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Slowing down time in Saskatchewan’s Grasslands National Park –

by ahnationtalk on October 4, 201970 Views

October 4, 2019

The stars are so plentiful and so bright in the night sky above Grasslands National Park that the Milky Way is casting a shadow. I lie on my back to count shooting stars and while I wait for the next streak of light, I mark the passage of time by watching the constellations slowly wheel overhead.

It’s my birthday next month and I wonder which of the millions of stars I’m looking at is far enough away that its light left the year I was born and is only reaching the Earth at that very moment. When you’re alone with the stars, it’s easy to start thinking about time and the tiny place you take up in a vast universe.

Grasslands National Park has a way of making you stop to think about the big picture. Located in the south of Saskatchewan, not far from the border with the United States, the vast, 907 square-kilometre park is actually made up of two non-contiguous parcels of land, the East Block and the West Block, and while the two are meant to preserve mixed-grass prairie ecosystems, they both offer noticeably different experiences to visitors.

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