50 Amazing Things to Do in the Parks and Natural Areas of Saskatchewan

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From the pristine waters of the north to the sand dunes and rolling grassy hills of the south, Saskatchewan offers some of the most incredible and diverse parks in the country. Here are 50 amazing adventures to be had in the parks and natural area’s of Saskatchewan!

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  1. Challenge a friend to a waterskiing, wakeboarding, knee-boarding, or tubing competition at Blackstrap Provincial Park. Located just half an hour outside of Saskatoon, the waters are always just right for watersports or for a swim!
  2. Experience camping like you’ve never seen it before in the innovative and unique oTENTik, in Grasslands National Park. Located in the southern part of the province, Grasslands offers an amazing wealth of history, incredible geography, and a ton of amazing activities. or Get out the camera and the binoculars and go for a nature walk along the Top Dogtown Trail in Grasslands National Park. Blacktail Prarie Dogs, Burrowing Owls and rattlesnakes also make the area their home, so be on the lookout for them as well.
  3. Finally make it into that Master Angler category while fishing on Lake Diefenbaker. This massive 225km long lake located on the banks of three provincial parks is home to some world class fishing. Species include Walleye, Rainbow Trout, Pike, Perch, Burbot, Sauger, and Goldeye. You might even catch a record breaker!
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  4. Let the sand dunes take your breath away at the Athabasca Sand Dunes Provincial Park. Ranging for nearly 100km along the south shore of Lake Athabasca, this unique ecosystem and beautiful scenery is a must see.
  5. Take a step back in time to the late 1870’s at Forth Walsh National Historic Site. Fort Walsh is located in Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park and played a vital role in early Canadian history.
  6. Meander down the scenic walking trails or canoe the pristine waters in Wakamow Valley. With over 20km of trails through 500 acres of parkland, opportunities for exploration abound. Part of the valley cuts very close to the historic downtown area of Moose Jaw, so be sure to take advantage of all the activities and sights.
  7. Float in the salt waters of Little Manitou Lake. Located approximately 120km southeast of Saskatoon, near Watrous and Manitou Beach, don’t miss out on the experience of a lifetime. Saltwater lakes aren’t exactly in high supply in Saskatchewan!
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  8. Challenge yourself to the thrills of Outer Edge Adventure Park. The exciting park which features zip lines and climbing walls is located in the Qu’Appelle Valley near Lumsden. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to get a bird’s eye view of the incredible scenery.
  9. Journey the incredible route to see Grey Owl’s cabin. Located approximately 32km from Waskesiu in the Prince Albert National Park, by either land or by water, the historic cabin lays nested in the heart of one of the most beautiful and scenic areas in the province.
  10. Take a drive across the stunning Gardiner Dam, the largest earth filled dam in Canada. Located in Danielson Provincial Park, you can learn all about the dam at the Gardiner Dam Interpretive Center, located just off Highway 44. Soak up the rays on the sandy beaches of Danielson Provincial Park — the beaches and miles of sandy shoreline are the perfect place to sit back and relax or enjoy swimming and wading in the waters.
  11. Scale the climbing walls or fly down the zip line at Treeosix Adventure Parks. Located in the Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park, Treeosix has a variety of activities that the entire family can enjoy.
  12. Saddle up and ride the trails at the Historic Reesor Ranch located in Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park. The ranch itself is nestled amidst some pretty spectacular scenery and the cabins available for rent make for an enjoyable alternative to camping. If you’re not into horseback riding, they also offer ATV tours.
  13. Meet Scotty, the world’s most massive T-Rex, at the T-Rex Discovery Centre in Eastend, in the Cypress Hills area. Opening mid-May, the Centre has a host of exciting activities and artifacts to view.
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  14. Get out your flies and try fly fishing in Battle Creek. Located in the West Block wilderness area in Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park, Battle Creek is known for their Rainbow and Brown trout. You might even be able to catch a Brook trout.
  15. Get a glimpse of the wildlife at the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park & Zoo. After taking in the zoo, plan to spend a little bit of extra time taking in the heritage buildings, beautiful gardens, and the brand new playground at the park.
  16. Float down the lazy river or rocket down the waterslides at Kenosee Superslides, a huge outdoor water park located in Moose Mountain Provincial Park.

