Going Local with the Saskatchewanderer

Ashlyn George, supposed-to-be high school teacher turned world travel aficionado, has spent the last half-decade following her curiosity while exploring 40 countries across 6 continents. An adrenaline junkie who is passionate about the outdoors, she is always up for spontaneous adventures.

Since February, she has been exploring the province as the 2015 Saskatchewanderer. She has uncovered much of what Saskatchewan has to offer throughout her many adventures. When asked about her best experiences so far, here is what Ashlyn had to say:

What is the most surprising area of the province?
Southwestern Saskatchewan has surprised me. I don’t think many people are aware of the badlands or the great hiking and camping opportunities in parks like Grasslands National Park. It’s also a photographer’s dream.

Where is the best place to dine?
Harvest Eatery and Fresh Market in Shaunavon. I had big expectations walking in and it surpassed them. It’s a great place to plan a road trip or date night to. Both the food and service are impeccable!

What are your top three places to explore?
This is a tough question as our province is so diverse.
1. I would love to get all the way up to Uranium City. There is something about the northern part of Saskatchewan that fascinates me.
2. I need to spend more time exploring small towns and areas in the southern part of the province. Places like the sandcastles and sunken hills near Beechy and the checkerboard hills near Leader.
3. For a city, Regina. I currently live in Saskatoon and Regina is quite different; lots to see and do. I need more time to explore our capital.

What is your favourite outdoor activity?
I think hiking is a great way to see Saskatchewan. We have so many trails to explore and you can get really close to wildlife — if you are quiet enough.

Where would you most like to go in autumn?  
A horseback ride through Prince Albert National Park with Gord Vaadeland of Sturgeon River Ranch. I went for a ride with him in August and all I could think about was how gorgeous the coloured leaves would look in autumn.

Follow Ashlyn on her adventures by visiting www.saskatchewanderer.ca.