Not too far from my home in rural Saskatchewan, there are several areas of rolling and hilly land that have not become farmland. These places don’t have any or many trees to speak of and are very hot in the summertime. For someone who wants to do some free-hiking, they are perhaps the perfect location for the Canadian prairie is sparsely settled as it is let alone in these areas where cultivated fields and farmyards are not to be found.
The area covered by the wild land in this image is about five kilometres by four kilometres. If one were to head south and a bit west, a larger area of very wild land that is roughly eight kilometres wide and long. It can’t get much more private than that – well yes it can, but then I would have to travel at least a half hour to arrive at another area that would be vast in size in comparison with almost no chance of visitors while free-hiking except for those on horseback or all-terrain vehicles, or “quads” as they are known around here.
All it takes is to set paranoia aside and head out to one of these areas for an opportunity to be free of constraints, to enjoy a skyclad picnic, to do some skyclad exploring with a camera in hand, and to marvel at the massive stretch of sky on the Canadian prairies.