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  17. Discover the strange story of Cannington Manor Provincial Historic Park. Located 26km SE of Moose Mountain Provincial Park, this unique village which features reconstructed buildings, tells the unique tale of a village that sprung up and was abandoned, all within twenty short years.
  18. Travel back in time over two hundred years as you explore the historical buildings and artifacts at Fort Carleton Provincial Historic Park. Located on Highway 11 by Duck Lake, the Fort offers a glimpse into an important part of Canadian history.
  19. At the northeast part of Douglas Provincial Park is a piece of landscape that’s nothing like the rest of Saskatchewan- sand dunes. These active dunes stretch more than 1 km in length and as high as 30 m. This landscape is accessed via a hiking trail.
  20. Enjoy a leisure walk along the scenic Chinook Parkway in Swift Current. The trail is paved and extends for 20km along the beautiful Swift Current creek. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for wildlife along the way.
  21. Plan a day long getaway with the whole family and take in the incredible culture and history of the Wanuskewin Heritage Park. Located just outside Saskatoon, this beautiful area is not to be missed. Watch for the featured activities throughout the year.
  22. Have you seen Nipekamew Sand Cliffs? These are unique geological formations dating back to the last ice age. They are located an hour southeast of La Ronge along the banks of Nipekamew River.

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  23. Stroll or bike the incredible Meewasin Valley Trail. Running along the river and cutting through many different parks, you’ll soon see why it was voted one of the top features in Saskatoon.
  24. Take the kids for an unforgettable and fun filled day of rides at Nutrien Playland at Kinsmen Park in Saskatoon. Located in the heart of the city, the rides, water, and sand features are sure to provide hours of fun.
  25. Paddle the waters of the Chief Whitecap Waterway. The waterway, part of the Trans Canada Trail, extends for about 100km and takes some planning, but it’s well worth the experience. Start by Gardiner Dam and paddle all the way to Saskatoon (there are other exits along the way).
  26. Challenge the white water rapids at Clearwater River Provincial Park. Located North of La Loche, this park is a must for any avid canoer or backpacker, as the Clearwater River offers rapids that range from a class 2 to a class 4.
  27. Builds sandcastles at the gorgeous white sand beaches at Good Spirit Lake Provincial Park. Located 30 mins to the northwest of Yorkton, the park also offers hiking, golf, beach volleyball, and many other activities.
  28. Get out the hiking boots and explore one (or all!) of the many Waskesiu Trails in the Prince Albert National Park. With over 21 trails including a historic trail and a trail and ambles by the marina, you’ll be sure to find something that’s just right for you and your skill level.
  29. See the bullet holes and battle scars and experience what life was like for a Metis settler in the late 1800’s at Batoche National Historic Site. Located an hour north of Saskatoon, Batoche played a vital role in the formative years of Canada.
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  30. Spend the day on the lake fishing, boating, or doing water sports at Echo Valley Provincial Park. Nestled in the heart of the beautiful Qu’Appelle Valley, the park has two different lakes, and beaches, to choose from.
  31. Tune up your bike and hit the trails at Buffalo Pound Provincial Park, located 20 minutes northeast of Moose Jaw. Over 30km of trails exist with anything from trails that are family friendly to much more challenging trails for the more experienced mountain biker.
  32. Race down the zip line, shoot down the massive slide, and explore the beautiful natural landscape at the Valley Regional Park. Located only 35 mins north of Saskatoon by Rosthern, the park also offers a golf course, campground, and other activities for the whole family.
  33. Experience the plethora of activities at Duck Mountain Provincial Park. Get out and explore the numerous (nearly 130km) trails. Madge Lake, located within the park, also offers excellent pike and walleye fishing, or bring the clubs and tee off at the Made Lake Golf Resort.
  34. Explore the unspoiled wilderness and the vast rugged beauty of the Churchill River system. If you love to canoe or kayak, there are over 30 documented routes and over 100 lakes in the Lac La Ronge Provincial Park. The Park is adjacent to the town of La Range, and 240km north of Prince Albert.
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  35. Check the incredible Boreal Trail off your bucket list at Meadow Lake Provincial Park. If you’ve always wanted to sleep out under the stars or challenge yourself to a much longer backpacking adventure (though the route can be adapted for shorter hikes as well), the Boreal Trail is just right for you! The entire park spans over 1600km.
  36. Take in the incredible sunsets at Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park. Located 50km north of Swift Current on the west end of Lake Diefenbaker, Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park also offers incredible and diverse landscapes, great fishing, sandy beaches, and pristine waters.
    Do not forget to visit the unique and statuesque Goodwin House at the Goodwin House Interpretive Centre to learn all about the history of Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park.
  37. Visit Creighton Limestone Crevices located in northeast Saskatchewan. These limestone crevices were formed from the cracks in the carbonate rock of the Red River formation.


