International Bison Convention 2022

Historical Sites, Parks, Restaurants and Ranches to Visit on Your Way to Saskatoon

Alberta

1. Head Smashed in Buffalo Jump

“Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump Interpretive Centre is a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site that preserves and interprets over 6,000 years of Plains Buffalo culture. Through vast landscapes, exhibits, and diverse programming, learn about the cultural significance of this cliff to the Plains People.”

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2. Waterton National Park
3. Saamis Tee Pee

Saamis Tee Pee
“The Tepee was originally built for the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta.” It was later moved to Medicine Hat.

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4. Blackfoot Crossing

Blackfoot Crossing, the Historic Site of the signing of Treaty No.7, is of National and International historical and archaeological significance. It is a designated national Heritage Site and is recommended to be a World Heritage Site.

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5. Royal Tyrrell Museum

“The Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology is Canada’s only museum dedicated exclusively to the study of ancient life. In addition to featuring one of the world’s largest displays of dinosaurs, we offer a wide variety of creative, fun, and educational programs that bring the prehistoric past to life.”

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6. Wainwright Bison Museum

“The Museum boasts exciting displays, a gift store and a restaurant and along with the historic buildings and the Rail Park, stand as the main tourist attractions in the Town of Wainwright.”

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7. Elk Island National Park

“Elk Island National Park is the cornerstone of Canada’s bison conservation story; without this place and the dedication of its people, herds of plains and woods bison would not thrive in Canada today. “

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8. Banff National Park

“Banff National Park is famous for its surreally coloured lakes, majestic mountains and endless outdoor adventures. What makes Banff National Park so special is its easy access and close proximity to the vast unspoiled wilderness of the Canadian Rockies.”

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9. Jasper National Park

“The town of Jasper is in the heart of Jasper National Park. The park’s shimmering glaciers, abundant wildlife, crystal-clear lakes, thundering waterfalls, deep canyons and evergreen forest — all surrounded by towering mountains — are some of the reasons the park was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.”

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10. Reynolds-Alberta Museum

“The Reynolds-Alberta Museum inspires all to explore our mechanical heritage through authentic interactions. We acquire, preserve, research, communicate, and exhibit in the fields of transportation, aviation, agriculture, and industry. Visitors will experience a wide variety of automobiles, motorcycles, bicycles, trucks, stationary engines, tractors, agricultural implements, aircraft, and industrial equipment.”

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11. Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village

“Founded in 1971 to develop a heritage village commemorating the settlement of east central Alberta by Ukrainians. More than 40 buildings have been moved to the UCHV where they have been researched, restored, and furnished to their early 20th century appearance. The museum also has a multi-purpose visitor centre with exhibit gallery spaces to provide a closer understanding of early Ukrainian settlement in east central Alberta.”

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12. Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant

“As one of the top places to eat in Calgary, the Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant is known for curating a culinary program that is second to none. Backed by one of Calgary’s top executive chefs, the menu boasts a Canadian theme featuring Rocky Mountain game meats, local harvest vegetables and—when weather permits—a full vegetable and herb garden, grown directly on site.”

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13. Normand's Restaurant

“We are known for our wild game menu which is offered in October and November as is customary in France. We have wild Arctic muskox, Rankin Inlet caribou, elk, wild boar and fish such as Artic char.”

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Saskatchewan

1. Grasslands National Park

“Experience the solitude of the wide-open plain as the prairie wind ripples a sea of grasses beneath the clear blue sky. Ride a traditional wagon, sit before a crackling campfire or spend the night beneath a canopy of brilliant stars. Travel back in time as you gaze at dinosaur bones, wander past tipi rings and catch a glimpse of a prairie homestead on the distant horizon.”

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2. Old Man on His Back Ranch

Nature Conservancy Interpretive Centre of Saskatchewan Grasslands: Look for species such as
burrowing owl, ferruginous hawk, mule deer, plains bison, pronghorn, swift fox, white-tailed deer

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3. T-Rex Discovery Centre

“Scotty, the world’s most massive Tyrannosaurus rex, dominates this centre’s gallery which is located at the northwest corner of Eastend. Hands-on learning activities, children’s activities, prehistoric mammal galleries, 98-seat theatre, fossil lab, natural history themed gift shop and tourist information.”

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4. RCMP Museum

“RCMP Members are born all over the world, but they are made in Regina, Saskatchewan at the RCMP Academy “Depot” Division where they have been training the best and brightest since 1885. Located on the front lawn of this historic training facility, the RCMP Heritage Centre brings to life one of Canada’s oldest and most iconic stories, the story of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.”

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5. Manitou Springs Hotel and Spa
6. Blackstrap Provincial Park

“Home to one of the rarest geographical formations in Canada, the Blackstrap Provincial Park takes its name after the manmade mountain that rises 45 metres above the surrounding prairies. A 35-minute drive south of Saskatoon, this park is the perfect place to enjoy a wide range of summer activities including swimming, camping and fishing.”

7. Pike Lake

“Located 20 minutes south of Saskatoon, Pike Lake Provincial Park is loved for its lush lawns pleasantly shaded by aspen, ash and birch trees. Situated on the South Saskatchewan River, the park offers various recreational opportunities for visitors to enjoy including water activities, playgrounds (including a barrier-free playground), tennis, pickle ball and beach volleyball courts, golf and a popular outdoor pool with a waterslide.”

