Saskatchewan Trans-Canada Highway information
Here is the route of the Trans-Canada Highway (#1) from east to west:
The route through eastern Saskatchewan passes through some of the flattest land you'll ever see, scoured flat by the glaciers of the last ice age (expecialy around the towns of Weyburn, Estevan).
For variety, take the time to explore the roads south or north of the highway. Moose Mountain Provincial Park, a recreatonal oasis 80 km south of the highway from Whitewood. You can also take Route 9 (or 201 if you missed it) north from Whitewood past Crooked Lake, Katepwa, and Echo Valley provincial parks in the beautiful Qu'Appelle valley.
Regina is a surprisingly modern-looking prairie city of 200,000 people. It was built around the artificial Wascana Lake, with many government and recreational buildings close to the water.
The route west from Regina takes you past Moose Jaw, which during the 1920s prohibition era gained the reputation of "Chicago North" because of its underground tunnels to help smugglers evade police capture.
West of Moose Jaw, you drive through 175 km of grassland prairie before passing Swift Current and Maple Creek. To the north of the highway, is Saskatoon Landing Provincial Park is on the river, north of town via Route 4.
Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park, with the tallest hills between Labrador and the Rockies, is south of the Trans-Canada Highway via Route 21.
History of the Trans-Canada Highway
Yellowhead Route (#16)
Here is the northern route of the Trans-Canada, the Yellowhead Highway (#16) from east to west:
You'll drive through the city of Yorkton in the east, and pass by Good Spirit Lake Provincial Park, just north of Yorkton (via Route 47).
After another 330 kilometres, you arrive at Saskatoon, Saskatchewan's biggest city (its a bit bigger than Regina) and is very pretty with it riverside location, and has lots of restaurants and nightlife given the sizeable university population. West of Saskatoon the highway leads you across the South Saskatchewan and then the North Saskatchewan rivers to North Battleford, and the nearby Battlefords Provincial Park, 20 miles to the north (via Route 4).
The highway exits the province at the city of Lloydminster, which is the centre for heavy oil production in the area, and literally straddles the provincial border.
Some Useful Links
Our Pick of Useful Links:
Saskatchewan Provincial Map
Saskatchewan Highway Features & Points of Interest
Cities to Visit
Here are some featured Saskatchewan cities & towns along or near the Trans Canada Highway:
Sk: Swift Current, Saskatchewan, is nicknamed \speedy creek\, and is gatweay to the Grasslands, the Great Sand Hills, and Cypress Hills.
Sk: In the 1920^s the towns tunnels made Moose Jaw a stoping point during the Porhibition, and since then it has become home to the Snowbirds, the Canadian Air Force’s aerobatics team.
SK: Regina has a dam across Wascana Creek creating the Wascana Centre parkland around which many of Regina^s features are built, including the Legislature, an Arts Centre, the Royal Saskatchewan Museum, and the Science Centre.
Sk: The city is magically wrapped around the South Saskatchewan River, which winds its way through the city. The town is home to the University of Saskatchewan
Routes & Itineraries
Here are some featured itineraries of Saskatchewan segments of the Trans Canada Highway:
SK: Here is the itinerary for the 363 km along Highway #1 between Regina, Saskatchewan and Brandon, Manitoba
SK: Here is the itinerary for the 235 km along Highway #1 between Swift Current and Regina, via Moose Jaw
SK: Here is the itinerary for the 223 km along the #1 highway, between Medicine Hat, Alberta and Swift Current, Saskatchewan: