I feel fortunate to have spent the majority of the last two years of my life living in rural Saskatchewan. Often when I tell people what I’ve been up to recently, they wonder why on earth I moved from the coast of BC to the middle of nowhere Saskatchewan, and to be honest, I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I took a job working on prairie dog ecology in Grasslands National Park after graduating with an BSc in Marine Biology – but I’m so glad I ended up in this beautiful and unique place.
There is really no way to describe this landscape and everything that comes along with it – pictures just don’t do it justice. The vastness, the dynamic and dramatic skies, the sounds, the smells, the wildlife – you really just have to go there to have the full experience. Southern Saskatchewan isn’t on many peoples’ bucket lists, but I tell as many people as I can to go there and experience it for themselves.
This video does a pretty good job at capturing some of the scenes and sounds of southern SK: https://vimeo.com/118536466
Being back on the coast has given me some time to reflect on my time in Saskatchewan. Don’t get me wrong, I love coastal British Columbia and will always feel a strong connection to the ocean, but Saskatchewan has stolen a piece of my heart and I would go back there in a heartbeat! I hope to go back and visit sometime soon. But for now, I can be grateful to have called the prairies home for nearly two years, share my experiences with others, and embrace being back on the wet and wonderful west coast. :)