Where I stayed: Sunset Bay Resort, Saskatchewan

NEW: I get to stay in a lot of interesting places in my travels. Sometimes it’s a dinghy hostel with stained bed sheets. Other times it’s an Irish castle with 17th century tapestries and a butler named Jeeves. I’ve created this series, along with an “eat” series, to better aid Googly Googlers in their search journey to find great places to visit. TripAdvisor is exhausting, after all.

I came to Sunset Bay Resort after having spent a night in Prince Albert National Park sleeping under the stars. The hot shower was the best thing that happened to me since I lost my job in 2010.

Owners Lawrence and Sonnia Minshull are friendly prairie folks who have made this area their home their whole lives. This is the kind of place where you pack up the whole fam jam — along with Skip the dog and ‘ol peg-legged Uncle Joe – and take them on a vacation worthy of kings. Cool summer evenings on the volleyball court. Hot days with legs dangling over the side of the dock. Sunscreen and barbecues and crackling late-night fires with guitar sing-alongs. Oh, my heart.


(They also have really great pub grub at the restaurant.)

I happened to be there in June to witness the sunset over Emma Lake. Nailed it.

Accommodations: There are options for both cabins and motel rooms. They’re not exactly luxury, but you’re in rural Saskatchewan for god’s sake. Grow some balls.

Price: Cabins start at $195/night and motel rooms start at $125/night.

  • hikebiketravel

    I’m heading up to northern Saskatchewan next summer so as a change from my tent this looks like a great place. And there is nothing like a hot shower when you haven’t had one in a while.

  • hikebiketravel

    I’m heading up to northern Saskatchewan next summer so as a change from my tent this looks like a great place. And there is nothing like a hot shower when you haven’t had one in a while.

  • hikebiketravel

    I’m heading up to northern Saskatchewan next summer so as a change from my tent this looks like a great place. And there is nothing like a hot shower when you haven’t had one in a while.

  • http://www.cubiclethrowdown.com/ Rika – Cubicle Throwdown

    WHAT. My home province was never something I expected to see pop up in my travel blog feed. Oh, also, burst into uncontrollable tears upon seeing a picture of Pilsner and crinkly fries. Apparently more homesick than I thought. Well done, Walsh.

  • http://www.cubiclethrowdown.com/ Rika – Cubicle Throwdown

    WHAT. My home province was never something I expected to see pop up in my travel blog feed. Oh, also, burst into uncontrollable tears upon seeing a picture of Pilsner and crinkly fries. Apparently more homesick than I thought. Well done, Walsh.

  • http://www.candicedoestheworld.com/ Candice Walsh

    Ha! That’s my job! I LOVE your home province, btw.

  • http://www.candicedoestheworld.com/ Candice Walsh

    Oh you’d love it, I know it!

  • http://gr8traveltips.com/ Robert

    Wow … You mean Saskatchewan actually has lakes? :) Looks like a great place to visit when heading to the Praries in the summer? Thanks for sharing! lol