There are way too many cool things to see around Lake Diefenbaker to list here, but we wanted to highlight a few to get you started. Bring your camera and a willingness to explore.
Gardiner Dam is the reason Lake Diefenbaker exists and it's a must see. It was officially opened in 1967 and it remains one of the largest earth filled dams in the world. The Dam is 5000 meters long, 65 meters high, and it discharges 7,500 cubic meters of water a second. That is enough water to fill approximately 180 Olympic sized swimming pools per minute! If you stop you can check out water passing through the dam along the kilometre long spillway, hang out on a great beach, visit the museum, grab lunch from the Top of the Dam Cafe and have a picnic. Gardiner Dam is the perfect place to relax on a summer afternoon.
This spot is probably the biggest surprise you're likely to find in Saskatchewan. One minute you're driving through the prairies the next you're staring at a channel filled with dozens of sailboats and yachts opening onto the vast expanse of Lake Diefenbaker. Blink and you'd swear you're somewhere far away like an east coast fishing village. Located in the Village of Elbow this is an awesome place to get some great pics, launch your boat for the day, or do some beachcombing.
On the North West shore of Lake Diefenbaker you'll find two jaw-dropping geological features, the Sandcastles and the Sunken Hill. It will take some effort to get there but the payoff for the journey is a sight that not many people have seen; words can't do it justice you'll need to see them for yourself. To get there you'll need to make your way Village of Beechy. Stop by the local tourist office and they will happily give you a map and directions.
Sometimes when you're driving on a prairie highway you'll see an interesting or just plain strange monument on the side of the road. It's a Saskatchewan specialty and many small communities are justifiably proud of their Roadside Monuments. We have our share around Lake Diefenbaker and no road-trip is complete without getting your picture taken with some of these attractions. If you're travelling to the lake via Highway #11 (also known as Louis Riel Trail) watch out for several sculptures depicting metis life and culture located between the towns of Chamberlain and Dundurn. These sculptures were handcrafted by local artist and history buff Don Wilkins. They are amazingly detailed and stand as symbols of a major turning point in Canadian history.
If you're travelling on the west side of Lake Diefenbaker down Highway #4 make sure you pull into the Town of Kyle and take a gander at Wally the Wooly Mammoth. This ten foot high sculpture commemorates the find of a partial woolly mammoth skeleton near the town in 1967. So make like the Flintstones and get your picture taken with this impressive beast.
In the Town of Outlook just 40 km NW of the Gardiner Dam on Lake Diefenbaker, you'll find one of the most impressive bridges you're ever likely to see. Spanning the South Saskatchewan River the Skytrail Bridge is 3000 feet long and roughly 160 feet high. The Skytrail is Canada's Longest Pedestrian Bridge and an official and important piece of the Trans Canada Trail. If you venture across you're going to find some of the most unique photo opportunities on the prairies as you gaze 50 km or so across the river valley. It's also a great spot to watch the huge flocks of migratory birds in season and if you want to take a nice hike the Skytrail also loops around to another pedestrian bridge just to the south of it. This attraction is worth the drive.