Jeff Stock is better known to Saskatchewan residents as the Saskatchewanderer, or as the young man who has "the best summer job ever," and his mission to document the province and its tourist attractions brought him to Estevan and Roche Percee on June 11.
While in the Energy City, Stock visited the pierced rock formations near Roche Percee, and toured power stations and coal mines near Estevan.
“It is pretty impressive the way Estevan is the big power capital, supplying power to most of Saskatchewan,” said Stock. “It looks like it's a really growing city, and really booming.”
Stock travelled to Weyburn on June 12, and the Moose Mountain Provincial Park and Kenosee Lake on June 13 and 14.
Southeast Saskatchewan was a must on Stock's 2012 travel itinerary after last year's Saskatchewanderer didn't make it to this region, even though the southeast has a lot of attractions.
“I've heard a lot of good things about it, that it's pretty beautiful,” said Stock. “It has some great golf courses, and some great tourist areas.”
Stock's experiences this year have thus far lived up to the billing of “The Best Summer Job Ever.” He gets to criss-cross the province, promote its diversity and its beauty, and meet people from all corners.
He has spent most of his time in the southern half of Saskatchewan. Stock has visited a historical site in Ogema, kiteboarded at Manitou Beach, toured attractions in Regina, and captured the sites in the southwest corner of the province, near his hometown of Maple Creek.
He also went to Saskatchewan's only lighthouse at the Battlefords Provincial Park.
“Next I'll be heading up north, so I'll be around the Lac la Ronge area,” said Stock.
In July, he'll likely go fishing in northern Saskatchewan, and tour Prince Albert National Park.
As the Saskatchewanderer, he has to document all of his experiences via social media posts and his blog, and he has to take a lot of photographs and videos. His objectives are to promote all that Saskatchewan has to offer.
“Saskatchewan has a lot of stereotypes associated with it, and we need to break those to get people to see more of Saskatchewan, so that they see things they haven't seen before,” said Stock.
Stock said he loves the province and the opportunity he has to spend the summer months travelling and viewing areas he hasn't seen before.