Saskatchewan Science Activities
Saskatchewan has lots of science and nature activities.
The University of Saskatchewan Museum of Natural Science. For more info, walking guide, scavenger hunt (answers) scavenger hunt in French. Geological Sciences, University of Saskatchewan, 114 Science Place, Saskatoon SK. Admission is free and open 24 hours per day.
The U of S has a number of small museums (maps):
- The Museum of Antiquities has reproductions of famous sculpture along with original pieces.
- The Diefenbaker Canada Centre is the archive for Saskatchewan’s only Prime Minister, but it often has other exhibits.
- The Gordon Snelgrove Gallery display mainly student and special exhibits.
- The Kenderdine Gallery displays the universities permanent exhibits. There is actually art all over the campus. One of may favorite paintings use to be in an engineering stairwell.
- There is a very small exhibit of old technology at the Computer Museum. It is close to the Museum of Natural History at 176 Thorvaldson Building.
- The Geology Department offers a Geologic Bolder Map of Campus (pdf)
The T. rex Discovery Centre in Eastend. Part of the Royal Sask. Museum and home to Scotty the T. Rex. It is a small museum in a small town but it situated between Grasslands National Park and Cypress Hills. Grasslands provides an opportunity to see prairie that has not been turned to farm land. Cypress hills is the highest point is Saskatchewan and offers an environment completely different from the rest of the province.
If Eastend is too big for you Herschel has a museum with an eclectic collection of fossils, native plants and animals and their uses as medicine. They also have guided hike to the local petroglyphs and aboriginal stonework. It is best to phone before you go.
The Saskatoon Children’s Discovery is essentially a giant toy-box. Amongst the costumes and masks are science items for the younger set. Kids can play vet with stethoscope, and pet x-rays.
Canadian Light Source. See Canada’s biggest science project the CLS synchrotron. They have free public tours of CLS on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons at 3 pm, except statutory holidays. They also offer group and school tours. On the U of S campus, 101 Perimeter Road, Saskatoon, SK.
The easiest way to see Buffalo/Bison is on one of numerous farms. To see them in a more natural setting, Prince Albert National Park has some at the remote west side. Buffalo Pond Provincial Park near Moose Jaw has a more accessible heard. Grasslands now has a small Bison heard. Good luck finding them in a huge park with no roads.
Wanuskewin Heritage Park perched on the bank of the South Saskatchewan River 5km north of Saskatoon, offers displays, tours, nature trails, and active archeological sites.
Not really science related but Saskatchewan has a set of four Western Development Museums. Each one has a different focus. The two largest are in Saskatoon and Moose Jaw with smaller ones in North Battleford and Yorkton.
Parks and Natural Areas
Prince Albert National Park was Saskatchewan’s first national park. It has a wide variety of nature trails. It also has Grey Owl’s cabin. Grey Owl’s cabin is generally reached as part of a multi-day hike. It can be done in a very long single day hike (the round trip is less than a marathon).
Athabasca Sand Dunes Provincial Park is an extremely unique and difficult to reach park. Located on the south side of lake Athabasca, this is the largest active sand surface in Canada and one of the most northerly set of major dune fields in the world. It is a fragile environment with many unique species. As such much of it has restricted access. It can only be reached by float plane.
The Great Sand Hills near Sceptre is an area of sand dunes in southwest Saskatchewan. Most of them are not active, but the active ones provide opportunity for summer tobogganing. Stop at the visitor center in Sceptre to get directions. The active dunes are on private land. Take a crazy-carpet.
Big Muddy Badlands in southern Saskatchewan is located in one of the driest, most rugged environments in the province. The badlands have been used as a hideout for various outlaws. Stop by the Big Muddy Nature Center and Museum or take a tour.
Saskatoon Meewasin Valley Authority manages a number of nature areas along the Saskatchewan river. The largest is the Beaver Creek Conservation Area, 13km South of Saskatoon on Hwy 219 with a visitor center and numerous nature trails. Closer to Saskatoon is Cranberry Flats, Cheif Whitecliff Park, and Popular Bluffs. Within Saskatoon there is Saskatoon Natural Grasslands, Peturrson’s Ravine and Prairie Grasslands and Sutherland Beach. See the Meewasin trails for a complete list of natural and historical sites managed by the authority.
The Mendal Art Gallery has a small conservatory. Both are free. A few blocks north is the Saskatoon weir—a great place to watch pelicans fish. During the summer there are riverboat tours that leave from the dock behind the Mendal. Also during the summer is Shakespeare On The Saskatchewan adjacent to the Mendal.
Saskatchewan River Forks is the confluence of the North and South Saskatchewan Rivers. West of Prince Albert the North and South Saskatchewan rivers join before flowing into Lake Winnipeg. There is a small park at the end of the road.
Gardiner Dam is the largest earth filled dam in Saskatchewan. Its construction created Lake Diefenbaker. It has a small Visitor Center which has various displays on Saskatchewan with focus on Saskatchewan water management. There are two provincial parks on Lake Diefenbaker. Danielson Provincial Park and Douglas Provincial Park. Douglas has several natural trails include one to active sand dunes.
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Last updated Feb. 19, 2011