This year’s Saskatchewanderer Jeff Stock stopped in at Moose Jaw’s CAA on Monday to talk about his summer job — writing and recording his adventures as he explores the province.
Available for the second year, the summer position as the Saskatchewanderer is for the Ministry of Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport. Contestants post a video online detailing why they should be chosen, and then it’s up to the public to vote for the winner. The winner then takes videos, photos, blogs and uses social media tools to share what he or she finds travelling around the province. Sponsored by CAA and Ford, Stock drives the Saskatchewanderer-decalled car as he covers the province.
“It’s a big part of the job, planning, organizing and booking,” said Stock. “It’s fun to think of ideas to do — and then I get to go do it.”
He said it’s no wonder the position has been labeled as the best summer job ever. Stock has experienced a host of different activities from festivals, to hikes, to white water rafting. Most recently, he went skydiving.
“One highlight was a hike to Grey Owl’s cabin. It’s a 40 km hike, so I felt like I achieved something. It was beautiful — it’s always a highlight to go up north,” he said.
One aspect of his job is to uncover the hidden gems of the province. Stock said the lighthouse in Cochin and the Gem Lakes in Narrow Hills were some of his favourite discoveries. He said that before this summer, he had no idea there were so many things to in Saskatchewan.
“Getting to research the different areas, you see everything is really special in its own way, there are really unique things at each place. I definitely have a great respect for Saskatchewan,“ he said.
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