  38. Tee off with some friends or just by yourself, at the Deer Park Municipal Golf Course. Located on the west side of Yorkton, the course is both beautiful and well-groomed.
  39. Enjoy a weekend away with the family at Wakaw Lake Regional Park. From a beautiful campground to the sandy beach, playground, mini-golf course and on-site restaurants, and located only an hour northeast of Saskatoon, the park has everything to make your getaway a memorable one.

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  40. Go star gazing in the Prince Albert National Park. If you’re not into roughing it in a tent, but you don’t own an RV, don’t panic. The innovative oTENTik cabins are the best of both worlds! or try your hand at backcountry camping in the Prince Albert National Park. The park is quite large, at nearly 4000 sq km and features a whole host of outdoor adventures and diverse landscape. The park is located 90km north of Prince Albert. The Prince Albert National Park is located an hour north of Prince Albert.
  41. Fish for Large Mouth Bass at Woodland Regional Park. Located just a few minutes south of Estevan, Boundary Dam has become a must see destination for anglers throughout the province. Spend the day or camp out for the weekend.
  42. Swim in the pristine waters and lounge on the beautiful sandy beach at Katepwa Point Provincial Park. Located 10km southeast of Lebret, the beach is considered to be one of the nicest in the Qu’Appelle Valley.

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  43. Explore the Crooked Bush! Walk along the broad-walk pondering how these warped and twisted aspen trees were formed. Located northwest of Hafford, 75-minute north of Saskatoon.

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  44. Take in the beautiful falls at Kiwanis Waterfall Park in Regina. If you don’t have a lot of time or maybe you’re just looking for a nice afternoon activity, Kiwanis Park is a must see. The waterfall structure is a premier destination for many local photographers and the area features a creek complete with walking bridge and winding walking paths.
  45. Make some unforgettable memories with the entire family at Candle Lake Provincial Park. Located 80km northeast of Prince Albert, the park is a dream destination for families. Sandy beaches, pristine waters (the beach area is quite shallow), hiking trails, excellent fishing, and even sand dunes will be sure to thrill everyone.
  46. Explore Big Muddy Badlands, located in Big Muddy Creek inside the Big Muddy Valley and discover wind-carved buttes, prickly-pear cacti, steep cliffs, and deep-cut sandstone ravines. One of the most significant geological features seen here is the Castle Butte, a 70 m high sandstone and clay formation.

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  47. Catch a glimpse of the Legislative Building, the incredible gardens, and the beautiful landscaping as you stroll along Wascana Lake in Wascana Centre, a massive urban park in Regina.
  48. Located an hour southwest of Regina and beside the Claybank Brick Plant National Historic site is the Massold Clay Canyons. Explore the whitemud formation, formed during the Cretaceous period.
  49. Drop in at the Great Sandhills Museum & Interpretive Centre before you start your journey to the Great Sandhills — one of the largest set of active sand dunes in Canada lying within the Great Sandhills Ecological Reserve.
  50. Take you kids out and do a ferry crossing! Did you know that there are 12 ferries transporting you across Saskatchewan waters and all but 1 are free to travel on?

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    1. Sheryle Powley

      The crooked bush, declared one of the ’54 Wonders of Canada’, isn’t located at the Redberry Migratory Bird Sanctuary & Biosphere Reserve east of Hafford. It is located by Alticane, 28.9 km NW of Hafford.

      July 30, 2019 at 6:51 PM

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