July 13, 2018

Parks Week 2018 - So Much To Do in Saskatchewan's Provincial Parks

Saskatchewan Parks Week is July 15-21, 2018 and Sask Parks is presenting a wide range of activities and events to celebrate all week long.

“Starting with a Learn to Fish weekend, a week-long BioBlitz, shows from SaskExpress and wrapping up with Canada’s Parks Day on July 21, we want as many people as possible to experience our magnificent provincial park system,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Gene Makowsky said.  “Whether you are an experienced camper or a novice wanting to camp for the first time, Parks Week will have something for you.”

Saskatchewan Parks Week has been celebrated in the province for more than 35 years.  The designation of Parks Week aims to promote the benefits of park programs and facilities, as well as Saskatchewan’s natural, cultural and historic resources.

A provincial favourite, SaskExpress will once again be bringing energy and showcasing great young talent at Sask Parks this summer.  Touring with their new Circus of Life show, these gifted performers will liven spirits on summer nights.

What's more, to engage hearts and minds in nature and outdoor recreation, Sask Parks has organized a province-wide virtual BioBlitz and other great Parks Week activities available in 15 parks around the province.  Fun for the whole family, the BioBlitz is a unique opportunity to engage with nature while using modern technology.

After downloading the free iNaturalist app, park guests can upload their photos to the “Saskatchewan Parks” project with the goal to discover and record as many species of plants, wildlife and bugs as possible in each provincial park.  Through the app, an online community will try to determine the name of the species and whether it is native to Saskatchewan or one that has never been recorded before in the province.  Everyone can watch the species list grow and anyone who makes an observation and posts it will have a chance to win an annual parks pass and two nights of free camping.

Activities and events offered at various provincial parks throughout the week also include artistic performances, films, and sports such as beach volleyball, pickleball and yoga.  Exploration and discovery activities are planned too, like the “5 Senses Hike” at Greenwater Lake or “Nature Detectives” at Good Spirit Lake.

Saskatchewan residents and tourists can find out what’s happening at their favourite park by visiting www.tourismsaskatchewan.com/places-to-go/provincial-parks/activities.