Rare White Bengal Tiger Babies At The Saskatoon Zoo Until September!

White Bengal Tiger Cubs Similar to Those Picture Here Are At The Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park & Zoo

White Bengal Tiger Cubs Similar to Those Picture Here Are At The Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park & Zoo

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The Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park and Zoo in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, has announce they have a pair of very rare white Bengal tiger cubs named Jasmine and Jafar visiting their facility. While on exhibit at the Children’s Zoo in the park, the rambunctious siblings are being bottle fed kitten’s milk by zookeepers and snacking on hamburger every three hours since their mother can no longer feed the pair on her own. If you would like to see these little sweethearts, you will have to get to Saskatoon before they head back to their Ontario home in early September.

The Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park and Zoo is a great place to include in your Saskatchewan vacation. For a reasonable price, ($7.50 for Adults, $4.50 for 6-18, free for children 6 and under, and $15 for a family at the time of this posting. November to the end of March is by donation) you can easily spend the day wandering through the beautifully kept grounds along with the many peacocks and other birds who wander loose within park limits.

They have native animals such as massive, full-grown elk (who put on quite a boisterous show during rutting season), lynx, and bears as well as several exotic species. The children’s section is just as entertaining for the adults as it is for the kids. The Forestry Farm also holds a variety of different programs and activities for both adults and children.

Besides the zoo, there are many other things to do and see in and around Saskatoon. If you are on a kid-free vacation, you can spend a day at the Dakota Dunes Golf Links enjoying the beauty of the prairie landscape while you play a round of golf. If golfing isn’t your thing, try your luck at the Dakota Dunes Casino and try to leave Saskatchewan with pockets that are a little heavier than when you arrived.

For those looking to include family activities during their travel through Saskatchewan, the kids would love a visit to Kinsmen Park. Best of all, at $1 per ride, it easily fits into the tightest of family travel budgets. There is an antique carousel and a miniature train that everyone can ride through the park.

While you are here, the kids can participate in afternoon activities such as a visit to the Saskatoon Fire Department. The park also has a water area called the Play Village where the kids can have fun in a supervised kiddie pool. If you plan to arrive at the park around lunch, be sure to get a picnic lunch from one of the local delis or restaurants. The park has lots of picnic tables and space for the kids to run and play.

There is so much more in the city of Saskatoon! If you would like more information, visit Tourism Saskatchewan or the City of Saskatoon.

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Polar Bears, Beluga Whales, And Black Island: Outdoor Adventures In Manitoba

Travel to Churchill and Northern Manitoba, Canada

Travel to Churchill and Northern Manitoba, Canada

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Canada only has one place in the entire country that allows you to see uninhabited islands, beluga whales, and polar bears all in one trip. This place is also the only sub-Arctic seaport in the country. You can enjoy the Arctic tundra and tour the Eskimo Museum here before settling in for an amazing nighttime show staring Aurora Borealis. Do you know where you are?

If you guessed Northern Manitoba, Canada and the town of Churchill, you are right! This expansive region of Manitoba has a low population making it one of the wildest areas in the country that shows very little evidence of civilization outside of the small towns and villages.

Outdoor enthusiasts looking for adventure flock to Churchill, Manitoba for its rugged terrain and unusual wildlife. During the months of October and November, travel tours in a specialized tundra vehicle give visitors the chance to watch polar bears on their way back to Hudson Bay for the winter. Travelers can also get a closer look at the incoming floe ice and beluga whales by renting a see through kayak or going snorkeling.

The beautiful Wapusk National Park of Canada is also nearby. The park is certainly beautiful, but it is also the largest polar bear maternity den sites in the world. This being said, it’s not the best place to hike through, but if you would like to see the park, Hudson Bay Helicopters are a fun way to enjoy the park at a safe distance.

The little village of Hecla Island and Grindstone National Park is a haven for travelers looking for a taste of the true Canadian wild. Walking and bike trails are available for those looking for a more structured tour of the area, but for more grass roots hikers, the uninhabited Black Island is fantastic. You can wander through the area for days and not see another human being. Golfing and world-class fishing is also available in the area. Before you leave the island, be sure to ask the locals about the many mystical stories involving subjects such as sunken ship that give an entertaining history of the area.

If you would like more information on travel in the area or any other location in Manitoba, visit Travel Manitoba at http://www.travelmanitoba.com/.

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Travel To Where The Canadian Desert Meets The Burning Forest

Sand Dunes Similar to Those Found In Saskatchewan

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Canada’s North is home to a unique and delicate ecosystem known as the Boreal forest. It seems to be no different from any other forest on the surface, but upon closer examination, you will realize there is no other place like it. Besides being rich in wildlife and endangered species, there are nine unique species including Tyrell’s willow that live nowhere else on earth. As a result, this ecological region is truly a one-of-a-kind vacation destination. ©2008Angie Haggstrom

Like the Arctic, the Boreal forest is one of the most endangered environmental regions in the world. Clear cutting, human development, disease, and pests have always been a serious threat to the region. Now, however, global warming and several serious wildfires are devastating the region. This area may not exist for much longer if conservation efforts in the region and environmental issues continue to sit on the back burner.

One of the most interesting spots in the endangered region is the Athabasca Sand Dunes. This naturally created desert-like area, found along the southern shores of Lake Athabasca, is almost untouched by man because of its isolation. Although you can only travel to the area by plane, four-wheel drive truck, or on foot, the striking, natural beauty and peacefulness of the region is well worth the effort to get there.

If you happen to travel to the region, you will notice that the sand hills are in a constant state of movement because of the wind. In fact, if you look along the outskirts of these massive mounds, you can actually watch the fine sand swallow up the forest that surrounds it. The sheer size of the dunes (some of these can be more than 200 feet high) and the display of its power often leave visitors speechless and almost humbled.

Where did these natural wonders come from? Scientists believe the glaciers that had once blanketed the region caused the hills. The glaciers had compressed sand and other deposits into massive sandstone formations. Wind and water then eroded the stones to create the impressive dunes. If you travel to some of the local towns, the local Dene people will tell you that the Athabasca Sand Dunes are a result of a giant mystical beaver that struck at the ground with his tail turning the ground into the fine sand.

Although this unique travel destination looks powerful, the delicate balance of the Athabasca Sand Dunes in Northern Canada’s Boreal forest is in great jeopardy. Future generations will be unable to view this region if something is not done to slow global warming and the destruction of the forest. For now, however, the region’s beauty is still on display in all its glory.©2008 Angie Haggstrom

If you would like additional information on this region and many other great attractions in Saskatchewan, visit Tourism Saskatchewan.

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