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    Boasting some of the most breathtakingly beautiful scenery in Canada, Saskatchewan is a paradise for lovers of the great outdoors and eco-tourists. It features everything from world-class fishing, kayaking, and hiking, to hunting, horseback riding, and wildlife spotting in the wilderness.

    Saskatchewan's capital and second largest city, Regina, is the original headquarters and birthplace of the famous Royal North-West Mounted Police, affectionately known as Mounties. Saskatchewan is made up of prairie in the south, while the north comprises boreal forest, rolling hills, and the majority of the province's 100,000 lakes.

    Europeans first discovered the land in 1690, with the province now boasting a rich Scottish connection and even provincial tartan. Saskatchewan proudly educates others on its history, with its 250 or so museums covering the stories and cultures of indigenous tribes like the Sioux, Saulteaux, Athabaskan, and Cree. There are also cultural landmarks and more urban things to do in the city of Saskatoon, which is a centre of nearly 250,000 people.

    The site of the North-West Rebellion's Battle of Batoche remains a top tourist attraction, as does the Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park. However, most visitors to Saskatchewan come to get away from it all and enjoy the clear skies, wildlife, and peace and quiet of the wilderness.

    However, travellers must come prepared for the climate as Saskatchewan experiences both some of the highest and lowest recorded temperatures in Canada. Northern Saskatchewan has a subarctic climate. Temperatures range from highs of 79°F (26°C) in the summer to an average of 0°F (-18°C) in the winter.

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    Regina has a continental climate with warm summers and cold, dry winters. The city is one of the sunniest capitals in Canada, and has many days of sunshine throughout the year. The best time to visit Regina is during the warmer months of May to September, when temperatures reach up to average highs of 80°F (27°C). Winter lasts from about mid-November to early March, with average low temperatures dropping to -8°F (-22°C). January is usually the coldest month of the year.

    Regina International Airport
    Location: The airport is located two miles (3km) from Regina city centre.
    Time: Local time is GMT -6.
    Getting to the city: The city centre is five minutes away from the airport. Taxis, shuttles, and car rentals are available from the airport to the city centre.
    Car Rental: Car rental companies represented at the airport include Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, National, and Thrifty.
    Airport Taxis: Taxi services to and from the airport are provided by Capital Cabs. Taxis are available right outside the terminal doors.
    Facilities: Airport facilities include a restaurant, cafe, lounge, fast food outlets, shopping, ATM, and currency exchange.
    Parking The airport provides both short and long-term parking options. Short-term parking has 110 stalls located immediately in front of the terminal building. Long-term parking can accommodate 1,100 vehicles.
    Website: www.yqr.ca
    Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker International Airport
    Location: The airport is located four miles (7km) from the city centre.
    Time: GMT -6
    Getting to the city: Taxis, limos, shuttles, and car rental services are available at the airport. Saskatoon Transit has two bus lines that service the airport and run to the city centre.
    Car Rental: Car companies represented at the airport include Avis, Alamo, Budget, Enterprise, and National.
    Airport Taxis: United Blueline Cabs is licensed to operate taxi services from the designated pick-up and drop-off area located along the terminal curbside. Metered fares apply. A taxi coordinator is on duty from 7.30am to the last arrival of the day to assist travellers.
    Facilities: Airport facilities include ATMs, currency exchange, wifi, an information booth, shopping (including duty-free), restaurants, and an art display.
    Parking The airport parking lot has more than 1,100 parking stalls, conveniently located just outside the terminal building. The public parking lot's front two rows are designated for short-term parking. Visitors can pay in the terminal at the exit kiosk (cash, debit and credit card) or at the exit lane (credit card only).
    Website: www.yxe.ca
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    Although public transport is not extensive, getting around Regina is relatively easy. Buses operate seven days a week along routes from the city centre to most areas of the city. A number of taxi companies also operate across Regina and can either be hailed off the street or ordered in advance via telephone. Car hire is available and the city is quite easy to navigate, with roads structured on a grid system.