Blackstrap Provincial Park Trails
Photos of Blackstrap Regional Park from: Tourism Saskatchewan (2017)
Blackstrap Provincial Park offers 5 km of trails designed for mountain bikers, hikers and cross country skiers, while the lake is ideal for canoeing activities. The hiking, cross country skiing and mountain biking trails are broken into two separate sections (one is 3.3 km and the other is 1.7 km long), allowing users to choose either a shorter or longer trail adventure. The trails are also groomed regularly for cross country skiing.
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 Blackstrap Provincial Park to confirm the current state of the trail system.
Length: 5 km
Wheelchair accessible: No
Activities: Hiking, mountain biking, cross country skiing, canoeing
Surface: Natural terrain and groomed cross country ski trails
Amenities (park): Concession, campground, beach, playground, windsurfing, sailing, fishing, swimming, boating, ice fishing, boat launch, picnic sites
Location: Blackstrap Provincial Park
Closest Communities: Saskatoon, Dundurn
Contact Info: Blackstrap Provincial Park, call (306) 492-5675, email email@example.com or visit www.saskparks.net
The Lumsden/Deer Valley Trans Canada Trail
The Lumsden/Deer Valley Trans Canada Trail (TCT) system was recently established in 2010 after three trails – the Saw-Whet Trail, Deer Valley Trail and Lumsden Trail – were combined to form a single pathway for users. The Lumsden/Deer Valley TCT is located in the picturesque Qu’Appelle Valley and runs from Deer Valley, through the Town of Lumsden and west past the Town of Disley. It is a multi-use trail that features four scenic lookout points (Carssdale Lookout, McNally Lookout, Minerva Crossing and McEwan Lookout), information kiosks and washrooms along the trail, as well as a variety of nearby amenities and attractions.
Hiking, walking, cycling, horseback riding, cross country skiing, and snowmobiling are all welcome activities on the trail, which is open to the public year round, free-of-charge. Visitors are also encouraged to try canoeing and kayaking down the beautiful Wascana Creek and Qu’Appelle River. And, in the winter, fantastic and invigorating snowshoeing can be enjoyed through the valleys.
The trail is well-maintained and retains the local area’s natural prairie terrain, with short grass, dirt and gravel pathways. The Lumsden/Deer Valley TCT is perfect for people of all ages and skill levels, but there are some steep sections in the trail’s valleys.
During your trip, you may want to check out some of the local area’s unique and interesting attractions, including the Last Mountain House Provincial Historic Park, Deer Valley Golf Course, Market Gardens, and Beaver Creek Ranch & Horse Centre.
Note: Dogs are not allowed on the middle section of the Deer Valley portion of the trail (former Saw-Whet Trail), but they are allowed on the rest of the trail.
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 Town of Lumsden to confirm the current state of the trail system.
The Last Mountain Regional Park Nature Trail
Photos of Last Mountain Regional Park from:Saskatchewan Regional Parks (2017)
The Last Mountain Regional Park Nature Trail, a self-guided walking trail, is an idea site for bird watching as it is situated in the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area, North America’s oldest bird sanctuary. The area is a popular migration point for thousands of birds every year, including pelicans, alder flycatchers, herons, orchard orioles, wood thrushes, tundra swans, western kingbirds, whooping cranes, yellow-rumped warblers and Swainson’s hawks, just to name a few.
The Nature Trail features beautiful scenery, a bison rubbing rock and a bird blind that provides fantastic bird watching opportunities. The trail also starts at the Nature Centre, which is located near the Last Mountain Bird Observatory, Saskatchewan’s only bird monitoring station. The observatory is a member of the Canadian Migration Monitoring Network and is responsible for observing, catching and banding birds that migrate into the area in the spring and fall. Visitors are encouraged to stop by the observatory in May, August and September after traveling the trail in order to help with the banding and monitoring process.
Note: an entry fee is charged to visitors entering the Last Mountain Regional Park, but there is no fee for participating in the Last Mountain Bird Observatory’s activities.
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 Town of Govan to confirm the current state of the trail system.
Length: Roughly 2 hours to complete
Activities: Walking, bird watching
Surface: Natural terrain
Wheelchair accessible: No
Trail amenities: Parking, bird blind
Park amenities: Campground, beach concession/grocery store, picnic tables, boat launch, fishing, baseball diamond, swimming pool, 9-hole golf course, playground, horse shoe pits, beach volleyball, BBQ pits, showers, washrooms
Location: Last Mountain Regional Park
Closest Communities: Govan, Nokomis
Contact Info (Nature Trail): Town of Govan, (306) 484-4483, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.govansk.com or www.saskregionalparks.ca
Contact Info (Bird Observatory): Nature Saskatchewan, (306) 780-9481, email email@example.com or visit www.naturesask.ca
Louis Riel Trail
Photos of Louis Riel Trail from:The Great Trail(2017)
In 2001, Saskatchewan’s Highway #11 was renamed the “Louis Riel Trail” in honour of Louis Riel, who led the 1885 North-West Métis Rebellion and was executed in Regina for his participation in the uprising. This 364 km long trail features distinctive trail markers, beautiful outdoor sculptures and points of interest that are designed to raise awareness about this historic event and its significance on Saskatchewan and Canada.
