The area surrounding Regina is a hiker’s paradise. You might be surprised to learn that there are a ton of different hikes you can venture out on, not more than two and a half hours away from the city in just about any direction. The scenery and terrain and diverse, so no two hikes are going to be the same. Hike sections of the Great Trail, explore marshlands, sand dunes, and so much more.
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1. Pick your path at Nicolle Flats Interpretive AreaLocated on the southwest side of Buffalo Pound Lake, Nicolle Flats Interpretive Area features a variety of different trails that range in length all the way from 1.5 km all the way up to 8 km. The area is home to many different species of wildlife and bird life. Come enjoy the beauty of the area and take a leisurely walk, or bring your camera and capture some unique shots along the trail.
The opening of the Nicolle Flats Marsh Boardwalk Interpretive Trails are dependent on spring weather conditions. Do check with the park office before starting. Park entry fees apply during summer.
2. Echo Valley Provincial Park Trails
Echo Valley Provincial Park is a great place to hike and the park is less than an hour from Regina. There are a variety of trails that range in difficultly and length. Walk a shorter path or challenge yourself to the nearly 14 km loop. People of all ages and even those who aren’t avid and experienced hikers can enjoy getting out and immersing themselves in nature. The park is breathtaking, with all sorts of different and varied terrain. The Qu’Appelle Valley truly is a rare, beautiful experience. Bird watchers take note- the park is home to over 200 different species!
3. Condie Nature Refuge
The Condie Nature Refuge is only twenty minutes from Regina and it’s well worth checking it out! There are 4 km of trails in the area. They circle around a small lake and wildflowers dot the sides of the path. There is a picnic area too, so pack lunch or dinner. Make it a romantic getaway and take a leisurely stroll with your special someone or bring your family for an enjoyable getaway.
4. Wascana Valley Trails
The Wascana Valley Trails are located just half an hour from Regina in the iconic Qu’Appelle Valley. There are 15 km of trails you can traverse and discover. Hike for a full day or bring your mountain bike for faster paced adventuring. There are a variety of trails to explore, so you can keep coming back for more fun.
5. Skirt around the city – The Rotary Trail
The Rotary Trail is a nearly 33 km long trail that skirts around the city of Moose Jaw. If you’re looking for a challenge, dust off the runners and hit the paths. It’s something different that you could come and do in a few different times and add all the other great things to do in and around Moose Jaw to your day, or train for it and tackle the trail all at once.
6. Walk through the heart of it all – Devonian TrailIf you’re in Moose Jaw this spring or summer, be sure to hit the Devonian Trail in Moose Jaw. The trail is 4.2 km long and follows some of the most beautiful scenic areas in the city. It runs along the Moose Jaw River and has benches along the way if you need a break. There are also picnic sights, playgrounds, and washrooms. Come explore the Wakamow Valley and Moose Jaw together.
7. A Great Trail
Hike a section of The Trans Canada Trail ( The Great Trail) this summer. The trail connects the entire province, so jumping on and completing part of the trail at any part can be a real accomplishment. Train for it and plan to spend a day or more hiking the part of the trail that runs from Regina to Lumsden. The section of trail is almost 29 km, and for many people will be one of those once in a lifetime hiking experiences.
8. Take your best furry friend for life for a walk
The White Butte Trails Recreation Site is located just twenty minutes east of Regina and features over 12 km of trails that are perfect for hiking and biking. Hike the whole thing or just parts of it. There is also a pet friendly shorter 5 km trail for your bff to explore together. Spend the day or come just for a break out of the city.
9. Explore and play – Douglas Provincial Park
Douglas Provincial Park is almost two hours from Regina, but it’s well worth the drive. Plan a trip to camp out and enjoy Lake Diefenbaker and hike the incredible Trans Canada Trail (The Great Trail). The trail does have several points where you can exit and enter the trail in the park. Go on a shorter hike past the campgrounds in the park or hike past the gorgeous sandy beaches. You can actually hike all the way to Danielson Provincial Park on the trail, but it is 30 km. If you’ve always wanted to do some back country camping, now is your chance.
