Saskatchewan certainly isn't small and has tonnes of corners to visit inside its four borders.
Folks over the last three years from all over the province have discovered just how much there is to do and see at home. Tourism Saskatchewan plans to build on the momentum it gained during the pandemic for residential travel within the province.
Jonathan Potts, the CEO of Tourism Saskatchewan, is one of the main forces leading the charge to keep prairie folk engaged with the land of living skies.
"We're still behind where we were in 2019, so we really want and need Saskatchewan residents to continue to support the tourism industry in the province," said Potts. "I mean, it's a pretty fun thing to be able to support."
Potts marked familiar southwest destinations like Cypress Hills, Saskatchewan Landing, and the various water bodies dotted around. From there, he encourages southwesterners to look beyond the horizon at the far reaches of Saskatchewan.
Places like Prince Albert National Park, Meadow Lake Provincial Park, Duck Mountain Provincial Park, and Moose Mountain Provincial Park were all wildlife wonderlands on his shortlist.
"Perhaps our best-known resort, Elk Ridge," he added. "It's amazing golfing and all sorts of activities and accommodations."
If nature isn't in your purview of relaxation, plenty of more urban settings can be experienced. Music festivals will be happening all over Saskatchewan once the snow clears out. Potts pointed to the Regina Folk Festival and the Gateway Music Festival for anyone looking to chase down a live venue this summer. He encourages people to look into any smaller shows taking place, like the Eagle Creek Jamboree or similar events.
"There's just so many great opportunities to get out there and explore and to get to know little parts of the province that, maybe, people wouldn't go to otherwise."
Moose Jaw has its famous tunnels and newer tours of the air base. Saskatoon has the Remai Art Gallery, which hosts the world's most extensive collection of Picasso linocuts.
Whether staying in the southwest with a visit to the T-Rex Discovery Centre and Scotty the T-Rex or a trip up north to La Ronge and Robertson Trading to discover real furs and genuine indigenous arts, there is no shortage of fantastic Saskatchewan adventures to be had.
Tourism Saskatchewan helps foster communities that invest in cultural and artistic infrastructure by encouraging these venues and locals. When people visit these unique instances across Saskatchewan, they learn more about their neighbours in the unique people found there and how the wider world influences even smaller corners of the province through music, art, and visitors coming to try it all on for size.