Winter Explorations in Saskatchewan

Winter can be fun. Here are just a few of the many activities you can enjoy across the province.

Let’s Get Active 
The Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation rents out snowshoes.

The Saskatoon Young Naturalists usually plan a winter snowshoeing expedition.

The Regina Multisport Club organizes free Sunday morning snowshoeing sessions. They also host snowshoe and fat bike events.

The Hawood Inn, Waskesiu, lends out snowshoes free of charge. They are available to rent from the Resort at Cypress Hills.

The Cameco Meewasin Skating Rink next to the Hotel Bessborough, Saskatoon, normally opens in mid to late December, and you can borrow a pair of skates.

If you’re a skating enthusiast, check out Saskatoon’s Clarence Downey Speed Skating Oval. There are different lanes for different speeds and lots of room for every skater.

There is public skating at several Regina arenas.

Winter Cycling 
Saskatoon Cycles and Bike Regina offer a number of winter cycling events.

FatLanders FatTire Brigade in Saskatoon is the only known FatBike specific cycling club in Canada. Their members organize weekly rides throughout the winter and host several special events in conjunction with the Wintershines Festival in January.

Downhill Skiing
Gentle downhill skiing is available at Table Mountain Regional Park near Battleford. There are 11 runs, and they offer skiing services for people with special needs.

Additional downhill skiing opportunities are available in other parts of the province.

Cross-Country Skiing 
The City of Saskatoon maintains cross-country ski trails along the river and in various different parks and golf courses.

The Saskatoon Nordic Ski Club offers ski lessons for children and adults, weekly ski touring, and groomed cross country ski trails.

The Regina Ski Club offers lessons and trips.

There is skiing and snowshoeing in Little Red River Park, Prince Albert.

You can rent cross-country skis from the Resort at Cypress Hills.

Volunteers maintain trails in Prince Albert National Park. Skis, poles, and boots are available free of charge from the Hawood Inn.

Thirteen provincial parks offer cross-country ski trails. 

CanoeSki Discovery Company offers cross-country ski courses. They also organize a Boreal Forest Ski Mushing weekend, which combines dog sleds and skiing.

Learn to run a dog team while exploring the southern edge of Canada’s boreal forest with Sundogs Sled Excursions.

Sleigh Rides & Horseback Riding 
Beaver Creek Ranch and Horse Centre and the Sturgeon River Ranch offer horseback riding and sleigh rides.

Winter Camping 
SaskOutdoors offers a variety of winter activities, including winter camping.

Winter Solstice
Why not celebrate the shortest day of the year with an evening walk?

Winter Birds & Wildlife 
Pishing for Chickadees
Stand very still and make small, repetitive noises, and you may be lucky enough to attract the attention of a flock of chickadees who will be delighted to eat sunflower seeds straight from your hand.

Saskatoon Young Naturalists head out to Pike Lake to pish every winter. You can also join pishing parties at Beaver Creek Conservation Area.

Christmas Bird Count 
Every year, thousands of people around the world head outdoors for the Christmas Bird Count

Wascana Centre and the Saskatoon Zoo Society organize Christmas Bird Counts for Kids.

The Saskatoon Nature Society and Nature Regina organize frequent outings to view birds all year round. Everyone is welcome.

Forestry Farm Park and Zoo
The Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park and Zoo is open all winter long and admission is free from November 1 to March 31.

Footprints in the Snow 
How many different animal footprints can you identify? Children can check out basic animal tracks with the Saskatoon Young Naturalists or the Wascana Young Naturalists. You can also teach yourself with a book or app.

The PotashCorp Wintershines Festival at the end of January is an annual Saskatoon event, including ice climbing, ice sculptures, a children’s winter camp, and much, much more.

Prince Albert and Regina often hold a winter festival, and there’s a festival in Fort Qu’Appelle.

There are various events in Cypress Hills Destination Area, including the Gull Lake Winterfest and the Battle of the Little Big Puck in Maple Creek.

Curl Up with a Good Book 
Take a Winter Nature Walk, Jane Kirkland
Snow and Ice: Canadian Winter Weather, Nicole Mortillaro
Winter Nature Activities for Children, Brigitte Kutsch
Sliding in the Snow: Winter Activities for Kids, Melissa Dymock
How to Celebrate Winter Solstice, Teresa Villegas

Wandering through Winter: A Naturalist’s Record of a 20,000-Mile Journey through the North American Winter, Edwin Way Teale
Winter World: The Ingenuity of Animal Survival, Bernd Heinrich
Life in the Cold: An Introduction to Winter Ecology, Peter J. Marchand
Ken Libbrecht's Field Guide to Snowflakes, Ken Libbrecht

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