Duck Mountain Provincial Park
Photos of Duck Mountain Trails from: Tourism Saskatchewan (2017)
Duck Mountain Provincial Park’s trail network provides recreational opportunities for cross-country skiing, hiking, cycling, horseback riding and snowmobiling.
The park boasts nine pathways that provide more than 60 km of trails for cross-country skiers, hikers and cyclists. Among these trails are the Boreal Forest Nature Trail (1 km, barrier-free), Pelly Point Trail (4.4 km for advanced users), and the Woodland Nature Trail (a 2 km trail that is ideal for bird watching). These and other trails are groomed by the Kamsack Ski Club in the winter for classical and skate skiing and are perfect for skiers of all ages and skill levels.
In the summer, hikers and cyclists can travel along a portion of the Trans Canada Trail or take one of the park’s other self-guided, interpretive trails. The area also features a three mile paved trail that connects the Recreation Hall to the Pickerel Point Campground, providing a beautiful, relaxing trip for people of all ages and abilities.
The provincial park is a popular destination spot for snowmobilers as it features almost 70 km of marked and well-maintained trails throughout the winter. The region also offers guided horseback riding tours for visitors.
In the park you will find plenty of parking, washrooms, picnic sites, a campground and other accommodations, showers, a boat launch and rental facility, swimming and fishing opportunities, an 18-hole golf course, mini-golf, beach volleyball and tennis courts, a playground, toboggan hill, downhill ski runs, a skating rink, baseball diamonds, a gas station and a grocery store. There are also six warm-up shelters located at various points along the cross-country ski trails.
DISCLAIMER: Individuals travel the trails at their own risk. The Saskatchewan Trails Association cannot be held liable or responsible if the above trail conditions or information changes. Please contact the Duck Mountain Provincial Park to confirm the current state of the trail system.
Length: roughly 130 km
Difficulty: Beginner to advanced
Wheelchair accessible: Yes, some trails
Activities: Walking, hiking, cycling, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, horseback riding
Surface: Natural terrain and paved
Amenities: washrooms, parking, warm-up shelters, rest area, picnic sites, showers, boat launch and rentals, playground, mini-golf, 18-hole golf course, fishing, swimming, skating, tobogganing, beach volleyball, baseball diamonds, tennis courts, grocery store, accommodations, gas station
Location: Duck Mountain Provincial Park
Closest Community: Kamsack
Contact Info: Duck Mountain Provincial Park, call (306) 542-5500 (administrative inquiries) or (306) 542-5513 (campground), email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.saskparks.net
Good Spirit Lake Trails
Photos of Good Spirit Lake from: Tourism Saskatchewan (2017)
Trail enthusiasts will love the options available at Good Spirit Lake Provincial Park. The park offers excellent trails for hikers, bikers, bird watches, 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, as well as breathtaking shoreline views of Good Spirit Lake. This trail, which offers several rest benches, is designed for beginners and is wheelchair accessible up to the water control structure; however, visitors are encouraged to bring lots of water and wear a hat on warm days. Meanwhile, the park’s portion of the TCT winds throughout the entire park, and you will find its trailhead across from the road that leads to the Recreation Hall.
In the wintertime, the park boasts 18 km of high quality, regularly groomed cross-country ski trails and a variety of groomed snowmobile trails. The snowmobile trails also run throughout the park and connect to several other communities in the area.
Note: the park is home to a variety of wildlife and bird species, including deer, moose, waterfowl and elk.
DISCLAIMER: Individuals travel the trails at their own risk. The Saskatchewan Trails Association cannot be held liable or responsible if the above trail conditions or information changes. Please contact Good Spirit Lake Provincial Park to confirm the current state of the trail system.
Length: over 39 km
Difficulty: Beginner to advanced
Activities: Hiking, biking, bird watching, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling
Surface: Natural terrain and groomed cross-country ski trails
Wheelchair accessible: Yes, in some areas
Park amenities: mini-golf, golf course, fishing, boating, swimming, boat launch, playground, beach, campground, washrooms, showers, picnic sites, BBQ pits, change room, convenience store, parking, laundry, gas station, beach volleyball, baseball diamonds, tennis courts
Location: Good Spirit Lake Provincial Park
Closest Communities: Canora, Yorkton
Contact Info: Good Spirit Lake Provincial Park Administration Office, call (306) 792-4750, email email@example.com or visit www.saskparks.net.
Photos of Preeceville Trails from: Tourism Saskatchewan (2017)
Preeceville’s Nature/Bird Trails offer picturesque scenery and outstanding bird watching opportunities as the trail lies between the Boreal and Parkland forests’ borders. This self-guided walking trail begins east of the Annie Laurie Lake Beach and travels along the lakeshore, providing visitors with plenty of opportunities to see unique flora, fauna, bird and wildlife species.