The trail runs from the Qu’Appelle Valley in Southern Saskatchewan to south of Prince Albert in Northern Saskatchewan. Hiking, horseback riding, snowmobile and cross-country ski trails are also available just south of Prince Albert near the Boreal Nisbet Forest.
Several stops along the Louis Riel Trail are designed to raise awareness about the 1885 North-West Rebellion, particularly the Batoche National Historic Site, Fort Carlton Provincial Park and a museum at Duck Lake. Events are also held throughout the year in various communities along the trial to commemorate the uprising and Louis Riel’s contributions to the event and the Métis population of Saskatchewan.
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 Louis Riel Trail Association to confirm the current state of the trail system.
Length: 364 km
Activities: Driving, hiking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling
Surface: Natural terrain and paved highway
Wheelchair accessible: Yes
Trail amenities: Trail markers, outdoor sculptures, historical points of interest
Area amenities: Museums, accommodations, campgrounds, restaurants, gas stations, grocery stores, playgrounds, swimming pools, hockey/curling rinks
Location: Highway #11
Communities on the Trail: Saskatoon, Regina, Prince Albert, Davidson, Duck Lake, Bethune, Lumsden, Craik, Warman, Aylesbury
Contact Info: Louis Riel Trail Association, call (306) 467-2057 or 1-866-467-2057 (toll-free) or visit www.louisrieltrail.ca.
Melfort Kinsmen Centenary Walking Trail
Photos of Melfort Kinsmen Centenary Walking Trail from:The City of Melfort(2017)
To celebrate its centennial anniversary, the City of Melfort – with assistance from the Melfort Kinsmen Club, the Government of Saskatchewan, Ducks Unlimited, SaskTel Telephone Pioneers, and the Prairie Farms Rehabilitation Administration – developed the Melfort Kinsmen Centenary Walking Trail. The trail travels through the south and northeast ends of the community and provides residents and tourists with a natural oasis within the city’s limits.
The trail offers both natural and paved walkways, as well as picturesque views, as it curves around the Melfort Creek. The 6 km long trail is perfect for walking, running, in-line skating, cycling, and walking dogs; however, all dogs must be kept on a leash. The trail also connects to the Spruce Haven Park, which boasts washrooms, a water fountain, playground, telephone, picnic benches, and a waste disposal site for RVs.
The City of Melfort is a growing community that offers a wide variety of services and amenities to both tourists and residents. The community features the Northern Lights Palace (an indoor facility that features swimming and wave pools, a sauna, waterslide and whirlpool), parks, playgrounds, a campground, museum, golf and mini-golf courses, tennis courts, baseball diamonds, a new hockey and curling rink, restaurants, accommodations, grocery stores, and service stations. The Wapiti Valley Ski & Board Resort, which offers downhill snowboarding and skiing, and the Creekside Orchard and Café, a u-pick orchard with cherries, apples, rhubarb, black currants and raspberries, are also just a short drive away from the community.
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 Melfort & District Tourism Information Centre to confirm the current state of the trail system.
Length: 6 km
Activities: Walking, cycling, running, in-line skating
Surface: Natural terrain and paved sections
Wheelchair accessible: Yes, on paved sections
Trail amenities: Parking, benches, some lighted areas
Trail amenities (Spruce Haven Park): Washrooms, water fountain, telephone, picnic sites, playground, waste disposal site for RVs
Area amenities: Northern Lights Palace, shopping, baseball diamonds, museum, golf course, tennis, mini-golf, accommodations, campground, restaurants, gas stations, grocery stores, downhill skiing and snowboarding, picnic sites, hockey, curling, movie theatre, u-pick orchard
Location: City of Melfort
Closest Community: City of Melfort
Contact Info: Contact the Melfort & District Tourism Information Centre office at (306) 752-4636, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.melfortchamber.com
Photos of Pike Lake from: Tourism Saskatchewan (2017)
Just 20 minutes from Saskatoon, Pike Lake Provincial Park is a great place to relax for a day, weekend or week. The park features two walking trails, totalling 3 km, or 1.5 km each. The Lakeside Promenade nature trail is wheelchair accessible and allows visitors to experience the area’s diverse ecosystem, with a lookout point at the dock. The Gift of Green Nature Trail starts at the campground office and follows along a creek, where the landscape changes from swamp regions to sand hills. This trail features observation decks that are perfect for watching the area’s birds, fish and wildlife. It also features stairs and bridges, making it a slightly more challenging trail for visitors. However, both of these trails are suitable for families and beginner trail users.