10. Danielson Provincial Park
Danielson Provincial Park is located two hours from Regina. Pack the tent, bring your hiking shoes, and come explore the iconic Lake Diefenbaker. The Trans Canada Trail (The Great Trail) runs through the park and features some of the most diverse scenery and breathtaking views in the area. The terrain is quite diverse. Walk through and see everything from rolling hills to wetlands, forested areas to coulees. You can actually go all the way to Douglas Provincial Park, but it’s a LONG hike, so be sure to be prepared. You can also hike the Prairie View Nature Trail, a looped trail that runs through the park’s campgrounds.
11. Moose Mountain Provincial Park
If you’re looking for that perfect hiking getaway this summer, consider a trip to Moose Mountain Provincial Park. The park is about a two hour drive from Regina, but you can camp out and there are a whole host of other fun things to do (hello waterpark!), so you can make a real vacation of it. The park has an extensive trail system for hiking, biking, and ATV’s to use. Stroll to the beach or hike all day and take in the gorgeous scenery and wildlife. There are definitely options for all ages and experience levels.
12. Blue Trail
Right in Regina, locals know all about the 4 km long Blue Trail that circles Wascana Lake. The trail can be accessed through different points, but skirts past the man-made lake, water features, and the iconic Legislative Building. The walk is an enjoyable one and the area, for being in the heart of the city, is quite beautiful. If you don’t have time to get out of Regina and enjoy a hike, stay in the city and enjoy one instead.
13. Blackstrap Provincial Park
Located just over two hours from Regina, Blackstrap Provincial Park offers two different hiking trails. One is just over 3 km long and the other is nearly 2 km. Blackstrap is breathtaking. From the interesting man made hill to the sparkling waters of the lake, the hikes are scenic and are easy to moderate in difficulty, so people of all ages and experiences can enjoy hiking them. If you want to make a getaway of it, pack your tent and stay in the park’s campground.
14. Great Trail through the Qu’Appelle ValleyHike the section of the Great Trail that runs through the Qu’Appelle Valley just south of Melville by Crooked Lake. This section of the Great Trail is breathtaking. You can see the best of the Qu’Appelle Valley. Rolling hills, picturesque grasslands, marshy areas- it has it all. If you haven’t hiked in the valley before, it’s truly a beautiful getaway, and it’s just over an hour from Regina.
15. Elbow View Trail
Elbow is located about two hours from Regina. The Elbow View Trail boasts excellent scenery and spectacular views of Lake Diefenbaker. You can walk the whole trail, if you have the time and are a more experienced hiker, or just double back at different sections if you’d like to take a shorter hike. The trail is 30 km long, so hiking the whole thing is definitely not for the faint of heart or the short of time. You’ll end up in Danielson Provincial Park at the end of the trail. Come to see the beauty of the area, stay for all the fun things the park has to offer.
16. Sky Trail Bridge
Follow the Trans Canada (The Great Trail) to see the world’s longest pedestrian bridge, the Sky Trail Bridge. If you start near Outlook, which is two hours away from Regina, and follow the trail along the South Saskatchewan River, you’ll come to the bridge. It’s fascinating to walk along the historical Great Trail at any point, and this part of the province, especially the countryside along the river, is exceptionally beautiful.
17. Beaver Creek Conservation Area
The Beaver Creek Conservation Area is a fantastic area to explore. It is a bit of a drive, at two and a half hours from Regina, but it’s well worth it if you’re a nature lover. Bring your camera and try and get that perfect wildlife shot. Come and watch for birds or check out the amazing plants and flowers that grow in the area. The hikes can be enjoyed by people of all ages. There are shorter ones at just under a kilometer and others that are over 3 km.
18. Dune Discovery Interpretive Trail
If you’re looking for a bit of a road trip, hiking journey combination, make the two and a half hour drive to Good Spirit Lake. The Dune Discovery Interpretive Trail is 3 km long. It runs by the lake and takes you right to the impressive dunes. Some of these amazing sandy structures are over five storeys high! Yup! It’s pretty impressive and it’s ridiculously beautiful all along the trail.
