Today we drove from Brandon MB to Swift Current SK, a distance of about 600 KM. We got underway around 10am.
Leaving Brandon on 1 A we drove past an Inuksuk. It was not shown on our Roadside Attractions App, but when I have some spare time, I will submit it to be added to the list.
Two things that are very common in the Canadian Prairie Provinces are Grain Elevators and Trains. This train has 5 engines.
We re-join Trans Canada 1 and continue our journey Westward.
In Oak Lake Manitoba is another roadside attraction. Isaac the Bull.
Virden MB is the Oil Capital of Manitoba and the proof is all the oil pumps we see.
Something else that I have noticed since we have been in Manitoba is that the posted speed limit is 110 km/hr. At this speed we are making great progress.
Around 11:30 am we cross the border into Saskatchewan. We add another province to our provinces visited map.
We stopped at the Saskatchewan Visitors Centre to pick up maps and information about SK.
More train spotting as we drive Westward.
Drove by a very large wind farm.
We stopped in Indian Head SK to see another roadside attraction… very fittingly, an Indian Head. There was also a metal sculpture of a Prairie Lily.
I have never watched Little Mosque on the Prairie, but apparently the show is filmed here in Indian Head SK.
Shortly after leaving Indian Head SK, we are driving around the outskirts of Regina. Traffic is bumper to bumper.
Soon we are beyond Regina SK and back out onto the open road. Off in the distance we can see the Belle Plain potash mine.
We stop in Moose Jaw SK for another roadside attraction. Mac, The World's Largest Moose. Located right beside Mac is a Snowbirds Jet.
After leaving Moose Jaw, we see bad storm clouds on the horizon ahead of us. I fired up my weather app on my iPhone and soon saw that what we are looking at is just a narrow band of bad weather and rather than pull over and wait it out, I decide that if we continue to drive we will punch through it in 5 minutes and then the skies will clear, so we push on into the storm.
The sky got really dark.
Then we got hit by a torrential downpour, but within a few minutes we were through and into clear blue skies again.
We stopped at another roadside attraction in Chaplin SK. This is a birding and nature centre. In front of the centre are 2 large bird sculptures. A Piping Plover and an American Avocet.
It surprises us to see these large lakes out here on the prairies. This is Reed Lake, it is 17 Km long.
More grain elevators and more trains. This is the Pioneer Elevator at Reed Lake.
We are staying the night in Swift Current SK. Tomorrow will be the final leg of our journey into Calgary.
To see all of the photos from today you can see them on our FLICKR site.
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