We stopped to watch a parade in a small town which was fun to watch- the floats pretty much consisted of police cars, ambulances, firetrucks and farm equipment. It was very cold and windy out which didn't stop the kids from having fun. I believe that this town was in Saskatchewan.
Fortunately, the weather improved and we had much better weather. I really enjoyed driving through this prairie province- I found it very scenic. There are some beautiful provincial parks which unfortunately, we did not get a chance to visit on this trip. Saskatchwan is bordered on the west by Alberta, on the north by the Northwest Territories, on the east by Manitoba and on the south by the U.S. states of Montana and North Dakota. The population is only around 1.1 million people and these residents mostly live in the southern prairie half of the province.
We spent the night in Regina, which is the capital city of Saskatchewan. Her is a photograph of the legislative building taken from the park surrounding the building.
The legislative building and its grounds were designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 2005.
Ralph and Katie posing in front of Capone's Hideaway motel in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Moose Jaw is situated on the Trans-Canada Highway, 77 km(48m) west of Regina. Moose Jaw is home to the Snowbirds, Canada's military aerobatic air show flight demonstration team. There are rumors that mobster Al Capone used the Saskatchewan city's tunnels to bootleg booze into the US in the late 1920's. One of Al Capone's relatives admits that the businesses run by her grandfather and his younger brother Al, included bootlegging, gambling and prostitution. The only actual crime that Al Capone was charged with was income tax evasion. He spent seven years in jail, some of which was spent in Alcatraz. Deirdre Capone, also said that her family's operation came up "near Moose Jaw"-nicknamed Little Chicago by some.
Driving on the Trans Canada Highway was very scenic if you like this type of landscape. Unfortunately, some of the photos had to be taken in the moving car as there was no place to pull off.
I believe this is an example of Potash mining. We didn't stop to check it out so I just photographed through the window.
We saw lots of trains along the highway- another shot taken while driving.
We drove by lots of grain storage facilities.
Established in 1913, Richardson Pioneer was the first company to handle western-grown grain and the first to build elevators in many prairie communities, long before railroads were in the area.
Today, the company has one of Western Canada's largest networks of grain-handling and production facilities.
We did take a few roads off the highway so I could photograph the beautiful canola fields.