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Comparable in size to France, Saskatchewan has seemingly more wildlife than human inhabitants. Not being a major travel destination is part of its appeal as this is somewhere you can escape the rat race of the largest city, Saskatoon, and the capital, Regina, by delving into the prairie flatland and boreal forest. Wheat field after wheat field is broken up by quaint towns that offer low-key rewards to the driver of this vast region of Canada.
Major suppliers of car hire in Saskatchewan, such as Hertz, Thrifty and Dollar, have a presence at Regina International Airport and John G. Diefenbaker International Airport (Saskatoon), as well as in major provincial centres. A wide range of vehicles is available but it is recommended to compare car hire ahead of time to secure the most competitive rate for the vehicle of your choice.
Both Saskatoon and Regina have airports which serve flights to other Canadian cities as well as the US. Greyhound buses come in from across Canada while roads connect with the US and Manitoba and Alberta. Key routes across the province include Highway 16 (for Saskatoon and North Battleford) and Highway 1 (for Regina and Moose Jaw).
Great distances separate communities in the north so drivers of car rental in Saskatchewan should ensure they are well prepared before setting off. Winter driving here comes with dangers, particularly during periods of snowfall or strong winds. Beware of ice on the roads. Drink driving laws are strictly enforced, with licence suspension, fines and even prison time dished out to offenders.
The southwesterly Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park draws visitors with its Fort Walsh historical site, with further heritage sites within easy driving distance of Saskatoon at Duck Lake, Fort Carlton and Batoche. The north of the province is the perfect place for spotting wilderness or going canoeing, hunting or fishing, with Prince Albert a good jumping-off point for visits to the remote north.
The short, hot summers which see temperatures of up to 35°C are prone to thunderstorms that make for great viewing across the grasslands. Bursts of rain and hail rarely put a dampener on travel during this time. October to April is the cold season, when temperatures plummet to well below freezing and light snow covers the ground. Spring and autumn are virtually non-existent here as summer changes to winter seemingly overnight.