Unfortunately there was not enough time in one day to take in all of the sites and activities in this region. Here are a couple more ideas for those who want to explore this area in full.
Jack Pine Stables
If you are looking to experience nature and get away from it all, Jack Pine Stables offers exactly what you are looking for. Jack Pine Stables is a Bed & Breakfast and Vacation Guest Ranch situated along the border of the provincially protected Nisbet forest. This ranch offers over 160 acres of fresh country air, wilderness forests, with miles of marked trails for hiking, trail riding, nature walks and bird-watching. In winter, the ranch offers snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, or snowshoeing. You can also enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides in the summer and sleigh rides along the scenic wilderness trails in the winter. As this is an operating ranch, visitors have the opportunity to learn about horse breeding during their stay.
The Guest Ranch offers three types of accommodation: a 3 bedroom country bed and breakfast; a 4 bedroom rustic lodge with modern facilities which is open year round; and the tipi camp where visitors can experience some of the local Aboriginal and Metis culture.
The highlight of a stay here will be a guided horseback ride in the forest. Don’t worry if you’ve never ridden before. The ranch offers riding lessons!
If you are interested in experiencing a little bit of what Saskatchewan nature has to offer, check the website for contact information. The owners of the Guest Ranch will customize packages to suit visitor’s needs.
Seager Wheeler Farm
If you are a farmer or were raised on a farm then a visit to Seager Wheeler Farm is a must. Seager Wheeler Maple Grove Farm has been designated by the Government of Canada as a place of national historic significance. Seager Wheeler (1868-1961) was probably the most famous farmer in the history of the Canadian Prairie Provinces. He was best known as an international prizewinner in wheat competitions and author of numerous publications on progressive farming techniques. He was also a part-time inventor of farm implements and developer of new grain and horticultural varieties. He developed three new strains of wheat, as well as Victory Oats and 2 types of barley. He also introduced a number of trees to the area.
Today’s farm has been restored to its condition in 1919. You can visit the restored seed cleaning plant, learn about soil conservation techniques, and visit the vast flower gardens and orchards. The visitor’s center offers a gift shop, restaurant, and interpretive displays. Seager Wheeler Farm is the site of a number of special events throughout the year. Check the website for the dates of special events as well as its regular summer opening hours. A visit to this farm will be like a trip back in time!