Echo Valley Skate The Park is Back and Bigger This Winter
Beginning the first week of January, Echo Valley Provincial Park is once again pleased to offer Skate the Park as part of Sask Parks’ series of safe winter offerings.
“Our provincial parks offer plenty of open space for Saskatchewan residents to safely explore with their immediate households,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Laura Ross said. “A little physical activity and fresh air is just what we all need right now. Park staff have been working hard to ensure there are safe winter offerings available for everyone to enjoy, and Skate the Park in Echo Valley is yet another reflection of this.”
Visitors to the park can lace up their blades for a skate through Aspen campground along a winding trail. This year’s trail is bigger than last year, allowing more space to skate and more area to explore.
Skate the Park’s extended operating hours provides a variety of days and times for guests to visit:
- Wednesday and Thursday: 8 am - 4:30 pm
- Friday: 8 am - 9 pm
- Saturday and Sunday: 11 am - 7 pm
- Monday and Tuesday: Closed for maintenance
While in the park, visitors can also check out the cross-country ski trails, rent a pair of snowshoes, try winter geo-caching and take part in the fun Photo Hop challenge. Winter-themed Park Activity Kits are also available for pick-up at the park.
Access to the skating loop and other park activities is included with a valid entry permit. 2020 Sask Parks Annual Park Entry Permits are valid until March 31, 2021. For those who don’t have a permit, entry is $10 per vehicle, per day. See Visitor Centre to purchase.
At this time, groups must not be larger than 10 people while outdoors, and physical distancing between households must be maintained.
Signage is in place throughout the parks to remind visitors of the safety protocols and restrictions. In addition to signage, Sask Parks staff will be implementing enhanced cleaning and sanitization procedures and minimizing in-park contact where possible. Visitors must maintain physical distance from others, adhere to the mandatory mask-use policy while indoors and to stay home if not feeling well.
More information on the winter offerings in Sask Parks is available at www.saskparks.ca.