We have been sending RNs across Canada since 1999, which has given us great insight into the best parts of the country for travel nurses to visit.
One of the most common pieces of feedback we hear is that Saskatchewan far exceeds our nurses’ expectations. In fact, one of our most seasoned travel nurses recently commented on the liveliness of the province. With more than 30 travel nursing contracts completed over the past 5 years in various locations throughout Canada, at least half of his contracts have been in Saskatchewan. According to him, they have been his best ones yet! What keeps bringing him back? The atmosphere of the nursing teams, the social scene, and the outdoor activities beat any of the other provinces he has travelled to.
Best things to do in Saskatchewan this summer
Shake the Lake outdoor music festival features Classic Rock groups performing the hits you loved (and still do!) from Rock’s golden age. This year’s lineup features Styx, Burton Cummings, Loverboy, and more. Check out the festival’s official website for more details!
If you feel like making a weekend out of it, you can camp at the Ness Creek Music Festival and enjoy indie, roots & folk music from around the world. Both Saskatoon and Regina host folk festivals as well. Jazz fans – there’s something for you, too! Catch JazzFest Regina or the SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival, or if you’re feeling more country, check out Country Thunder or venture into Alberta for Big Valley Jamboree.
You can also visit the Regina Performing Arts Center for a dose of culture, whether it’s a theatre festival, dance competition, singing performance or art show, there’s something for everyone. See what’s coming up on the center’s official calendar of events.
And for a true one-of-a-kind experience, you can’t miss the 5K Foam Fest! It’s a fun run that guarantees you’ll be foamy, muddy and wet by the time you get to the finish line. The route is packed full of exciting obstacles including the world’s largest inflatable waterslide, slip and slides, and mud pits! Combine those with a ton of foam and you’ve got a day to remember. Check out the 5K Foam Fest website to see photos from last year’s race!
For those looking to escape urban life, the entire province is filled with gorgeous parks and green-spaces, including Grasslands National Park, Prince Albert National Park, Athabasca Sand Dunes Provincial Park, to name a few.
Don’t be afraid to explore further either! Saskatchewan is a fantastic hub to other exciting Canadian travel destinations. Rent a car and hit the Calgary Stampede to catch ‘The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth’ or shop-til-you-drop at West Edmonton Mall, North America’s largest shopping mall.
Bonus! If you commit to a fall contract, you’ll make it to Saskatchewan just in time for the Saskatoon Oktoberfest. You’ll get to eat, drink and dance throughout the night, sampling fantastic German cuisine and beers. Cheers to that!
For more inspiration on what you can do while travel nursing in Saskatchewan, check out our blog on the province’s best summer activities. .
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