Qu’Appelle Valley, SK, Canada

QToday, this area (map) is one of southern Saskatchewan’s most popular playgrounds. Katepwa, Mission, Echo and Pasqua are known as The Calling Lakes (they used to be known as The Fishing Lakes until someone realized there was a perfectly good legend going to waste). Fed by the meandering Qu’Appelle River and aquifers beneath them, the quartet of lakes makes this an exceptionally pretty section of the valley, which runs from the Manitoba boundary some 400 kilometres (250 miles) west into southern Saskatchewan.

Katepwa Beach It’s recreation and cottage country for Reginans 45 minutes away. Fishing, boating, skiing and sailing are popular summer activities, and the valley is considered one of the best hang-gliding locales between Ontario and the Rockies. Most motorists on the TransCanada Highway speed right past this valley retreat, however, unaware that a mere 20 minutes north of the community of Qu’Appelle lies welcome respite from the seemingly endless plain. Visit Canada. Epic Canada Route © Monika Newbound

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