Vacation Accommodations in Saskatchewan

• A WorldWeb.com Travel Guide for Saskatchewan, Canada.
Known as the Land of Living Skies, Saskatchewan is a beautiful and diverse prairie province. During the day the vast blue skies go on forever, in the evening sunsets light the land on fire and at night an infinite number of stars fill every corner of space.

Tourists are greeted by crystal-blue waterways and golden fields of wheat as well as other surprising landscapes: stark dunes in the sand hills, eerie canyons in the badlands and dense forests in Prince Albert National Park. Natural beauty is only one of the reasons people are drawn to Saskatchewan; some have business in the cities of Regina and Saskatoon, romantics seek weekend getaways in small historic towns, families enjoy long holidays in the province's many recreational areas and sports enthusiasts find adventure in the extreme landscapes.

Whether visiting Saskatchewan's modern cities, friendly towns or beautiful countryside, there are plenty of accommodation choices, including resorts, hotels and motels, bed and breakfasts, extended-stay suites, lodges, cabins, hostels and campgrounds.

SASKATCHEWAN'S CITIES

Regina
Regina is Saskatchewan's capital city and a centre for culture, commerce and transportation. The city is situated on the Trans-Canada Highway (Highway 1) and is surrounded by endless fields of wheat, canola and other grains. Getting around town is easy on public transport, by car or on foot.

Regina's government sector attracts business travellers while recreational visitors are drawn by the wealth of activities and attractions. Many of these sights, including the Provincial Legislative Building, Wascana Lake and the Royal Saskatchewan Museum, are located downtown, making the city's core a convenient place to stay.

Regina's most luxurious accommodation is the Radisson Plaza Hotel, built in 1927. This elegant Victorian hotel is filled with charm and tradition but also offers modern conveniences, including a restaurant, boutique shops, a beauty salon and spa.


Mid-range hotels, motels, hostels and campgrounds offer comfortable accommodation at more reasonable prices. Both the Holiday Inn Express and the Quality Hotel have clean, comfortable guestrooms and many complimentary services and amenities.

Saskatoon
Saskatoon is the sunniest city in Canada and the beautiful, clear weather can be enjoyed from the hundreds of acres of parkland and riverside recreational areas. The city has a variety of cultural attractions, especially those celebrating the community's agricultural heritage.

Most hotels and motels lie in the downtown area, on the west side of the North Saskatchewan River, but other types of accommodations, including bed and breakfasts are sprinkled throughout the city.

The Bessborough Hotel, affectionately referred to as "The Bez" or "The Castle," crowns the cityscape. This historic railway hotel was the last of the grand railway hotels built in Canada, just before the roaring 20s fizzled into the Great Depression of the 1930s. The Bez struggled through the depression, managing to stay open, and still stands as Saskatoon's most prestigious accommodation today.

Staying in a bed and breakfast provides a personal touch to any holiday. Visitors can look forward to fresh, homemade meals served with a hearty helping of local knowledge and anecdotes about the surrounding area. Both Auntie Aggie's Visitor Lodge and Alpha Mercy Haven are early 1900's homes that have maintained their historic charm with Victorian antiques and décor.

PRAIRIE TOWNS

Hundreds of communities dot Saskatchewan's prairies, ranging in size from hamlets to large, bustling towns. Moose Jaw and Swift Current, both situated on the Trans-Canada Highway west of Regina, are popular places to stop for refuelling and recharging. However, recent investment into improving access to historical sites has made these towns much more than just pit stops.

Moose Jaw
Luxury vacationers are treated well at Saskatchewan's largest resort, Temple Gardens Mineral Spa. This beautiful hotel and spa complex is built around one of Canada's largest natural geothermal mineral pools. It is definitely worth visiting whether staying at the hotel or not.

Visitors on a budget will appreciate the range of more economical choices in Moose Jaw: chain hotels, inns and bed and breakfasts. The Heritage Inn is a nice blend of tradition and modern conveniences. Situated on the north end of Main Street, this hotel has over 100 guestrooms, an indoor swimming pool, hot tub, restaurant, pub and meeting facilities. The hotel also provides visitors with plenty of information about Moose Jaw's dappled past, including rum-running, bootlegging and Al Capone's hideaway during prohibition.

Swift Current
The town of Swift Current has a similarly colourful heritage. This area is especially well suited to families, offering culture, history and plenty of opportunities for low-key adventure. Families can stay at hotels, inns, bed and breakfasts and campgrounds in the area.

The Green Hectares Bed and Breakfast is set on a cattle ranch on the banks of Swift Current Creek where a nature walk reveals beautiful flowers, elusive wildlife and even a 3,000-year-old petroglyph. In the evening enjoy a barbeque on the deck then relax in front of the fire pit or in the hot tub.

Prince Albert
Prince Albert, the Gateway to the North, is nestled on the banks of the great North Saskatchewan River, and just half an hour north of town visitors will find Prince Albert National Park with its clear lakes, dense forests, fascinating wildlife and plenty of opportunities for adventure. Visitors can choose to stay in a hotel, bed and breakfast or campground. Several chain hotels, including the Comfort Inn, Days Inn, Quality Inn, Super 8 and Travelodge, offer a combination of economy, convenience and comfort in Prince Albert.

OFF THE BEATEN TRACK

Saskatchewan offers plenty of opportunities to get away from it all in vacation rentals, backcountry lodges, cabins, cottages and campgrounds. Those seeking a fishing or hunting adventure will enjoy the isolation of Kamkota Lodge at Pinehouse Lake, which offers modern lodges, boat rentals and guided tours, or Angler's Trail Resort, which has 10 cabins set on a pristine lake in Beauval. Farther south, just an hour off the Trans-Canada Highway, Lucky Lake Hunting Adventures provides a beautiful lodge, hearty meals and guided waterfowl hunts.

Large lakes are plentiful in the northern part of the province making lakeside vacations a popular choice, especially during hot prairie summers. Lakeside cabins, cottages and campgrounds can be easily found. Cabins are typically self-sustaining units with cooking facilities that make travelling in groups easy, and campgrounds are always an economical choice, with many offering modern conveniences like showers and laundry facilities.

Meadow Lake Provincial Park, just a few minutes from the community of Goodsoil, is a fantastic recreational destination with sandy beaches, towering pines and endless landscapes. Here, both the Northern Cross Resort and Big Island Cove Resort have cabins, camping and recreational facilities such as boating, fishing, ball games and berry picking.

For a truly unique experience, rent a houseboat in the communities of La Ronge or Nipawin. Aurora Houseboats in Nipawin has eight- and 10-sleeper houseboats that guests can use to explore beautiful Tobin Lake and connecting waterways.
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