During your trip, you will likely encounter a beaver lodge and more than 260 bird species, including loons, ospreys, killdeer, black backed woodpeckers and ruddy ducks. The trails are also marked and feature several interpretative signs.
After walking the trails, you may wish to head over to the Annie Laurie Lake Beach where you can enjoy a canoe, kayak or boat trip, as well as swimming, fishing or camping. BBQ pits and washrooms are also available.
Note: Please do not litter, stay on the trail, and always give any wildlife you encounter plenty of space and respect.
DISCLAIMER: Individuals travel the trails at their own risk. The Saskatchewan Trails Association cannot be held liable or responsible if the above trail conditions or information changes. Please contact the Preeceville Town Office to confirm the current state of the trail system.
Wheelchair accessible: No
Activities: Walking, bird watching, canoeing/kayaking
Surface: Natural terrain
Amenities: Parking, BBQ pits, washrooms, campground (with electrical sites)
Location: Preeceville’s north end
Closest Community: Preeceville
Contact Info: Preeceville Town Office, call
(306) 547-2810 or 1-877-706-3196 (toll-free), email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.townofpreeceville.ca
Ducks Unlimited Canada has established a group of wetland marshes just east of Yorkton that are perfect for nature and birding enthusiasts, as well as walking and hiking tours. The group consists of four main areas – the Ravine Eco Preserve, Knodel Project, Barvas Marshes and the Wallace/Pearce Project.
At the Ravine Eco Preserve you will find the Arboretum, which is an excellent spot to view native wildlife, bird and plant species and is a perfect place to enjoy a picnic with your family and friends. The site will also lead you to the 2.8 km long Warren Hjertaas Nature walking trail that travels around the protected wetland and features a floating boardwalk and breathtaking sights and sounds.
The Knodel Project is located near the Saltcoats Regional Park. The area was recently restored from farmland to native grass and wetlands by Ducks Unlimited, and it is now an ideal location to watch nesting birds in the wild. You may also see deer, coyotes, reptiles, and other small animals during your visit.
The Barvas Marshes includes over 2,000 acres of protect wetlands and native prairie landscapes. The area also features an abundance of wildflowers, including Tiger Lilies and Yellow Lady Slipper, as well as various bird and wildlife species.
Finally, the Wallace/Pearce Project is located near the Village of Rokeby. This marsh area is part of a much larger wetland region, and it is also a great place to see waterfowl, native landscapes and the local wildlife.
Some of the species you may encounter along the trails and pathways include: bald eagles, peregrine falcons, killdeer, great blue herons, reptiles, tundra swans, great horned owls, mourning doves, butterflies, deer and so much more! Visitors are also encouraged to bring along rubber boots, as the paths can be muddy and wet in some places.
Following your adventure, you may want to visit the City of Yorkton, which offers plenty of amenities and services, including excellent restaurants, accommodations, grocery stores, shopping centres, a casino, an indoor swimming pool, three golf courses, an annual film festival, museums, mini-golf, tennis courts, baseball diamonds, a bowling alley, an RV park, and service stations.
DISCLAIMER: Individuals travel the trails at their own risk. The Saskatchewan Trails Association cannot be held liable or responsible if the above trail conditions or information changes. Please contact the Ducks Unlimited Yorkton Regional Office to confirm the current state of the trail system.
Length: Over 6 km
Difficulty: Beginner to Intermediate
Activities: Walking, bird and wildlife watching
Surface: Natural terrain
Wheelchair accessible: No
Trail amenities (Ravine Eco Preserve only): Interpretive displays, boardwalk, viewing platform, picnic sites
Trail amenities (All areas): Parking
Area amenities: Shopping, indoor swimming pool, baseball diamonds, museums, golf courses, tennis, accommodations, restaurants, gas stations, grocery stores, casino
Location (Ravine Eco Preserve): 0.1 km east of Yorkton on Highway 52, then north on Crescent Avenue
Location (Knodel Project): 25.4 km southeast of Yorkton on Highway 16, then east on the Saltcoats exit, until the next intersection, then north 1.6 km
Location (Barvas Marshes): 25.8 km east of Yorkton on Highway 10, then south roughly 50 m on the Saltcoats grid road
Location (Wallace/Pearce Project): 11 km southeast of Yorkton on Highway 16, at the Village of Rokeby, head north on the gravel road, turn east at the first intersection after the railroad tracks and drive 1 km to the site
Closest Community: City of Yorkton
Contact Info: Contact the Ducks Unlimited Yorkton Regional office at (306) 782-2108 or visit www.ducks.ca