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OPINION: Saskatchewan - A Treasure Trove of Hospitality and Hidden Gems

As I embarked on my cross-country tour, I anticipated breathtaking landscapes, rich cultural experiences, and encounters with diverse communities. Little did I know that the province of Saskatchewan would captivate me in ways I couldn't have imagined. From the small town of Maple Creek to the bustling city of Regina, from the friendly community of Torquay to the vibrant city of Estevan and Yorkton, I was welcomed with open arms and experienced a hospitality that will be etched in my memory for a lifetime.

In our pursuit of exotic destinations around the world, we often overlook the wonders that lie right in our backyard. Friends and family regale tales of their travels to far-off lands, but it's high time that we turn our attention to exploring the marvels of our great country.

The warm reception I received in Saskatchewan was overwhelming. From the friendly greetings at the legislature grounds in Regina to the heartwarming encounter with an elderly woman while dining with Mayor Michelle McKenzie in Maple Creek, I felt at home despite being an Ontarian living in Calgary. The genuine warmth and camaraderie of the people I met made the Saskatchewan leg of my journey unforgettable.

While many may seek out well-known tourist spots like the Legislature grounds or the Moose in Moose Jaw, my preference for the road less travelled led me to discover hidden gems across the province. The salt fields of Chaplin left me in awe of the majestic landscape, and a detour through Swift Current introduced me to a bustling downtown core filled with friendly faces. For those seeking a touch of whimsy, Kipling's claim to fame as the home of the World's largest Red Paperclip is sure to elicit a good chuckle. This may be my most controversial statement in this piece but if you are looking for the best cookies in the Province go to Torquay Saskatchewan. Highly recommend it! And in what can only be described as mouth watery pizza head to The Tower Cafe in Estevan - It is right beside City Hall. Ask for the All Dressed! Your taste buds and your stomach will be very much appreciative.

Saskatchewan's Living Skies live up to their reputation, painting mesmerizing scenes that touch the soul. I encourage both locals and visitors from other provinces to immerse themselves in the natural beauty that surrounds them and to explore the lesser-known wonders. Our local communities play a vital role in shaping the identity of our nation, and supporting them through tourism can have a lasting positive impact.

Saskatchewan has proven to be a revelation, and I believe it's time for our provincial and federal leaders to recognize the untapped potential of local municipal tourism. A strategic focus on local municipal tourism, backed by necessary resources and financial support, will empower communities to showcase their unique offerings to the world.

Saskatchewan has proven to be an extraordinary province, where hospitality is a way of life and hidden gems await the curious traveller. I am grateful for the warm welcome I received and eagerly anticipate returning to explore more of the province's wonders. Let us all take a moment to appreciate the beauty within our borders and invest in the growth of local tourism. Together, we can celebrate the beauty of our great nation and foster a sense of pride and unity among all Canadians.

Saskatchewan, your beauty knows no bounds, and I can't wait to witness more of it on my journey back through.


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