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Weird Places in Saskatchewan and Manitoba

Humorous,Bizarre,Peculiar & Strange Locations & Attractions across the Provinces

by (author) Glenda MacFarlane

Blue Bike Books
Initial publish date
Aug 2009
Trivia, Prairie Provinces, Trivia
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Aug 2009
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    $14.95 USD

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The prairie landscapes of Saskatchewan and Manitoba are often overlooked by tourists, but both provinces are more than just wheat fields and haystacks--from the supernatural to the super big, they have some of the most peculiar places in the country:

- The Athabasca Sand Dunes in northwest Saskatchewan stretch for about 100 km along the shore of Lake Athabasca; in this region are over 10 species of plants that grow nowhere else in the world - The town of Gladstone, Manitoba, is a happy, happy place, and townsfolk even proved it by erecting and painting the town's roadside mascot--Happy Rock

- Saskatchewan has many places named after body parts(Knee Lake, Eyebrow, Moose Jaw (or the Jaw as it's known locally), Arm River, Head Lake, Skull Creek, Elbow and Bone Creek

- Lake Manitou in Saskatchewan is three times saltier than the Dead Sea, and its waters are said to have healing powers

- The eskers, S-shaped formations of gravel and sand around Lynn Lake in Manitoba, were sculpted thousands of years ago by retreating glaciers Huge as Lakes Winnipeg and Manitoba might be, they're really considered a shrunken lake the remains of prehistoric Lake Agassiz, originally larger than all five Great Lakes combined The tunnels underneath the streets of Moose Jaw were used by rumrunners smuggling liquor during Prohibition

- The many giant roadside attractions in Saskatchewan include Wally the Woolly Mammoth, a baseball cap, Ralph the Grasshopper, a coffee pot and cup, even hockey cards, while over in Manitoba you will find a giant easel depicting van Gogh's sunflowers, a cookie jar, a giant tricycle and Tommy the Turtle. And so much more

About the author

Paul Dunn is the author of Boys and Highâ??Gravelâ??Blind, which opened the Studio Theatre at the Stratford Festival, and has been recorded as a radio drama for CBC. He has worked in theatres across the country as an actor and is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada. Adam Pettle was born and raised in Toronto and returned home after two years of study in Montreal. His first play, Therac 25, has received numerous productions across the country and is being adapted for CBC Radio. A graduate of the National Theatre SchoolÂ?s playwriting programme, Adam was the playwrightâ??inâ??residence at the Canadian Stage Company, where he completed a production draft of his play ZadieÂ?s Shoes. Born in Glencoe, Ontario, Sean ReycraftÂ?s plays include One Good Marriage, Stranger Things Happen, and Roundabout. For Pop Song, Reycraft won the Chalmers Canadian Play Award (Theatre for Young Audiences). Pop Song has been adapted into a short film and premiered at the 2003 Toronto International Film Festival. Kate Rigg was born in Toronto to an Indonesian mother and an Australian father. She is the writer of cult hits KateÂ?s Chinkâ??Oâ??Rama: Featuring the Chinkâ??Oâ??Rama Dancers and Birth of an ASIAN. She is known for irreverent standâ??up comedy and has spoken on/written about race and representation in Time magazine, The Globe and Mail, The San Francisco Examiner, NPRâ??Pacific Time, THIS magazine, NOW magazine, and A magazine.

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