Culture and Entertainment
Northern Saskatchewan has its own distinct culture, due largely to the influence of Aboriginal cultures and the dominant presence of nature enthusiasts. Events often incorporate the great passion for the outdoors that residents of the region share.
You’ll find canoeing and kayaking challenges, sporting tournaments, outdoor celebrations, music, dancing, talented artists and craftspeople everywhere. The renowned Ness Creek Music Festival draws thousands of fans to enjoy its eclectic mix of performers.
Artists in the Shell Lake, Medstead and district areas welcome visitors to view their work, homes and studios during two annual artisan tours: the Thickwood Hills Studio Trail and Northern Horizons’ Journey of Creativity.
The Canadian Challenge, the longest sled dog race in Canada, is an annual tradition in the north. The race attracts top-ranked competitors from around the world. First Nations and Métis cultures add colour to local events.
Music, fiddling, singing, drumming, dancing and unique cuisine are highlights of the festivities. Whether it’s a First Nations powwow, a Métis festival or a community celebration, the energy and spirit, along with the warmth of the people, will leave you with memories to last a lifetime.