In just a few days we will be setting out on our first major road trip together. We will be making our way through Saskatchewan, across Alberta, and down to Osoyoos, British Columbia. We visited this area last fall, and we are excited to head back.
This time it will be a little different.
- We are married, rather than dating
- We are driving, rather than flying
Both differences add a lot of anticipation and excitement for the whole trip. The trip will be long, yet short at the same time. Long because it’s a 14 hour, 1,355 km trip; short because there are a lot of photo-ops between here and there.
Banff is a world famous town inside the world famous Banff National Park inside the world famous Canadian rockies…And we will be spending an afternoon and night there. Within this park you will find stunning snow-capped mountains delicately laced with winding roads, rushing waterfalls, breathtaking canyons, turquoise blue, glass-like lakes, and a cutsie mountain tourist town. So, yeah, we are pretty stoked.
We will leave this majestic fortress early in the morning and continue our trip west to British Columbia. We are hoping to have a short stop for breakfast in the town of Golden, which is just about half an hour from the BC/Alberta border. It is also surrounded by some stunning views. Basically, once we hit Calgary, until we get to BC we are in for some nice sites. We’ve been researching the best spots, looking at amazing photos other people have taken, and getting really pumped about this exciting opportunity to grow our portfolio and add to our list of experiences.
That being said. We don’t want to leave out poor Saskatchewan. We call this humble province home. I call it humble, because it doesn’t boast the majestic mountains, crystal clear lakes, fertile pacific rainforests, towering pines, and rugged coastlines like the other two provinces we will be visiting. Many people traveling from the western side of Canada remark how once they hit Saskatchewan they stopped seeing trees. Or that they liked “the tree”. It is flat, and a little boring at times. But, it does have some impressive sites of its own, however.
We’ve been able to see just a few glimpses of Saskatchewan’s beauty on our photo jaunts closer to home (like really close, none of the photos in this post are more than 30 minutes away from our house).
One thing to note is that one thing Saskatchewan has to offer to photographers is a big sky. A big sky that can provide some incredible cloudscapes, sunsets, sunrises. A popular slogan for this province is “The Land of the Living Skies”, which seems to suit it well. The land is full of fields of canola (which are a lovely yellow in the summer), barley, wheat, and in some places flax. The North Saskatchewan River flows through Saskatoon and nearby the outlying towns, providing some nice scenery. It may not be a rugged forest landscape, or staunch mountainous terrain, but it is certainly beautiful in its own way.
So, we want to show off some of Saskatchewan! Hopefully, in the near future we can explore more of Saskatchewan’s diversity. But, for now. Here’s some of our favorites from our own back yard! (Practically).
(Click the images below for a bigger view)
Canola field at sunset © Matthew Friesen
Sandbar on the North Saskatchewan River © Matthew Friesen
Tall grass soaks up the evening sun on the North Saskatchewan River © Matthew Friesen
University bridge © Matthew Friesen
Spadina Crescent along side the river in Saskatoon © Matthew Friesen
Frozen cattails off the highway © Matthew Friesen
Grains highlighted by the setting sun near a canola field © Tabitha Friesen
Bold sunset on a farm south of Saskatoon © Matthew Friesen
Moody clouds reflected in a pond at a park just behind our house © Matthew Friesen
Dewy grass reflecting the last of the days light © Tabitha Friesen
Dandelion puff silhouetted by the sunset © Tabitha Friesen
Moody clouds reflected in a pond at a park just behind our house © Tabitha Friesen
The North Saskatchewan River flowing over the Weir in Saskatoon © Tabitha Friesen
A railroad snow plow on the tracks on a summer evening © Matthew Friesen
The start of the autumn hues © Tabitha Friesen
So there you have it, Saskatchewan is pretty too! How about you? Do you live somewhere “flat and boring”? Or somewhere that doesn’t seem very interesting? You might be surprised how many cool things are just outside your front door!