Tourism

This image used with permission from Val Hvidston and was found in the Digital Saskatchewan collection, 2011.
Tourism is Saskatchewan’s fourth largest export industry generating approximately $1.5 billion a year.  More than 55,000 people are employed in tourism and tourism related jobs.

Northeast Saskatchewan offers a special adventure for any outdoor enthusiast.  This area is a common destination for hunters and fisherpersons from all over North America. The region boasts many international records in fishing and hunting.  Several fishing derbies are held across the region throughout the summer, and ice fishing during the winter is a huge attraction with ice fishing shack communities on the frozen lakes.  There are countless groomed snowmobile trails in the winter and there are quadding trails for the summer.  

There are 2 Provincial Parks and 7 Regional Parks in the region, offering a full slate of activities including swimming, golfing, ecotrails, ball diamonds, fishing and of course,  camping.

Many of the first nations host mini pow wows, sun dances and rain dances throughout the summer.  On the fringes of the region lies the Batoche National Historic Site, Back to Batoche days are typically held in July.

The newly built Kerry Vickar Centre in Melfort is an entertainment facility that includes the CJVR Performing Arts Theatre and in its first year has housed a Provincial Drama Festival, Ukrainian Dance Festival.  The building also houses the Sherven-Smith Gallery which exhibits local and international renowned artists.

Multipurpose facilities in Nipawin, Tisdale, and Melfort continue to play host to regional sporting events as well as provincial championships.  Several of the smaller communities boast curling rinks, skating rinks, community halls and swimming pools which often host local and regional competitions.  

Canalta has opened new hotels in both Tisdale and Melfort.  A community owned hotel is slated to be open in Carrot River in 2012.  Choiceland Hotel will reopen in 2011 after a fire destroyed the original building early spring 2011.

Tim Horton’s opened in Nipawin during the fall of 2011.

December of 2011 in Nipawin, Discovery Playhouse and Cool Beans Café officially opened for business.

The Boston Pizza franchise is set to open during the fall of 2012 in Melfort.

Tisdale’s sole owners of Chicken Dees, Stan and Verla Will, recently broke free from the Chicken Delight franchise. They will run the business as entrepreneurs and have made changes to their recipes to accommodate the change.

The Porcupine Plain Economic Development Committee and the local Small Business Loans Co-operative is offering a small, interest free loan to businesses to improve their storefronts.

Hudson Bay’s Fir River Ranch Bed & Breakfast has been nominated for the Service Excellence Award in the Saskatchewan Tourism Awards of Excellence for 2011, as well as they were recently listed number one in the Top Ten Bed & Breakfasts in Saskatchewan. There were 93 nominations received in the 15 award categories. The Saskatchewan Tourism finalists and award recipients will be honoured at the 23rd annual Saskatchewan Tourism Awards of Excellence Gala in Regina.

The 2013 Saskatchewan First Nation Summer Games held a grand opening of its official headquarters of the games in March, 2012. The games were first held in 1974 and staged every two years. The 2013 event will include more than 3,500 participants, with 2,000 more First Nation leaders, coaches and family also visiting. The 2013 games will be hosted by the Muskody First Nation in Prince Albert, in collaboration with the City of Prince Albert and the Town of Birch Hills.