Spring/Summer Outdoor Explorations in Saskatchewan

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Spring and summer are the perfect time to get outside and explore Saskatchewan. Here is a sampling of activities from around the province.

Grassland & Forest
Visit one of Nature Saskatchewan’s Nature Sanctuaries.
Check out an archaeological dig site at Wanuskewin Heritage Park.
Explore the new trail system on the west side of Prince Albert National Park or take in the view from the Valleyview Lookout or one of the other viewing towers.
Visit Narrow Hills Provincial Park, a semi-wilderness park with over 20 lakes and great views from the ridge.

Starry Skies
Sleep under the stars in Grasslands National Park, one of the largest dark sky preserves in Canada.
Participate in the annual Star Party hosted by the Regina and Saskatoon astronomical societies.
Admire the stars at Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park.

Rivers, Lakes & Wetlands
Plan a canoe trip. (Take advantage of a local canoe rental and shuttle service.)
Visit the Chaplin Nature Centre.
Paddle the Chief Whitecap Waterway, Saskatchewan's first Trans Canada Water Trail, between Gardiner Dam and the City of Saskatoon.
Visit Last Mountain Bird Observatory during the spring and fall migrations.
Take a paddleboarding lesson with SUP Saskatoon.
Follow the nature trail at Chappell Marsh.

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Outdoor Action
Looking for a hike? Check out SaskHiker’s website or The Saskatchewan Border's Outdoor Adventure Map.
Take the family camping in one of Saskatchewan’s regional, provincial, or national parks.
Plan a zipline adventure in the Cypress Hills or at Elk Ridge Resort.
Walk or cycle the Trans Canada Trail as it winds its way up a hill, through a tunnel, and across the river at North Battleford.
Check for cacti as you walk among the active sand dunes in Douglas Provincial Park.
Go horseback riding at the Sturgeon River Ranch.
Learn advanced wilderness first aid with SaskOutdoors.
Kids will stay safe on their next outdoor adventure after an AdventureSmart workshop (Hug-a-Tree and Survive, Survive Outside) presented by a Saskatchewan Search and Rescue chapter.

Wildlife Adventures
Visit the Saskatchewan Burrowing Owl Interpretive Centre.
Participate in a Wild Weekend at the Saskatoon Zoo (Saskatoon Public Library will be there on their bicycle).
Take a walk on one of the birding and nature trails maintained by the Yorkton Flyway and Birding Trail Association.
Look for moose and beaver on a canoe trip to Grey Owl’s Cabin, Prince Albert National Park.

Staycations
Enroll your kids in the City of Swift Current’s Nature Play program.
Look for songbirds or learn to identify butterflies with the Saskatoon Nature Society or Nature Regina.
Visit the Prairie Habitat Garden in Saskatoon or Regina’s Native Plant Garden.
Take a step back in time with a walking tour of the Saskatoon Forestry Farm, formerly the Sutherland Forest Nursery Station.
Follow the 5 km River Trail in Little Red River Park, Prince Albert.
Rent a canoe or kayak in Moose Jaw’s Wakamow Valley Park.
Admire the pelicans at the weir in Saskatoon or at Regina's Wascana Marsh.

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Volunteer Opportunities
Look for rare plants or get your hands dirty pulling up invasive species with the Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan.
Participate in a riverbank clean-up.
Count the frogs or tear down a fence with the Nature Conservancy of Canada.
Help design and plant a permaculture garden with PermaSask, Permaculture Regina, or Prince Albert Parkland Permaculture Guild.
Help pull weeds every Wednesday evening at the Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre’s Garden Patch.

Additional Resources
Winter Explorations in Saskatchewan
Saskatchewan’s Best Hikes & Nature Walks and Saskatchewan Scenic Drives, Robin & Arlene Karpan
Nature Viewing Sites In and Around Saskatoon, Saskatoon Nature Society
The Northeast Swale: Ancient River Valley, Urban Nature Reserve
Pine Cree Regional Park
Last Mountain Lake Bird Sanctuary
Come Out and Play: Cypress Hills Eco-Adventures
Canoe the Bagwa Loop
Saskatchewan Tourism: Our Natural Heritage


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