This family-friendly destination features an abundance of other amenities and activities, including paddle boating, canoeing, kayaking, boating (maximum of 10 hp), swimming, waterslides, camping, playgrounds, golfing, mini-golfing, tennis and volleyball courts, fishing, picnic tables, a baseball diamond, beach, grocery store, restaurants, campgrounds and rental cabins. Sand dunes are also just a short drive away from the park, making the Pike Lake Provincial Park area a great place to visit this year!
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 Pike Lake Provincial Park office to confirm the current state of the trail system.
Length: 3 km
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes, Lakeside Promenade nature trail only
Surface: natural terrain
Amenities: canoeing, kayaking, golf course, swimming pool, waterslide, tennis courts, accommodations, paddle boating, picnic tables, campgrounds, showers, grocery store, boat launch, playgrounds, baseball diamond, mini-golf, volleyball courts, restaurants, fishing
Location: Pike Lake Provincial Park, West Central Saskatchewan
Closest Community: Saskatoon
Contact Info: Pike Lake Provincial Park, call (306) 933-6966 (administration) or 933-7777 (reserve-a-site), email email@example.com or visit www.saskparks.net.
Wadena Wetland Trails
Photos of Wadena Wetlands from: Wadena News (2017)
The Wadena Wildlife Wetlands are part of the Quill Lakes International Bird Area and the Western Hemispheric Shorebird Reserve. It is the first Saskatchewan wetlands to be listed as an accredited Watchable Wildlife Viewing Area.
The wetlands feature seven trails that total 4.9 km, and the area is managed by Ducks Unlimited. The interpretive trails travel along the shores of the Wadena Wetlands, Jesmer Marsh, Little Quill Lake and Milligan Creek Marsh and feature two large viewing towers and several observation platforms that offer outstanding bird watching opportunities. A feeding station is operational between mid-August to the end of September, which attracts tens of thousands of migrating birds and ducks each year. Some of the species you may encounter during your trip include coots, American avocets, piping plovers, short-eared owls, sedge wrens, marbled godwits, willets and black crowned night herons.
Other trail amenities include a canoe launch, washrooms, picnic sites, boardwalks and a warm-up shelter. The trails are open to the public between the spring and the fall every year; there is no charge for admission.
Note: visitors are encouraged to bring binoculars, bug spray, sunscreen, plenty of water and a camera for their journey.
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 Town of Wadena to confirm the current state of the trail system.
Length: 4.9 km
Difficulty: Beginner to Intermediate
Activities: Walking, bird and wildlife watching
Surface: Natural terrain, boardwalks
Wheelchair accessible: No
Trail amenities: Parking, observation towers and platforms, interpretive signage, canoe launch, shelter, washrooms, picnic sites, bird feeding station
Area amenities (Wadena): Accommodations, restaurants, murals, campground, gas station, grocery store, shopping, museum, hockey and curling rinks, fishing, parks, baseball diamonds, swimming pool, 9-hole golf course
Location: Just off Highway #35, a few minutes south of Wadena
Closest Community: Wadena
Contact Info: Town of Wadena, (306) 338-2145, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.townofwadena.com or www.quill-lakes-bird-area.com/index.htm
Watrous – Rotary Trail
Watrous Rotary trail officially opened as of June 30th, 2017. The rotary trail consists of two phases, the first phase is 1.5km, and the second phase is 1km looping back around to the trail head. This trail then connect to the Watrous Manitou trail extending the trail further. The trail can be accessed from the Watrous Manitou Train on Main Street.
There are hopes to further extend the trail throughout Watrous. The competition of the trail was a community effort from the town of Watrous. If you would like to read about Daniel Bushman speaking about the grand opening of the second phase of this trail and the trails plans for the future you can visit our blog.
Length: Over 3km
Activities: Hiking, walking
Surface: Natural terrain, gravel
Wheelchair accessible: No
Area amenities: Cross-country ski, boot and pole rentals, golf, mini-golf, fishing, boat launch, beach, playgrounds, Camp Easter Seal, Danceland, curling and skating rink, drive-in theatre, swimming pool, tennis courts, baseball diamond, parks, bowling alley, picnic tables, paddle boat rentals, disc golf, Manitou Springs Resort and Mineral Spa, campground, accommodations, restaurants, gas station, grocery store
Location: Manitou District Regional Park, East Central Saskatchewan
Closest Community: Watrous, Manitou Beach
Map of Manitou Beach from: Watrous Manitou (2017)