See the Sights of Saskatchewan
Canada's Saskatchewan Province is an almost rectangular-shaped piece of land with the United States of North Dakota and Montana on its southern border, Manitoba province to the east, Alberta Province to the west, and Canada's Northwest Territories to the north. Visitors to Saskatchewan will find a number of interesting attractions to explore and cultural events to enjoy. Regina and Saskatoon are the two major cities of Saskatchewan, with Regina being home to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Academy and the RCMP Heritage Centre which offers interesting insight into the history and workings of the legendary Canadian "Mounties".
Saskatchewan boasts three national parks – Fort Walsh, Grasslands National Park and Prince Albert National Park – as well as dozens of provincial parks and recreation areas. The province is also home to a number of interesting art galleries and museums, with the Mendel Art Gallery in Saskatoon being one of the more notable of these. Located on the west bank of the South Saskatchewan River, which flows through Saskatoon, the Mendel Art Gallery houses the province's largest public art collection of more than 7,500 pieces. The gallery opened in 1964, but had its roots in the Saskatoon Art Centre which had been running since 1944. The museum was founded on a donation from Frederick Salomon Mendel, a refugee from the Nazi persecution in Germany who settled in the city and founded a business. Mendel's donation of fifteen works by a group of Canadian landscape painters known as the 'Group of Seven' in the early 20th century are central pieces in the collection. There are reportedly plans to close the Mendel Art Gallery and replace it with a larger gallery named for the Frank and Ellen Remai Foundation sometime in 2014 or 2015. These plans have, however, met with strong opposition and it remains to be seen if this will take place.
Other museums and places of interest in Saskatchewan include the historical site of Fort Walsh in the Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park; the National Doukhobour Heritage Village in Veregin (the Doukhobours being a religious group of Russian origin); and the Motherwell Homestead located south of Abernethy. This historical homestead is dedicated to Saskatchewan's first minister of agriculture, William Richard Motherwell. Visitors will find a working farm with tour guides dressed in clothing of the time and going about daily life as it was in the early-20th century – a very interesting experience.