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About Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan isn’t flat and boring like what most people think, in essence Saskatchewan can be described more like a hidden gem! Saskatchewan is 651,900 square kilometres (271,700 sq.mi) which is surrounded by freshwater composed of rivers, reservoirs and the numerous lakes. It is the only province without a natural border and has a population estimated at 1,181,987, most of its residents live in Saskatoon or Regina.

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Sand Dunes 

Athabasca Sand Dunes

The Athabasca Sand Dunes is an unique formation that was formed during the last glacial period and is estimated to be 8,000 years old. It is 100 kilometers long and stretches along the edge of Lake Athabasca and can reach a height of 98 feet. The Athabasca Sand Dunes are somewhat of an isolated attraction as it can only be accessed by boat or float plane. However, if you do have a chance to make it to this site attraction you will find approximately 300 different plant species, some of which are considered rare and a few that can only be found in the Athabasca Sand Dunes. Some of the endemic plants you will find are chickweed, hair grass, different types of willow and floccose tans.  Because the Athabasca Sand Dunes have a very sensitive ecosystem, there are no amenities nearby and are carefully watched by the park service. If you have an adventurous spirit and have the opportunity to visit, trekking through the Athabasca Sand Dunes would be a pretty cool experience. This geological site truly displays the diversity of Canadian Wilderness. 

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Great Sand Hills

Prelate, Saskatchewan

The Great Sand Hills is not a well known site attraction, but it is definitely worth taking a look.  Located in southwestern Saskatchewan off of the Trans-Canada Highway.  If you need a little break from the long prairie drive, this might  be just the perfect detour.  The Great Sand Hills are easily accessible but since it’s a lightly visited site attraction, it would be a great place to relax and have some quiet time.  The Great Sand Hills is composed of such fine sand that you can toboggan down the dunes or just kick your shoes off and walk in your bare feet!  The public access point is located in the northwestern part of the dunes.  Although there is no accessibility for overnight camping, there available camping sites in and around the town of Leader and also at Sandy Point Park which are located nearby.

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Mac the Moose

Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan

Mac the Moose is considered to be the largest moose on earth, he was born in 1984 and was created to bring in tourists.  A Saskatoon artist by the name of Don Foulds created Mac the Moose from a steel frame, metal mesh and 4 layers of cement.  Mac the Moose is 32 feet (9.8 m) tall and has for very many years held the title of the world’s largest moose, but in 2019 Mac the Moose lost his title just for a short time when Stor-Elvdal built a moose that was just a little over 32 feet in Norway!  After hearing this story, it was decided that Mac the Moose could get his title back if he had bigger antlers, so on June 05, 2019, Mac the Moose lost his antlers for the summer and on October 10,2019 was given a new set of bigger and better antlers.  Since then, Mac the Moose successfully took his title back of being the world’s largest moose, and continues to hope that he will continue to be the world’s largest moose for years to come.

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The Tunnels of Moose Jaw

The Tunnels of Moose Jaw is a family friendly attraction and is a year round tourist attraction.  The underground tunnels show a part of Canadian history that talks about the hardships the early Chinese immigrants went through. The Tunnels of Moose Jaw tour is presented in a way to educate and entertain tourists about Canadian history which is shared through narrated story telling and a short walk through the underground tunnels.  In order to recreate the most realistic experience there was a great deal placed on precise attention to period detailing.  The use of multimedia, animatronics, special effects, theatre and live actors also contributed to helping to make this tour as authentic as possible.  The Passage of Fortune tour is about Chinese immigration history in the 1900’s and the Chicago Connection tour is the story of Al Capone’s visits to Moose Jaw in the 1920’s.  This amazing tour should definitely be put on the “things to see list”, it’s an experience like no other and will leave you with much food for thought.

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Grasslands National Park 

The Grasslands National Park is another little hidden gem located near the village of Val Marie, Saskatchewan.  Established in 1981 the Grasslands National Park is a grassy wide open prairie plain where you can enjoy the vast open spaces looking at dinosaur bones, tipi rings, enjoy the horizon or take a ride in a traditional wagon in the evenings gaze up at the stars and warm up by a toasty campfire after.  The Grasslands National Park has family friendly seasonal events such as guided wagon rides, lasso practice at a historic ranch, opportunities to speak with park interpreters, interpretive walks and even backcountry trails for experienced hikers.  When walking through the prairie plains you will find different types of plants, some include needle grass, silver sagebrush, blue grama grass and plains cottonwood.  The harsh semi-arid environment is also home to many different types of species.  Some of these species include bison, greater sage-grouses, black footed ferrets, pronghorns, burrowing owls, coyotes, swift foxes, prairie rattlesnakes, ferruginous hawks and greater short horned-lizards.  The Grasslands National Park also houses the country’s only black-tailed prairie dog colonies.

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What else should you bring on your outings?

Sometimes planning what to bring or pack for outings can be difficult, like extra sweaters, shoes, sunscreen, snacks, the list can go on and on.  This can also prove true for if you’re planning to bring Cannabis with you or not.  If you’re not an expert at rolling weed this could pose to be a challenging situation.  Another option you might want to consider is to bring a cannabis pipe instead.  A basic cannabis pipe is made from borosilicate glass, with a round basin shape at one end and mouthpiece on the other.  Due to its shape, a cannabis pipe can also be called a “spoon”.  If you’ve never used a cannabis pipe before here are the basics of how to pack and smoke a bowl:  

  1. Loosely hand pull your bud apart - if you decide to use a grinder instead of your fingers, loosely grind your marijuana but make sure NOT to grind it into a fine grind., your MJ should be somewhat “small and chunky”  and be able to fit in your bowl.  Whether you’re hand pulling or using a grinder, try to keep the texture consistent.
  2. Place the broken up marijuana pieces in your bowl, packing the marijuana pieces lightly at the bottom of your bowl and then heavier when packing the top.  (It should be more dense on the TOP than the bottom)
  3. Use a heating element like a lighter to light the top of the bowl and gently inhale through the mouthpiece. 

** Optional: Placing a screen where the bowl opening and opening to the mouthpiece meet might be helpful, to prevent loose marijuana from passing through when inhaling.

Using a pipe is one of the most common and easiest ways of consuming cannabis.  It can be quite an enjoyable method for cannabis consumption and is great for packing a personal bowl or sharing with a group.   If you’re a beginner, common terms you might hear are “snap” which is a personal bowl or for one other person, in other words a “snap” is good for one single hit and “cherried” which means the bowl is still lit.  

Now that you’ve got the basics of how to pack a bowl, here are some tips on marijuana etiquette

  1. Don’t be a lighter thief, if you borrow it give it back!
  2. If you’re in the smoking circle and the bowl is “cherried” (lit) don’t be shy to let the next person know.
  3. If you’re the cannabis provider for the group - you get to choose who gets to light the first hit, also make sure that you pack a bowl that is an appropriate size for the amount of people participating.

All in all, don’t stress out about learning how to make a bowl, you’ll get better with practice and there will be other cannabis consumers to help you along the way!

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