Saskatchewan with kids (Photo credit: Tourism Saskatchewan/Greg Hustar Photography)

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1. Explore science and animals in Regina.

Saskatchewan’s capital city, Reginais filled with excellent museums with interactive programming. Tops is the Saskatchewan Science Centre, where hands-on exhibits range from space to farming. There are critters such as bearded dragons, salamanders and bats to suss out, plus a resident owl. Kids will enjoy building and racing toy vehicles, or they can ignite a hot air balloon and watch it float up to the ceiling while learning how hot air rises.

Downtown Regina ~ Not to Miss Experiences in Saskatchewan with Kids
Downtown Regina, Saskatchewan’s Queen City (Photo credit: Tourism Saskatchewan/Hans-Gerhard Pfaff )

Regina’s Royal Saskatchewan Museum makes a good option, especially with their Snakes Alive exhibit which features real, live Saskatchewan snakes until May 2017. More into mammals than reptiles? Check out the Life Sciences Gallery, where all the local animals are represented in true taxidermy style.

A moose on display at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum ~ Not to Miss Experiences in Saskatchewan with Kids
A moose on display at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum (Photo credit: Saskatchewan Tourism)

2. Take in a parade.

You’ve likely heard of the Mounties, those famous Canadian police officers. Well, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police’s training center, known as the Depot, is located smack in the middle of Regina. It’s worth a visit to the RCMP Heritage Centre to learn about how the troops helped to form Canada. Make sure you time it so you can take in the Sargent’s Major Parade. Taking place every weekday at 12:45 p.m., recruits get put through the paces, as a marching band helps them to keep time with their drills.

police marching
Cadets march in time to a military band at the RCMP Heritage Centre. (Photo credit: Jody Robbins)

3. Play in Wascana Centre Park.

Looking for a tranquil green space? Wascana Centre Park makes a worthy stop. Go here to explore playgrounds, beautiful gardens, trails and more. Or, rent a canoe or kayak for some time on Wascana Lake, around which this 2,300-acre park was built.

Flower Garden in Wascana Park ~ Not to miss experiences in Saskatchewan with kids
Flower Garden in Wascana Centre Park (Photo credit: Tourism Saskatchewan/J.F. Bergeron/ENVIRO FOTO)

4. Step back in time at Government House.

Bring the kids to Government House for some educational play. This former home of the Lieutenant Governor General offers acres of gardens and interactive exhibits. The Amédée Forget Museum gives a glimpse of life at Government House at the turn of the 20th century. J.E.N. Wiebe Interpretive Centre teaches Saskatchewan history through multimedia presentations, games, and murals. Kids and parents can step back in time by dressing up in period costumes and taking pictures in the Picture Us In Victorian Times room. An art gallery and rotating exhibits round off your visit.

Step back in time at Government House in Regina ~ Not to Miss Experiences in Saskatchewan with Kids
Step back in time at Government House in Regina (Photo credit: Tourism Saskatchewan/Eric Lindberg)

5. Go underground in Moose Jaw.

Situated along the Trans Canada Highway, less than an hour’s drive from Regina, families can literally go underground in Moose Jaw. The small downtown core is linked together by a series of underground tunnels – originally built as a steam system in the early 1900s and later abandoned. These tunnels then became the living and working grounds of hundreds of Chinese immigrants. During the years of prohibition, the tunnels served as a hiding spot for gangster Al Capone. It’s rumored Capone would take the train up here from Chicago when the heat was on. Tour the labyrinth of tunnels with Tunnels of Moose Jaw. Role players really get into character and encourage tour-goers to do the same.

tunnel tour
Pretend your on the lam with other gangsters during Tunnels of Moose Jaw tours (Photo credit: Tunnels of Moose Jaw)

6. Camp at Cypress Hills Intra-Provincial Park.

The Cypress Hills Intra-Provincial Park is all about getting back to nature without having to rough it. What’s most surprising is that despite being located on the prairie, it actually sports rugged mountain-like terrain with thick pine forests and even wetlands.

Keep your eyes peeled for deer, elk, moose, and a wide variety of birds. As part of the Dark Sky Preserve, your nights will be spent star gazing, while your days will be filled with action adventure. Besides trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding, adrenaline junkies will enjoy zip-lining and a climbing wall.

It’s easy to camp with kids at Cypress Hills. Choose from a variety of campsites, from RV camping with power and water, to tent sites, group sites, Back Country huts, and equestrian camping. This provincial park is a short half-hour drive south of the Trans Canada Highway.

Camping is a blast with kids at Cypress Hills Intra-Provincial Park
Camping is a blast with kids at Cypress Hills Intra-Provincial Park (Photo credit: Tourism Saskatchewan/Paul Austring )

Land of the living skies, Saskatchewan’s sky explodes into a kaleidoscope of pinks, purples, and oranges as the sun sets slowly over the prairies. What a marvel to see and yet another reason why a visit to Saskatchewan ought to be on every family’s travel wish list.

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An impressive sunset at Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park ~ Not to Miss Experiences in Saskatchewan with Kids
An impressive sunset at Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park (Photo credit: Tourism Saskatchewan/Paul Austring)

Would you like to visit Saskatchewan? What are some of your favorite unique things to do in Saskatchewan with kids? Let us know in the comments below!

A Note from The Saucy Travel Mama: Thank you to Tourism Saskatchewan for hosting my visit. As always, my opinions are my own.

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    1. It really was. I think anyone who’s looking for an affordable holiday would live large (and have a great time) in Saskatchewan.