Travel Bucket List – Saskatchewan

This is the last post in my travel bucket series. My top places still to visit in my home province follow: Candle Lake Provincial Park Great Sand Hills Grey Owl’s Cabin Manitou Beach Ness Creek Music Festival Last Mountain Lake Bird Sanctuary/Wildlife Area Lac La Longe Provincial Park Ghost Towns Robertson Falls Hudson Bay Area – Wildcat Hill and Porcupine Hills Provincial Parks Continue reading Travel Bucket List – Saskatchewan

The Discovery of the Child

This summer I re-read Dr. Maria Montessori’s book The Discovery of the Child. She discusses the history of her educational method, movement and education, lessons, writing and speech, and more. In honour of her birthday I am posting my favourite quotations and concepts: “No one who has ever done anything really great or successful has ever done it simply because he was attracted by what … Continue reading The Discovery of the Child

Fauna of Saskatchewan 27

Black-tailed Prairie Dog Cynomys ludovcianus Location: Grasslands National Park (West Block) Interesting facts: Prairie dogs have excellent hearing at low frequencies; as low as 4 Hz. This allows them to hear predators even in their burrows. The gestation period for prairie dogs is about thirty-five days. They are dependent on their parents for the next five to six weeks. The young emerge from their burrows … Continue reading Fauna of Saskatchewan 27

Gem Lakes

The Gem Lakes trail is a splendid adventure. The path is a moderate hike through evergreens and around six lakes. Although labelled as a 5.5 kilometre hike, we trekked about 7 kilometres exploring several spur lines and campsites. We spend a good three and half hours – stopping for numerous pictures and a snack break. The parking lot has about twenty parking spaces and was … Continue reading Gem Lakes

Narrow Hills Provincial Park

Last week I explored beautiful Narrow Hills Provincial Park. We camped at Lower Fishing Lake Campground which has several amenities within a 5-10 minute walk. There is a store, boat rentals, group camping, flush outhouses, beach, and service centre. Most sites are open (not private), however we lucked out with a great spot. The park also has satellite campsites at Baldy, Ispuchaw, and Zeden Lakes. … Continue reading Narrow Hills Provincial Park

The Death and Life of Great American Cities

Jane Jacobs’s The Death and Life of Great American Cities has been on my to-be-read list for awhile. Jacobs was a journalist, lobbyist, and activist from New York City. She offered innovative tactics regarding city planning. Her efforts preserved Greenwich Village and rescinded a planned expressway through Lower Manhattan. A number of topics are discussed in this book – the purpose and safety of sidewalks … Continue reading The Death and Life of Great American Cities

Fairy Hill

Fairy Hill is a protected area north of Regina. Nature Conservancy Canada owns this 1,600 acre parcel of land. The region includes grasslands, ravines, wetlands, bush, woods, and pasture. The trail section of Fairy Hill is located just east of Highway 6 before it descends into the Qu’Appelle Valley. The lollipop trail is about six kilometres in length and is easy to moderate. It has … Continue reading Fairy Hill

Charles Bridge

Four years ago I spent Easter break in Prague. One attraction on our list was the Charles Bridge. Knowing the bridge would be busy, we planned to head there early Easter morning. We arrived at the east side of Charles Bridge just after sunrise. The bridge had only a few pedestrians carrying Easter baskets. Construction of Charles Bridge began in 1357 with the support of … Continue reading Charles Bridge