Investments In Northern Saskatchewan Provincial Parks
The Government of Saskatchewan is investing more than $3.3 million for facility and infrastructure improvements in northern provincial parks in 2019-20. For the second year, an investment of $11 million will be made across Saskatchewan’s provincial parks system.
Provincial parks are a popular destination for Saskatchewan residents and visitors to the province. Facility and infrastructure improvements will ensure that park users continue enjoying these spaces for years to come.
“The parks in northern Saskatchewan are hidden gems, each offering a unique experience that one may not expect on the prairies,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Gene Makowsky said. “Enhancements to these parks, including a new visitor reception centre, campground infrastructure upgrades and trail development are necessary to continue attracting visitors to our province and providing a place for our residents to enjoy their vacation time.”
Along with ongoing upgrades to washrooms, docks, day-use facilities and signage, upgrades scheduled for completion prior to the 2020 camping season in northern Saskatchewan include:
- Construction of a new visitor reception centre at Candle Lake Provincial Park;
- Completion of the water system upgrade at The Battlefords Provincial Park;
- Electrical service expansion at Matheson Campground in Meadow Lake Provincial Park; and
- A major upgrade and expansion to the sewage lagoon at Lac La Ronge Provincial Park.
Upgrades that began in 2018-19 and are now complete in northern Saskatchewan include:
- Two new service centres, a boat launch, road improvements and electrical upgrades in Meadow Lake Provincial Park;
- The first phase of water system upgrades at The Battlefords Provincial Park;
- A new equipment storage facility at Narrow Hills Provincial Park; and
- Major waste water system upgrades at Greenwater Provincial Park.
From 2007-08 to 2018-19, capital investment and capital maintenance in parks reached a total value of more than $116 million. Improvements planned for 2019-20 will further increase the total investment to more than $127 million since 2007. Throughout 2018, Saskatchewan Provincial Parks saw nearly 4 million visits.
Saskatchewan’s provincial parks continue to be an important destination, attracting visitors and bringing economic benefits to the province.