Beauty of the North

Northern Saskatchewan is a gorgeous place with very few amenities but plenty of natural resources. The landscape is a unique in that the western portion of the province consists of the Athabasca Basin, a sandstone sediment that overlies the older Precambrian shield. The Precambrian Canadian shield makes up the other northern half of the province. The beach sand soils that make up the Athabasca Basin are quite unique, resulting in the largest sand dunes in North America, known as the Athabasca Sand Dunes. The uniqueness of the Athabasca Basin is also in that its contact and formation of some of the largest uranium deposits in the world. At the contact point between the Athabasca Basin and the underlying Precambrian shield is hundreds of millions of pounds of uranium. In fact, the largest currently active uranium mine in the world is in Northern Saskatchewan. The push for more energy and greener energy sources will grow this area as a valuable resource in the province’s future. 

Northern Saskatchewan
Northern Saskatchewan 
As an environmental consultant we are constantly put in the difficult position of working for and reporting to the mining companies and developers and submitting our results to the federal and provincial governments. Being out there in the remote wilderness opens your eyes to what more the region has to offer and protect. The people who live in these small northern communities are some of the nicest people, many of whom rely on the fishing, hunting and trapping industries to support their families, economically and physically. However, many of these communities need the support, education and new infrastructure to help with growing physical and mental health problems plaguing some communities. This generates a difficult battle and balance between development and protection of the land

Northern Saskatchewan

The remote nature of our work requires a lot of preparation and planning in order to stay safe and work efficiently. Wildlife and weather are the biggest safety concerns, and when the nearest hospital is over 3 hours away on a gravel road, that means the stakes could be pretty high. More human encroachment on these wild areas means more animal and human interactions. Working in these wild areas often pulls back the curtains to show you the beauty of the landscape, the people around you and yourself. With minimal human interaction in your day and no cell phones or emails to distract you, you are able to connect with the people you are with and the beauty surrounding you. You become much more in tune with the changing weather, and yourself. 

Northern Saskatchewan
It’s an area of the province I encourage everyone to go experience as it will really change your perspective on what this province has to offer.

Author: Alija Bos, photographer and Environmental Consultant

AlijaAs Alija explores the Canadian landscape he documents his travels and the environment.
He has a black and white dog and likes to ride bicycles and boards.