Statistically, the Canadian Prairies are one of Canada’s least appealing regions for visitors and one that elicits groans from many Canadians – right before they tell you how dull their cross country drive was across the provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and eastern Alberta.
And yes this is a 1400km drive through flat farming country, where the sweep of giant fields leads geometrically to distant horizons beneath huge skies. But there’s much more besides, with many intriguing reasons to leave the main highways for at least a few hours.
For a start, Winnipeg, the eastern gateway to the region, is a likeable and bustling city and a key destination in Manitoba. Here Riding Mountain National park also is a big draw for its ready wildlife viewing, but is trumped by the remote northern town of Churchill where polar bears, whales and the northern lights are often easy to see.
Saskatchewan is far less celebrated, though its two key cities, Saskatoon and Regina, both reward overnight stays with interesting neighborhoods and good restaurants. Regina also boasts the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Academy, which is the place to see mounties troop their colour regularly. The theatrical Tunnels of Moose Jaw; the recuperative and very saline Manitou Lake; and the gentle prairie grasses of Grasslands National Park offer more great side trips to travellers crossing the province.
Then, in eastern Alberta, the key attraction is the otherworldly Badlands around the dusty town of Drumheller. This region’s dinosaur-mad, thanks to a glut of finds in its sandstone valleys and the presence of the extraordinarily good Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology. This alone can justify a trip here from either Calgary or Edmonton, the two Albertan cities which mark the western fringes of the Canadian Prairies and act as a gateway for the Canadian Rockies beyond.
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Prices often fluctuate dynamically depending on capacity, seasonality and deals. We donât want to lead you astray by quoting exact prices that quickly become wrong. To give you a rough idea for budgetary planning purposes, though, we have indicated general price ranges for all points of interest.
Price ranges are quoted in C$.
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$ => Rooms less than $100 for a double
$$ => Rooms $101-200 for a double
$$$ => Rooms $201 for a double
$ => $1-20 per person for a meal (without alcohol, tax, tip)
$$ => $21-40 per person for a meal (without alcohol, tax, tip)
$$$ => $41 per person for a meal (without alcohol, tax, tip)
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$ => Tickets less than $10 per person
$$ => Tickets $11-30 per person
$$$ => Tickets $31 per person