The Mystic Avonlea Badlands

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If you’re ready for an adventure that combines stunning landscapes, unique geological formations, and a touch of history, then you’re in the right place. Located 75 km from Moose Jaw and Regina, the Avonlea Badlands are a treasure trove for any outdoor enthusiast. 

This wonder is located on private property and can only be accessed during a guided tour through the Avonlea Museum. There are no self-guided tours. 

Unlike the more famous badlands in Alberta, Avonlea offers a quieter, more intimate experience. It’s like stepping into a lost world, untouched and waiting for you to explore. 

The landscape here is nothing short of otherworldly. Picture vast expanses of eroded clay and sandstone, sculpted by the forces of nature over millions of years. The colors and textures are just mesmerizing – from earthy reds to pale yellows, creating a canvas that’s perfect for photography.  

But it’s not just about the visuals. The Avonlea Badlands are steeped in history. If you’re a fan of geology, you’ll be thrilled to see the wide diversity of rock formations. it’s like walking through a natural museum.  

Speaking of trails, there are some fantastic hiking routes here. It’s a moderate hike, so be sure to bring plenty of water, wear sturdy shoes, and of course, don’t forget your camera. 

One of the best things about visiting the Avonlea Badlands is the sense of peace and solitude. Unlike more crowded destinations, you’ll often find yourself alone with nature, giving you the time and space to truly appreciate the beauty around you. 

So, if you’re looking for an off-the-beaten-path adventure that offers incredible scenery, fascinating history, and a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle, the Avonlea Badlands should definitely be on your bucket list. 

Pack your bags, grab your gear, and get ready to unveil the secrets of this hidden gem. 

You will need to book your tour through Prices are  $20/ Adults (18+), $15/ Ages 12-17, $10/ Ages 5-11, and free for those under 5. Your tour guide will meet you at the museum at the end of Main Street Avonlea just before your tour time. 


This article is part of the SaskTrails Storyteller Series. Thank you to the Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association and Trans Canada Trail for supporting this initiative.