Drive a couple hours north of Saskatoon, and you’ll see an endless prairie landscape. Fields of grain and corn, interspersed by farmhouses, sprouts of aspen forest, and small towns. Outside of Hafford, a small sign directs you to a forest where things take a decidedly weirder turn. Crooked Bush is a grove of aspen trees that mysteriously twist, bend and rope around each other. Aspens usually stand tall, but this particular grove seems straight out of a Tim Burton movie. A wooded boardwalk allows you to walk amongst the crooked trees, the result of a mutation, or, as some locals like to believe, a visiting UFO.
Length of Trip : Half Day
Cost : Free!
Best time to go : May to October. For the particularly adventurous, Halloween night.
Wheelchair friendly : Yes
Family friendly : Yes
Where to eat : The Silver Sword and Chalice Steakhouse in Hafford. By all accounts, the portions are huge.
Getting There : 14.5km W of Hafford on Hwy 40 (pass Speers to Flint Rd), 16km N, then 2.5km E. Watch for signs at Flint Rd and 16km mark.
Note from Robin : Finding the grove is half the fun. Keep your expectations in check, think of it more of a great excuse to explore the small towns and back roads of the prairies.