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Circle Tours: Exploring Western Canada

Winnipeg Richardson Airport (YWG)

Overnight Stops: Winnipeg – Regina – Saskatoon – Prince Albert 2 nights – Winnipeg

What to See & Do across the Prairies of Western Canada?

Arrive at Winnipeg Interantional Airport and head west across open farmlands and wheatfields toward the green oasis of Regina, home of the “Mounties”, and then head  up to Lake Diefenbaker up to “River City” Saskatoon and Prince Alberta and Waskasoo, the gateway to the rugged northern wilderness. From there head back through Saskatchewan’s oil country and Yorkton and visit Manitoba’s Riding Mountain National Park, before returning to Winnipeg to check out the Red River, the Forks, and Winnipeg Beach.

Fly into Winnipeg (1), and spend the night getting your feet settled. Make a trek to the Exchange District, north of downtown which has many buildings dating back to the 1920s and 1930s.

Start west along the Trans Canada Highway to see the lush and hilly Manitoba farmlandsthrough the cities of Portage la Prairie and Brandon. You then  cross the border into Saskatchewan where the land is so flat you can almost see the curve of the earth along the horizon. Arrive in the modern capital city of Regina (2), and enjoy Wascana Park, a wetland oasis in a sea of otherwise relatively dry farming country. While here, visit the training ground for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and learn about the Northwest Rebellion that caused its formation.

Alberta Hay Fields with hay bales in the Fall-sliver

Head west to Moose Jaw and see the home of the Snowbirds, the Armed Forces aerobatic team, as well as the intriguing underground tunnels that reportedly protected Al Capone in his gangster heyday. Head north on Highway 11 past the vast artificial Lake Diefenbaker, a vital tool for irrigation to the area’s expansive farm fields.

Regina-Wascana Lake-sliver
Regina-Wascana Lake-sliver

View of River Landing in Saskatoon

Make your way to friendly and diverse Saskatoon (3), a commercial centre for Saskatchewan, with oilfields to the west, the potash mines to the south, the forests to the north, and the farmlands to the east. With its many bridges over the wide and winding South Saskatchewan River, it is a town with lots of culture. Visit the U of S Campus, the Ukrainian Museum of Canada, or perhaps wander through the Diefenbaker Canada Centre.

Take an optional side-trip to Battleford and Batoche, west of Saskatoon. These are home of early battles between the Canadian government and independence seeking Metis that were lead by Louis Riel, who was seen as a traitor at that time (and hung for it), though is now regarded as a leader in Western rights and Indigenous/Metis  rights.

From here you journey north to beautiful Prince Albert (4,5), for two nights and Prince Albert National Park to marvel at its lakes, forest, and wild buffalo herds while enjoying some horseback riding, hiking or cycling. Most months of the year, you are far north enough (and away from city lights) to experience the Northern Lights.

Head southeast along the #16 Yellowhead Highway back across the Saskatchewan prairie dotted with lakes and small towns like Wynyard, through the commercial centre of Yorkton, home to the OTS Heavy Oil Science Centre.  When you cross into Manitoba, you pass Riding Mountain National Park and see the small towns of h Neepawa, the lily capital of the world, and Minnedosa, home to the Minnedosa Heritage Village. You rejoin the Trans-Canada #1 Highway at Portage La Prairie, before ending back into Winnipeg (6).

View of swimmers at Grand Beach on Lake WinnipegIf it’s sun you’re craving, you can take in Winnipeg Beach with its vast sandy beaches before heading into downtown Winnipeg (6) to enjoy a wide array of unique attractions.  You will also see the massive Winnipeg Floodway which protects the city from the mighty Red River each Spring. Winnipeg is also home to a host of fashion designers, clothing retail chains, restaurants and great shopping.

Route Map

Arrival Airport: Winnipeg Richardson Airport (YWG)

Overnight Stops: Winnipeg – Regina – Saskatoon – Prince Albert 2 nights – Winnipeg


Follow our Itineraries

We have created these for various parts of the route (excluding Saskatoon to Prince Albert, and Prince Albert to Wynyard). These itineraries have a LOT more detail about each segment of this tour. The “T” means tat segment is “twinned” (a 4-lane divided highway compared to 2-lane highway)

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