The prairie landscapes of Saskatchewan and Manitoba are often overlooked by tourists, but both provinces are more than just wheat fields and haystacks–from the supernatural to the super big, they have some of the most peculiar places in the country:
– The Athabasca Sand Dunes in northwest Saskatchewan stretch for about 100 km along the shore of Lake Athabasca; in this region are over 10 species of plants that grow nowhere else in the world
– The town of Gladstone, Manitoba, is a happy, happy place, and townsfolk even proved it by erecting and painting the town’s roadside mascot–Happy Rock
– Saskatchewan has many places named after body parts(Knee Lake, Eyebrow, Moose Jaw (or the Jaw as it’s known locally), Arm River, Head Lake, Skull Creek, Elbow and Bone Creek
– Lake Manitou in Saskatchewan is three times saltier than the Dead Sea, and its waters are said to have healing powers
– The eskers, S-shaped formations of gravel and sand around Lynn Lake in Manitoba, were sculpted thousands of years ago by retreating glaciers Huge as Lakes Winnipeg and Manitoba might be, they’re really considered a shrunken lake the remains of prehistoric Lake Agassiz, originally larger than all five Great Lakes combined The tunnels underneath the streets of Moose Jaw were used by rumrunners smuggling liquor during Prohibition
– The many giant roadside attractions in Saskatchewan include Wally the Woolly Mammoth, a baseball cap, Ralph the Grasshopper, a coffee pot and cup, even hockey cards, while over in Manitoba you will find a giant easel depicting van Gogh’s sunflowers, a cookie jar, a giant tricycle and Tommy the Turtle.
And so much more