Travel guide to The Prairie

Facts

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Local name
Saskatchewan Manitoba

Travel preparation

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Best time to visit

The best time to go is in spring, summer and fall. If you want to go skiing, though, the wintertime is of course better. The many festivals in both regions are held during the summer, and the Manitoba Stampede Rodeo is held at the end of July.

Literature

Manitoba (0822527561) Saskatchewan (1550412698)

Local conditions

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Time zone

When it is 12.00 in England, it is 05.00 in Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

Culture and entertainment

Saskatoon in Saskatchewan has the Folk fest, Jazz festival and theatre in August, where you can also experience the Trial of Louis Riel, a historical figure in Canada, in Regina, and the Buffalo Days, Regina's biggest festival. The Folklorama, where the various ethnic groups perform and exhibit their traditional artwork, is held in Winnipeg every year in August. The same city holds festivals with music, dancing and theatre from May to September, as well as dog sledge racing.

Accommodation / Hotel

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There's a handful of hotels in Saskatoon, ranging from one to three stars, as well as a couple of inns and camping sites. Winnipeg has a broader selection in all price ranges, and guesthouses and camping sites, too. Book your hotel in The Prairie here

Local transport

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Taxi

There are taxis in all major cities in Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

Other transport

Air Canada has regular flights to Saskatoon, Winnipeg and Regina. Greyhound buses and trains operate between the cities in the region.

Special conditions

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The temperatures of Saskatchewan and Manitoba sometimes vary between 45 degrees below freezing point during the winter and 38 degrees centigrade during the summer. The summer rain is often followed by thunder and sometimes even tornadoes. Floods sometimes occur in the spring, after very snowy winters.
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