In celebration of our beautiful prairie province, we periodically change our homepage rotating image marquee to feature photos that are uniquely Saskatchewan.
Location: Regina, Saskatchewan
Located on the edge of beautiful Wascana Lake, the Legislative Building is one of Regina’s most recognizable landmarks. Historical tours of this Beaux-Arts style building are offered in both English and French, 362 days a year.
Saskatoon berries share some similarities with blueberries, most notably, their colour. Historically, many First Nations have used the berries and leaves to make teas, and other parts of the shrub for medicinal purposes. Interestingly, when exported to other countries, Saskatoon berries are often given the name “juneberries”.
The Wood Lily is Saskatchewan’s official flower, and is featured on the provincial flag. Unfortunately, it is a far less common sight in the wild now than it was years ago. The flower is protected in Saskatchewan, so cannot be picked, uprooted, or destroyed.
This purple flower emits a lovely fragrance, but is considered an invasive species in Saskatchewan. Because of its ability to self-seed and therefore spread rapidly, in 2011, a news outlet in the state of Michigan declared Dame’s Rocket “Public Enemy Number Two” (behind the noxious weed, garlic mustard).
The prairie crocus is much loved in the prairies as it signifies the arrival of spring. It is the first flower to bloom after winter, and is also one of the first to go dormant ahead of the cold months – usually when it is still summer! It prefers sunny, hot, dry areas, and can live for more than 50 years.
Wheat has played a pivotal role in Saskatchewan since farming first began in the province. It is grown in just about every region of the province; in fact, 60% of all wheat grown in western Canada is located in Saskatchewan.