The natural wonders of southwest Saskatchewan makes this area a tourist's dream. More than just wide open prairie, the southwest boasts the highest point between the Rocky Mountains and Labrador, the only prairie grassland national park in Canada, and one of the largest sets of active sand dunes in the country.
The Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park sits on a rise about 600 meters (1,970 ft) above the vast Great Plains between Saskatchewan and Alberta located south of Maple Creek on Highway 21. Visitor's will find towering lodgepole pine forests, mountain-like terrain, rare wild flowers and numerous animals in their natural habitat.
History is alive at the Fort Walsh National Historic Site. Located southwest of Maple Creek on Highway 271, this former North West Mounted Police post was later used to breed horses for the force and Musical Ride. Guided tours of the fort, programs and events are available throughout the summer.
Eastend is home to the T. Rex Discovery Centre, the site of Scotty, Canada's most complete Tyrannosaurus Rex. Located on the north side of the picturesque Frenchman River Valley, the centre is a world-class facility that offers tours, programs and events throughout the summer.
Located east of Val Marie along the Saskatchewan/Montana border, Grasslands National Park is an open wilderness made up of a diverse, resilient and evolving prairie ecosystem. The West Block encourages visitors to explore the Frenchman River valley and marvel at unexpected encounters with rare animals and plants.
Discover unique geological formations and rich fossil beds in the East Block and you'll be amazed at the uninterrupted views. Grasslands National Park has also been designated as the Darkest Dark Sky Preserve in Canada.
Swift Current is the urban hub of the southwest. A great place to spend a few days shopping downtown at a variety of unique local merchants or help celebrate the Lyric Theatre's 100th anniversary by taking in a live show. Arts and entertainment thrive in the city where life makes sense. Don't miss the world-class Windscape Kite Festival in June, Frontier Days Rodeo and Fair at the end of June or the Summer Chautauqua in July.
If golf is your game be sure to hit the links at the Elmwood Golf & Country Club or the City's public course at Chinook Golf Course. A short drive to the north along Highway 4 is a links style course at the Saskatchewan Landing Golf Resort along Lake Diefenbaker.
"Saskatchewan's Great Lake" has endless choices of recreation whether you like to fish, golf, hunt or sail, Lake Diefenbaker has it all. There are three provincial parks in the region; Danielson Provincial Park, Douglas Provincial Park and Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park. Each park has numerous options for accommodations and restaurants.
Northwest of Swift Current on Highway 32 at Sceptre, visitors will find the Great Sandhills. Covering 1,900 square kilometres, one of the largest set of active sand dunes in Canada, attracts visitors from across the country and provides a unique setting for photographers, hikers and bird watchers.