Saskatchewan Tourism Week 2017

Saskatchewan Tourism Week took place from May 28 to June 3, 2017. These dates coincided with Tourism Week in Canada. The week was an opportune time for tourism businesses, operators, attractions and destinations across the country to promote awareness about a dynamic industry that annually contributes more than $90 billion to the Canadian economy. The tourism industry engages people in every community, large or small, throughout our province. Tourism encourages community pride and development and showcases Saskatchewan’s remarkable assets – its rich history, diverse culture, one-of-a-kind hospitality, and so much more – to the rest of Canada and to the world.

Travel expenditures in Saskatchewan reached $2.15 billion in 2015, and there were approximately 12.2 million visits to and within the province that year. As of August 2016, nearly 65,000 Saskatchewan citizens were employed in tourism and tourism-related businesses.

Communities throughout Saskatchewan celebrated Saskatchewan Tourism Week with nearly 20 events Public barbecues, community tours, flag-raising ceremonies, open houses, and contests and promotions acknowledged the week that was officially proclaimed by the Government of Saskatchewan.

Festivities in the north included barbecues in Spiritwood, hosted by Northern Lakes Economic Development Corporation, and La Ronge at the Woodlands & Waterways Regional Visitor Centre. In Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan Tourism Week was proclaimed at a City Council meeting.

Flags were raised at ceremonies in North Battleford and Battleford to celebrate Saskatchewan Tourism Week in the west central area.

The east central area was buzzing with activity. Hudson Bay Regional Park and Hudson Bay Heritage Park offered free entry on designated days. Visitors to the Hudson Bay Museum were treated to cake and refreshments. A new geocache series was promoted, bringing the total of geocaches in the Hudson Bay area to 18.

The Watrous Manitou Marketing Group, in partnership with the Watrous and Area Arts Council, hosted the annual Saskatchewan Tourism Week barbecue in Cenotaph Park on May 31. More than 240 residents and visitors were served, and the event raised over $1,200 for the arts council. Humboldt’s 107.5 BOLT FM was on-location, promoting the importance of tourism to its listeners.

Melville kicked off a week-long schedule of events with an open house, barbecue and car show at the Melville Tourism Centre. Golfers enjoyed a free round at Melville Golf & Country Club on May 29. Melville Millionaires baseball players hosted a meet and greet at the Terry Puhl Batting Cages on May 30. Tours of the Melville Railway Museum and a scavenger hunt at the Melville Heritage Museum were offered mid-week. Saskatchewan Tourism Week concluded with free fishing at the Melville Centennial Trout Pond and swimming at the Melville Swimming Pool.

In Carrot River, a Farm to Table dinner was hosted at Rudy’s Fruit & Vegetable Farm. The long table gathering featured local fare, upscale dining and a unique Ukrainian cultural experience. Thirty diners enjoyed the five-course meal prepared by Chefs Michael Brownlee and Brooklyn Belair.

A meet and greet at Harbor Golf Club and Resort was among activities in the south. The event, hosted by Lake Diefenbaker Tourism, launched a new Ambassador Program.

Cypress Hills Destination Area, in partnership with Mankota Tours, Wendy Nuttall Photography and Prairie Dog Tours, offered a free Mankota/Grasslands National Park history and photography tour. Departing from the Swift Current Museum, the full-day tour gave the participants a “behind-the-scenes” look at some of the most historically significant places in southwest Saskatchewan.

Please click on the links below to learn more about Tourism in Saskatchewan:

Tourism in Saskatchewan - Fast Facts Infographic

Saskatchewan Tourism Week - Trivia Q&A

Saskatchewan Tourism Week Backgrounder and Fast Facts