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Good Spirit Lake Provincial Park offers excellent trails for hikers, bikers, bird watchers, cross country skiers and snowmobilers. There are two major hiking and biking trails in the park – the Dune Discovery Interpretive Trail (3 km) and the Trans Canada Trail (roughly 18 km). The Dune Discovery Interpretive Trail features sand dunes that can reach five-stories tall. Meanwhile, the park’s portion of the TCT winds throughout the entire park. In the wintertime, the park boasts 18 km of high quality, regularly groomed cross-country ski trails and a variety of groomed snowmobile trails. To plan out your next trail adventure, visit http://sasktrails.ca/trail-directory Photo credit: Tourism Saskatchewan
19. Yorkton Ravine Ecological Preserve
If you find yourself in Yorkton this summer, be sure to check out the Yorkton Ravine Ecological Preserve. The trail is 2.6 km long and loops around a beautiful lake. Come check out all the bird life and the many different flowers, plants, and trees. The trail is perfect for people of all ages and experience levels. Come for a leisurely walk and take it all in.
20. Venture Yorkton
It might surprise you to discover that the city of Yorkton actually has quite a few hiking and walking trails right inside the city. If you’re not looking for a walk on the wild side, but would still like to get out and hike and explore, these trails are perfect for you. The Raving Ecological Preserve, at 2.6 km long is always a popular choice. The Yorkton Historical Walking Tour is really neat as well. You can walk past 30 different buildings with historical significance. There is a 6 km walking trail at Logan Green and other trails and walks in the city. If you’re going to be in Yorkton, be sure to take advantage of the opportunity to get out and stretch those legs.
21. Camp out and hike at Woodlawn Regional ParkCome walk the trails at Woodlawn Regional Park near Estevan. Located just over two hours from Regina, the park is an exciting place to visit or stay. There are a ton of things to do. The trails are just right for everyone and will take you through the park. Take in the best of what summer has to offer- beaches, camping, and more!
22. Carlton Trail Regional Park Trails
If you’re looking to do some hiking and camping this summer, check out the Carlton Trail Regional Park. There are three different shorter hiking trails in the park, but don’t let their distance fool you. Not only are the trails great for all ages, they’re wonderfully scenic. You can take in the park, marshes, and all sorts of different birds.
23. Sandy trails at Douglas Provincial Park
Plan a trip to Douglas Provincial Park this summer. The park is about a two hour drive from Regina, but the trails there are exciting and unique and well worth the trip. If you camp out, you can stay and explore for multiple days. The Dunes Nature Centre Trails are a set of trails that run for 5 km and 6.5 km through the unique sand dunes and diverse scenery in the park. The sand dunes are truly one of those sites that you’ll remember years from now. The dunes were left behind after a lake receded after the last ice age, so they’re as old as they are fascinating.
Located only minutes south of Elbow and alongside Lake Diefenbaker, these sand dunes can easily be found by anyone curious for a little adventure on the road less travelled. On the east side of the highway entering Douglas Provincial Park you'll find the Dunes Nature Centre, where you can begin your scenic, moderate hike along the well-maintained trails with signs that tell you how far you are from reaching the dunes. The hike is picturesque from start to finish, perfect for a day out with your family or friends. For me, the journey to the Douglas Dunes was a perfect day trip. Bring your blanket and snacks, and enjoy a picnic on the finest sand right in the middle of SK!📍Douglas Provincial Park #ExploreSask #SaskParks
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24. Rediscover the valley through Fairy Hill Trail
Want to see the Qu’Appelle Valley like you’ve never seen it before? Jump on the Fairy Hill Trail in Lumsden. The trail is 5.6 km long in a loop and offers stunning vistas and views of the valley. The trail is rated as moderate in difficulty, so you don’t have to be an experienced hiker to get to enjoy it. Best of all, it’s located just a short half an hour drive from Regina.
25. Hike around the Lake at Regina Beach
If you want to escape the city for a day this summer, head on down to Regina Beach. Kick back on the beach, swim in the water, or hike around the lake and explore the gorgeous scenery. Pack a picnic lunch or dinner. You can make a whole day of it, do your hiking and exploring, and then kick back and relax. Regina Beach is located just over half an hour from Regina, so you can easily get there and back and have lots of time for adventures in a single day.