8. Champetre County

Champêtre County, established in 1995, is a vacation farm offering guests a taste of the western era. The family-owned business introduces people to the Saskatchewan Prairies through various activities, the meals, and the hospitality.

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9. Wanuskewin Heritage Park

“The Wanuskewin area contains some of the most exciting archaeological finds in North America, many of which pre-date the pyramids of Egypt. To date, 19 Pre-Contact archaeological dig sites have been identified on the terraces and point bars in the Opimihaw Creek valley bottom or coulee depressions along the valley wall of the South Saskatchewan River”

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10. Wakaw Heritage Museum

“​Housed in the old two-storey elementary school, the Wakaw Heritage Museum features artifacts pertaining to the history of the Wakaw area.”

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11. Prince Albert National Park

Visit the 12.Sturgeon River Bison Herd and all kinds of outdoor adventures.

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12. Saskatoon Western Development Museum

“Located on Treaty 4 and Treaty 6 territories and the Homeland of the Métis, the Western Development Museum (WDM) is the largest human history museum in Saskatchewan.  With a collection of over 75,000 artifacts ranging from pins to locomotives and four locations in the province, the WDM shares the Saskatchewan story from the beginning of settlement to present day.”

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13. Grey Owl's Cabin Trail

“In 1931 Grey Owl was appointed “caretaker of the animals” for the park. His writing and tours about conservation inspired the world. His wife Anahareo was a prospector and encouraged Grey Owl to share stories about his beloved wilderness.”

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14. North Battleford Western Development Museum

“Located on Treaty 4 and Treaty 6 territories and the Homeland of the Métis, the Western Development Museum (WDM) is the largest human history museum in Saskatchewan. With a collection of over 75,000 artifacts ranging from pins to locomotives and four locations in the province, the WDM shares the Saskatchewan story from the beginning of settlement to present day.”

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15. Viking Bison Ranch

Main Ranch on Highway 49 10 Miles East of Naicam. The ranch is located 2.5 hours north of Regina or 2 hours from Saskatoon. You can arrange for a comprehensive tour of our other locations – one near the beautiful Barrier Lake or near the Barrier Lake.

16. Bison Bridge Farms

“Bison Ridge Farms is a family owned and operated farm located NW of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. As we strive to regenerate our soil and the way we farm, adding bison seemed like the perfect fit. Partnering with our neighboring family farm and integrating bison has allowed us to grow our own quality feed, improve soil health, and utilize a diverse landscape.”

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17. Brenan Tenaschuk's Ranch

Located 6.5 Miles West of Saskatoon. To make arrangement:

18. Rawhides Bistro & Saloon

“Rawhides Bistro and Saloon is a destination restaurant and event centre in the heart of East Central Saskatchewan. Rawhides amenities include the Bistro and Saloon, Event Centre, Patio, and Campground. Inside, you will find an ATM, VLT’s, jukebox, big screen TV’s, board games and a merchandise store..”

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19. Cohen's Beer Republic

“A gathering space for family and friends to enjoy quality comfort food and drink – pub meets bar meets restaurant meets lounge. We serve the food you love and crave with the quality of presentation and ingredients you can expect from Taste Restaurant Group.”

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20. Picaro Cocktails & Tacos

“We are amigos pirating a Latin + Mexican tradition of inspiring dishes. We are inauthentic, but we are eager to combine Mexican inspiration with local ingredients to pay homage to the distinguished comadres and compadres who have pioneered these culinary treasures.”

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21. Primal Pasta

“Creating time honoured Italian food & handmade pasta using Saskatchewan heritage grains & whole animal butchery.”

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22. Hearth Restaurant

“Unpretentious, thoughtful, ingredient forward prairie cooking in the Avalon neighbourhood of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.”

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Manitoba

1. Riding Mountain National Park
2. Assiniboine Park and Zoo

“Home to more than 180 animal species, the Assiniboine Park Zoo is a place for exploration and family fun in every season. Located in beautiful Assiniboine Park, the Zoo has been a favourite destination for families, tourists, school groups, and animal lovers for over a century.”

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3. FortWhyte Bison Safaris

“Venture inside FortWhyte Alive’s bison prairie for an up-close encounter you’ve got to see to believe.”

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4. Whiteshell Provincial Park

“With an area of 2,729 km², Whiteshell Provincial Park is characterized by numerous lakes, rivers and the rugged Precambrian Shield. Forested areas are typically boreal forest of black spruce, white spruce and balsam fir, intermixed with trembling aspen, balsam poplar, and poorly drained tamarack or black spruce fens and bogs.”

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5. Pineridge Hollow Restaurant

“Located just outside of Winnipeg, escape the city to enjoy prairie cuisine & farm to table dining. At Pineridge Hollow we celebrate local suppliers & producers as well as the distinct seasons of the land we live in.”

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6. J&E'S Bored N' Saucy Takeaway & Catering

“Come try out some authentic scratch cooking for the ultimate foodie experience. From Hot Takeaway to Frozen Meals and Catering, Bored N’ Saucy is here to serve you!”

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7. Eganville's Finest Restaurant

“Serving the community since 2010 Eganville’s Finest is best known for our award winning butter-tarts, homemade ice cream and exquisite Catering Services. Our co-founders (Shelley & Tracy) have decades of experiences in the restaurant and catering industries, and have deep roots in the Valley. We’re proud to be partially veteran owned and include other local partners and produce in our recipes as frequently as we can!”

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