"Most people either haven’t visited Canada and therefore have no idea where that is, or they’ve been to Canada but only touched down in British Columbia and/or urban Ontario. It is rare to meet anyone that visits the prairies by choice..."
I get this question all of the time and normally when I say Winnipeg, I am met with a blank stare and I then start rambling on about how it’s in the middle of the continent.
“You’ve got Vancouver on the west see, Toronto on the east, and then there in the middle, that’s where we are.” *Big hand motions to accompany presentation*
Most people either haven’t visited Canada and therefore have no idea where that is, or they’ve been to Canada but only touched down in British Columbia and/or urban Ontario.
It is rare to meet anyone that visits the prairies by choice and I find that to be such a bummer, one, because I think they are missing out on a true Canadian experience and two, because it’s always a huge let down when you want to reminisce a little or bond over some sort of common reference.
Me: “Have you heard of the Winnipeg Jets?”
Stranger I’ve just met: *Blank stare, regret*
The conversations usually degrade from there to, “yup, it is cold there, that is for sure.”
Having also experienced this phenomenon, fellow travel blogger Ashlyn George who hails from Saskatchewan, and I decided to put together a list of reasons not to skip over the flat section of Canada that we call home.
Also, for the record - if we make fun of these places at any time, it is affectionate and it is our god-given right after growing up there. (ie. If you bash it without knowing it, you are dead to me.)
So without further adieu, here are your reasons to put the prairies back on your Canadian bucket list:
5 reasons not to miss Manitoba - Meghan
1. Observe Polar Bears in their natural habitat.
2. Embrace hockey fever and see a Winnipeg Jets game.
3. Get close to nature in one of Manitoba’s many provincial parks.
4. Get wild during the Summer Festivals.
5. Take in the beauty of the prairie skies.
5 reasons not to miss Saskatchewan - Ashlyn
As a global travel writer who was hired to spend more than a year travelling my own province, these are five of my favourite activities I recommend to those who have never visited Saskatchewan.
1. Join in on the green pride of Saskatchewan Roughrider fans.
2. Spend a weekend at the lake and fish.
3. Get lost in space in Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park.
5. Road trip across 651 036 square kilometres.
So there you have it folks, some great reasons to take the scenic route through the heart of Canada. Please let us know if you have any Manitoba or Saskatchewan favourites of your own in the comment section.
This post was co-authored by Meghan Advent, a co-creator of Travelher.org and Ashlyn George, who runs The Lost Girls Guide to Travelling the World. Manitoba images produced by Meghan Advent, Kaitlyn Hanson of the Paperback Princess and Michael MacDonald of Shoot and Shutter. Saskatchewan images produced by Ashlyn George.