Special Sub-Topic: Saskatchewan - More Than a Long Name!
|There is a city in Saskatchewan that is in the Guinness Book of World Records for having the longest bridge over the shortest span of water, although it has never been officially verified. Which city is it?|
Regina. The Albert Street Bridge, also known as the Albert Memorial Bridge, was built and opened in 1930 as a relief measure in the Great Depression. It was dedicated to soldiers who fought and died in World War I. The bridge is 850 feet long and 74 feet wide. It bridges Wascana Creek, which isn't nearly that long or wide!
|Which Saskatchewan city is known as the "City of Bridges"?|
Saskatoon. Saskatoon is often known as the "City of Bridges", due to its seven bridges over the South Saskatchewan River. These bridges are: The Broadway Bridge, The Circle Drive Bridge, The University Bridge, The Traffic Bridge, The McDonald Bridge, The Trunk Bridge and the Senator Sid Buckwold Bridge.
|There is a town in Saskatchewan that has a sign that is famed for its unique slogan. Can you complete it? New York is big, but this is...|
Biggar!. Biggar is a town in West Central Saskatchewan. It is also the home of 1998 Olympic Gold Medalist in women's curling, Sandra Schmirler. Sadly, Sandra passed away in March of 2000 of cancer, at the age of 36.
|There is a city in Saskatchewan known for its underground tunnels. The tunnels have become a large tourist attraction. Which city is this?|
Moose Jaw. The Tunnels of Moose Jaw attract thousands of tourists to the city each year. The tunnels were originally built for heating and maintenance, but they are said to have been used by Chinese immigrants in the late 1800s and early 1900s, trying to escape racial discrimination. The tunnels are also said to have been used by Al Capone in the 1920s and 1930s for bootlegging and as a hideout, when things got too dangerous in Chicago.
There are two guided tours available through the tunnels. They are guided by actors and actresses, dressed in the theme of the time and they involve the audience in the tours. The first tour is "A Passage to Fortune" which tells the story of the Chinese immigrants and the second is "The Chicago Connection" which deals with Al Capone and the bootlegging industry.
|Which town in Saskatchewan is home to "Danceland", home of the world famous dance floor built on horsehair and also home to Manitou Beach and Springs?|
Watrous. The town of Watrous, Saskatchewan is home to "Danceland". Danceland was built in 1928, and houses a beautiful, 5000 square foot dance floor, with horse hair underneath a hardwood covering. It's unbelievable to dance on!
The early plains Indians brought their sick to the "Lake of the Healing Waters" or "The Lake of Good Spirit", to be healed. The waters have a high mineral content and some of the same qualities as the Dead Sea. It is impossible to sink in the water! The water is known for its healing properties for everything from arthritis to skin conditions, such as psoriasis.
|There is a town in Saskatchewan known for starting the first Hockey Super Draft. What is the name of the town?|
Kenaston. The Kenaston Hockey Pool orginated in the 1984-85 hockey season and has been running successfully ever since. It was the first ever hockey pool, but the idea spread quickly and there are now many of these pools across Canada and the United States. The Super Draft was the brainstorm of Barry Firby of Kenaston, Saskatchewan. The prizes are large, and first place winnings have been as much as $20,000. Proceeds go to the Lions Club and Provincial and National charities.
|Which city is home to the world's first curling museum?|
Weyburn. Weyburn, Saskatchewan is home to the Turner Museum, which is the world's first curling museum. Don and Elva Turner love curling as well as collecting. The museum contains rare, historical curling pieces and one of the largest collections of curling pins in the country. They are said to have the biggest collection of curling memorabilia in the world.
|Apart from the spectacular scenery of the 100 kilometers of the Athabasca Sand Dunes in Saskatchewan, what mystifies scientists about the area?|
All of these are correct. (There are 10 plant species found nowhere else in the world., Unlike other deserts, the dunes border 7,850 kilometers of water., It is Canada's most northerly active sand dune area.). The Athabasca Sand Dunes, is located in extreme Northern Saskatchewan, in the Boreal Shield, on the southern edge of Lake Athabasca. Access to the dunes is possible only by float plane.
|Do you know which of these cities in Saskatchewan is Canada's only border city?|
Lloydminster. Lloydminster was settled in 1903 by the Barr colonists from England. It was named for their leader, Reverend Lloyd and the word "minster" meaning "Mother Church". When Alberta and Saskatchewan became provinces in 1905, the 4th Meridian was selected as the border, thereby splitting Lloydminster in two.
|What is the highest point of land between Labrador, Canada and the Rocky Mountains in Alberta, Canada?|
Cypress Hills. The Cypress Hills is the only Interprovincial Park in Canada. Located in both South Western Saskatchewan and South Eastern Alberta, it rises up to 1970 feet or 600 metres above the surrounding land and up to 1400 metres above sea level. The majestic Lodgepole pine trees that grow in the Cypress Hills, are unique to Saskatchewan, due to the high elevation and increased precipitation which enables them to thrive there. (There are no mountains in Saskatchewan.)
|Which city in Saskatchewan has been represented by three Canadian Prime Ministers?|
Prince Albert. Sir Wilfred Laurier, the 7th Prime Minister of Canada, represented Prince Albert in 1896. William Lyon Mackenzie King, the 10th Prime Minister of Canada, represented Prince Albert from 1926 - 1945 and John Diefenbaker, 13th Prime Minister of Canada, was a representative from 1957 - 1963.
|Where in Saskatchewan is the famous Tuberculosis sanitarium located?|
Fort Qu'Appelle. In 1917, the provincial department of health opened a sanitorium for tuberculosis patients in Fort Qu'Appelle, Saskatchewan in the Qu'Appelle Valley and named it Fort San. It was a self-sufficient community with it's own five acre garden, stables, power station and poultry ranch. It could accomodate 358 patients. It ran until the mid 1960's but shut down when the number of TB cases decreased ahd there was no longer a need for it.
Fort San has since been used for a school of arts, military training and conference facilities. It is said to be haunted too! I went on a "Ghost Tour" there one night, but didn't come across anything supernatural!
|Driving on the Trans-Canada highway, on the outskirts of Moose Jaw, you can see Mac, a huge statue of a moose. What part of Mac's anatomy has been vandalized many times over the years?|
His testicles. Poor Mac has had his testicles painted many colors including orange, blue and red. This has usually, but not always happened during graduation celebrations in Moose Jaw. Most recently the helpless statue has lost them completely by having them shot off!
|Taylor Field in Regina, recently renamed Mosaic Stadium, home to the Great Saskatchewan Roughriders was named for someone or something. Who or what was it?|
Neil "Piffles" Taylor. "Piffles" Taylor played in the Regina Ruby Club, left to fight in World War I, lost an eye in battle and returned to Saskatchewan to play football. There is a story that during a game, he lost his glass eye on the field. Play was stopped while both teams searched for it in the mud. When it was found, he popped it back in and resumed play.
|Saskatchewan hosts a large (some say the best) Country Music Jamboree every summer in July. What town is the Jamboree held in?|
Craven. The Craven Country Jamoboree is held in the middle of July in Craven, Saskatchewan in the Qu'Appelle Valley. It started as the Big Valley Jamboree in the 1980's. In the late 90's it was changed to "Rock in The Valley" for a few years and hosted Rock and Roll stars rather than country. In 2005, it became the Craven Country Jamboree! "Back to our Boots!"
Many, many famous country singers have performed there, including Kenny Rogers, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson and in most recent years, Tim McGraw, Alan Jackson and Reba McEntire have been the headliners. In July of 2008, Toby Keith will be the top show! What a party that will be!
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