Hidden Gems and Roadside Attractions across Central Saskatchewan
A landlocked prairie province is the last place you’d expect to find a lighthouse, but if you take a trip to Cochin, you’ll see one with your own eyes. The Cochin Lighthouse was built in 1988 on Pirot Hill overlooking Jackfish and Murray lakes. Climb the 153 steps up the hill to visit the structure and you will be treated with an amazing view of the surrounding landscape and vast prairie skies.
If you don’t know what a bunnock is, take a trip to Macklin and check out the World’s Largest Bunnock sculpture that doubles as a tourist information centre. A bunnock is the anklebone of a horse and used in a game of the same name. Each year, the town hosts a world championship tournament that draws more than 1,000 competitors.
Remember the childhood thrill of finding a beautiful stone at the beach or just off a forest path? At the Sesula Mineral and Gem Museum and Rock Shop in Radisson, relive that fascination and discover a trove of gems and minerals. The museum also has Canada’s only baby T.rex on permanent display. Launched in 2016 by Judah Tyreman, who was just 12 years old at the time, and his little sister Avi, the museum is a treat for rock lovers or anyone who enjoys spending time discovering something unusual and new.
To see even more rocks, visit the Great Wall of Saskatchewan, just west of Smiley. The wall was built by hand one stone at a time by the late Albert Johnson over a 30-year period. There is also a three-room sod house on the site.
Take a photo with Canada’s biggest bat at the Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Battleford. With over 4,000 archival materials, the museum displays the province’s rich baseball history dating back to 1879.
The Ancient Echoes Interpretive Centre, located near Herschel, is a treasure trove of paleontology, ecology and pre-contact Indigenous civilization. Guided tours take you to Coal Mine Ravine, where you will find a bison rubbing stone, jump and processing area, along with various stone circles. Three petroglyphs with ceremonial markings, available by guided tour only, are believed to have had religious significance and provide a window into Indigenous culture.
In Meacham, Dancing Sky Theatre offers professional theatre and dining in a village of 99 people. Located north of Martensville, the Barn Playhouse experience starts with a horse-drawn wagon ride that takes theatregoers on a tour through the farmyard to the big red barn. The community theatre houses 280 people, and there is a separate banquet facility onsite for dinner theatre performances. Station Arts Centre in Rosthern is a renovated Canadian National Railway station converted into an art gallery, 160-seat performing arts theatre, seminar and workshop space, café-style eatery with craft beer and coffee bar, as well as seasonal gardens.
Unique Roadside Attractions
As your road trip across central Saskatchewan continues, watch for these larger-than-life roadside attractions along the way:
Other notable roadside attractions across the province include:
Where are some of your favourite roadside attractions located in Saskatchewan?